Press release from Eastwood High School student council:
Congratulations to Eastwood High School’s Honored Exes!
This year’s Honored Ex is double the excitement as the Troopers will recognize two awardees: Michael Wiseman, a member of Eastwood’s first graduating class in 1965, and Melissa Springer Wiseman from the third graduating class in 1967.
Michael Wiseman was the first drum major of the Eastwood Marching Band and also played on the Trooper Baseball Team. He worked his way through UTEP, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy following his graduation with a math degree in 1969. He returned to El Paso where worked for the El Paso Natural Gas Company for almost 25 years, while earning a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from UTEP. He is currently Vice President for Rimkus Consulting one of the world's foremost forensic engineering consulting firms in Houston, Texas.
Melissa Springer Wiseman started attending Eastwood when it opened initially as a middle school that transitioned into a high school. She was a head Trooperette, a captain of the National Champion Shownette baton twirling team, and received a National Award called, “Miss Betty Crocker of Tomorrow” at a national home economics convention. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was selected as Miss Blue and Gold. She then went on to UTEP where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and then her master’s degree in economics and became an economics instructor at UTEP. Once her children where in college, she earned her PhD in economics from Texas Tech. She then joined the faculty of where she currently teaches at Houston Baptist University where she now serves as the Chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance. She is one of the most admired professors on campus and has received numerous awards including the University-wide Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching award and the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teaching Award, and also served as president of the faculty senate. She has served as the board of directors of the YWCA of El Paso, as Chairman of the Residential Division of the United Way of El Paso, and the President of the Volunteer Bureau of El Paso.
Together they have been married for more than 46 years. Their daughter Monica (’86) was the first child of two alumni to graduate from Eastwood (and also followed in her mother’s footsteps, becoming the first second-generation Miss Blue and Gold) She is a lawyer in Dallas, Texas. Their daughter Marla (’91) was a member of the EHS track and field team and is a teacher in Justin, Texas.
Congratulations to Eastwood HS teacher Ruly Medrano, EHS Homecoming parade Grand Marshall. Mr. Medrano graduated from Eastwood in 1986 where he played basketball and baseball. He attended New Mexico Highlands University and Texas A & M in College Station where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and worked for KDBC Channel 4 as a sportscaster for four years. Soon after, his career at Eastwood High School as a teacher began where this year he celebrates his 18th year. He was the varsity baseball coach for 14 years and spent three years as yearbook advisor. His wife Debbie teaches at Eastwood Heights Elementary, his daughter Sarah is a freshman at Texas A&M University and his son Steven is a sophomore at Eastwood High School. Mr. Medrano was a class favorite as a student and it’s clear to see nothing has changed. Today’s student troopers look to his dedication in the classroom, booming voice and great sense of humor that make him still a “class favorite.”