Faculty and staff from McCollum High School rocked the stage May 31st at the annual HESA Today Banquet and they closed out their set with Toby Keith’s hit song “I Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” The people listening in the audience, however, were not all Cowboys. They were employees, family members and friends from throughout the district who gathered to recognize the Harlandale Educational Support Association (HESA) as well as celebrate some of the best workers and students.
HESA Today recognized Paraprofessionals of the Year and this year’s winners were:
· Teacher Assistant: Sonia Rodriguez, Harlandale MS;
· Clerical Assistant: Lidia Pena, Harlandale MS; and
· Administrative Assistant: Leticia Tobias, Human Resources.
Members of HESA also used the banquet as a fundraiser and handed out five $750 scholarships to the following students:
· Rigo Cardenas, Harlandale HS;
· Reynaldo Marroquin, Harlandale HS;
· Stephanie Lopez, McCollum HS;
· Bobbi Rose Pena, McCollum HS; and
· Loy Fernandez, Frank Tejeda Academy.
For the first time this year, HESA was able to support a sixth $750 scholarship, this one for an employee continuing her education. Debbie Torres, in the Payroll Department, plans to use the money to help her complete her Bachelor’s degree in business.
The banquet itself was not all business. As mentioned above, The Cowboys and the HESA Chicks played covered songs for the talent show portion of the night while The Village Gals from Harlandale High School sang karaoke style. Harlandale Middle School put on a Saturday Night Live type of skit; Grandma Sofia and Family from the Frank Tejeda Academy returned to boogie; the Sosa Center’s staff acted out “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”; and HHS graduates Jeselle Ramirez and John Lecea returned to sing as Justin Bieber and Ludacris. MHS won the competition for the second year in a row.