Judson, E. Central compete on field, in classrooms

Rockets blast off with education, E. Central taking sting out of college prep

Friday night's Big Game Coverage "Game of the Week" sees the Judson Rockets taking on the East Central Hornets.
Friday night's Big Game Coverage "Game of the Week" sees the Judson Rockets taking on the East Central Hornets.

SAN ANTONIO – On Friday night, one of the Big Game Coverage matchups had Judson traveling to E. Central. 

Both schools have top-notch football teams this year, but each school also has a couple of top-notch academic programs worth bragging about.

About 40 Judson students are part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, a curriculum that is taught in schools across the country and the world. 

There is classroom work and community service work. At stake: 24 hours of college credit.

“We are learning in a way that suits the students rather than a way that suits the school," said Rebecca Fontenot, a junior at Judson.

One of the service programs they were working on was Operation Christmas Child, making boxes to place in various places around the school to collect donations of school supplies and toys from fellow students to send to underprivileged kids around the world.

“It’s not just reaching people that are in San Antonio, it's going all around the world,” said Rebeka Hernandez, a Judson junior.

East Central High School has put together a program to help students stimulate thought and debate on the constitution while helping them hone their skills for college.

The program is called AVID -- Advancement Via Individual Determination. 

Once a month, the students get together with members of the community and talk about the constitution as it relates to current events

“You would be surprised how little the average citizens know and how much there is to learn,” said Marc Reyes, a senior at E. Central.

The overall objective of the program is to help students who might not automatically get accepted into college improve their skills so they can further their education.

"This is the time we need the skills so that we can build and learn them, so when we get to be seniors, we are ready to go when we go off to college,” said Jeanette Cortez, a sophomore at E. Central.

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