El Dorado’s Black History Showcase highlights student, community talent

El Dorado High School AVID students presented a Black History Showcase featuring a student art show and a musical and dance performance by students and groups from the community. The event in honor of Black History Month embraced the school’s diversity and celebrated the contributions of African Americans in United States history.

“I am so proud of our kids at El Dorado because they just embrace their diversity. This is just one of many celebrations that we have throughout the year celebrating the different cultures that are represented at El Dorado High School,” said Principal Nora Paugh. “It’s a wonderful project that brought the entire El Dorado community together.

El Dorado’s AVID students produced the entire program, including organizing an art and writing contest, booking talent for the showcase, coordinating with the school’s culinary arts students to provide refreshments and promoting the event to the community.

“My AVID students worked really hard,” said Tanya Gallegos, El Dorado AVID coordinator. “They learned first and foremost to be responsible, to be leaders, to be representatives of the program and to share the diversity and to show that coming together regardless of color or race is critical.”

The art contest winners were Orlando Ortiz in first place, Daniel Gonzalez in second place and Elena Soto in third place. In the writing contest, Quiana Williams won first place and Andrea Salgado won second place.

The showcase featured many talented El Dorado performers such as the El Dorado band, guitar group, choir, orchestra jazz group and other students who sang and performed skits. Other performances included the step team from the Sigma Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at UTEP, the Fort Bliss Sanctuary Choir and dancers from the New Horizon Dance Academy.

“We wanted to bring the community in so they could see all the artwork we have and taste some of the food we have , which some of it is traditional African American food, said DeWayne Gabriel, a freshman AVID student. “We wanted to invite the community in so they could get a feel for Black History Month.”