The Texas Underdogs, a local group of children and teens, recently won first place and $1,000 in the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival held in San Antonio. The group is donating their prize money to El Progreso Memorial Library.
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create weird movies that follow the stories of Newbery-winning books.
The Texas Underdogs comprises Jimmie Alexander Luna (Uvalde High School junior), Isabella Luna (homeschooled fourth-grader), Anahi Garcia (Robb Elementary fourth-grader), A.J. Negrete (Anthon Elementary second-grader), Daniel Coronado (San Antonio first-grader), and Erasmo Vasquez (director and graphics), Grace Coronado and Cynthia Garcia (assistant directors), and Corina Luna (hair/makeup).
Jacob Zachary Albarado has not only grown exponentially taller since he was last interviewed for depicting superhero images, his artistic talent has flourished as well.
Albarado has been named the El Progreso Memorial Library Artist of the Month for January. His work will be on display at the library, located at 301 W. Main St., from now through the end of February. He was last recognized as artist of the month when he was just 10 years old.
Albarado is now a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Flores Middle School. He is the son of Patricia and Jacob Albarado and brother to 7-year-old Jordan and 1.5-year-old Jayda.
He continues to work on his craft but says it is getting more difficult for him to devote time to creating art with all of his other obligations.
The force is strong with Lari Alejandro, whose recent Star Wars watercolor fan art was recognized by MTV.com.
Alejandro was recognized in an article titled, “19 pieces of Star Wars fan art that’ll awaken your inner fangirl.” Her depiction of what MTV.com called “a contemplative Rey and BB-8 unsuspecting of the adventure ahead” earned Alejandro the number-two spot out of 19 recognized.
“My illustration of Star Wars characters, Rey and BB-8, was posted to my personal Instagram page @Lolo601 the day before the release of the movie,” Alejandro explained. “I am a fan of Star Wars and decided to create some fan art simply to express my excitement for the upcoming movie.”
She was surprised to find that MTV found her art and published it in an article that was also picked up by the website Movie Pilot.
Haley Mitton and Ernesto Guzman Jr. of Uvalde were united in holy matrimony on Dec. 19, 2015, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon on the beach at Port Aransas. Matthew D. Mitton of Northside Baptist Church officiated the double ring ceremony.