Category: Arts

Three Students Place at Texas Youth Creators Awards

Juliana Mendez, Kayla De Leon, and Melanie Garcia earned top honors to submit to the Texas Youth Creators Awards.

Juliana Mendez – 1st Place with “Tech Sky” (color photography)
Kayla De Leon – 2nd Place with “Relaxing” (color photography)
Kayla De Leon – Honorable Mention with “Bright Future”
Melanie Garcia – 2nd Place with “Freedom” (color photography)
Melanie Garcia – 3rd Place with “Firestarter” (B&W photography)

Jimmy Carter’s staff is immensely proud of these exceptional students and their amazing artistic talents. The submission and students are guided and mentored by Ms Valle.

Glenda Villanueva earns Gold Medal at Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) State competition


Junior Glenda Villanueva competed at the 2020 VASE State Event and was awarded a State Medal, alongside the Gold Seal Medal, a unique distinction given to select few art pieces.

Glenda’s photograph is named “Timeless” and showcases her grandfather. Congratulations Glenda! #LJISDShineBright #RedWolfPride #lajoyaisd

Sophomore Rebekah Guerra has won the 2020 Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Student Contest in Poetry

Jimmy Carter is proud to announce Sophomore Rebekah Guerra has won the 2020 Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission Student Contest in Poetry! Rebekah won the statewide poetry contest today and will be awarded $500.

A big thank you to our English teacher, Ms. Marybelle Salinas, for helping and guiding Rebekah through the process. This is the second year in a row a Jimmy Carter student had won one of the prizes from the Texas Holocaust Commission. Congratulations Rebekah and thank you, Ms. Salinas. Go Red Wolves!

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RedWolve Joel works on lyrics for a song

Lyrics by: Joel Lopez

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Joel finds inspiration during this Pandemic event to work on his creative pursuits.

You numb the pain
I want you to know that I’m not the same
You changed me, in a good way
Let me know that you want me to stay
Because I’m happy with you
And I hope you’re happy too
I want to grow old with you
And never be feeling blue
I still remember all the good times we had together, just me and you, always down for whatever.
You know me the way no one else does, god that’s cool, c’mon let’s not make a fuss
You’re greater than great, You’re better than best, baby girl I believe you can do anything, unlike the rest, let’s go on more dates, let’s enjoy what we have, because from what I’ve seen the spark never lasts
All I need is you
All I want is you
I will always be here for you
Because I know, you’re here for me too
And all I need is

You understand the way I feel by just staring at me
You understand the pain I feel by just thinking of me
You see all the tears I shed, It’s like I’m filling up the sea
I have all that negativity, but when I see you I’m filled with glee
All the pain is gone and now, I’m a new me
I can tell how happy you are to see me full of energy and relieved
Stress-free and full of positivity

You made me like that, that’s a fact
So give yourself some credit for the way that I act
I defend, but when you’re at your lowest, I’ll attack, yea, there’s no doubt about that
I need you to know that you’re my world
I need you to know that you’re my girl
You’re that somebody I talk about whenever I say, all I need is

I understand that you’ve been through some tough times
I understand that you’ve been through a lot
I understand that you need some time to heal
But guess what, you got me now and I’ll seal the pain you feel
I can be the hero that you need to succeed
I can be the one that you need to proceed
We were two souls that became one, now it’s all good so let’s go and have some fun
You’re the girl of my dreams, me and you make a team
Let’s not worry about our dreams staying dreams
Because from what’s been happening, they’ve all been coming, true it seems
Me and you together, that’s a dream come true
Keeping you happy, that’s a dream come true
You loving me, that’s a dream come true
You in my life, is the best dream come true


Students Set Sight On Holocaust Remembrance Week

As the school year begins, many students at Carter look forward to competing in the 2020 Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission contest due to a recent winner of 500 dollars, Leann Lopez.

 Leann Lopez is a current student at Jimmy Carter Early College High School. As her sophomore year was about to come to an end, Lopez was assigned by her English II teacher to submit a poem or visual art project based on a survivor’s experience to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. She decided to go with a poem she later named “Pots and Pans.”

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is an institution where their mission is to bring awareness of the Holocaust and genocides to Texas students, educators, and the general public to uphold the human value and inspire citizens in the prevention of future atrocities. This organization allows students and educators with the opportunity of receiving monetary grants.

 “I decided to name it ‘Pots and Pans’ because that was the beginning of how it all started,” she said. “After researching her more, I just finally decided throughout all my notes, to start from the beginning with ‘Pots and Pans’ and give a little backstory to her,” Lopez said, referring to Holocaust survivor, Rosa Blum. 

 “I am very glad that she assigned this project and gave everyone the opportunity to get the chance to participate in this competition and ending up with two of her students as winners,” Leann said.

 “I feel honored to represent my school and be able to say that I am a Redwolf, representing Jimmy Carter by carrying this prestigious award,” She said.

 “After completing our unit on Night by Elie Wiesel, I wanted students to be exposed to the accounts of numerous individuals that reside or resided in Texas that experienced the atrocities of the Holocaust and genocides from across the globe. It is important to shed light on the injustices that existed and continue to exist and not remain silent,” Marybell Salinas, Carter English II teacher, said. 

 “After reading Leann’s poem, I knew that it had a lot of potential,” Salinas said.

 “I was extremely proud that I had two students as winners in their respective categories: Leann Lopez and Maya Carrizalez. These young ladies competed amongst other high school students from across the state,” she said.

“I am looking forward to having my students make submissions for the 2020 contest,” Salinas said, “I believe that any assignment that fosters student talent and ability should be implemented.”



Juniors Cytlaly Reyes, Mayra Flores, and Gabriella Ramirez enacted an initiative to take on the growing problem of paper consumption and waste by collecting discarded paper.
Photo: Ana Garcia


Battle of the Books

High School competition added to Battle of the Books. This year Jimmy Carter ECHS librarian Mrs. Cavazos brought together a three-girl team: Briza Hernandez, Jade Cruz, and Sol Garcia. The three girl team secured their position in the competition with an all out win and will no embark to the regional meet on February 18.

Region One ESC Library Services and Instructional Resources hosts the local chapter of Battle of the Books.  During the regional meet, students will be hosted by author Benjamin Alire Saenz (The Inexplicable Logic of My Life) during which they will be quizzed on the following novels:

  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Warcross by Marie Lu

Previously, the district has hosted Elementary Battle of the Books for the last three years. This nose to nose battle allows teams from each of the schools to come and battle wits and see who comes out as a winner.

Congratulations to Mrs. Cavazos and her team on winning at the District Battle of the Books competition.

Texas Holocaust and Genocide: 2019 Poetry and Visual Art Contest

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission invites Texas students, grades 6-12, to serve as a witness to the stories of the survivors of the Holocaust and modern genocides. Using what they learn, students can share these stories through poetry and visual art so we can improve our world and prevent future genocides.

This year’s contest theme is Texas Survivors. 

A $500 award to a high school winner. 

Submission deadline is February 28, 2019, at 4 p.m. CST.

For contest guidelines, submission information, and questions please visit:


RedWolves Steam Room draws out their feelings

Carter students and teacher refuse to take themselves too seriously as they battle some the plights of being a young adolescent facing real-world problems.

A side of fries does make that day look even better.

In an effort to combat the emotional toll of being not only young but also a young person at an early college members focused their angst on creating a simple but meaningful personal message about dealing with life in strides.

Yes, “the day is almost over.”

Tailoring messages to themselves, one cannot help but find a universal outcry that others will find comfort and relief in realizing they are not the only ones with those thoughts.

“I’m giving myself a break.” Don’t we all need one?

“Sometimes we all take ourselves too seriously. We are afraid to indulge in simple fun. It may seem childish, but when we are on the fringes of emotional comfort and discomfort; so, activities aimed at self compassion, acceptance and mentoring are extrememly beneficial. We all need a break from the serious to have our id go out and have a go at its instinctual impulsive self and in a manner that is focused and safe, ” said Mr. Silva organization sponsor.

“Every bad day has an end.” Nothing last forever.