High school seniors lament loss of graduation customs to pandemic

Jaedynn Alaniz won’t remember putting on her prom dress, or getting her hair and makeup done in a salon with her friend. She won’t remember wearing that dress with a corsage around her wrist, or her parents taking photos to capture the memory. She won’t remember what music the DJ plays for her first dance in that dress; she’ll never hear it. Jaedynn’s dress is a soft taupe color, and while posing for a newspaper photojournalist, the afternoon sun behind her made its flowy skirt glow. In the light wind, the tulle hem of the dress caught a few leaves while she strutted across her front yard. That afternoon may be the only time she gets to wear it. “Of course I have been dreaming of prom since I was a kid,” the 17-year-old Peñitas native said. “I would watch movies and dream of my prom. When my sister went to hers, I couldn’t wait to go to mine.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Students, teachers adjust to distance learning

Not your typical day. With COVID-19 now in control of everything, there are no more typical days for parents, children, teachers, and certainly not for Camryn Hale, a junior at Harlingen High School. “I wake up when my first Zoom session starts, usually around 8:30 in the morning,” said Camryn, 17, one of more than 18,000 Harlingen students now attending School@Home. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Where Are They Now: Pioneer’s Smith blossoms as Red Raiders’ setter

The Monitor and RGVSports.com are bringing back the ‘Where Are They Now?’ series that revisits some of the top athletes throughout the Rio Grande...

UTRGV outlines process for virus analysis

It’s one test you really hope you’ll pass. As confirmed coronavirus cases continue trending upward here in the Rio Grande Valley, two new drive-thru testing sites have been established on the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses of UTRGV. The tests are free to UTRGV students, staff and the general public for individuals with a fever over 100.4 degrees and COVID-19 respiratory symptoms. All prospective patients must first undergo a telephone interview to confirm they have the right symptoms of the virus. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Garcia’s grit, dynamic play earns All-Area Player of the Year honors

McALLEN — Valeria Garcia’s climb to the upper echelon of the Rio Grande Valley basketball world followed a long, meandering route to the top. Garcia,...

All-Area Coach of the Year: Martinez leads Valley View to historic finish

McALLEN — Valley View head coach Arnold Martinez took the Tigers’ head coaching job in 2016 looking to reverse the program’s fortunes. In his...

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Monitor to temporarily close front lobby to public

In an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect its customers and employees, The Monitor will close its doors to the public until further notice, beginning Monday, March 23. The Monitor has closed public access to its front lobby and requests that vendors making deliveries use the vendor entrance on the west side of the building at 1400 E. Nolana Ave. in McAllen, during normal business hours. Customers making in-person payments can use a drop box located at The Monitor’s front entrance. Newspaper delivery will not be interrupted during this time. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

All Area Girls Wrestler of the Year: Donna High state champion Precious Hernandez

After two days of wrestling practice, Donna High’s Precious Hernandez was ready to quit. “I told my mom that this wasn’t for me,” she said....