Four years ago, KRGV-TV introduced “Kids You Should Know” and asked teachers and viewers to send us stories of the kids they thought “you should know.” The response has been overwhelming. We have introduced kids who live in challenging circumstance to those who seem to have everything going for them. We have introduced kids who were physically handicapped to kids who are star athletes. We have introduced kids who struggle to make passing grades to kids who are extremely gifted. But all the kids we have introduced have one thing in common: They have taken responsibility for their own lives.
Introducing the latest Kids You Should Know:
“Kid You Should Know” 2005-05-02 09:09:05.161891
Hello, my name is Yvonne Arciba. I am 28 years old and an elementary school teacher in Edinburg. My husband Ramon Arciba is 31 years old and a full-time student at the University of Texas-Pan American where he is in the final stages of pursing a Kinisiology and Math degree. We have been married 10 years and have two wonderful children. Our daughter Samantha is 10 years old, and our son Ramon III is 4 years old.
Today, I am extremely honored to nominate my daughter, Samantha Rae Arciba, to Kids You Should Know. Samantha is a 10 year old fourth grader at Jefferson Elementary School in Edinburg. She has been in the E.C.I.S.D. Gifted and Talented Program for three years. She has maintained a Straight A Honor Roll (90-100 average) in all subjects throughout all of her academic life. She has never brought home anything lower than a 90 on her report card. Currently, Samantha is a member of her school choir, student council, and UIL. All of her teachers have always told me she is a model student.
In addition to her academics, Samantha is activiely involved in many different sports. She is currently playing on two softball teams. She is the pitcher for the Edinburg Pony Softball Association’s Lady Longhorns Fastpich team. Samantha has also been playing for a traveling softball team for about 10 months. In January she attendend a pitching and hitting camp at the University of Texas in Austin where she and the other attendees were trained by the Longhorns softball team. She has been playing softball every year since kindergarten. In addition to softball, she is also involved in soccer. She has only been playing soccer for two years, but has had tremendous growth and success. Her 2004 Edinburg Fall League team won the State Championship in San Antonio this past December. About three weeks ago she wrapped up a Soccer League in the city of Edinburg (where she played with another team) and her team took first place in the league.
Also, in additon to softball and soccer, Samantha also enjoys playing basketball. She plays for the Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Basketball League. In February she wrapped up the season as her team’s point guard. She has been actively playing basketball in the city of Edinburg for the past three years. Similarly, for the past three summers my daughter has also participated in the Edinburg Parks & Recreation’s Learn to Swim Program where she takes swimming lessons in the months of June and July. She loves swimming and is anxious for the pools to open this year.
My daughter is a loving, intelligent, and active 10 year old with a heart of gold. Every day I am amazed at her ongoing enthusiasm towards school and sports. I really hope you can consider her for your program. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you very much for your time.
nomination submitted by: Yvonne Arciba