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ACTING OUT Actress follows her dreams to Kyle - Page 1C Hays Free Press February 17, 2016 Page 3B BY PAIGE LAMBERT news@haysfreepress.com NerissaValencia grew up watching her mom design floral arrangements for anything from weddings to Valentine's Day. The Lehman High senior put her own spin on the lovable holiday with her floral designs. Valencia and other students at Lehman High School now get the chance to put their design pas- sions to use in the floral design class in the Career and Technical Education program. Lauren Reeves, who also teaches graphic de- sign at Lehman, said the course focuses on basic principles used in any fine arts course. Students have to learn design flmdamentals before even touching a flower. "We learn about bal- ance, harmony and the color wheel," Reeves said. "Then we go into flower "We learn about balance, harmony and the color wheel ... Then we go into flower associations and different types of arrangements." -Lauren Reeves, floral design teacher associations and different types of ar- rangements." While stu- dents don't sell their arrange- ments, they do learn the business side of the floral industry. Students are required to develop a business plan and sketch out a store- front that compliments the particular part of the floral industry they are interested in. "I have them decide if they want to do the retail side, where they go out to events, or if they wanted to be in the actual grow- Lehman High senior Nerissa Valencia works on a floral class in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. PHOTO BY PAIGE LAMBERT arrangement for her floral design ing side," Reeves said. put under deadlines just members in one day. "They enjoyed being able like a real business. The "I did have them do a to come up with a slogan students had to complete practice arrangement of and create a logo." 11 corporate styled ar- The students are also rangements for the board FLORAL DESIGN, 4B PHOTO BY MADDIE BARBEE PHOTO BY KATHRINA GUZMAN Girls Night Out at Chapa As Chapa Middle School continues celebrating its 10th anniversary this school year, it hosted its 10th annual Girl's Night Out on Tuesday, Feb. 2. This year, the school had 70 students bring 76 important adults in their life for a fun-filled evening. Activities included nail painting, hairdos, duct tape crafts, Just Dance on the Wii, pizza & fruit, cuisine from the Hays culinary program, a photo booth, board games, basketball and volleyball! Additionally, the school collected 76 cans of food and more than $50 in donations for the Hays County Food Bank. Left, 7th grader Adriana Sanford and her mom Myra Sanford striking a pose during dinner. Right, 8th graders Keagan Ross (left) and Alyssa Saucedo make Valentine's-themed pillows at the arts and crafts area. Reb Winter Guard scores 2nds at New PHOTO BY JULIANA RIECSS Hays High School's Winter Guard recently had a great showing at the New Braunfels Winter Guard Invitational. Sponsor Juliana Riecss says of the big day, "Congrats to the Hays JV Winter Guard for placing 2nd in the novice division and congrats also to the Varsity Winter Guard for tying for 2nd in the Region A Division in the same competition." This is the first year Hays High School has fielded two winter guards, Riess noted.Sponsored by the TECA (Texas Educational Colorguard Association), the invitational meet featured a wide cross section of South Texas guards in several divisions of competition. Lobo HOSA strong in competition, three to state Lehman High School's HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) team performed admirably at recent Area competition, three of its number - in three events - qualifying for State HOSA competition. Sponsor Yvette Sutten reports that team members Dara Vasquez, Denise Silva and Breanna Higgins earned the right to move on in the annual HOSA competition. Dara advanced in the "Chapter Reflections" category (only three Area I competitors advanced), Denise took third in "Home Health Aide"competition, and Breanna advanced in the "Medical Photography" category. Additionally, high finishers included Nariko Nakachi (7th out of 32 in "Researched Persuasive Speaking"), Miah Neer (4th and runner-up to advancing slot in "Medical Reading"), and the team of Taylor Musselman and Katie Ramirez-Portillo (10th out of 44 competing in "Health Career Display"). The Lehman HOSA contingent included (I-r) Nariko Nakachi, Taylor Musselman, Dara Vasquez, Breanna Higgins, Denise Silva and Kate Ramirez. Not pictured is Miah Neer. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN ;D High Theatre Lehman High School's Lobo Theatre proudly presents its stage production of "Charlotte's Web" on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18-19, at7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and reservations may be made by calling 512- 268-8454, ext. 8613, or emailing theatre director Marissa Meek at marissa.meek@hayscisd. net. The play is based on the children's novel by author E.B. White, originally published in 1952 and known throughout the world as an American classic tale. The story's major characters include a pig named Wilbur and his friend, barn spider Charlotte. Come out and support your Lobos. Rebs power up for 'Night of Jazz' The special strains of special music will be in the air soon as the Hays High School Jazz Band presents its first- ever "Night of Jazz" at Texas Old Town. Set for Thursday, Feb.18, at Red Bud Hall, the Hays Band Boosters inaugural gala fundraiser is scheduled for 6:30- 10 p.m. and offers a fabulous catered dinner with dessert, drinks, and dancing- all of it featuring the sounds of both the Hill Country Jazz Band and the 20-piece Hays High School Jazz Band (pictured above and directed by Christopher Gordon and Brandon Winters). Individual tickets are $50. Dress is semi- formal for what the band boosters describe as "our largest, most extravagant event of the year!" Highly- appreciated supporting sponsorships, ranging from Bronze ($100) to Platinum ($1,000) are also available. For online ordering: Haysbands.org/ fundraising. Information is also available for "Night of Jazz" and the 2rid Annual Hays Rebel Run 5K (Saturday, April 2) by contacting Hays Band Boosters Fundraising Chair Thomas Brown at twbrown72@gmail.com. I