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Annual Livestock Show comes back to town. - Page 1C i-lays Free Press January 18, 2017 Page 3B STAFF REPORT The Hays CISD Board of Trustees is hosting three public forums about the proposed May 2017 Bond. There are also opportuni- ties at regularly scheduled and special meetings for parents, employees, and community members to speak to the board about the proposal prior to a de- cision. The legal deadline for the board to call a bond for a May election is Febm- ary 17, 2017. During the fall semester in 2016, a board-appointed citizen's Growth Impact Committee reviewed district needs and created a recommendation for a bond. The board will con- sider public comment and may make changes to the recommendation based on feedback prior to calling for an election. Visit bond2017 to learn about the bond proposal. Wallace teacher awarded for aiding choking student PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays CISD superintendent Michael McKie hugs Artermise Cyphers, a 7th grade English instruc- tor at Wallace who successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver to save a student from chok- ing. (Browse and buy photos at BY MOSES LEOS III There was a moment of understand- ing Friday when Hays CISD instructors Artermise Cyphers and Leann Loya shared a heartfelt, tearful em- brace during a pep rally at Wallace Middle School. Moments before, Loya, along with superin- tendent Michael McKie, presented Cyphers with a com- memorative plaque in a surprise ceremony. It was all linked to a singular moment of heroic action that helped save a student's life. On ]an. 10, Cyphers, Hays CISD a 7th grade English instructor, suc- cessfully performed the Heimlich maneuver to save Loya's daughter, who was choking on a piece of hard candy dur- ing class. For Cyphers, perform- ing the action was a matter of training and instinct. "Something greater than me kicked in," Cyphers said. "I wasn't myself. I was just think- ing, 'she has to breathe.'" The incident oc- curred toward the end of different.'" Cypher's second pe- Immediately, Cyphers riod class. Loya said her turned Loya's daughter daughter, who had been around and began sick, had a piece of hard performing the Heimlich candy in her mouth tomaneuver. Cyphers said keep her throat wet. she didn't know how But when she attempt-many times she tried it. ed to clear her throat, one point, I the hard candy followed thought, 'oh God, help and also went down her me. I felt like I was throat, Loya said. going to crush her ribs," Loya said her daughter Cyphers said. tried to hold off telling While the process Cyphers as long as she "took a while," Cyphers could, so as to avoid in- said she began hearing terruption,air coming out of the "She was student's throat. She "Something trying to go then began "pounding to the rest- her back," which led to greater than room, but the candy exiting her me kicked she could mouth. She then helped feel herself the student to the nurse's in ,,, I wasn't blacking office. out," Loya Sarah Hodges, Wallace myself. I was said. "Her Middle School principal, thoughts said she was at a training just thinking, 'i'm were, conference at Lehman 'she has to not going toHigh when she received make it to a text from one of the breathe.'" the rest- school nurses about the room.'" incident. - Artermise Cyphers, Cyphers Hodges then stepped Wallace Middle School said Loya's in to ensure Loya was English teacher daughter contacted and was on- stood up site. She then made sure and began the student was okay. walking toward her. Her attention then Initially, she thought the turned to Cyphers, who student had to go to the performed the maneuver restroom, during class. Cyphers quickly Cyphers, Hodges said, realized something handled it like an "all- much more serious was star." going on. "She stopped "I thought she had to teaching to instruct go to the bathroom. But kids on empathy and she came toward me how that would feel and her face was turning if they were choking red," Cyphers said. "Iand how scary that is, was about to say to go to and what happened if the bathroom, but her people talked about it," hands were raised to her Hodges said. "They had throat. I was like, 'this was something totally SAVING GRACE, 4B PHOTO BY ALLISON GARCIA Mariachi Los Lobos roils on to State Lehman High School's Mariachi Los Lobos qualified to advance to State competition next month! The Joseph Baird-di- rected group competed in the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators (TAME) Area Meet at San Antonio's Luther Burbank High School Auditorium Saturday and emerged from the round with straight "ls" and a ticket to State, set for Saturday, Feb. 4, in San Antonio. Above, Mariachi Los Lobos proudly wear their new trajes. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Reb Choir draws honors Two members of the Hays High School Choir - junior Emma Cole and sophomore Taylor Cooper - have come back with honors from the annual Texas Music Educa- tors Association 0-MEA) All-State Choir auditions. Held at Reagan High School, the annual auditions completed a process that began with roughly 30,000 students across Texas and eight HHS Choir members qualifying for the final auditions. Emma Cole drew the top honors for the Rebs, claiming 2nd Chair in the All-State mixed Choir, while Taylor Cooper placed as First Alternate for the All- State Treble Choir. It was Emma's third consecutive year to make State. Taylor was an AlI-Stater asa freshman last year. HHS Choir Director Charles Flores notes, "These students are to be congratulated for their efforts and suc- cess. placement in the TMEA All-State Choir is one of the highest honors a music student can achieve. Thank you for supporting music and fine arts at Hays High School." + lii i