Area News

SHS senior accepted into West Point

Sharyland High School’s Matthew Worthington accepted admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point in March — an accomplishment that has been years in the making. The SHS senior had been working on his West Point application since he was a sophomore, but conversations about the school had been present throughout his childhood.…

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Seizing the possibility of success

At the start of his freshman year, Xavier Piña was a shy and introverted kid unsure what he would do with his high school career. Now accepting the opportunity to attend Harvard, he shares how people who pushed him helped him seize the possibility of success. After joining Palmview’s Mariachi Los Lobos, he was encouraged…

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Two Time Gold Seal Winner

When coming into high school as a freshman, Anaili Garcia believed she wouldn’t fit in. After finding her place in leadership for multiple school organizations and a calling for art that won her the Gold Seal at state twice in a row, Garcia led a journey that made her four years at Palmview High School…

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Engineering with a purpose

Despite undergoing a rollercoaster of a school year, Luis Sarabia accepted and overcame the challenge COVID placed in front of him with his acceptance to Stanford with a Gates Millennium Scholarship. “Coming into high school, I was shy, I was timid, I was quiet,” said Sarabia, saying his younger self never would’ve expected to be…

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2021 State Accordion Champion

Johnny Joe Gutierrez almost didn’t go to the state championship finals and may not have won the title of 2021 State Accordion Champion if it wasn’t for the encouragement of his parents. Gutierrez wasn’t interested in playing music when he was younger, but after his father took him to the ranch with his friends and…

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Defying the Odds

Valedictorian Aaliyah Alvarez and Salutatorian Briana Chapa are both La Joya High School graduates pursuing degrees in the fine arts. Some say to keep the arts out of schools, but these two young women defy the odds with their artistic ambitions. Alvarez will be attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona. She…

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Villalobos wins McAllen mayoral election by just 206 votes

McAllen elected a new mayor on Saturday. City Commissioner Javier Villalobos won 51% of the vote during the mayoral runoff election — and defeated City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre by just 206 votes, according to results announced by the City Secretary’s Office on Saturday night. “It was a tight one, so I congratulate my opponent,”…

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