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Seven SWHS athletes sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics
52d57855-3ff3-44f1-a0b2-bf4160305435.jpgThe SWISD Athletic Department is excited to announce the signings of 7 of our student-athletes as they commit to continuing both their academic and athletic careers at the college level. Their accomplishments were celebrated with them and their families in the Main Gym on May 18, where they signed their letters of intent. Congratulations to to following athletes: Florentino Warfield, who will be playing football at Navarro Junior College; Jay Contreras, who will be playing football at Concordia Wisconsin; Chris Bernal, who will be playing football at Wayland Baptist; Maria Briones, who will be playing tennis at UT Permian Basin; Jon Jon Arguello, who will be playing golf at Louisiana College; Martin Garcia, who will be playing soccer at Our Lady of the Lake University; Ellerie Rivera, who will be playing baseball at Pratte Junior College. Thanks to everyone for their support!
Dragon Baseball wins Area Championship for 1st time in Baseball School History 
2750c87e-ecd1-4754-898f-f8a667783721.jpgCongratulations to our very Dragon Baseball team on their Area Championship this past weekend against Los Fresnos, our 1st in School History in Baseball. We now move onto the 3rd round or Regional Quarterfinals to play our District rival Laredo United. This week's slate of games will start on Thursday night, May 18th, in Laredo at Unitrade Stadium at 7pm. We will play game 2 here in San Antonio at Wolfe Stadium at 7:00pm on Friday, May 19th with Game 3 also taking place in San Antonio on Saturday, May 20th, at noon also at Wolfe Stadium if needed. Tickets for this week's match up will be $6 for Adults and $3 for Students. Passes and Faculty IDs will not be accepted for this week's match ups. With a win this week the Dragons would advance to the Sweet 16 to face either Johnson or Reagan High Schools. Great job Dragons, Coach Behnsch and staff! Good luck this week!
Students walk under the arches for 2017 Senior Walk
3974fc35-bddc-4cbd-88f6-81e4ff93e610.jpgThousands of SWISD students, parents, staff and community members came out to celebrate the annual SWISD senior walk last week. Everyone enjoyed the festival held at the Spring Sports Complex, followed by the parade under the arches, and the student Toyota car giveaway. For the seventh year, SWHS was able to award a senior with good attendance, grades and behavior with a car provided by North Park Toyota! Congratulations to this year's winner, SWHS senior Samantha Hernandez. Click here to see the story done on Samantha, and click here to see the story done by FOX 29 on the car giveaway itself. Congratulations to all of our seniors, and thanks for making SWISD proud. For more pictures, click on the slideshow below. 
Dragon Baseball team wins Regional Quarter-Final Championship making school history
8f0e95a0-e77e-4364-a8a3-428866febbbc.jpgCongratulations to our SWHS Baseball Team on a extremely exciting Game 3 win last Saturday! After dealing with all kinds of adversity, our team was able to win our first ever Regional Quarter-Final Championship!!! The first in school history and extending our record amount of wins in a season as well. Our team now moves to the SWEET 16 (Only 16 teams in 6A left in the state of Texas) or the Regional Semi-Finals. This week we will play Northeast ISD's Reagan High School in a 3 game series starting this Thursday at 7:30 pm at SAISD's Sports Complex. Game 2 will take place on Friday at 7:30 also at SAISD's Sports Complex and Game 3 will be Saturday at 7:30pm at SAISD's Sports Complex. Tickets will be $5 for Adults and $3 for Students. We will accept District 26-6A and District 29-6A passes, Senior Citizen passes, THSCA, TGCA, THSBCA and THSADA passes at the gate. With a win in this series the Dragons will move to the Regional Finals against the winner of Churchill and McAllen High next week. Great job to our Dragon Baseball Team, Coaches and parents on such a historic season! Please try to make it out to show your support for our team this week.  Click here to read an article recently published by the San Antonio Express News on SWHS senior baseball player, Luis Padilla Jr. Click hereto read an article about the team's area round win. We also ask that you join us at our Community send-off this Thursday, May 25, at 4:45 p.m. Community members, parents and students will line up in front of Southwest Elementary to cheer on our SWHS baseball team as they head off to their game! We would love for you to join in that celebration!
Dragon Baseball team advances to the second-round of playoffs
2750c87e-ecd1-4754-898f-f8a667783721.jpgCongratulations to the Southwest High School Dragon baseball team! The Dragons beat La Joya Palmview this past weekend in the playoffs in a best of three game series. On Friday night they lost the first game of the series 3-1, and then they came back Saturday and took the next two games 1-0 and 8-4 to take the series. That series win has advanced them into the second-round of playoffs, where they will play Los Fresnos in a best of three games series starting on Friday, May 12, 2017. Here is the game schedule: Game 1: Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Los Fresnos, Game 2: Saturday, 2 p.m. at Los Fresnos, and Game 3: 5 p.m. at Los Fresnos (if needed). Please go out and support our Dragon Baseball team this weekend! 
SWISD students display their work at the Annual Secondary Art Show
ef651214-070b-4d4a-8bfe-459882070529.jpgOn Thursday, May 11, students from McNair, McAuliffe, Scobee, and Resnik Middle Schools, and Southwest High School proudly displayed their Art work for the Annual Secondary Art Show at the Southwest HS Mall. Great talent was on display from many students. Their Art teachers, Monica Guerra, Veronica Gonzalez, Dorinda Hopper and Robin Rea, Diana Valadez, Betty Arredondo, Bernardino Cervantes, Zachary Haas, and Celeste Paredez are very proud of their students' work and progress throughout the year. Unique for this year, the Vanessa Puente Art for Life Scholarship was awarded for the first time. Six senior Art students submitted an application and an Art work to be judged by a committee of Art teachers and local artists. The $1000 scholarship was awarded to SWHS Senior, Mari Shanahan for her illustrated book, "The Lonely Deer." It was awarded to her by the members of the Puente family in honor of Vanessa Puente.
2nd Superintendent Scholar Summit is held at SWISD
b5bdd375-dba1-491e-a56d-9b5867b1ac59.jpgBack in August, SWISD hosted the 1st Superintendent Scholar Summit. 10th - 12th grade students who were in the top 10 percent GPA and our 1st cohort of 9th grade students who qualified and were enrolled in a Dual Credit Courses were invited to attend. Last Monday, SWISD held it's 2nd Superintendent Scholar Summit. At the Superintendent Scholar Award Ceremony at SWHS the students who participated in the first event back in August were recognized. They were presented with a patch similar to those earned in Varsity extra-curricular activities.  The top 10 percent GPA students from all four Middle Schools - grades 6th - 8th were also invited and presented with a certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Achievement. All SWISD secondary Principals participated in the event as students crossed the stage to receive their awards from Dr. Verstufyt. It was a true celebration of Academics, and congratulations to all of our students who were recognized. 
Dragon Softball advances to the area round of state playoffs
26b81724-b08a-430b-a18d-168a2eebd5a7.jpgCongratulations to the Dragon Softball team on their Bi-District championship! The Lady Dragons beat La Joya in a best of three game series with 13-2 and 9-4 wins last week. They now advanced to the area round of the state playoffs where they will face Weslaco Friday, May 5, 2017, at 8 p.m. at Laredo United ISD's SAC. Game 2 will be on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 5 p.m., and game 3 if needed will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2. Please try and make it out to Laredo on Friday and Saturday to show your support for our Lady Dragon Softball Team! 
Dragon Baseball ends district play in a tie for 2nd place and advances to playoffs
2750c87e-ecd1-4754-898f-f8a667783721.jpgCongratulations to the Southwest High School Dragon baseball team! The Dragons finished district play in a tie for second place with a record of 9-5 and will be advancing to playoffs. They will play La Joya Palmview in a best of three games series starting on Friday, May 5, 2017. Here is the game schedule: Game 1: Friday, May 5 at 8:30 p.m., Game 2: Saturday, 5 p.m. Game 3: 30 min after conclusion of Game 2 (if needed). Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students. Passes accepted are ONLY High School Faculty with ID (spouse must pay). THSCA, TGCA, THSBCA,THSADA with card will be accepted. Please go out and support our Dragon Baseball team this weekend! Click here to read a recent article in MySA about the team and their success.
Southwest High School Track & Field team wraps up a very successful season
What an outstanding performance by our SWHS Track and Field team this season. Congratulations to the following athletes on an awesome season! The following athletes made it all the way to the Regional Track & Field Meet that was held at Alamo Stadium last week: Valeria Luera, Allyson Williams, Samantha Crowell, Shannon Aldridge, Florentino Warfield, and Anthony Benites. Congratulations on a very successful season, and thank you for making SWISD proud! 
Senior Decision Day is celebrated at Southwest High School
fd10b811-4c51-4fa6-9c81-19552b0a5555.jpgOn Tuesday, April 25, 2017, all Southwest High School seniors who met the requirements were allowed to attend a celebration in the cafeteria. The event celebrated the next steps our seniors will be taking after graduation. There were also raffle prizes for close to 20 students with supplies to help them in the future. Our students also signed a commitment banner to demonstrate their commitment to their college of choice, military enlistment, or entrance into the workforce. 
Southwest students compete in Area 20 Special Olympics Soccer Tournament
e45f9c9b-a6b9-40b3-9c0e-a2f775c70e65.jpgThis weekend, Southwest sent four teams to the Area 20 Special Olympics Soccer Tournament. The teams Dragons Green, Lady Dragons, and Dragons Camo all came away with Gold in their respective divisions! Dragons Neon finished third and won Bronze! Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the competition! 
Southwest High School performs as a feature band at Battle of Flowers Band Festival
badfc260-322a-468c-9f4e-b3b725cf11ae.jpgThe Southwest High School Band participated in the Battle of the Flowers Band Festival on Thursday, April 27, 2017. 30 bands from the San Antonio area participated in the festival, and SWHS was just one of three to be selected to perform as a feature band this year. The put on an outstanding performance before a crowd of thousands at Alamo Stadium. Congratulations to our students on this huge accomplishment and thank you for making SWISD proud! If you missed our band's performance you can click here to watch the festival that was broadcasted by KSAT 12. 
Southwest High School athletes compete at Area Track Meet and advance to Regionals
What an outstanding performance by our SWHS Track and Field team last weekend. Girls' Varsity 4 x 200 Meter Relay got 2nd overall and is headed to Regionals with Valeria Luera, Allyson Williams, Samantha Crowell, and Shannon Aldridge. Girls' Varsity 4 x 400 Meter Relay (Mile Relay) got 4th overall, set a new personal record running down and passing Del Rio to qualify for Regionals with Valeria Luera, Allyson Williams, Samantha Crowell, and Shannon Aldridge. Morgan Fey qualified in both the Girls' Varsity Discus Throw and Shot Put events (3rd overall in both events. Samantha Crowell qualified in the Girls' Varsity Long Jump (3rd overall). Florentino Warfield qualified in the Boys' Varsity Long Jump (3rd overall). Anthony Benites (Junior) qualified in the Boys' 800 Meter Run with a dramatic finish that saw him finishing tied for 3rd in a photo finish...but he finished 4th overall officially. Our athletes who qualified will be competing in the UIL Region IV Track & Field Meet where they will compete for a chance to advance to state. Please go and cheer them on at the Regional Meet that will be held in San Antonio this Friday, April 28, 2017.
Southwest High School Softball Team advances to Playoffs
5294c439-33e9-4f46-8d47-8838f8ff18c0.jpgCongratulations to the Lady Dragons Softball team and Coach Hernandez and her staff on another very successful season. The Lady Dragons finished District 29-6A play 11-3 including a second place finish and a birth into the UIL 6A State Playoffs. Our team will play the La Joya Coyotes in a three game series beginning on Friday night, April 28th at 8:00 pm in Sinton, Texas. Game 2 will take place at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 29th. If game 3 is needed it will take place 30 minutes after game 2 is over at the same place. Tickets for this game will be $4 for adults and $2 for students. Please try and make it out to Sinton on Friday or Saturday to show your support for our Lady Dragon Softball Team! 
Dragon Choirs receives superior rating at UIL concert and evaluation
1274753e-81e6-449d-bb05-9f57802cc806.jpgThe Dragon Choirs competed in the 2017 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Judson High School. Our women received a Superior rating on Stage and a Superior Rating in the Sight Reading room earning Southwest Dragon Choirs their first Sweepstakes in program history. Please congratulate these students: Seniors: Adriana Gomez, Samantha Almanza, Celeste Garza, Karina Leija, Hilda Cantu, Haydee Hernandez, Makayla Fischer, Inez Reyes, Felicia Moreno, and Samantha Lopez Martinez. Juniors: Natalie Funderburk, Gabriella Rios, Jennifer Sepulveda, Kristana Ramirez, Naomi Lollis, Destiny Valenzuela, and Marisa Cantu. Sophomores: Marissa Mascarro, Kaylie Ponce, Kimberlie Lopez, Allison Gutierrez, Claudia Davila, Mallory Guerra, Sammantha Ruiz, and Alyssa David. Freshmen: Skylynn Hernandez, Raven Puente, Alexis Martinez, Megan Perales, Karina Molano Sanchez, and Leslie Dye. Click hereto hear the recording from contest! 
Southwest High School athletes have outstanding performances at District Track Meet
At the District 29-6A Track meet, Southwest High School had many athletes who had standout performances. Please congratulate the following athletes on their accomplishments: Valerie Luera, Allyson Williams, Samantha Crowell and Shannon Aldridge qualified for Area in the 4x100 meter relay, 4x200 meter relay, and 4x400 meter relay; Morgan Fey set personal records in the shot put and discuss throw on her way to qualifying for the area meet; Samantha Crowell and Florentino Warfield qualified for the area meet in the long jump; Emily Herrera qualified for the area meet in the high jump; Tillman Haby and Edward Kierstead qualified for the area meet in the pole vault; Hanna Williamson qualified for the area meet in the 100 meter hurdles; Adrian Melendez-Leon qualified for the area meet in the discuss throw; Cole Friesenhahn qualified for the area meet in the shot put; Anthony Benites, who previously set the SWISD record in the 3200 meter run, qualified for the area meet in the 800 meter run. These student-athletes will compete in the Area Track meet on April 22, 2017 at the Laredo SAC!

Southwest High School FFA students participate in Tarleton Livestock Competition
1bab7839-ad02-40cd-9d1b-d48c6c60336e.jpgOur Southwest High School FFA students were back at it again, participating in another livestock competition. On Thursday, April 6, 2017, our students made the trip to Tarleton State University where they participated in the Livestock Evaluation, Vet Med and Horse Evaluation. Because of the scoring system in place at this competition, none of our SWHS teams were eligible for awards, but they did an outstanding job!
The Cosmetology Program would like to congratulate senior Dulce Castandena, as she is the first Licensed Cosmetologists this year!!!  We are very proud of her.  Please congratulate her when you see her.

Three Southwest High School Bands compete at Palo Alto Jazz Festival
b1142c4b-ae5d-430c-a250-638d81e54fe4.jpgCongratulations go out to the Southwest High School Jazz Bands for their performances at the Palo Alto Jazz Festival this past Friday. Southwest is the only school that has attended the festival every year since it's inception back in 1996! If that's not impressive enough, Southwest also took three competing bands to the festival this year!  All three bands had stellar performances and took home some awesome awards. The following students received an "All Star" award from the judges for their performances: Freshman Devin Baker; Sophomore Maya Umack; Sophomore Celestino Rodriguez; Sophomore Adrian Romero; Senior Juan Ochoa. In addition to these awards, Southwest also took home awards for the Outstanding Guitar Player of the Festival, Senior Vaughn Alfaro, and the Outstanding Trombone Player of the Festival, Senior Jose Tinajero. On top of all of that, Southwest also received the "Outstanding Performance of the Day" award in the Non Varsity division.
The American Chemical Society has created a brand new periodic table. The drawings of two of our Chemistry Society members were accepted to represent two elements on the new table. Congratulations to Andrew Morrison, whose drawing was selected for chromium (Cr). Also, Allyson Williams' drawing was accepted for nitrogen (N). Click on the following link to see the participating schools and the new table!

Excellence in Education event honors SWHS students
41eb25d9-5799-410d-bce0-d43dd5c52b0c.jpgLast week, on the evening of Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 15 students from Southwest High School were honored at the Excellence in Education event. The students who were honored are those whose GPA has placed them in the Top 15 ranking in the SWHS graduating class of 2017. Congratulations to the following students: Diego Lomeli, Juan Ochoa, Frances Trejo, Dayelsy Navarrete Alvarez, Maria Briones, Leonardo Vozza, Haley Ripps, Estella Marie Frausto, Adriana Flores Martinez, Lionel Ramos, Rolando Flores, Melissa Gunnoe, Abigail Martinez, Roberto Garcia, and Timothy Haller. Click on the slideshow below to see more pictures from the event.

Relay for Life raises more than $50,000 for American Cancer Society
953e2c83-7465-4022-afd6-c7188f542913.jpgOn Friday, hundreds of students, parents, faculty and SWISD community members came together for the Annual SWISD Relay for Life. Everyone came together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society. Thank you to all of those who came out and made the event such a great success. At the end of the night, SWISD was able to raise more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Five SWISD students participate in TAME State STEM Competition
39411bef-0dd3-4964-8818-9f70f0d0e2db.jpgThis past Saturday, April 8, 2017, five SWISD students participated in TAME's 32nd Annual State STEM Competition at La Villita Assembly Building. 300 high-achieving students qualified to compete in the State STEM Competition. Our students took a timed math test and a timed science test covering the topics taught in classes they are enrolled in and then participate in a Engineering Design Challenge. This challenge brought together students from diverse backgrounds to engineer a solution to a real-world problem in a timed competitive setting. SWHS and Scobee Middle School were the two schools from SWISD that qualified and participated this past weekend. Our students gave a superb effort and gained some real world experiences that will last them a lifetime. The students who participated were: 6th grade student, Miranda Paz; 7th grade student, Nicolas Ornelas; 8th grade student, Gabriel Salinas; 11th grade student, Manuel Arteaga; and 12th grade student, Gerardo Vela. Please take time to congratulate these students for not only qualifying for STATE but representing SWISD in a positive way!
SWISD secondary students show off their artwork
f25dc2e0-3936-4cd2-9dfb-8e4b4a2e7a33.jpgOn Tuesday, April 4, 2017, students from all four of our SWISD middle schools and Southwest High School showed off their amazing art work at Palo Alto College. The event was held in the Palo Alto Concho Art Gallery and was free to the public. It was a great opportunity for our SWISD to showcase their talent and share their work with the community. Click on the slideshow below for pictures from the event and to see some of our students artwork.
Southwest ISD students attend WGC Girls Leadership of SA Global Summit
16cd8b65-73a8-461d-a995-0c0a0383ce55.jpgSWISD students recently attended the Women's Global Connection (WGC) Girls Leadership of San Antonio Global Summit. The students had a great time at the event that was all about empowering women. They were able to connect with students from all San Antonio and discuss important issues. Thank you to Belinda Cisneros for accompanying our students to such an inspiring and encouraging event.  
Lady Dragon Soccer team finishes season with outstanding accomplishments
708b9c97-fa01-4cd7-8cf6-b90e53ef167b.jpgOur Lady Dragon Soccer team beat La Joya on March 25, 2017 with a final score of 4-0. That win advanced our team into the Area playoff game where they would face Harlingen South. The Lady Dragons left everything on the field, but fell short with a heart breaking 4-3 loss. Although their season has come to a close, they have a lot to be proud of. Their playoff win against La Joya was our first soccer playoff victory in school history! Congratulations to our athletes and to Coaches Roberto Jaramillo and Kacey Chance on a great season. 
Southwest High School enters first-ever Bexar County High School Film Festival
23ebe06e-47a1-467f-8691-984d93e01d81.jpgOur Southwest High School students are officially competing in the Bexar County High School Film Festival. There are a total of 21 teams from all of the city competing in this first-ever festival. Our students hope to see you at the premiere, which will be held at the Santikos Mayan Palace on Monday, April 17, 2017. 
WISD and Toyota announce Alamo City Electrathon Race at Kickoff Event
f823159c-25d3-483e-9f42-e4f9d182d0be.jpgIn an effort to promote and excite students about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, Toyota Motors Manufacturing Texas has partnered with Southwest ISD to create a one of a kind event for several area school districts. The Inaugural Alamo City Electrathon (ACE) Race will be composed of an alternative engineering team of students from six participating school districts, with Southwest ISD being the exhibition team. Students will build and race their single passenger electric powered cars using 73lb’s of lead acid. Toyota Motors Manufacturing Texas has supplied the seed money to help initiate and maintain this program they hope will become a National Sanctioned Electrathon Event with Electrathon America, one of approximately 12 in the nation. The car kit's for the following districts, Edgewood, Somerset, Southside, South San, East Central, and Harlandale, were unveiled during a press conference this week. The Inaugural ACE Race will take place on May 19, 2017. For more pictures, click on the slideshow below.
SWHS Mariachis perform at NSBA Conference in Denver
8e082e5a-dd78-4648-bbf5-07e541a44e27.jpgThis past weekend, our SWHS Mariachis were able to perform in front of a crowd of about 7,000 people at the NSBA Conference in Denver. Our students displayed amazing talent, poise and professionalism. The adults in the room watched in amazement as our Mariachi wrote yet another National chapter in performances outside of both our city and state. Congratulations and thank you for making SWISD proud. 
SWISD students recognized at Mayor's Cup Luncheon
778b6ebd-02a0-4dde-9bfc-e0946c986ba4.jpgAt the recent Mayor's Cup Luncheon, Southwest High School student Sirach Zamora and our CyperPatriot teams from McNair and Resnik were recognized. Sirach is a member of the Alamo Academy ITSA open division team and is the youngest Security+ certified professional in the nation. His team is only one of 12 teams out of 1700 who have advanced to the CyberPatriot National Competition that will be held in Baltimore, MD April 3rd through 5th. Resnik Middle School was recognized at the Luncheon as the CyperPatriot Rookie Team of the Year, and McNair Middle School finished as the number two team in the great state of Texas. MCN also had the most number of teams for a school in Texas, with a total of 10. Click on the slideshow below for more pictures from the Mayor's Cup Luncheon.
Southwest High School senior places 3rd at State Powerlifting meet
c43585a6-d7c2-4784-9243-8293fc745b33.jpgCongratulations to Senior Jasmine Medina and her coaches Steve Hernandez and Homer Flores, as she placed 3rd in her weight division at the State Powerlifting Meet in Waco today. Her lifts were Squat 460, bench 220, deadlift 375 total 1055 Lbs!! What an impressive performance. Great Job Jasmine!

Two Southwest High School athletes are highlighted in SA Express News
eb62e297-94a1-41de-b22e-7019d548726b.jpgca345af7-266a-446a-8001-2721fe842783.jpgThe shortstop for the Southwest Dragons Baseball team was chosen as the play of the week in the San Antonio Express News for the week of March 6th. Elerie Rivera is a senior who has had an outstanding performance to start off this season.  Last week, he went 8 for 12 at the plate with six runs scored, four walks and three RBIs, helping the Dragons go 5-0 for the week and improve to 10-0 for the season. Click here to see the mySA article. SWHS senior, Lexy Diaz, also received the game ball from mySA this week for her great performance against Laredo United and Laredo Alexander. Diaz contributed three goals and an assist to help the dragons clench another District 29-6A title. Click here to see the mySA article.
Lady Dragon Soccer repeats as District Champions
The Athletic Department would like to say congratulations to Coach Jaramillo, Coach Chance and our Lady Dragon Soccer team for repeating as District Champions. This year the team was undefeated in 29-6A!! These are the first two District Championships in school history and obviously the first undefeated one in school history!! With this we are excited to announce the Bi-District round match up for the UIL State Playoffs. The Lady Dragons will play this Friday March 24th at United I.S.D's Student Activity Complex in Laredo at 6:00 pm against La Joya High School. Tickets will be $4 for adults and $2 for students. UIL District Passes will NOT be accepted. Faculty may get in with their SWHS Faculty I.D. Again Congrats to our Lady Dragons and we hope to see you in Laredo on Friday night. 
Southwest Style Color Guard advances to TECA State Prelims
825b2d4e-3060-45af-8ac3-f2ea600966e9.jpgThe Southwest Style Color Guard made history this past weekend at their winterguard competition at Lehman High School in Kyle, TX.  They competed at the World Guard International (WGI) Austin Regional in the Scholastic Regional A class. They made history by becoming a finalist amongst some of the best in the world!  Their hard work has paid off since this was one of their goals from the summer!  Check them out on March 18th at Warren and again on March 25th here at SW as we host and compete at the TECA State Prelims!
I am SO PLEASED TO ANNOUNCED that these seniors passed the AACFS Education Fundamentals Pre-Professional Certification exam.  This certification is very similar to the PPR that each of us took for our certification!

Maria Amaya
Andrea Barrientos
Celina Castanon
Elizabeth Cheek
Ryan Kent
Alyssa Leyba
Samantha Lopez
Kimberly Rodriguez
Raquel Martinez
Gabriela Robles

I am SO VERY PROUD of all of their amazing dedication to become EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS!!!
Students celebrate Big Art Day throughout SWISD
33f80726-f284-42dd-b774-847f5fcc05e3.jpgIn Celebration of Big Art Day last Thursday, the SWISD Visual Arts students transformed the sidewalks in front of Southwest High School, Scobee Middle School, McNair Middle School and McAuliffe Middle School into their canvas for the day. Big Art Day is an initiative of the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) to engage all art educators, their students and communities in a single day art event. The goal is to raise awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our communities on a BIG statewide scale. Students utilized their art skills to create some impressive works of art using chalk.
Southwest high school student headed to prestigious performing arts school
28d8d82f-dc3d-426a-bf38-5aacd384596a.jpgOn a previous Monday Message we mentioned Karina Gutierrez was accepted to NYU's Tish School of the Arts, and last week, KENS 5 did a feature story on Karina and this amazing accomplishment. We would also like to congratulate her Drama directors Kary Driesse and James Jewell on their teaching and influence! Click here to see her featured on KENS5.
Southwest High School athlete is named Brandon Burlsworth Character Award Nominee
517fc17f-c165-476d-93ac-7e9b0e273957.jpgFlorentino Warfield, Southwest High School senior football player and current track athlete, has been named a nominee for the Brandon Burlsworth Character Award. The award has previously been given out in Arkansas High Schools for the past 11 years in recognition of outstanding character and sportsmanship, and it has now extended across the country. The award honors the player who gives 100 percent on the field and stands as a moral example to his team, just like Brandon Burlsworth. Southwest ISD would like to congratulate Florentino Warfield for being chosen as a nominee for such an outstanding honor. 
Mariachi students at Southwest High School selected to perform at All-Region Concert
2f9f6c1d-3984-4118-bc24-ea5a7d7fe723.jpgOn February 23rd and 24th, several of our Southwest High School mariachi students participated in a clinic and concert held at the Eagle Pass ISD Fine Arts Center. The event followed a rigorous audition process that students attended last month. From this, the top mariachi musicians in our region were selected to participate. SWHS had a huge representation of 9 students that made the ensemble. We had more students participate than any other school in Region 11. Congratulations to: 12th-grade students- Estela Frausto, Elizabeth Cruz, Abigail Martinez, Kiana Rosado, and Gilbert Zavala, 11th-grade students- Marizela Meza, and Luis Romero, 10th-grade student- Luis Velasco and 9th-grade student, Sebastian Saldivar.
Southwest High School Track and Field Teams compete in Harlandale and Dragon Relays
Our Southwest High School Track and Field Teams competed in the Harlandale Memorial Track Relays on Feb. 16. Both our varsity boys and girls did extremely well in the first track meet of the season, with more than 15 of our athletes placing in the top three for their event. Click here to see the list of 1st through 3rd place finishes. The following week, on Feb. 23, our SWHS Varsity Track and Field Team competed in the Joe Marsh Dragon Relays. Our athletes performed extremely well once again, with both our varsity boys and girls teams finishing 2nd overall out of 8 teams. Click here to see both Junior Varsity and Varsity athletes who placed in their events. Congratulations, and SWISD wishes you luck in your upcoming relays. 
SWISD competes in Special Olympics Basketball Competition
913bfc03-7158-4e52-b845-c9a91743cba9.jpgAthletes from Southwest Special Olympics recently competed in the Area 20 Basketball Tournament at Alamo City All Stars Sportsplex in Universal City.Four teams represented the district. The Dragons Gray team was made up of athletes from Scobee Middle School and coached by Ashley Dotson.The Dragons White team was made up of athletes from Southwest High School and coached by Mike Reslinger. The Dragons Green team was made up of athletes from Southwest 9th-grade campus and coached by James Spain.The Lady Dragons Team was made up of female athletes from Southwest High School and coached by Rebecca Shuler. Congratulations to both Dragons White and Dragons Green earned gold in their divisions while the Lady Dragons earned Silver and Dragons Gray came away with Bronze. For more pictures, click on the slideshow below.
Grand Champion Tractor title at SA Rodeo goes to Southwest High School student
53edd3fa-94db-43ff-ba02-7d91838bd7aa.jpgCongratulations to Southwest High School junior, Corey Verstraeten, for taking the title of Grand Champion Tractor at the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Corey has recently taken the title of Grand Champion at the 2016 State Fair of Texas and was also selected as a finalist in the National 2016 Delo Tractor Restoration Competition. Corey can now add 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Grand Champion to his list of accomplishments. With the new title came a ton of prizes including tool boxes and equipment that he can use on future projects. Corey invests hundreds of hours into restoring tractors, and his hard work isn't going unnoticed. Congratulations Corey!.
Southwest High School Baseball Team wins SAISD Tournament

The Southwest Dragons Baseball Team became back-to-back Champions of the SAISD Baseball Tournament. The Dragons took first place for the second year in a row at the SAISD Tournament this weekend. They played a total of four games over two days of play, beating Harlandale 12-8, Wagner 7-2, Somerset 8-0 and Central Catholic 6-4 to take 1st place. Congratulations to the Dragons! 
Three Southwest High School students advance to Visual Arts Scholastic Event State Competition

On Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 Southwest High School students competed at the UIL Visual Arts Scholastic Event, held at East Central High School. All 11 of our SWHS students were selected for the second round of judging, which was a big accomplishment. We also had three students who were selected to advance to the State Competition. The students who will be competing in the State Competition in April are junior Catherine Pina, and seniors Jason Gonzalez and Mari Shanahan. Click on the slideshow below to see their artwork that was selected to advance to the state competition.
Over the weekend a team from the welding class participated in the first annual Ag Sales Competition and Marketplace at the San Antonio Stock Show. Their fire pit project advanced to the live auction yesterday afternoon and sold for $6000. These students did an awesome job.

Team members:

Javier Godinez      12th Grade
Jarred Hale           12th Grade
Nathaniel Deleon  11th grade
SWISD students compete at TAME Competition
This past Saturday, Feb. 25, our SWISD students participated in the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Math, Science and Design competition at St. Philip's College. 11 members of Southwest Engineering Team competed in the 40th Anniversary event. This year the number of participants doubled to over 300 students from the San Antonio area. Southwest was represented by three of our middle schools as well as our high school. Mr. Dionicio Ramirez, Jessica Chavez, and Stephanie Wilson did a great job in organizing this activity. Also, thank you Mr. Garcia for taking the time to see our kids in action. The Southwest Engineering Team would also like to thank Mr. Brandon Cloud, engineer at SWRI and SWET mentor, for coming to support our team. Congratulations to SWHS students Manny Arteaga, Gerry Vela and Frances Trejo for placing in the competition. 
Southwest High School senior is accepted into prestigious NYU School of Acting
28d8d82f-dc3d-426a-bf38-5aacd384596a.jpgKarina Gutierrez, senior at Southwest High School, was recently accepted into the New York University Tisch School of Acting for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. This prestigious university annually receives over 500 applicants and accepts approximately only 180 students from around the world. Many famous performers who have attended NYU include Lady Gaga, Kristen Bell, Adam Sandler, Alec Baldwin and Anne Hathaway. Dragon Drama and SWHS are both extremely proud of Karina's accomplishments and want to give her a shout out of "Break A Leg!" on her way to New York. 
Southwest High School students earn certification from Texas Toyota Student Mentorship Program
16ba25d0-8fcb-4825-b24e-e6528043c2a0.jpgOn Thursday, February 16th, a total of 74 Southwest High School students earned their certification from the Texas Toyota Student Mentorship Program. These 74 students have a passion for automotive technology and auto collision. Earning their certification in this Toyota program is a huge accomplishment and will open up many opportunities in the automotive industry in their futures. SWISD is proud of their accomplishments and looks forward to seeing their future successes. 
Texas Association of Future Educators
On Thursday February 16 through Sunday February 19, 12 SWHS TAFE Dragons attended the TEACH Tomorrow Summit for TAFE state competition in Arlington, Texas. These students competed in various competitions. We were additionally honored to have Mr. Black join us!
  • Aaron Romo was the Master of Ceremonies for the entire conference. He was part of the TAFE state officer team and is one of four National Educators Rising Innovation Student Officers.
  • Two of our students played a part in the Talent show, Aaron Romo and Ryan Kent, they both did an amazing job entertaining the audience!
  • Summer Mathis and Ryan Kent placed in the Top Five, in their respective competitions, and will be going on to Nationals in Arizona with Educators Rising in June.
  • Hilda Cantu Garcia and Samantha Lopez Martinez both received a gold certificate with their personal Portfolios.
  • Raquel Martinez and Gabriela Robles placed in Project Visualize- Leadership and got a Blue Ribbon/gold certificate.
  • Kimberly Rodriguez and Samantha Lopez Martinez got a red ribbon and a silver certificate in Project Visualize- Service.
  • Ryan Kent, Maria Amaya, Elizabeth Cheek and Marisol Ordorica got a silver certificate in their Breakout Session.
Southwest ISD partners with HOLT CAT to provide internships for students
b28f34e5-b86b-4197-8f15-c9893e1ed8a6.jpgHOLT CAT has partnered with Southwest ISD to provide paid internships to Southwest High School students. The internship is part of the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program, in which students have to apply and interview for the internship positions. Southwest ISD had 19 students accepted into the program. This opportunity will allow students to receive technical trade, business, and IT experiences at Holt Cat, while earning high school credit for graduation. To see more pictures from the Press Conference, click on the slideshow below. Click here to see story KSAT did on the partnership. Click here to see KENS 5's story. 

Southwest High School senior receives Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship
3272017_73941_0.jpgCongratulations to Southwest High School senior, Eduardo Vicuna, who was chosen as a recipient of the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship. The Valero scholarship is valued at $7,500! Eduardo is one of 76 recipients from 65 school in the San Antonio area. Eduardo and his family will annually be invited to attend an awards luncheon courtesy of HEB and to the Valero Alamo Bowl where he will be recognized on the field courtesy of Frost and the Valero Alamo Bowl. SWISD is proud of Eduardo and all of his accomplishments and can't wait to see what he will accomplish in the future. 
Southwest High School Special Olympic Volleyball team named second best in Texas
425f7ae2-ef89-4536-9d13-77ff0303762a.jpgThe Special Olympic Volleyball team from Southwest High School competed at the state competition throughout the weekend of February 3rd through 5th. After a disappointing defeat on Saturday, the Dragons came roaring back on Sunday and played the best game they have ever played. They beat beating a previously undefeated team in 2 sets. There ended up being a three-way tie for first. The tie breaker was forced to be settled by a margin of victory. SWHS came out 3 points behind and ended up with the silver medal. Second in the record books, but this team is absolutely a state champion.
Pictures attached  SWHS Support Staff and Students receiving scholarships.  Please place on the distrcit website and school.

1st picture -Senior - Eduardo Vicuna  -   Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship $7, 500.00
2nd picture -Senior Elizabeth Rodriguez - Texas A&M College Station "Century Scholar" Scholarshiio $240.00  each year
3rd picture - Senior Haley Ripps -   Texas A&M College Station "Century Scholar" Schoalrship $2400.00 each year

SWHS Support Services Teams

4th picture  Cafe College -  Ms. Giovanna Espinoza  SWHS (Trinity Advise Texas Advisor) Mrs. Britt SWHS College Liaison Room 2
5th picture  Goodwill Navigators Advisors - Deonna White and Stacy Guerra  SWHS Room 3
6th  picture Trio Talent Search Advisors - David Mancha and Anna Lisa Fernandez  SWHS Room 1
7th picture  San Antonio Education Partnership Advisor  Mr.Venegas- Room 1
8th  picture  CIS (Communities and Schools) Christian Guerra, Stephanie Rivera and naalie Rivas (Intern)  Room 3

On Saturday, February 11th the Dragonfire Dance Team competed at their first contest of the season at Canyon High School in New Braunfels. They represented Southwest well and came home with the awards listed below. If you have any of these ladies in your classes be sure to congratulate them! The Dragonfire Dancers, Emerald Belles, and Dragonette Pep Squad will all be competing at O'Connor High School this upcoming Friday and Saturday.
  • Super Sweepstakes
  • 1st Runner up Novelty
  • 1st Runner up Jazz
  • Best in Class Pom
  • Best in Class Lyrical
  • 1st runner up Small Team Division
  • Outstanding Precision
  • Outstanding Choreography
Two SWHS student-athletes sign letters of intent to play college sports
0018e191-c3c0-4f16-8a96-00460c20092e.jpgFor two of our Southwest High School student-athletes, National Signing Day marked a significant moment in their lives. After countless hours of hard work and dedication, Aashlyn Sulaica and Robert Fuentes reached a goal they had long awaited, the opportunity to play their sports at the collegiate level. Aashlyn will be playing volleyball at Clarkson University in New York, and Robert Fuentes will be staying here in San Antonio to play football for the University of Texas at San Antonio. Congratulations to these student-athletes who have not only excelled in their sport, but also in the classroom. For more pictures, click on the slideshow below.
Two Southwest High School seniors are selected as "Century Scholarship" recipients
A huge congratulations goes out to Southwest High School seniors Elizabeth Rodriguez and Haley Ripps, who were both awarded the Texas A&M College Station "Century Scholarship". The scholarship has a value of $24,000 a year! Both of these SWHS seniors were also offered other grants. Please congratulate them when you see them. Being chosen a scholarship recipient is a huge honor and speaks volumes about these young women. SWISD is very proud of both students, and looks forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future. 
Southwest High School Band and Color Guard have an event-filled week
14ff19c8-9628-482d-88e7-571e20d49e2b.jpgOn Tuesday, January 31st, a small group from the US Air Force Band of the West stationed at Lackland came to SWHS. The clarinet quartet performed for all of our band students and then stayed to work with the clarinets from three of our band classes. The students had an amazing experience with these awesome musicians. On Saturday, February 4th, two jazz bands competed at the Brandeis South Texas Jazz Festival. Jazz 1 earned a Superior Performance Award, and Jazz 2 had a student receive an outstanding solo award. Also on Saturday, our Color Guard students competed at Steele High School as a part of their winterguard season.  They earned 2nd place in their division, improving on their 3rd place finish the week before. We wish them luck in their next competition on February 25th.
SWHS proposed contest officially becomes San Antonio Tricentennial partner
88bc1b9c-86c1-4963-ba5a-175ccebb6595.jpgOn Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the student research project contest,  "Beyond the Alamo - This is Our Legacy", submitted by SWHS English Department Chair, Michelle Guajardo, was officially announced as San Antonio Tricentennial partner. During the Tricentennial celebration in 2018, Southwest High School will run a contest for all junior level Gifted and Talented students in high schools across the city to participate in. The focus of the project will be on the historical events that occurred in each of the area's public school district boundaries. SWISD is the only school district in San Antonio to be an official partner of the Tricentennial.
Congratulations goe out to seniors Elizabeth Rodriguez and Haley Ripps who were both awarded the Texas A&M College Station" Century Scholarship' valued at  $24, 000.00 yearly. they were also  offered other grants.  Please congratulate them when you see them.  We're still waiting to see who our 2 seniors are that recieved the UT" Longhorn Scholarship'  and will share tha news as well. 
450 Southwest students participate in 2nd Annual Citywide Job Shadow Day
fffe4af9-c526-40b2-b5ce-f41eab85b1a5.jpgNearly 3,000 students across San Antonio and Bexar County were partnered with local employers for a half-day of onsite experience-based learning. 450 of our Southwest High School students were a part of the citywide event that provided our students insight into different industries, career paths and skills employers value. Our students shadowed a variety of employers including: CPS, Cisco, Argo Insurance, Grok Interactive, Toyota, SA Museum of Art and many more. For more pictures, click on the slideshow below.
Coach Franco & SWHS cheerleaders at Univision being interviewe d for a segment.IMG_20170112_113420_410.jpg
On January 14th the SWHS Varsity and JVA competed at the TAME area competition held at Burbank HS. Both mariachi groups received a 1st division rating.
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SWHS Senior featured on CPS Energy website following internship
acaf4819-0bc8-4be5-813a-7b5705300a90.jpgSouthwest High School senior, Haley Ripps, spent last summer working with the CPS Energy Environmental and Power Generation teams in the Student Assistance for Education (SAFE) program. Her time spent in the paid internship program allowed Haley to gain valuable experience in engineering as well as a $5,000 scholarship and funds to help her reach her future goals. She was able to learn about welding, shadow machinists, pick up maintenance skills, inspect run-off water areas and work closely with CPS employees. Haley's mentor, CPS Interim Plant Director, Trish Villa, had nothing but positive things to say about her. “I was impressed how driven and responsible that Haley is for such a young age,” said Villa. Haley plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and minor in electrical engineering. She has already been accepted to Texas A&M and UTSA, and plans on going back to CPS after attaining her degree. Click here to read the full article on the CPS Energy website. 
SWHS Band students compete in All Region Auditions
Sixty-nine band students braved the rain and cold on Saturday, December 3rd to attend the TMEA Region XI All Region Band Auditions held at East Central High School. Our students were in heavy competition with students from across the region including Southwest, South San, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Steele, East Central, Wagner, Judson and Clemens High Schools. SWHS had an impressive showing with 13 students qualifying for Area Level Auditions. At that audition, held at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, students will try to qualify for the TMEA All State Bands. In total, 14 students earned a chair in the top All Region Band, with an additional 10 students earning a chair in the second All Region Band. An additional 18 students earned a chair in the District Band, 8 of which are the 1st alternate for a potential chair in the second Region Band. Congratulations to all of the students who placed. To see a list of the students and what place they earned, click here
Students become Dragon Warriors for 2nd six weeks
e17fc85f-0f34-4fb3-819f-1b210b10d11a.jpgFifteen Southwest High School students recently became Dragon Warriors for the 2nd six weeks of the school year. The students selected earned points for their work in the classroom, community, physical fitness and continuous work to be better leaders. The 15 Dragon Warriors selected in order by the most points were: Tim Haller, Nadia Chavez, Edward Kierstead, Madison Stout, Bostin Crisp, Rosalyn Montez, Mario Medina, Kaitlynne Maldonado, Emily Herrera, Gabriella Blanquiz, Martin Torres III, Julieanna Ramos, Cole Friesenhahn, Miguel Luna, and Michaela Mares.
These are Pics from the Rodeo Western Art Show that was held this weekend.
Jacob Garza 2nd Place- Acrylic
Leslie Gutierrez 2nd Place- Colored Pencil
Mari Shanahan- 3rd place- Acrylic
SWHS Dragon Choirs sing with SA Symphony and Ballet San Antonio
fa0ce1ef-f973-4729-98d3-fa4be8e4f134.jpgOn Friday, December 2, 2016, the women of the Southwest High School Dragon Choirs had the honor of singing the Waltz of the Snowflake from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" with the San Antonio Symphony and Ballet San Antonio. The performance took place downtown at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The ladies sang beautifully and were well received by the audience and the symphony staff. 
SWHS students advance to state in CyberPatriot competition
74f72d54-544e-42b6-8d45-6ec3cc7f23e4.pngThis year Southwest HS entered 10 teams, 8 open divisions and 2 ROTC teams into the CyberPatriot competition. There are currently 1720 teams competing nation wide, 190 in Texas alone. SWHS will be sending three platinum, six gold and one silver team to this year's State round. Out of the 190 teams throughout the state, SWHS Team 1936 finished 28th, Team 3141 (consisting of 1 senior and 5 freshman) placed 31st and Team 1929 (an All-Girl Team) placed 34th. Each of these teams have worked hard conducting their own research, working 2-3 hours after school and in some cases practicing during their lunch periods. Our SWHS teams will compete in the State round next Friday January 13.
SWHS students attend Logistics Day at Palo Alto
ce2f6ce6-f3f2-4216-b3db-abbc4d312af8.jpgOn Saturday, November 12, 2016, two Southwest High School students and a teacher attended the Girls Career in Logistics Day at Palo Alto College. They helped load approximately 250 cars with food that was given out by the San Antonio Food Bank. The event was a great learning experience for the two SWHS juniors who attended. 
Southwest Area Local Stock Show 
e1c885db-7aeb-4a86-9bc2-f6bc9b51b3bd.jpgRain or shine the Southwest Area Local Stock Show was going to happen on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The event was held at the FFA project center and despite the rainy weather, brought in a great crowd. All of the students did an amazing job competing, putting a lot of time and effort into preparation. The winners were: Sarah Haby for Grand Champion Hog, Tori Martinez for Reserve Champion Hog, Andrew Rodriguez for Grand Champion Goat, Zac Korda for Reserve Champion Goat, Kayzen Lassere for Grand Champion Lamb, Ryan Pena for Reserve Champion Lamb, Cassidy Zaointz for Champion breeding swine and Reserve champ breeding hog.
Dragon Choirs compete in 2nd 2017 TMEA All-State Auditions
f4f1cc6a-4cc3-45dc-a548-5793cebfcffb.jpgTuesday, November 29, 2016, four members of the Dragon Choirs competed in the second audition for the 2017 TMEA All-State Choirs. After a long night of auditions, one student was selected to move forward to the Area auditions in January. That student was junior, Natalie Funderburk, who made 2nd chair in the Alto 1 panel. She will compete against three other regions for a seat in the All-State Choirs.
Two SWHS athletes sign to Universities 
9c6c2564-a708-4fb2-9717-2300d4f242a2.jpgThe first set of Southwest High School athletes signed to continue their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level. Congratulations to Karyssa Henry, her family, teammates and coaches (Coach Avey, Coach Gabriel, Coach Martinez and Coach Duval), on her fantastic opportunity to continue playing basketball in college at Bethel College in Kansas. Also a big congratulations to Julianna Cerda, her family, teammates and coaches (Coach Hernandez, Coach Camarillo and Coach Rodriguez), as she also has earned the terrific opportunity to continue playing softball here in San Antonio at St. Mary's University.
SWHS Band students perform in Region Jazz Concert
a0e3a321-366c-499d-9dd0-a4d68529b202.jpgBack in September, three Southwest High School Band students participated in the Region Jazz auditions, and three of them earned places in the Region 11 Jazz Band. On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the students performed amongst schools from SCUCISD, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and SAISD under the direction of Dr. Ruiz, Jazz Ensemble Director of the University of Texas at San Antonio.  The concert was packed with different styles of jazz music such as swing, ballad, bossa nova, and funk/rock.  SWISD is very proud of all of these students and their accomplishments.
Dragon Choirs compete in All-Region Choir Clinic and Concert
fba31120-30a3-49d2-a661-c643cc1bcc9b.jpgOn November 11th and 12th, ten members of the Dragon Choirs participated in the 2016 TMEA Region 11 All-Region Choir Clinic and Concert. Participants rehearsed with students from Judson ISD, East Central ISD, San Antonio ISD, Harlandale ISD, Del Rio ISD, Pleasanton ISD, Edgewood ISD, and various small and private schools. Saturday evening they performed a beautiful concert to a packed auditorium. Congratulations to Freshmen: Leslie Dye, Karina Molano Sanchez, Skylynn Hernandez; Juniors: Natalie Funderburk, Gabriella Rios, and Dylan Negon; and Seniors: Diego Lomeli, Atalie De La Paz, Celeste Garza, Andrew Morrison on a beautiful concert. 
The Southwest High School Band and Band Staff were busy over the weekend.  Starting off on Friday with two different performances around out area.  Ms. Ball performed "Taps" at Medio Creek Elementary in honor of Veterans Day while The Wind Ensemble "A" (a small portion of the marching band) performed at Blue Skies of Texas, a veteran retirement village near the Valley Hi area.
That night we performed for the last time (for real) our UIL Marching Show "Phantom of Broadway" while three of our students rehearsed with some of the top Jazz Musician Students in the City for a Saturday Performance at Jefferson High School.
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pictures from the performance as well as the lunch where our students had time to talk with veterans about the past and veterans had a chance to listen to the students about their future.blue skies lunch.jpg
On Saturday November 12, 2016 the varsity mariachi performed at Market Square in downtown San Antonio. The students performed in front of the Centro De Arte while spectators and tourists walked by and enjoyed this Veteran's Day weekend performance.
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Please congratulate these students who will be going on to state. They did an EXCEPTION JOB RESEARCHING, PREPARING and COLLABORATING!!!  The judges were very, very impressed with the creativity, rigorous and effort all our students put into their competitions!  

Ryan Kent for Creative Lecture, Impromptu Speaking
Hilda Cantu - Educators Rising Moment
Summer Mathis- Exploring Support Services Careers
Yarelis Famerio & Summer Mathis - Impromptu Lesson
Raquel Martinez, Gabriela Robles - Project Visualize - Leadership Project
Kimberly Rodriguez, Samantha Lopez- Project Visualize - Service
Samanth Lopez, Gabriela Robles, Kimberly Rodriguez - Researching Learning Challenges
Marisol Ordocia, Briana Zepada, Ryan Kent - ELF Test - similar to the PPR - Pedagogy test

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Let's not forget Aaron Romo who was the Master of Ceremony and was my left arm thro ughout the day!  aaron at the podium0.jpg
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Southwest High School students excel in poetry contest 

Last month, Southwest High School AP Spanish students submitted satire poems to compete in the Third Annual Spanish Poetry Contest of the “Day of the Dead” sponsored by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-San Antonio. Students competed with more than 1,000 students from districts like San Antonio ISD, Northside ISD, and Alamo Heights ISD. Prizes were given to the top three winners and the top 12 were recognized. Six of our AP Spanish students placed in the top 12, including top prizes for the 1st place and 3rd place winners. First place went to Diego Cardona-González, third place went to Jacinto Sánchez, fourth place went to Juan Pablo Olguín, fifth place went to Edgar Rangel-Jaramillo, sixth place went to Osvaldo Quezada, 9th place went to Juneli Vázquez, and twelfth place went to Baldazar Montero. 
SWHS's Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica inducts new members at Fall ceremony
c01349e5-abee-40ce-a458-274573c1953d.jpgSWHS's Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica hosted its Fall 2016 Induction Ceremony on October 11, 2016. Thirty new members were inducted into the society, joining 20 current members. New members recited two poems in Spanish by Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. They also took their honorary oath as a commitment and loyalty in learning and teaching the Spanish language. This is the biggest group that the society has inducted since it first initiated in 2013. The society would like to thank all parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators for attending the event and for their support.
Southwest High School students compete in ATPI photo contest
5dfa99bd-877e-4e1b-a2d1-997be1597e8f.jpgThe Association of Texas Photography Instructors recently held a Fall Photo contest, in which more than 6,000 students competed, including 17 of our SWHS Advanced Commercial Photography students. Junior, Lauren Terrazas, joined three previous students to place in the contest, by earning Honorable Mention in the Formal Portrait- Advanced category. To see the picture she submitted, click here. Contest judges included Pulitzer Prize Photographic winners, as well as a group of highly recognized professional photographers. The class will be taking reservations for Senior Cap and Gown studio sessions in January and will be the official photographers for Senior Prom.
Lauren Terrazas recieved an Honorable Mention award for her Formal Portrait in the Texas Association of Photography Educators student Fall Competition.  89 Schools participated in the competition with over 6000 entries from all over the state of Texas, Okla, and Kansas.
On Saturday November 6th, the Southwest Drumline Competed against some of the top Drumlines in San Antonio and surrounding areas.  We did not place in the top three but did have an outstanding section that won the caption for the day.  The Southwest High School Cymbal Line took home the "Best Cymbal Line Award"!   We are very proud of the students accomplishments and their dedication to their craft.  IMG_1167.jpg

Southwest Community enjoys Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event
aadcf943-7101-4a48-8d89-838523996086.jpgThis Halloween, Monday, October 31, 2016, Southwest ISD held the Annual Trunk or Treat event. Traders village hosted the event and offered free parking and rides. There was an awesome turnout, with many SWISD families showing up in costume. There were also more than 15 trunks set up where students could collect candy in a safe environment. 
Southwest High School students take field trip to Texas A&M University
646a08f7-b645-4207-b98f-bc5954e9629f.jpgThe Education and Training students of Southwest High School were given a personal tour of Texas A&M University last weekend. Mr. Casey Ricketts, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Scholarships and College of Education and Human Development, set up a lunch with current Texas A&M Education students. At the lunch students were able to ask questions and talk about college readiness. Corina Valadez, SWHS Alumni and current Texas A&M student, also gave our students a tour of her dorm, one of the campus libraries, and the Student Union. 
Dragon Choir Members selected to perform at Regional Concert
6a278982-0895-40b2-9257-a05826881205.jpgEight members of the Dragon Choirs participated in the TMEA Region 11 Treble Region Auditions on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Three out of the eight members who competed, were selected to perform in the Annual Region Choir Concert on November 12, 2016. The students selected were senior, Atalie De La Paz, and freshmen, Skylynn Hernandez and Karina Molano Sanchez. 
Southwest High School Mariachis and Scobee One Act Play group perform at Kriewald Elementary

Both the Varsity and JVA Southwest High School Mariachis performed at Kriewald Elementary on Friday, October 21, 2016. The performance was a part of the KRE Leader In Me Rally. The performance was one of the main highlights of the rally.  The Scobee One Act Play group also performed at the KRE rally. The group entertained the audience with an interactive play under the direction of Ms. Kara Tindol. Following the performance at KRE, SWHS String Bass player, Thomas Pusateri, placed 2nd in Orchestra Region auditions, held Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Wagner High School.
Southwest High School varsity volleyball team advances to the playoffs


The Southwest High School varsity volleyball team finished district play in 3rd place with a record of 13-6 and will compete against McAllen High School in the first round of District 29 6A playoffs tonight. The game will start at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016, at Alice High School. Go show your support for the Lady Dragons
SWHS Tractor Project Wins State Competition
eb926443-8732-42d7-b742-c53e9984f32e.jpgA few weeks ago, Southwest High School student, Corey Verstraeten, was recognized at the State Fair of Texas. His oliver tractor was named Grand Champion! Corey put a lot of time and effort into restoring his tractor, which was easily seen in the final product. For winning Grand Champion, Corey received numerous prizes, including a new welder and a tool box filled with tools. There is no doubt Corey will put the prizes he won to good use. 
Dragon Drama attends UIL Super Conference 

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Dragon Drama traveled to the University of Texas at Austin to attend the UIL SuperConference. At the conference, students were able to attend classes on theatrical productions, the use of Anne Bogart's methods on Ensemble work, stage combat, expressional movement and portfolio/resume building. The directors were also able to attend sessions on UIL rules and regulations. Everyone came away with a great deal of knowledge that they hope to share in the classroom.
This weekend Southwest was represented by 4 teams in the Area 20 Flag Football competition.
Southwest White, made up of students from Scobee Middle School.
Southwest Gray, made up of students from Southwest High School.
Southwest Camo, made up of students from Southwest 9th Grade Campus and SWHS & San Antonio Storm, our adult team made up of graduates from Southwest.

All of the teams performed great and had a fantastic time! Our next even will be volleyball on December 10, if you are interested in volunteering or becoming a coach, please contact me!
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A big "THANK YOU" to all of those who came out Saturday for this event.  It was the largest pageant so far for this organization.  We had several out of town guests who came away impressed with our facilities here at the HIgh School.

Recent graduate Liz Lesdema won the title of "Queen" in her age group.  She is often on campus as a volunteer, so if you see her to her "congrats"IMG_2854.jpg
Gamma Sigma Girls & Gamma Sigma Pearls hold investiture ceremony at SWISD
62898d7c-9296-445e-b7c9-2d56ad43e6d1.jpgMore than 200 female students from our SWISD secondary campuses participated in the Gamma Sigma Girls and Gamma Sigma Pearls Investiture Ceremony on Friday, October 28, 2016. At the ceremony, held in the Southwest High School auditorium, the students received pins from the honorary guests. The programs are a part of the Girl Scouts organization and aim to prepare young women, in grades six through twelve, for their future. To see more pictures from the event, click on the slideshow below.
On Saturday, October 29th the SWHS Varsity  and JVA Mariachis competed at the Mariachi Corazon Competition. Two of our students were selected to participate in Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio. A group that features some of the top high school mariachi students from the San Antonio area.iPhone Image 3C0D40.jpgiPhone Image 3C0D4D.jpg
11th grade varsity member Jose Salazar
12th grade JVA member Ailyn Luna
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10312016_90251_1.jpgOur varsity mariachi students had a solid performance winning the 1st place award for the night. This was a great end to the week for the students after having performed at the community pep rally and homecoming game.10312016_90246_0.png
SWISD students and staff join San Antonio Mayor at STEM press conference

With the help of our SWISD students and staff, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor proclaimed October 31st through November 5th STEM week for 2016. The Mayor held a press conference on the front steps of City Hall last Wednesday to make the announcement. Our Southwest High School senior STEM students were there upon the Mayor's request. Senior, Kaydie Salazar, shared her personal experience in the STEM program with the audience. For more pictures from the event, see slideshow below. 
On Saturday, October 29th, the Southwest High School Band performed at the Area H UIL Marching Competition at Farris Stadium.  It was the band's strongest performance of the marching season!  The color guard choreography was in sync with pizzazz, and the band's musical performance was mesmerizing.  Overall, the show was very entertaining, and the students enjoyed performing it. The band directors, parents, teachers, and administration are very proud of these students. The Southwest High School Band ended their marching competition season with an exceptional performance!
Southwest High School Band advances to Area Marching Contest
279179e3-6a96-4c51-a866-61d616cc0656.jpgThe Southwest High School Band participated in the Region 11 UIL Contest this past Saturday October 22, 2016. All of the judges gave Superior First Division ratings  and positive comments on the band's performance. The band will now advance to the Area Marching Contest on October 29, 2016, which will be held at Ferris Stadium.
The Southwest Boys Varsity Golf Team competed in the FALL SAISD Golf Tournament held at Mission De Lago Golf Course this past Friday October 21st.

Our young men played well on Friday and securing a 2nd place finish for Southwest High School.  Senior, Chris Hernandez finished in 4th place followed by Junior, Lawrence Flores in 5th.

The other team members did well with Senior, John John Arguello finishing 11th, Juniors, Eugene Virrey and Randy Rodriguez tied 11th.

I'm very proud of these young men and the work they have put into their practice sessions and practice rounds.
If you have any of these students or know them please be sure to congratulate them on their hard work and perseverance.
A Big Congratulations goes out to our very own Betsaida Luevanos on being crowned Miss Teen San Antonio Latina for 2016-2017 last night. Screenshot_2016-10-24-10-12-50.png
The Southwest High School Band participated in the Region 11 UIL Contest on Saturday, October 22nd.  All judges unanimously gave Superior First Division Ratings and positive comments on the band's performance.  The band will now advance to the Area Marching Contest on October 29th, and it will be held at Farris Stadium.  Our performance time is 11:15 am. We wish our students good luck as they advance on to Area!
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SWHS football player selected for 2017 All-Star Game

Cristobal Flores, senior kicker and wide receiver for the Dragons, was chosen to compete in the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football game on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The game, presented by HEB, will showcase top local high school football players. Only 108 student athletes representing 60 high schools were selected. Tickets for the game are $20 each and serve as admission for both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the San Antonio All-Star Football Game. If you'd like to purchase tickets, click here.
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On Saturday, October 8th the Southwest High School Band competed at the Judson Rocket Review Marching Band Contest for the first time in many years.  Southwest High School was in competition with several prestigious schools from Northeast ISD and Judson ISD.  The crowd was filled with an abundance of Southwest High School Band supporters.  The band had a stellar performance packed with soloists, visuals, musical impacts, percussion breaks, and polished choreography from the Color Guard. Immediately following the performance, Judson audience members approached some of the band members and said it was "the best band they had seen all day!”  The Southwest High School Band earned 2nd place at this marching competition! We are so proud of our band students and their great accomplishments!
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On October 1, Dragon Choirs competed in the first round of auditions in the TMEA All-State Choir selection process. It's a three-part audition process that starts with 30,000 students statewide. Our students went up against 300 others to earn a chair in the 2016 All Region Mixed Choir. Seven of our dragons received a chair. Five of those seven students will also move on for the second audition for All-State. That competition will be held in Del Rio on November 29th.  
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Thank you to everyone who attended the SA Kids Attend to Win Campaign Kick-Off! For the fourth year in a row, we are proud to partner with the community and the City of San Antonio in proclaiming September as Attendance Awareness Month. We had over 150 community partners in attendance at this special event.

We were honored and humbled to listen to an amazing and inspirational story of attendance from a bright young senior student of Southwest ISD during the press conference. This is what motivates us to work collectively to make sure everyone is going to school and staying in school.

The Rhodes Middle School Mariachi Band from SAISD was present to help us celebrate attendance and to honor Dies y Seis de Septiembre. A very big thank you goes out to Mr. Michael Borroel- Rhodes Middle School Mariachi Director and General Music Teacher. A huge thank you to the Southwest High School cheerleaders and mascot for coming to help us celebrate! We appreciate you so very much.

Our press conference was followed by an amazing panel on attendance best practices. We were honored to have Senator José Menéndez as one of our very special guest speakers. Senator Menéndez delivered a proclamation from the State of Texas for the work we do for Bexar County students. We were grateful to Kelly Williams with the Meadows Center for Dropout Prevention, University of Texas- Austin and her insightful words and recommendations.

This year, the San Antonio Area Foundation provided (6) six $500 grants for campus staff and administration for attendance related efforts. Congratulations to our big winners!!! We look forward to receiving your attendance plans.

On Sunday, October 10th the SWHS JVA Mariachi performed at the Devine Providence Catholic Church Festival. This was the group's 1st performance of the year. The students did an amazing job entertaining the audience.iPhone Image 200EB8.jpgiPhone Image 200ED9.jpgiPhone Image 200EB0.jpgiPhone Image 200E9E.jpgiPhone Image 200F08.jpgiPhone Image 200F01.jpg
On Friday, October 8th the SWHS Varsity Mariachi performed at the Toyota plant. Prior to performing, the students enjoyed a tour of the plant. Students performed for workers during their shift change. The performance was in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.
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