From leading the El Paso Times to working at places like ESPN and Google the alumni from the Burges High School Journalism program are setting the bar high.
This work ethic didn’t start once they got to these prestigious work places but began while working on their newspaper “The Stampede” and their yearbook “Hoofbeats”.
Michael Provenghi a senior at Burges and a four year member of the journalism program.
“I’ve won a few gold, silver for photography and I won a superior nationally,” said Provenghi.
Over the past 27 years Patricia Monroe has been teaching the students of Burges High School all about journalism.
The journalism program is the most successful out of any other high school in El Paso. Winning seven pacemakers and nominated for their 8th this year.
This award often called the Pulitzer Prize of high school publishing.
“You hear about these awards and I probably in 1997, so about 6 years after I started, “I said you know these publications are looking pretty good, I think we might be able to compete on a national level, so that’s how it all started and we were very successful and we have been successful ever since,” said Monroe.
The winning ingredient? The desire to keep on bringing home the trophy’s. Which brings generations of Mustangs back to Ms. Monroes classroom.
Michael is the second Provenghi to sit in Ms. Monroe’s classroom, “I mainly did it because my brother was also part of the newspaper staff so I was prepped before.Him being recognized nationally and statewide also made me want to join and be part of that special thing.”