EDINBURG – The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) announced recently that Edinburg CISD’s Memorial Middle School is one of six schools selected as winners of the student video contest it sponsored. These videos illustrate the true value of public education and emphasize the many positive aspects of our state’s public schools.

“We are honored to have received this award that highlights the great work and dedication of our students,” ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez said. “Congratulations to the students and their teacher, who played a role in this video that showcases their incredible talents.”

The contest was open to all Texas elementary and secondary public school students, and winners were selected in three categories: elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school. Memorial Middle School won first place in its category and will be awarded a $5,000 prize later this spring for use in the students’ classroom or campus.

"While producing this video, I had the chance to listen to real stories about my students' personal experiences at Memorial Middle School,” said Mariana De Los Santos, the theatre director at Memorial MS. “This collection of students' feelings impacted my heart greatly and reminded me of the reason I became a teacher."

Students were asked to tell what makes their school exceptional, how the school has earned community support, how their school is making a difference in students’ lives and future success, and what makes Texas public schools the best choice.

“Congratulations to our Wildcat students who spoke from the heart and recognized the importance of having wonderful teachers believing in them.  The profound impact teachers have on their students is monumental and I am humbled to have our school recognized for this award,” Memorial Middle School Principal Fermín González, III said. “I am extremely proud of our students and Mrs. Mariana De Los Santos as they complement each other to perfection. Memorial Middle School is truly blessed to have extraordinary students and teachers who strive to do their very best.”

All entries can be viewed on the TASB Website, which iswww.tasb.org.

“We are delighted that students from all over the state creatively demonstrated their enthusiasm for the great things going on in their public schools. Through our students’ voices, the videos do an excellent job of explaining why local schools deserve the support of their communities and appropriate funding from the state,” said Charles R. Stafford, TASB president. “Our students help spotlight the many ways Texas public schools excel and underscore why all Texans should be proud to stand up for their public schools.”

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million public school students.