GRULLA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PLAYER SIGNS TO ATTEND SAN JACINTO COLLEGE

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports a Grulla High School baseball player signed to attend San Jacinto College in Houston on Tuesday, May 30, in the GHS gym.
Martinez was the pitcher and the 3rd baseman for the Grulla Gators in which they ended their season 3rd in District. He is the son of Hector and Juana Martinez.
Family and friends gathered to join in the celebration of this great endeavor. “On Behalf of the School Board of Trustees and the RGCCISD family congratulations on this great accomplishment,” reads a statement from the district.

GRULLA HIGH GRADS MOTIVATE FELLOW ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports the district promoted Senior Steps, an event, where graduate seniors visit their former elementary schools. Grulla High School’s graduating seniors donned on their graduation gowns, medals, cords and stoles to walk the halls to inspire the younger students to keep striving for their high school diplomas.
Elementary students had pom poms, noise makers, posters and cheered the future graduates as they walked through the doors. The GHS seniors walked around giving the little ones high fives and cheering for them! GHS seniors visited Grulla Elementary, La Union Elementary, J & O Hinojosa Elementary, Dr. Mario Ramirez Elementary and Alto Bonito Elementary.
“Thank you GHS seniors you truly made our elementary students happy and excited about their future,” reads a statement from the district.

GRULLA HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT

A press release from the Rio Grande CISD reports Grulla High School held their annual Scholarship Night on Thursday, May 11, at the campus cafeteria.
Parents were present to witness their child’s accomplishments. GHS students received over 650,000 dollars in local, state, and national scholarships. The Invocation was led by Delma Ozuna, Salutatorian. The Grulla High School JROTC Color Guard had the Presentation of Colors. The program continued with Clarissa Garza (4th Ranking Student) with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge. Mrs. Guadalupe Garza (Grulla High School Principal) welcomed the students, parents and relatives to the event. Mr. Sebastian Dougherty (College & Career Specialist) presented all the special guests including the sponsors, Mr. Eleazar Velasquez (Board Member), and Mr. Alfredo Garcia (Superintendent).
Ms. Lydia Alvarez (GHS Head Counselor) continued the program with the presentation of scholarships with the assistance of the sponsors. Jessica Jones (Valedictorian) was responsible for the closing remarks which were followed by Dustin Zarate (3rd Ranking Student) with the Benediction. “A special thank you to all the sponsors and a huge congratulations to all the scholarship recipients,” reads a statement from the district.

GEMELAS DE LA GRULLA SE GRADUAN CON HONORES

El pasado sábado 20 de Mayo, en la Universidad de Texas de la Ciudad de Austin se graduaron con licenciaturas las gemelas Falcón, residentes de La Grulla. Jacqueline se graduó Summa Cum Laude, con honores, con un promedio de GPA de 3.89. Juliana se graduó Cum Laude, con Honores, un GPA de 3.81.
Jacqueline y Juliana Falcón se graduaron hace cuatro años como las dos mejores estudiantes de La Grulla High School, Jacqueline Valedictorian (graduada con las calificaciones más altas de su clase) y Juliana Salutatorian (la segunda de su clase con calificaciones más altas).
Ambas hermanas fueron aceptadas en la Escuela de Medicina del Centro de Ciencias de la Salud de Texas Tech University en Lubbock, Texas. Ellas estarán estudiando para convertirse en médicos, ya que quieren trabajar con la gente, y esperan convertirse en Médicos Generales para ayudar a todas las personas, especialmente en el Valle del Río Grande, de acuerdo a un escrito en las redes sociales por el señor Benito Sáenz.
Jacqueline y Juliana son realmente inspiradoras y modelos a seguir. Son residentes de La Grulla.

GRULLA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE SENIOR TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports Grulla High School students took their end of the year Senior Trip to New York City and visited many sites.
As part of their trip, the students had the opportunity to visit many of New York City’s most coveted tourist destinations and historical sites including: Wall Street, a Yankee game, the Statue of Liberty, NBC Studios, Times Square, Coney Island, Central Park, One World Observatory, the 9/11 Memorial, the Broadway show “Wicked”, the Occulus Shopping Center, and other places. “They had lots of fun and greatly enjoyed the memorable experience,” reads a statement form the district.

PEDRO FLORES GANA LA ELECCIÓN Y SE REELIGE COMO MAYOR DE LA GRULLA

Con 454 votos en el computo final, Pedro Flores volvió a reelegirse en la ciudad de la Grulla, números que lo colocaron con el porcentaje más alto de las elecciones, el Mayor tuvo de compañeros de formula a Merardo Banda y a Patricia Solís quienes registraron un amplia aceptación con cada uno de los votantes.
Cabe hacer mención que durante el pasado proceso participaron también Oscar González, Glenda Castillo y José López Jr.
En este sentido los resultados finales fueron de la siguiente manera;
Pedro Torres con 454 votos. Oscar González con 140 votos. Glenda Castillo 173 votos y José López Jr., con 17 votos.
Por su parte los Comisionados quedaron de la siguiente manera;
Merardo Banda con 400 votos. Patricia Solís con 401 votos, Sergio Contreras con 211 votos, Andy Hernández con 144 votos, Joel Zarate con 143 votos y Juan Villarreal Jr. con 89 votos.

GRULLA HIGH SCHOOL GATOR BAND HOLDS SPRING CONCERT

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports Grulla High School Gator Band held their Spring Concert on Thursday, April 27, in the cafeteria. The Gator Jazz Band opened up the concert with several musical selections and featured several soloist.
They began with “Honk” with featured soloist, Kristian Corona, in Alto Saxophone. “Remembering Thad” with soloist, Jose Menchaca, on Flugelhorn and “Manteca” featured Kristian Corona on Alto Saxophone and Ramon Perez on Drums. The GHS Jazz Band is under the direction of Mr. Roberto Diaz.
Mr. Oscar Gonzalez (GHS Band Director) made several announce
ments as the Jazz Band cleared their instrum
ents and the Gator Band took the time to set up. Gonzalez announced the band’s accolades and introduced All Region Band Members, Area Qualifiers, and All -State Band Members. They also introduced the seniors with their parents as they gave them a small token of appreciation. The 2017-2018 Drum Majors are Damaris Flores and Yubizdely Tanguma.
The Gator Band also had three selections “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, “Hymn from Adiemus” by Karl Jenkin, and “Beauty and the Beast” by Calvin Custer. The band is under the direction of Mr. Gonzalez.

GRULLA HIGH SCHOOL JROTC HOLDS MILITARY BALL

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports the Mighty Grulla High School JROTC Gator Battalion held their 4th Annual Military Ball on April 8. The Military ball is a tradition of Military Customs and Traditions while recognizing cadets with awards and honors. The Battalion recognized the Royal Court, recognition of seniors, special messages from a variety of guest and senior cadets all leading up to end of the formal portion with lots of dancing and fun.
The JROTC program is under the direction of Captain Jose Sanchez and Command Sergeant Major Richard Clem. “The instructors are extremely proud of the program and the direction the cadets continually work hard to take it,” reads a statement from the district.

GRULLA GATOR VARSITY SOCCER TEAM FACES-OFF WITH RIO HONDO LADY BOBCATS

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports The Lady Gators Varsity Soccer Team went up against the Rio Hondo Lady Bobcats in the Bi-District Play-Offs on Thursday, March 23, at Grulla High School.
Coaches Mr. A. Olivares and Ms. K. Barrios gave the ladies an uplifting pre-game talk, letting them know how proud they are of each of them.
“The Lady Gators played a tremendous game with a lot of energy and spirit,” reads a statement from the district. “Ultimately, with a score of 0-2, the Lady Bobcats won the game. On behalf of the RGCCISD Board of Trustees, administration and staff we would like to congratulate all the players and their coaches for their outstanding team spirit and a special thanks to the Gator parents for their commitment and support.”

GRULLA HOSTS ANNUAL NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports Grulla High School had their annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Thursday, March 9, at the Grulla High School Cafetorium. The Ceremony started with the Students walking in with their Principal, Mrs. Guadalupe Garza and administration. Mrs. Garza addressed the students and the parents, and made them aware that the award they are receiving is the most prestigious academic recognition available to high school students.
The National Honor Society was regarded from its inception as a concrete way to promote high school academic standards, a means of ensuring the continuation of democracy, and an instrument for the betterment of the individual and the school. The Society has flourished; today more than 15,000 chapters are chartered. The national office of the National Honor Society is part of the office of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, based in Chicago until 1943, when it relocated to Washington, DC. In 1973 the Association moved to its own building. The NASSP Division of Student Activities’ staff is responsible for the daily operation of the National Honor Society.
The membership of the Grulla High School Chapter of the National Honor Society has been earned by the effective demonstration of the four qualities held in high esteem by the Society. The four qualities are: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. On Behalf of the Grulla High School faculty, staff, and administration congratulations to the new inductees.

GRULLA ROBOTICS TEAM COMPETES IN HOUSTON

The Grulla Gators Robotics Team traveled to Houston last week to compete during the Spring Break. They attended the Lone Star Central Regional Competition held at the Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. “The competition consisted of 69 qualifying matches where our Gators Robotics Team competed in 10 of them. We were ranked #12 out of the 41 Teams that competed,” stated Mrs. Ana Cavazos, Gators Robotics Team Sponsor. From there, additional competitions were held to select the Top Three teams that would advance to the National Competition. Alliances of three teams were formed to help select them. Joel Cruz, the Gators’ Robotics Team Captain also served as the Alliance Team Captain. “With so much competition, our Alliance had to win two more matches in the Semi-Finals to advance; but were not able to reach the Finals Competition,” concluded Mrs. Cavazos.
They use the acronym FRC and it stands for FIRST Robotics Competition, where FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The Driving Team consisted of: Pedro Tinajero, Joel Cruz (Captain), Eloy Zarate and Jacob Zarate. Other Team members are: Abram Vela*, Alan Hernandez, Anahi Reyna, Armando Solis, Damian Villanueva*, Daniela Gonzalez, Daniel Rosales*, Erick Salinas, Fernando Cantu III, Itzhak Corona*, Jorge Solis, Jose Luis De La Rosa, Jose Rojas*, Julio Juarez, Karime Lozano*, Lessly Alaniz*, Luis Elizondo, Noah Ramirez, Rolando Salinas and Roxana Cruz. (*These students were not able to attend the competition.) “Congratulations to all the students who took time off from their Spring Break to represent Grulla High School. Our special thanks go to Mrs. Ana Cavazos, their sponsor who accompanied the Robotics Team. We are indeed proud of all of you.” reads a statement from the district.

FERIA DE CARRERAS EN LA ESCUELA INTERMEDIA DE LA GRULLA

Estudiantes de la Escuela Intermedia en la Grulla, conocieron el trabajo que realizan en el Condado Starr, el Oficial de Información Pública del Sheriff, Esmer Navarro Muñiz y el Oficial de Libertad Condicional Juvenil, René García, como parte como parte de las actividades realizadas con motivo del Día de la Carrera 2017.
Los Oficiales compartieron sus experiencias con los alumnos y los niños tuvieron oportunidad de preguntar sobre el trabajo diario que realizan los representantes de la Ley, además de haberles mostrado el desempeño de sus funciones.
“Para nosotros es muy importante que ellos sepan de nuestras profesiones. Qué profesiones hay allá afuera y así ellos poder desde ahorita saber qué elegir, si policía, bombero, paramédico. Hay muchas profesiones”, expresó el Oficial de Información Pública del Sheriff, Esmer Navarro Muñiz.
Cabe hacer mención que la Feria de Carreras 2017, está orientada a proporcionar información que se puede proporcionar a los estudiantes para que tengan conciencia de las diferentes carreras y ayudarles a comenzar a planificar sus objetivos de carrera post-secundaria.

LADY GATORS GOLF TEAM HOSTS TOURNAMENT IN LA JOYA

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports the Lady Gators Golf Team hosted a tournament at Howling Trails Golf Course in La Joya on Friday, February 24.
The Lady Gators Golf Team consisting of Paola Ibarra, Nadia Salinas, Yulissa Zarazua, Ismene Gutierrez, Savannah Cerda and Priscilla Alanis placed second.
The Gators Golf Team participated in the Falfurrias Invitational Golf Tournament and placed SECOND as well. The Gators Team consists of Marco Flores, Luis Garcia, Calixto Guerra, Antonio Mendiola and Josue Soto. Luis Garcia placed second individually. Both teams are coached by Coach Jose Navarro and Coach Thania Robles.

GRULLA MIDDLES SCHOOL HOSTS CAREER DAY

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports Grulla Middle School hosts a Career Day for students on Wednesday, March 1.
Students had the opportunity to visit the different booths and gather information on a career that meets their interest. They also enjoyed the free promotional items that businesses and/or organizations had to give away.
“Grulla Middle School would like to thank the following company/organization for taking time to visit with students: Trailblazer GEO Services, Texas Department of Public Safety, Law Offices of Calixtro Villarreal, Rodeo Dental, Aptus Therapy, Texas Workforce Commission, Rio Grande City Police Department, Starr County Sheriff’s Office, Starr County Juvenile Probation, SCAN, US Border Patrol, The Pediatric Care Center- Dr. Babineaux, Border Region Behavioral Health Center, Customs Border Protection, ICS, Texas Department State Health Services, La Grulla Police Department, and Metanoya Outcry,” reads a statement from the district.

DISTRICT RECOGNIZES GATOR WRESTLERS FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports the Grulla High School Gator Wrestling team and coaches were treated to a luncheon in celebration of their accomplishments. Members of the Board of Trustees along with administration were in attendance to express their well wishes for their endeavors.
“This is one of the sports that excels every year and every year there is always a group that are Regional Qualifiers and State Qualifiers,” said Rey Ramirez, Athletic Director. “As a former coach and former athlete, I know what it takes to get to that level and aspire for that gold medal and it takes a lot of hard work.”
Mrs. Lupita Garza, GHS Principal congratulated the students and coaches for their achievements and for their spectacular representation of their campus. She also thanked Mr. Eleazar Velasquez, Jr. and Mrs. Leticia O. Lopez, Board Members along with RGCCISD Administration for attending the luncheon and helping them celebrate.
The following were all the Regional and State Qualifiers for 2016-2017: GATORS – STATE QUALIFIERS Ivan Ozuna, Mario Marroquin, Jasmine Perez, Jaylyn Trevino, Carolyn Villarreal, GATORS – REGIONAL QUALIFIERS:, Ivan Ozuna, Deion Ozuna, Roy Cavazos, Felipe Trevino, Aaron Salinas, Jose Zaragoza, Mario Marroquin, Ernesto Cota, Derek Solis, LADY GATORS – REGIONAL QUALIFIERS, Jaylyn Trevino, Jasmine Perez, Carolyn Villarreal, Zabrina Montalvo, GATORS – REGIONAL ALTERNATES: Abram Vela, Aaron Salinas, Luciano De Leon, Joshua Cota.

GRULLA JROTC PROGRAM COMPETE AT NATIONAL COMPETITION

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports the Grulla Gator Battalion took part in the Annual National Competition consisting of 1,700 other JROTC programs that tested a team of cadets on their academic skills.
The cadets were tested on their English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Grammar skills. The Gator Battalion’s Academic team was one of four from 33 teams from the Rio Grande Valley that made it past the first round and are now on their way to compete in the next Academic Bowl to be held from February 1- 15th.
“Congratulations to cadets Karina Alanis, Guadalupe Hernandez, Mikaela Garcia and Beatris Tinajero, that represented the Valley with pride! Not present in picture Mikaela Garcia,” reads a statement from the district.

GRULLA JROTC EXCELS AT SKULLS COMPETITION

A press release from the Rio Grande City CISD reports The Mighty JROTC Grulla Gator Battalion defeated all competition at the December 2016-2017 JROTC Skills Competition held in Zapata, where they received 1st place overall.
The JROTC program is under the direction of Captain Jose Sanchez and Command Sergeant Major Richard Clem. The Instructors are extremely proud of the program and the direction in which the program is headed as the Cadets continue to work hard.
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a Federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act.

PERSECUCIÓN TERMINA EN TRAGEDIA EN LA GRULLA

Un hombre de nacionalidad Mexicana falleció y dos fueron detenidos tras un intento fallido de contrabando en la Ciudad de La Grulla.
El pasado jueves 12 de Enero, un Oficial se encontraba patrullando cuando observo a una camioneta Chevy de color gris, modelo 2007 que transitaba al Norte de la Calle Johnson en La Grulla, luego observo que la unidad volteo al Este en la Calle Segunda e ignoro la señal de alto en la intercesión Leopoldo Longoria y Calle Segunda Este.
El Oficial le marcó el alto, pero el conductor omitió la señal y protagonizó una persecución a alta velocidad la cual terminó cuando el conductor, Daniel Salinas, choco contra un árbol. Salinas intento huir a pie dejando la camioneta, el Oficial observo a otros dos sospechosos salir del vehículo, mientras uno permanecía herido en el interior.
Una unidad de la Patrulla Fronteriza que se encontraba haciendo su rondin de vigilancia en la misma área asistieron al Oficial, al ver que Daniel huyo de la escena y observaron que un segundo vehículo llego a recoger a Daniel, los Agentes de Border Patrol persiguieron al segundo vehiculó hasta lograr la detención de los sospechosos.
Los otros dos involucrados en el incidente fueron detenidos y entregados a la Patrulla Fronteriza, el hombre quien fue herido falleció horas después en el Hospital a consecuencia del accidente, mientras que los hermanos Salinas fueron transportados a la estación de la Border Patrol cerca de la Ciudad de Rio Grande para ser procesados a la cárcel.

GRULLA GATOR CROSS COUNTRY MEET SET FOR NEXT SATURDAY

A press release form the Rio Grande City CISD reports the Mighty Grulla Gator Cross Country Team is on the move and are getting warmed up for the Cross Country District Meet which will be held in Rio Grande City on October 15.
“It should be an exciting meet for our Grulla Gator Cross Country Team,” stated Coach Angel Ortiz. “Our Gators have two weeks to prepare for the District Title.”
The Gator team traveled to Edinburg to participate in the Rio Grande Valley Cross Country Coaches Association Meet of Champions at the Monte Cristo Golf Course Country Club. Over 160 runners from 15 different high schools participated.
“We had great teamwork from a team that is on its building stage with several runners missing, including two of my top runners,” stated Coach Ortiz. “Still, we were able to capture first and seventh places overall.” Jesus Rodriguez was named Meet the Champions Champ with his first place finish. Saul Estrada fought through the massive pack to get seventh place. The rest of the team had good improvement but fell short as the pack fiercely fought for the top places. Other team members were: Gilbert Rodriguez, Kevin Villarreal, Abdiel Gonzalez, Jesus Alaffa and Jose Barreiro.

INCIDENTE EN CARRETERA POR TRANSPORTE DE CASA MOVIL

A tempranas horas del sábado 10 de septiembre se registró un incidente sobre la carretera 83, mientras era transportada una casa móvil. De acuerdo a lo informado, la casa móvil -conocida como frame house- aparentemente se ladeó y quedó atravesada sobre la carretera 83 cerca de la ciudad de La Grulla. El camión y remolque utilizado para el transporte de este tipo de inmuebles, tuvo que realizar varias maniobras ocasionando que sobre la carretera se extendiera una larga fila de vehículos. Afortunadamente al lugar se presentaron varias patrullas de Policía que lograron desviar el tráfico y evitar así un accidente mayor, para luego de un par de horas la carga pudo ser asegurada y continuar con su camino sin mayor incidentes.