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Hays Free Press. January 20, 2010 . relt res Small steps lead to future success COUNSELOR,S 't has been a pleasure to work with students . this year as they have applied for college and scholarship opportunities. This shows a true moti- vation and enthusiasm toward higher education. The high school diploma is just the first step of many educational goals you should set. Some type of college experience is a must! Any educational certification or two-year .degree plan beyond high school will definitely expand your scope of jobs and enable you to earn more money. When you  complete four to five years of college and secure a degree, you will definitely have a higher earning po- tential and pave your path for job advancement. The emphasis of "Edu- cation Go Get It Week" (January 6-15) was to explore college and career possibilities. When search- ing for a college or career, you should first consider your career interests and true strengths, includ- ing the subjects in which you have been the most successful throughout your high school career. Research the types of col- , leges offering the degree of your choice and look at the courses needed to complete the degree. It is a great idea to job shadow or visit with people who hold the type of position you wish to secure. If you want to be a teacher, you may want to visit with one of your current teachers to ask about the job respon- sibilities and activities he or she handles as a teacher. What are the job demands for a teacher beyond the school day? Students often ask if it is acceptable to apply to a two-year or community college versus a four-year university. The answer is, "YES!" A student can receive an associate's degree and can certainly take most of the two-year core requirement classes required by any four-year institution. Prior to taking a college course, make sure the classes you are taking at a community college will transfer to the four-year college of your choice. Community col- leges often provide a more affordable and smaller educational environment for a student. As you progress up the corporate ladder look- ing for a job, you will find yourself in a highly competitive job market. You will be competing with other job candidates who are fresh out of col- lege or those individuals who have experience in a particular job area. Make sure your resum and references are current. Prepare yourself for a job interview and know some- thing about the company to which you apply. Think of the types of questions a potential employer might ask during an interview and how you will respond. Always dress to impress and use good manners when you present yourself to a company represen- tative. Follow up with a thank you note after an interview. Each part of the college or career process is a small step on the pathway to success. The high school diploma is the very first step. Higher education beyond high school is the next step. Begin the search for your perfect college and career opportunity today! Allison TiUotson is a counselor at Lehman High School. PHOTO BY TRAVIS BALBOA Flashing those "Hook 'Era" signs from California's beautiful Rose Bowl setting were 2009 Lehman High grad'(and Texas Longhorn Band member) Jesse Vera and friends Jesse, the band and thousands of Longhorn faithful (mostly) enjoyed an unforgettable experience at the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Savoring the moment were Longhorns (left to right) Jon Behrman, Filip Aarsland, Vera and Devin Jackson. On the front ro00o Former Lobo-,:shares rosy memory BY JESSE VERA Special to the Hays Free Press 0 t 4:27 a.m. on January 9, 10, I said my good- yes to dozens of othe r sleep-deprived band mem- bers and left the UT campus for Kyle. Our trip to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California had finally ended and with it, the end of football season for the Longhorn Band. The year was packed with great memo- " ries of long nights of marching practice, funny moments with friends, and exciting football gnes. This last event was no exception. We began preparing Sunday and Monday by reviewing our first marching show, a tribute to Aaron Copland. Very early Tuesday morning the band made its way to Pasadena aboard three chartered planes and we were greeted by the strangely warm weather in Southern California. Wednesday we had an exciting trip to Universal Studios, where we performed in a parade through the park and received free admission for the rest of the day. The big event came Thursday. We arrived at the RoseBowl early and performed at the huge tailgate party sponsored by the Texas Exes and then took our seats for the much-'anticipated game. The band not only had a good view, but we were also given some television coverage of our halftime show, a luxury college bands rarely receive. Some of us were lucky enough to find a camera and make other surprise appearances on national television. The out- Come, unfortunately, was not .what we had hoped for, but it was still an irppressive game. The following day we went to Disneyiand to give another performance in exchange for free admission before catching a late plane ride back to Austin. For me, this'first year in the Longhorn Band has been one of the most enjoyable and memorable parts of my fresh- man year at The University of Texas. However, it would never have happened without my years spent in another LHB, the Lehman High Band. ]esse Vera is a freshman at the University of Texas major- ing in Computer Science, a trombone player in the Long- horn Band, and a 2009 gradu- ate of Lehman High School. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN 'Go Get It' Week Lehman High School senior Randy Bardales takes in Hays CISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon's counsel during the Lobos' recent College and Career Coffee Chat. The event was one of the district's "Education - Go Get It Week" activities, focused on strengthening the community's post-high school education culture. b Buda Elementary School 'Kids of Character' for the 3rd Six Weeks (Editor's note: Each six weeks teachers recognize a small number of students with "Kids of Character" awards, recognizing them for their everyday demonstriations of respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship and trustworthiness. Kindemarten 2nd Grade 4th Grade Jaxon Ridley Alexander Espinoza Nicole Noren Haley Hall Jacob Savoy Hope Gorena Ethan Collins Sarah Barlow Abbylail Garza Ava Goeke Ashley Bollinger Kacie Hall Talia Kornkven Kaylee Giberson Easton Bryan 1st Grade 3rd Grade 5th Grade Zana Gray Alex Galindo Franklin Spiller James Martinez Evan Holland Marie Cook Brayden Moseley Michael Ballinger Lauren Longoria Kaylee Blount Rhaean Roddguez Evan Barker Ashley Vaughan Makaela Gotchey Elijah Barrientos Gabriel Lecca Haley Vargas Kyle Elementary School 'Panther Pride Awards' for the 3rd 6 Weeks 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade Ashley Palada Torye Hull Ernesto Jeffrey Emma McGuire Alicia Hernandez Allison Stewart Megan Herron Nathaniel Martin Ethan Oineon David Alfaro Michael Cardenas Sabrina Martin Sydnee Dever Heather Fulton Quinton Jones- Melanie Romo Adelina Anaya Endsley Miranda Rodriguez PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Chapa Middle School eighth graders Olivia Marzullo (left) and Michaela Leh- man won the "Student Favorite" award at.last week's HCISD Middle School Science Fair Titled "Flower Power: Live Longer, Live Stronger," the girls' Life Science project also took third in official judging.Classmate Haley Rohde won "Best of Show" for her project, "Where's Your School Staph Hiding?". Science fair turnout high BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com Hays CISD's annual science fair drew students from all five of the district's middle schools last week, highlighting thee efforts of more. than sixty students. Forty-eight projects in four categories - Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, and Engineering- rep- resented the work at the district's Performing Arts Center. A highly-attended awards cer- emony closed, out the da3 with first through third place trophies awarded in each of the four catego- ties. Chapa Middle School's HaIey Rohde captured "Best of Show" honors for her "Where'sYour School Staph Hiding?" lroject and was awarded a laptop computer. Chapa eighth graders Olivia Marzuilo and Michaela Lehman's "Hower Power. Live Longer, Live Stronger' won the "Student Favorite" balloting. Ellen Lyon, who served as Meet Director for the event, has a long record of science fair involvement, including at the intemafional lev- el. Her appreciation for this year's show and enthusiasm for the build- ing process that will take HC/SD to higher levels was obvious. "We want to get as many stu- dents involved as possible," she said, adding, "Ultimately, we'd like for Hays CISD to be a 'Science Fair kind of schoo)l district.'" Citing the growth into high levels of this competition as a "mission," Lyon says the process brings "such a unique and incredible culture... where (a districO has to have peo- ple in the schools constantly seek- ing research." Lyon offered thanks to contrib- uting inviduals Joanne Klaemer, Adrienne Voskarnp, Mark Parrish, Lisa Baum and Christina Melton in addition to the district administra- tion, students, parents, fair judges and middle school science teachers. Complete results, by category, included the following: Life Science - (1) Wesley Sutton, KevinMeckel; Chapa;"Guanavs.Al- gae;" (2) James Collins; Dahlstrom; "Effects of Light on Plant Growth;" (3) Olivia Marzullo, Michaela Leh- man; Chapa; "Flower Power: Live Longer, Live Stronger." Earth Science - (1) Derrick Rob- inson; Chapa; "Water Evaporation wfth Different Sources of Light;" (2) Tracie Iknnell; Chapa; "Say Cheese, Pleaser'; (3) Eric Espinoza, Thomas Day; Chapa; "Electric Plants;" Physical Science - (1) Clay Par- ham; Barton; "Slfming a Hght on Batteries;" (2) Jacob Greer; Chapa; "ThisI-lief' % y,, Dahlstrom; "Race to Sublimate." Engineering- (1) Christopher Salas; Chapa; "The Power of Sea Water;" (2) Brittany Faddis, Car- issa Bishop; Chapa; ""Sharpie Stain Remover;" (3) Judith Lima; Chapa; "Creating a Circuit." TRIO OF JOY Plum Creek couple learns to juggle the responsibility of triplets. - Page 1C Page 3B SCHOOL BRIEFS PracBce-a-Tlmn el IS on r The Barton Middle School Band stages its Band Practice-AThon fundralser Friday, Jan. 22, 4:30 -7:30 p.m. Director B.J. Sayger says his 7 th and 8  graders will help the 6 t graders on scales and rhythms, as well as their UIL contest music. Hays High band members will also assist. Willing to help the band toward their needed spring trip (and summer camp) funds? Call Sayger or Amanda Brandt at 268-1472, ext. 6451 and donate a sum per hour or make a flat donation. Mariachis head to state Lehman High School Ma- riachi Los Lobos compete at Saturday's Mexican Ameri- can School Board Associa- tion State Mariachi Cham- pionships. San Antonio's Edgewood High School is the site of the event, where the accomplished local group is one of three finalists in the Class AAAA division. For those of you who may be making the trip to hear the performance, the local group is scheduled to perform at 3:40 p.m. Hays High School Project Graduation hosts a pet vaccination clinic Monday, Jan. 25, at the Hays CISD Administration Building from 5-7 p.m. See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B LUNCH MENUS ' HCISD ELEMENTARY LUNCH MENU January 22'- 28 Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily, Friday, i/22 Pepperoni pizza Chicken nuggets Mashed potatoes Veggie Io mein Ham/cheese sandwich Steamed veggie mix Monday, 1/25 Beefy ravioli Bean/cheese burrito Beef dipper/rice Turkey/cheese sandwich Broccoli Normandy Tuesday, 1/26 Cheesy nachos Beefy macaroni BBQ beef sliders Garden chicken salad Peas/carrots Wednesday, 1/27 Cheese pizza Chicken patty sandwich Swedish meatballs Ham/turkey/cheese wrap Corn kernels Thursday, 1128 Pasta/marinara Chicken fried 'steak Beef tostadas Crispy chicken salad Italian blend veggies HCISD MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH MENU Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Friday, 1122 Veggie Io mein Crispy tacos Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or sausage pizza Monday, 1/25 Swedish meatballs Hamburger or cheeseburger Corn dog Cheese or pepperoni pizza Tuesday, 1/26 Beefy nachos Mac & cheese Garden chicken salad Hamburger or cheeseburger Wednesday, 1/27 Popcorn chicken BBQ beef sliders Chicken patty sanclnch Cheeseburger Thursday, 1128 Chicken fried,steak Beef tostadas Hamburger or Cheeseburger Pasta/marinara See LUNCH MENUS, pg. 4B ]1