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Fifth-Grader receives the June President’s Award

Tierra Del Sol fifth-grader receives the June President’s Award

The Ysleta ISD Board of Trustees honored Michael Baranyay, a fifth-grader at Tierra Del Sol Elementary School, with the June President’s Award. Michael has proven himself as a true leader among his peers by helping those in need, particularly children suffering from pediatric cancers.

Over the past two years, Michael has participated in a special fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, a childhood cancer foundation that supports research to find cures for cancers that affect children. However, this particular fundraiser asks participants to shave their heads – a task not many elementary school students would voluntarily sign up to do. But Michael has freely participated in the fundraiser for two years, along with players for the El Paso Rhinos hockey team. In total, Michael has raised more than $1,200 for this cause, while the Rhinos raised just under $14,000 this year for St. Baldrick’s.

The fundraiser may have cost Michael his hair, but school officials say this doesn’t seem to faze him because he knows many children and their families will benefit from the money he helped raise. He is another wonderful example of Service Excellence in The District, and we are proud to call him one of our own!

The President’s Award is given by the President of the Board of Trustees to a YISD student who has demonstrated exceptional and/or innovative, out-of-the-ordinary service to others, particularly those within the YISD community. This award will be presented to the selected recipient a maximum of once per month during the regularly scheduled meeting of the YISD Board of Trustees.

Eligible YISD students must be nominated for the award by a school principal, assistant principal, or Trustee; and must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.