Citizenship Awards

March 8, 2013
  While sitting on a bus, Diego Aguilera, a 7th grade student at Luna Middle School, had a piece of candy become lodged in his throat and he began to choke. The quick-thinking bus driver on bus W631, Anna Arguello, came to the young man's aid and performed the Heimlich maneuver freeing his airway so that he could breathe again.
December 14, 2012
  Lulu Mendez, an ESL Instructional Support Teacher in the Bilingual ESL Department, went out to lunch with co-workers at a local Bill Miller’s when an elderly woman at the table next to them began choking. Lulu jumped into action and began administering the Heimlich Maneuver.
October 24, 2012
Jennifer Cobin, a Communities In Schools intern at Westwood Terrace ES, helped rescue two children who fell into a creek on their way to school Sept. 14, 2012.
January 24, 2011
Brandeis High School student Blair Engel, Clark High School student Sean Reyes, and 2009 Clark HS graduates Steven Merry, Esteban Rodriguez, and Taylor Freiermuth came to the aid of real estate agent Janice Tisdale who was being attacked by a client. Their selfless and courageous act may very well have saved her life.
October 28, 2008
During lunch on Friday, Oct. 10, Rayburn MS 7th grader Jesse Melendrez began choking on some food. Coaches Jorge Garcia and Elias Garcia, along with the campus police officer, saw the student athlete and immediately started assisting him. Garcia performed the Heimlich Maneuver on the student and, after almost two minutes, he began breathing again. During this incident, all of the school's male athletes were in the cafeteria and witnessed the incident. Other coaches escorted them out of the building in an orderly fashion and they remained calm while the student was being assisted.
August 26, 2008
Jack McCracken, a student at Hobby MS, jumped into action one day while at a weekend Boy Scout camp at Perdenales Falls State Park. Jack was the only one to notice that a four-year-old had fallen into the river without a life vest, and was struggling to stay afloat. Without hesitation, Jack moved quickly across the river so he could intercept the kid as he passed by, pulling him back across the river to safety.
January 22, 2008
Julio Maldonado, a ninth grade student at Health Careers High School, successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on a fellow ninth grade student who was choking on a piece of hamburger in the cafeteria during lunch. His quick action and selflessness saved the life of this young student.
January 23, 2006
As part of his duties as an Instructional Assistant in Community Training at the Northside Vocational Transition Program, Ben Trevino took a group of students to the Volunteer Services at the VA Hospital. When he entered, he noticed one of the employees trying to perform the Heimlich maneuver on someone who was choking, but due to her arthritis she was not being effective.
December 13, 2005
  The Department of Rehabilitation and Medicine at UTHSCSA has been assisting with Special Olympics athlete physicals since 1995. Each year, 10-15 doctors give free medical exams to our Special Olympians so that they can participate in the program. Physicals are given every three years, so on any given year they are providing medicals to approximately 500 athletes.
May 17, 2005
Without the aid of nine-year-old Brandon and his five-year-old sister Cassie's assistance, their father might not be alive. The two came to his aid one Saturday morning when, while working on his car in the driveway, the car fell on him, pinning and nearly crushing him. The pair, although scared, ran to several neighbors' homes summoning help. The car was lifted off him and only minor injuries resulted.
May 18, 2004
Mayor Marcy Meffert has been an advocate for education and Northside schools ever since her first child (of 5 children) entered Northside schools. She is the founder of the annual Los Leones Student Arts Festival, a partnership between the City of Leon Valley and the NISD Fine Arts Department and Northside Education Foundation.
March 25, 2003
The Meyer Anderson band, a local Country/Western band, has performed for the middle school and high school Applied Learning Environment (ALE) students for the past five years. The band members have embraced the special needs students with open arms and made every effort to make them feel good about themselves. They go the extra mile to make sure that no words in their songs mention any wrong influences, and encourage each student to become active participants in their performances, going out of their way to make sure that they enjoy themselves.
September 24, 2002
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Ashley Perez, a sixth grade student at Stevenson Middle School, came to the aid of a fellow student who was choking. Ashley quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver on this student and cleared his airway allowing him to breathe. Ashley reported the incident to Coach Carol Sue Hargett, who immediately escorted the student to the school nurse. Ashley was taught the Heimlich maneuver by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Perez. Thanks to Ashley's quick thinking, she helped divert a potentially dangerous situation into a life saving act of courage.
May 28, 2002
Clayton Lillard, a 7th grade student at Hobby Middle School, was awarded the 2002 Governor's Volunteer Award. Chosen from over 600 nominees across the state of Texas, Clayton received the only youth award (out of nine awards presented) for his work in restoring old and used bicycles to give to underprivileged children. Clayton's "Backyard Crew," a group of volunteers he formed when he was only 10-years-old, has restored over 400 bikes to date.
November 11, 2001
San Antonio Councilwoman Bonnie Conner is being recognized for her advocacy for all children and her support of public education. Not only does she advocate for children in her own district, but she also makes all San Antonio children her priority. Councilwoman Conner is a former Northside ISD teacher working in the District from August 1981 to June of 1992.
May 22, 2001
On Tuesday, May 8, a fourth grade student at Braun Station Elementary School had an unfortunate encounter with a piece of peppermint candy that became lodged in his throat. Initially the student thought he was fine when asked, but when his face went from red to blue, the teacher performed the life saving Heimlich maneuver. The school nurse was called to check his medical status, along with his parents who took him to their family doctor and confirmed that the young man would be fine - thanks to this wonderful teacher.
January 23, 2001
State Senator Jeff Wentworth is being recognized for his advocacy for children and support of education for all Texas children. Not only does he advocate for children in his own hometown, but he also makes all Texas children his priority.
November 14, 2000
State Representative Art Reyna is being recognized for his advocacy for children and support of education for all Texas children. Not only does he advocate for children in his own hometown, but he also makes all Texas children his priority.
October 25, 2000
Senator Leticia Van de Putte is being recognized for her advocacy for children, for her support of education on the Senate's Education Committee and for making Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) a legislative priority in 2001. Not only does she advocate for children in her own hometown, but she also makes all Texas children her priority.
January 25, 2000
On Dec. 17, a first grade student at Galm Elementary School had an unfortunate encounter with a jawbreaker that became lodged in his throat. The piece of candy had blocked the student's windpipe causing him to pass out from lack of oxygen. His teacher, Kathryn VanWinkle, heard the shouts for help from other students and, using the Heimlich maneuver, was able to dislodge the jawbreaking saving the young man's life. An ambulance was called and a trip to the emergency room confirmed that the young man would be fine - thanks to this wonderful teacher.
January 25, 2000
On Friday, Jan. 14, Anne Zuber, a Level IV Special Education teacher at Locke Hill Elementary School began having trouble breathing during lunch. Immediately, an attempt was made to open her airways using the Heimlich maneuver by Suzy Meyer and Madelyn Autry-but to no avail. Anne passed out from lack of oxygen, and Physical Education teachers Jeff Dillahunty, Maggie Brehm, and Laura Sowers Decker commenced with CPR. EMS arrived and took over compressions. Both the EMS and emergency room doctors confirmed that these quick responding teachers saved Anne's life.
December 14, 1999
On Nov. 12, 1999, as two Rhodes Station drivers were completing their morning routes, they happened on an accident scene which involved a car that had rolled off a bridge. The driver of the car had reported her accident but was unable to tell rescue officials where she was located. A countywide search had not turned up anything.