Payne Auto Group City Clash: Mission Veterans Memorial High School vs. Sharyland Pioneer High School

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The season of giving has already begun as many high school football teams give it their all in games and keep their post season hopes alive.

News Center 23 and Payne Motors are also giving students from rivaling teams scholarship money.

This past week’s City Clash was between Mission Veterans Memorial and Sharyland Pioneer.

News Center 23’s Jose Saenz has the story.

This past Thursday the Sharyland Pioneer Diamondbacks went into Tom Landry Stadium trying to beat the Veterans Memorial Patriots for the first time in school history.

But before anything happened, Ed Payne Motors and News Center 23 gave both schools something to cheer about and awarded each of them a $1,000 check for their students.

James Heath, Sharyland Pioneer HS Principal says, “It’ s a fantastic award. I know the last two years we’ve gotten it. Some of our kids have been able to benefit from the money. So we are excited to get it, and our kids are excited to have a chance to get it.”

With more than 80% of students from Mission CISD kids coming from low income families, there’s no doubt the scholarship will come in handy for the chosen recipient.

Fidel Garza Jr., Veterans Memorial HS Principal, “It’s a huge importance. When you talk about our students, when you talk about the challenges that they face, especially coming from a low income area, I know we appreciate all the help that we can get to help them out. I know the $1,000 might not seem like a lot, but for our kids it is, especially if we’re going to be splitting it up amongst our kids or however we’ll use it. We accept it whole heartedly and i know it’s going to go towards a great cause.”

One of the principals knows the struggle it is to put his children through college, and knows how important this scholarship will be for the chosen recipient and their family.

Principal Heath, “I have two kids of my own in college. Some parents can’t afford to send their students to school, so i know it’s very important to get that money however they can, and scholarships is a big way because you don’t have to pay them back.”

Despite going down on the scoreboard early in the match, the Diamondbacks fought their way back into the game and won it with a final score of 30 to 14. But at the end of the day both schools took home some scholarship money.

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