BGC Academics: South San EMT class, Harlandale mariachi class

SAN ANTONIO – There may come a time in your life when you need the services of an emergency medical technician.

If it does happen, chances are you might get medical assistance from a former South San High School student who attended an EMT program at the school.

The program allows students access to several different mannequins, including a baby mannequin and others that react like humans to certain procedures.

Something new to the program this year is an ambulance simulator.

Students said participating in the program will allow them to help others one day.

"Ever since I was little, I wanted to help people in the medical field," said Adrianna Acevedo, a South San High School senior.

Acevedo's classmate feels the same way.

"I am really involved in my church. It's just something I feel I should do," said Michelle Calderon, a South San High School senior.

The program instructor is Travis Chipman, an EMT and athletic trainer who works in partnership with the Bulverde Center For Emergency Health Services, where students participate in internships, which include ambulance ride-alongs. 

The students will have the opportunity to take the National Registry Exam at the end of the year. If they pass the exam, they will on their way to becoming an EMT.

"I am looking forward to saving lives, honestly," Acevedo said.

Harlandale High School Mariachi Class

Harlandale High School's mariachi class has grown to 50 students after humble beginnings.

"Mariachi has more heart to it than just playing," said Eduardo Pena, a Harlandale High School sophomore.

Passion for music is part of what it takes to be in Edwardo Cantu's class. 

But there is more to mariachi class than just playing Mexican dance music. Students also learn about the history and culture of mariachi music. 

Students will tell you being a member of a mariachi group takes some students at Harlandale High School by surprise.

"They are like, 'They have mariachi?' And then they are like, 'Oh, they sound good, too," said Nalleli Ramos, a Harlandale High School junior.

About the Author:

David Sears, a native San Antonian, has been at KSAT for more than 20 years.