The North Dallas Booster Club officers — (from left) Secretary Asha Guevara, Treasurer Melanie Wester, Vice President Veronica Rico, and President Jessica De La Paz — talk with North Dallas athletic coodinator Bobby Estes at the Booster Club’s March 3 meeting.
On this Mother’s Day, the North Dallas Booster Club is thankful to have four moms — with a lot of passion and dedication for the school — running the organization.
The new officers — President Jessica De Paz, Vice President Veronica Rico, Secretary Asha Guevara and Treasurer Melanie Wester — came on board in September, and have been transitioning their way through the school year. At most high schools, each sport/organization has its own booster club. At North Dallas, we have one booster club to assist all the sports with some of their needs.
The group has been working with Athletic Coordinator Bobby Estes, who came to North Dallas in February 2019 as the head football coach, in the learning transition.
The moms have different intrests in sports and organizations, which really helps in making sure all the sports are covered. Jessica (Class of 2005) is a former Vikingette, and Asha (Class of 1987) was ready to give back. Veronica is a cheerleader mom, and Melanie has sons playing football and running track.
On Mother’s Day, Jessica said she plans to spend the day at home with her family, which includes her two young daughters, 4-year-old Vida and 5-month old Sol, and her husband, who is also a North Dallas alum.
Asha says her children and granddaughter will be coming to spend time with her on Mother’s Day.
Melanie and Veronica were not available for this article.
“My vision is to paint the city orange! I invision more community involvement through out our feeder pattern, many successful fundraisers and a large membership,” said Jessica, who was invited to the first meeting in September by Vikingettes coach Devondria Douglas.
“Through the years after graduation, I’ve helped the Vikingettes with whatever I could. Being an alumni Vikingette, I know first-hand how challenging fundraising can be. If it’s challenging for us, I know every other organization at the school could possibly have the same issue and I wanted to help. Coach Devondria Douglas invited me to a meeting — she knew I wanted to get more involved with the school, help build school spirit and build our reputation.”
Asha said her vision for the Booster Club is to have “more parental involvement of all different ethnicities, something that represents North Dallas High School as The First International School of Texas.”
She said she saw a post on the North Dallas Facebook page seeking volunteers and she went to the meeting.
“I wanted to be able to give back to my alumni school that taught me so much and gave me some really great friendships,” Asha said. “I went to the first meeting and was asked to take notes, and that same day I was voted in as secretary of the Booster Club.”
Managing family life and the Booster Club commitment has been a little easier for Asha.
“Simple, my children are both grown so it’s just myself and my two Labradors, Mia and Faulkner,” she said. “We get together as a family when our schedules will allow.”
For Jessica, it’s been a little more complicated.
“It’s a mom super power to multi-task! and it helps to have an amazing husband who is also alumni,” she said. “He understands my love for ND and when my booster president hat is on, he gladly takes over. But like most moms, I get ‘me’ time in the evening after the kids have been put to bed. It’s when I get the most done.”
Jessica sees the Booster Club goals as connecting with the athletes, the community and parents. Asha sees recruiting more parents and raising more money for the program.
“We care about our athletes their sports organizations, and our communities. We want to find ways of bringing all of these elements together to raise funds to benefit each athletic team at North Dallas,” Jessica said. “This includes the Vikingettes, cheerleaders, Orange & Ebony flag team and band. The goal is to help ease the financial burden from parents to allow more student involvement. Another goal is membership. I would like to build a stronger membership to achieve these goals.”
The Booster Club’s needs include more parental involvment, Asha said.
Jessica agreed, and also listed “fundraising opportunities, sponsorship, and membership. We currently need and are in search for a recruiter to be apart the boosters to help us with recruitment at games and events.”
“I really enjoy being the president of the Booster Club,” Jessica said. “I love working with my officers and members — we all have the same passion. I truly believe this group will make an impact on the school’s success.”
Booster Club officers — secretary Asha Guevara, treasurer Melanie Wester and vice president Veronica Rico were on hand to feed the kids at the Incarnation House.
Jessica De Paz with 4-year-old Vida De Paz and 5-month-old Sol De Paz.
Mom Jessica De Paz, and Vida De Paz
Jessica De Paz and daugther, 4-year-old Vida De Paz
Jessica De Paz (right) and 4-year-old Vida participated in the Vikingettes alumni performance at 2019 Homecoming in October.
Asha Guevara (middle) and her children, Korina Hernandez and George Hernandez III.
In a 1996 photo, Asha Guevara is with her kids, Korina Hernandez and George Hernandez III.
Melanie Wester waves to the camera at the Homecoming game. (Photo by Terry Wester)
Veronica Rico and daughter Linda Rico on Senior Night in November.
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