Category: Contest

Representatives of UIL JCECHS UIL Academics Teams

Carter Takes Top Win at UIL District 32-4A Meet

Jimmy Carter Early College High School makes a historic event winning U.I.L. Academics District 32-4A Champion title for the 2020-2021 year.

            Carter students have advanced to regionals and state in years prior, but this is the first district title as a campus.

            “As a campus, we are proud of this feat. Our RedWolves demonstrated true leadership and endurance as they persevered amid a global pandemic and kept to their commitment to themselves, coaches, team and the school,” said Ivan Silva campus U.I.L. Co-Coordinator.

JCECHS UIL Academics Team

2020-2021 District 32-4A Championship Winner

            Mathematics and calculators coach Agustin Arias reflected on earning the title of district champs as amazing and not being possible without the dedication of our students.

“They have set the bar for next year’s U.I.L. team; the students and coaches are up for the challenge,” said Arias.

            The pandemic led U.I.L. academics to make extensive changes to practices and meets throughout the year. The LJISD UIL department hosted virtual practice meets throughout the fall term to allow students to participate and practice to prepare them for a district meet that was still in the planning until two weeks before its occurrence.

            Students competed in a localized pod at their home campuses while being proctored remotely.

            “Competing in U.I.L. virtually was a challenge as I had to find ways to motivate myself without the direct support of my coach and in-person practices,” said senior Michael Del Angel.

            12 Carter students advanced to compete at the Regional 4-4A meet, and three students have advanced to compete at the state level and earned second place in team journalism at the regional meet.

State Qualifiers

Editorial Writing

Michael del Angel, First Place

Feature Writing

Marissa Llamas, Third Place

Michael del Angel, Sixth Place

News Writing

Michael del Angel, Third Place

“Our students have shown they commit to working hard to be successful in their U.I.L. events.  They will carry this dedication to excellence past their high school careers, and I have no doubt they will be successful in any endeavor they pursue,” said Arias.

Students will attend the state hub in Sharyland for competition May 1.

Three Students Place at Texas Youth Creators Awards

Juliana Mendez, Kayla De Leon, and Melanie Garcia earned top honors to submit to the Texas Youth Creators Awards.

Juliana Mendez – 1st Place with “Tech Sky” (color photography)
Kayla De Leon – 2nd Place with “Relaxing” (color photography)
Kayla De Leon – Honorable Mention with “Bright Future”
Melanie Garcia – 2nd Place with “Freedom” (color photography)
Melanie Garcia – 3rd Place with “Firestarter” (B&W photography)

Jimmy Carter’s staff is immensely proud of these exceptional students and their amazing artistic talents. The submission and students are guided and mentored by Ms Valle.

Carter Library Hosts Red Wolves Reading Challenge

Carter Librarian Ms. Cavazos is hosting the Red Wolves Reading Challenge. She is challenging all of you to read and test A.R. books for the opportunity to earn Barnes and Noble gift cards. Do you want to purchase new books for yourself? Drink some Starbucks coffee? Join the challenge! May the best readers win!

Glenda Villanueva earns Gold Medal at Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) State competition


Junior Glenda Villanueva competed at the 2020 VASE State Event and was awarded a State Medal, alongside the Gold Seal Medal, a unique distinction given to select few art pieces.

Glenda’s photograph is named “Timeless” and showcases her grandfather. Congratulations Glenda! #LJISDShineBright #RedWolfPride #lajoyaisd

Sophomore Rebekah Guerra has won the 2020 Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Student Contest in Poetry

Jimmy Carter is proud to announce Sophomore Rebekah Guerra has won the 2020 Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Student Contest in Poetry! Rebekah won the statewide poetry contest today and will be awarded $500.

A big thank you to our English teacher, Ms. Marybelle Salinas, for helping and guiding Rebekah through the process. This is the second year in a row a Jimmy Carter student had won one of the prizes from the Texas Holocaust Commission. Congratulations Rebekah and thank you, Ms. Salinas. Go Red Wolves!

LJISDShineBright #lajoyaisd #RedWolfPride

Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

Valley View UIL Invitation Meet Results

Not Pictured:

Jhazeel Martinez, Current Issues and Events, 8th Place

Frida Beltran, Science, 8th Place

Ruby Lopez, LD Debate, 4th Place

Janie Cruz, Ready Writing, 8th Place

Itza Rodriguez, Mathematics, 9th Place



Kayla De Leon Mathematics, 2nd Place

Calculators, Fourth Place

Copy Editing Leslie Perez, 4th Place

Jade Cruz Copy Editing, 5th Place

Michael Del Angel Headline Writing, 5th Place News Writing, 3rd Place Feature Writing, 2nd Place

Leann Lopez Copy Editing, 6th Place

Kenia Martinez
Informative Speaking, 6th Place

Juliana Mendez Prose, 4th Poetry, 3rd

Evelyn Treviño
Mathematics, 5th Place

Students Set Sight On Holocaust Remembrance Week

As the school year begins, many students at Carter look forward to competing in the 2020 Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission contest due to a recent winner of 500 dollars, Leann Lopez.

 Leann Lopez is a current student at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. As her sophomore year was about to come to an end, Lopez was assigned by her English II teacher to submit a poem or visual art project based on a survivor’s experience to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. She decided to go with a poem she later named “Pots and Pans.”

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is an institution where their mission is to bring awareness of the Holocaust and genocides to Texas students, educators, and the general public to uphold the human value and inspire citizens in the prevention of future atrocities. This organization allows students and educators with the opportunity of receiving monetary grants.

 “I decided to name it ‘Pots and Pans’ because that was the beginning of how it all started,” she said. “After researching her more, I just finally decided throughout all my notes, to start from the beginning with ‘Pots and Pans’ and give a little backstory to her,” Lopez said, referring to Holocaust survivor, Rosa Blum. 

 “I am very glad that she assigned this project and gave everyone the opportunity to get the chance to participate in this competition and ending up with two of her students as winners,” Leann said.

 “I feel honored to represent my school and be able to say that I am a Redwolf, representing Jimmy Carter by carrying this prestigious award,” She said.

 “After completing our unit on Night by Elie Wiesel, I wanted students to be exposed to the accounts of numerous individuals that reside or resided in Texas that experienced the atrocities of the Holocaust and genocides from across the globe. It is important to shed light on the injustices that existed and continue to exist and not remain silent,” Marybell Salinas, Carter English II teacher, said. 

 “After reading Leann’s poem, I knew that it had a lot of potential,” Salinas said.

 “I was extremely proud that I had two students as winners in their respective categories: Leann Lopez and Maya Carrizalez. These young ladies competed amongst other high school students from across the state,” she said.

“I am looking forward to having my students make submissions for the 2020 contest,” Salinas said, “I believe that any assignment that fosters student talent and ability should be implemented.”

Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 2019 Youth Awards educational grants

Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 2019 Youth Awards educational grants program is now accepting applications.

Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering.

Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients are selected in each category and receive a one-time grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue. Students are then positioned as role models in their community at local ceremonies with an audience of business leaders, elected officials, local organizations and our sponsors.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 15th. Students can apply at

For more information, please visit:

2019 MANA Scholarship

“Opportunity that is open to undocumented students in the U.S.” — $10,0000

The music group, Mana (in partnership with Univision and Selva Negra), recently announced a scholarship opportunity that is open to undocumented students in the U.S. Each scholarship recipient will receive $10,000.
Here are the eligibility requirements:
“Identify as Latino and be between the ages of 18-35 years old as of the application deadline date
Be U.S. citizens, legal residents of the U.S., or undocumented residents of the U.S., including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients
Be high school seniors or graduates, or current college undergraduates
Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school in the U.S. for the entire upcoming academic year”
The deadline to apply is October 23, 2019 (3pm CT)

Scholarship Application

Source: My Undocumented Life
Carterbots Advance at Tesla League Championship 0

Carterbots Advance at Tesla League Championship

Led by Jennifer Garza, Carterbots hold on to a first-place ranking throughout much of the championship seizing a second place win and maintaining first place in the overall ranking.

This school year marks the inauguration of a robotics UIL team at Jimmy Carter and through trial and tribulation the team comprised of three students managed an impressive feat for first time participants.

Captain: Franco Cada

Designer: Eliseo Reyes

Programmer: Oscar Peña

While learning and figuring out the hijinks of not only building a competition robot but also programming to run independently of a remote driver the team was steadfast in their dedication and perseverance.

The U.I.L event helps the students learn to not crack under pressure and to keep trying no matter the outcome.

“Very simple advice stay calm and enjoy the frustration and pain. Remember this, almost every robot is going to loose, but every single student wins because what you take away from this program will help you define what your future is,” said Dean L. Kamen, FIRST Co-founder.

Saturday, February 8 marked a culmination of this season’s efforts during which the Carterbots faced off in an all day events. At registration time the team surrendered their engineering notebook which chronicled their adventures and implementation.

Advancing from this championship takes the team to the South Championship to be held on February 16.

Texas Holocaust and Genocide: 2019 Poetry and Visual Art Contest

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission invites Texas students, grades 6-12, to serve as a witness to the stories of the survivors of the Holocaust and modern genocides. Using what they learn, students can share these stories through poetry and visual art so we can improve our world and prevent future genocides.

This year’s contest theme is Texas Survivors. 

A $500 award to a high school winner. 

Submission deadline is February 28, 2019, at 4 p.m. CST.

For contest guidelines, submission information, and questions please visit:

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