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:* .......... )) i Hays Free Press. February 17, 2010 }al cree lre 'EMPTY BOWLS' Fundraiser focuses on helping fill food bank. - Page 1C Page 3B How to say I love you COUNSELOR'S reetings, and I ope this finds you th good experi- ences ffomValentine's Day. I recently had a homework assignment from my son's teacher which caused me to pause. My wife and I were to write aValentine's Day card to our son to be opened during the class party. She suggested that we write how special and valued he is. Making the card was rather tim, but when it came time to write it I had to pause.., how do I express my deep love for this fine young man, his talents and gifts, his uniqueness, and special attributes? Tougher still is how to express this to a seven year old in words that make sense to him? How does a seven year old understand love?What can you say to a seven year old boy that conveys that he is special? All of this made me reflect and think about expressing love and the fact that the way we express love may not always make sense to the people we love. If my son feels love it's going to have something to do with him being a great soccer player, outstanding on his video game, or doing neat tricks on his bike - those are the attributes that his language would hear and understand. It reminded me of a concept covered in vari- ous formats and milieus, but it basically comes down to the idea that all people [ldds too] have "love languages." It takes effort to express love to others in the language that makes sense to them because we are more likely to express love in our own language. Take a minute this month and look at significant relationships in your life and think about how you express love to them. Are your expressions of love based on the language of the recipient or the sender? Is it words? Acts of service? Affection? Time together? Giving a gift? Everyone is different. Take the time to express your love in a way that will be heard and understood and I think you will see some people light up as they experience one of the truest gifts for humans - to feel loved. If you want to read more on love languages and related principals check out one of these books: The Five Love Languages, The 7lvo Sides of Love, or His Needs Her Needs. LUNCH MENUS HCISD ELEMENTARY LUNCH MENU February 19-25 Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Friday, 2/19 Cheese pizza Fish nuggets/mashed potatoes Veggie Io mein Ham/cheese sandwich Steamed veggie mix Monday, 2/22 Beefy ravioli Bean/cheese burrito Beef dipper w/rice Turkey/cheese sandwich Broccoli Normandy Tuesday, 2/23 Cheesy nachos Beefy macaroni BBQ beef sliders Garden chicken salad Peas/carrots Wednesday, 2/24 Cheese pizza Chicken patty sandwich Swedish meatballs Ham/turkey/cheese wrap Corn Thursday, 2/25 Pasta/madnara Chicken fried steak Beef tostadas Crispy chicken salad Italian blend veggies See LUNCH MENUS, pg. 4B PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Celebrating their big Sweepstakes trophy win at the recent Lehman Academic Tournament are representatives of the Hays High School UIL team. The Rebs took team firsts in Number Sense, Mathematics, Calculator, Accounting and Computer Applications as their competitive season got off to a great start. S00veel00stakes 00vin ners Hays High UIL take top honors at Lehman meet BY JIM CULLEN It was a banner day for the Hays High School UIL team, winning the Sweep- stakes trophy at the recent Lehman High- hosted Academic Meet. The Rebs rolled to no less than five team event wins in the early UIL season meet, including top showings in Number Sense, Calculator, Mathematics, Accounting and Computer Applications. In addition, Sllas Brown claimed "Top Chemistry" title for the meet. The Lehman High School highlight was a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the Computer Science event, helping boost the hosts to a fourth in Sweepstakes competition. In addition to the cross-district Rebs, the Lobos host- ed teams from Canyon, Luling, Liberty, East Central, Hberty Hill, Del Valle and Navarro. The Rebs' Number Sense combination of Brad Weber, Roderick Hunt and Em- ily Crowell were individually third, fourth and sixth. Lauren Wisener and Hunt were third and fifth in their Calculator team win, with help from teammate lessica Scott. Erin Korzeniewski and Patti Swan- son were individually fourth and sixth in the Mathematics win, with help from Silas Brown. In one of Hays' historically strongest ar- eas, its Accounting team was highlighted by an amazing 1-2-3-4 showing from Ion Brazeal, Aysia Lopez, John Effiom and Casie Lomeli, respectively. And the Com- puter Applications (BCIS) team win came PHOTO BY ROSS RUSSELL Lehman High School's Computer Science team highlighted the campus UIL team's effort at the recent invitational meet the Lobos hosted. The team had a perfect 1-2-3-4 sweep in its com- petition. It is made up of (left to right) Amanda Markert, Cameron Harris, Samantha Williamson, Marcus Casillas, Donald Schiwitz and Trevor Leffert. courtesy of Brooke Noble's firs;t, Amber Thompson's fourth and Melissa Harvell's sixth. Lehman's winning Computer Science team sweep of first through fourth was through the efforts of (1) Trevor Leffert, (2) Samantha WiUiamson, (3)Cameron Harris, and (4) Amanda Markert,, with ad- ditional help from Donald Schiiwitz and Marcus CasiUas. Additional Hays places in the Sweep- stakes win included the following: Read- ing Writing: (3) Hannah Thomlpson, (5) Hope Hoffmeyer, (6) Gabi Buentello; Lit- erary Criticism: (4) Hope Hoffmeyer, (6) Sarah Staub; Computer Science: (5) Da- kotaWhipple, (6) John Hatch. Lehman finished second in team com- petition for Mathematics, Siggy Santana taking fifth individually. The Lobos also had a team second in Science, Madeleine Hewitt taking fourth individually. Addi- tional Lehman places included Michelle Wflliamson and Lauren Lemangue, sec- ond and fourth, respectively, in Spelling; and Siggy Santana, fifth in Number Sense. Hays middle schoolers take UIL tides St'F REPORTS Dahlstrom Middle School's 7th and 8th- grade academic UIL teams each rolled to their respective UIL academic rifles and their 6th grade counterparts took 2nd, by virtue of strong across-the-board perfor- mances at the district meet at Lockhart Ju- nior High recently. The Mustangs' showing was impressive, with many highlights, but each Hays CISD middle school came home with something to brag about. Campus-by-campus highlights: Dahlstrom Middle School: The Mus- tangs grabbed 15 event firsts including a trio of 1-2-3 sweeps, two of those from the championship-winning 8th grade. Dahl- strom's Laura Albamdo, Trey Soils and Deanna Starlin were 1-2-3, respectively, in 8th grade Dictionary Skills, and 8th graders Alyssa Wagner, Adelae Vayas and Banner Steel were 1-2-3, respectively in Spelling. Dahlstrom 7th-graders Emily Yager, Katie Wenzel and Thea Robinson were 1-2-3, re- spectively, in 3-D/Miscellaneous Art. The title-bound Mustang 8th grade also had a 1-2 showing in Painting Art from De- yen Fuentes and Lauren Trobley, respec- tively, and added firsts from Ty Goebler in Science, Wyatt Madden in Number Sense, Megan Banks in Maps, Charts and Graphs, and Kathleen Shoemaker in 3-D/Miscelle- neous Art. Dahlstrom's 7th grade highlights also included a 1-2 to Reid Johnson and Emory Cuzze in Math, as well as firsts to Rachel Tenney in Editorial Writing and Kailani H- non in Drawing Art. In 6th grade competition, the Mustangs' Noah Benedict and Gracie Hough were 1-2 in Math and Madelyn Gladek and Hannah Penry were 1-2 in Music Memory. Claudia Norman added a first in Oral Reading, as did Heidy Mendoza in Spanish Oral Read- ing. Additional 8th grade places went to Al- yssa Wagner, Eric Villareal, Jessica Cruz, Aubrey Tate, Austin Tate, Walker Stone, Logan Lindsey, Devin Palm, Zakk Plum- mer, Kimberly Gonzalez, Dylan Fall, Alex Key and Austin Carroll. Mustang 7th grade PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Dahlstrom Middle School UIL contestants (left to right) Kristina Loza-Garcia, Hannah Penry and Madelyn Gladek wait to hear the awards announcements at Lockhart Junior High recently. Gladek and Penry were 1-2 in sixth grade Music Memory. placers included Rebekah Pogue, Taylor Morey, Thomas Stevens, Mary Fowler, An- gela Tenney, Ashley Scholl, Joseph Ruhio, Chris Gonzales, Nataly Castro, ErnilyYager, Katie Wenzel, Heath Agnew, MaraL Romero, Dustin Zimmerman, Holly Hogs;ett, Brett Wdliams and Nick Harrelson. Completing the Mustang shmwing were 6th grade placers Lorelie Pierce, Ausrin Uresti, Kathryn Peterman, John lWlendoza, Thomas Hunter, Kaycee Annstrontg, Crispin Lyman, Ryan Clark, Anthony Ure,sti, Chase Salazar, Claudia Norman, Gabriiel Perez, Raquel Penalver, Allison Scott, Kiianna Ra- lOS, Pat Chida and Kristiena Lozai-Garcia. Barton Middle Schooh Barton's Bob- cats had an outstanding UIL shmwing at Lock_hart, pulling seven firsts, foutr of them from the 8th grade, including a 1,-2 in Lis- tening Skills (2ayier Gray and Sarah Serrano, respectively) and a 1-3-4 in Oral Reading (Antonio Sanchez, Monica Agutlax and lu- liaWidmer, respectively). Barton's 7th grade Impromptu Speakingwas 1-3-4 (Mlackenzie Landeros, Tori Barnes and Brittan3 Squires, respectively). Additional Bobcat firsts went to Harrison Scott-Maldonado in 8th grade Modem Or- atory, Austin Dennis in 8th grade Drawing Art, Nick Gonzales in 7th grade ReadyWrit- ing and Isaiah Knox, Trevor McCulley and Jonathan Pflaum in 7th grade Team Math. The Barton 6th grade highlight was Me- lissa Cardona's second place in Painting Art. Additional places went to 8th-graders Riley Dougay, Aldo Hemandez, Rebekah Vashus, Leah Hixon, Reese Martin, Chris- tian Rodriguez and Marisa Bosma. The Bobcats also placed 7th graders Grace Pe- terson, Brittany Squires, Isaiah Knox, Alyssa Kadjar, Kenny Lopez, Patrick O'Nell, Jesse Armstrong, Zachary Zuniga, Nate Jackson, Nathan West, Sabrina Smith, J.T. Warren, Mary Shoemake, Caleb North, Grace Peter- son and McKenzie Brown. Additional placing Bobcat 6th graders were Christine Brown, Ashlee Claggett, Lois Bronaugh, Kalley Bozarth, Drake Fo- ley, Marshall Marberger, Mark Ramirez, See MIDDLE SCHOOL UIL TITLES, pg. 4B SCHOOL BRIEFS Talent show Saturday The annual District Tal- ent Show is this Saturday, 7 p.m., at the HCISD Per- forming Arts Center. Ad- mission is $5 and all funds go to choir scholarships for seniors planning to major in music or high school students attending sum- mer All State Choir Camp. Former graduates who re- ceived $1,000 scholarships include Kayla Pendergraft, Jessica Espinoza, Chelsie Lewis; Brittany Spong, Robbie Gibbons, Jenni- fer Becker, Sarah Schiess and others. At last count, this year's show line-up includes 20 acts. More FAFSA help avadable "Financial Aid Saturday" is set for local high school seniors this Saturday, Feb- ruary 20, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at Lehman High School. Lehman hosts another session Saturday, March 6. The events are designed to assist seniors and their parents in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get financial aid for college. Nutrition input invited Hays CISD has posted a link on the district website inviting parent comments or questions regarding the school nutrition program. Under both the "parents" and "students" section, nu- offers the opportunity to share comments or questions directly with nutrition services. Mustang makes great catch Dahlstrom Middle School student Cary Clev- enger has been recognized by his school as a hero for catching a two-year-old who accidentally fell out of a two-story window. Cary was riding by the toddler's house on his skateboard, when he reached out and caught the child. Hawks celebrate Seuss Read Across America Week at Hemphill Elemen- tary School will celebrate Dr. Seuss. Monday the Hemphill Hawks will wear their favorite hats, on Tues- day, funny socks are in or- der, backward shirts will be the norm Wednesday, and pajamas are highlighted Thursday. The week wraps up Friday with students wearing their favorite Dr. Seuss character costume to school. Literacy fun at Science Hall Academic Night at Sci- ence Hall Elementary is set for Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. With a goal of promoting literacy and increasing parental involvement, the event will include paper and cloth t- shirt decorating, poetry re- citing, and word play with fiddles and }okes. Special presentations will include an exhibit on Frederick Douglass in the library. For more information, contact Counselor Patty Jones at 268-8502, ext. 2113.