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March 2, 2011 I .Jre r CULTIVA11NG COMMUNITY Tradition of Oxbow Trails 'honor garden' comes 'to an end. - Page lC Page 3B SCHOOL MENUS Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily at all Hays CISD campuses ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Friday, 3/4 Cheese pizza Beef ravioli/meat sauce BBQ beef sliders Garden chicken salad Steamed broccoli Monday, 3/7 Hamburger Chicken nuggets Turkey corn dog Vegetarian quesadilla Tater tots Tuesday, 3/8 Beefy tostadas Pasta/marinara sauce Chili/corn bread Crispy chicken salad Green beans Wednesday, 3/9 Pepperoni pizza Baked chicken/brown rice Tuna salad plate Macaroni/cheese Steamed mixed vegetables Thursday, 3/10 Cheesy enchiladas Beefy macaroni Chicken taco salad Turkey/cheese sandwich Baby carrots MIDDLE SCHOOLS Friday, 314 Baked BBQ chicken Orange chicken/brown doe Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese and meat lovers pizza Steamed broccoli Monday, 3/7 Beef tostadas Chicken Caesar salad Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or supreme pizza Baby carrots Tuesday, 3/8 Chili cheese dog Green chili quesadUlas Spicy chicken patty sandwich Hamburger or cheeseburger Tater tots Wednesday, 3/9 Meatloaf/mashed potatoes Tuna salad plate Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or pepperoni pizza Italian style vegetables Thursday, 3/10 Baked breaded chicken Grilled cheese sandwich/ tomato soup Corn dog Cheeseburger Hawaiian chicken salad Peas/carrots HIGH SCHOOLS Luigi's Eatery, Gourmet Greens, Adobe Grill, Ballpark Classics, The Dell offer daily pizza, fresh salads, Mexican, burgers, subs to order, fresh fruit and veggie bar Friday, 3/4 BBQ chicken Chicken taco salad BBQ dipper sliders Pasta primavera Chicken teriyaki Monday, 3/7 Beef ravioli Bean/cheese tostadas Popcorn chicken Chicken Alfredo Orange chicken Tuesday, 3/8 Salisbury steak Soft chicken taco Grilled cheese Pasta/meatballs Sweet-n-sour chicken Wednesday, 3/9 Lasagna Bean/cheese burrito Corn dog Pasta/meat sauce Asian chicken Thursday, 3/10 Grilled cheese sandwich/soup Green chili cheese quesadilla BBQ dipper sandwich Pasta/marinara Beef chow mein PHOTO BY TONY LEFLET The Hays High School Band sends a dozen members forward to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, the group including (back, left to right) Ricky Bracamontes, Colby Padgett, Will Poeppelmeyer, Reed Darragh, Brandon Baker, Eric Lopez (front, left to right) Matt Spong, Michael Ebbinghaus, Pedro Balderas, Christina Heinich, Paul Olguin, Ely Allen. Movin'on up Hays, Lehman bands send students to state STAFF REPORTS Twelve band members from Hays High and five from Leh- man High qualified to audi- tion at the State Solo and En- semble contest later this year. Dozens of others from both schools received Division 1 ratings at the recent regional competition. Rebel band members who qualify for state include key- board percussionists Pdcky Bracamontes, Matt Spong, Ely Allen and Brandon Baker; snare drum soloists Reed Dar- ragh, Eric Lopez and Pedro Bal- deras; Michael Ebbinghaus on alto saxophone; Colby Padgett on tuba; Will Poeppelmeyer on French horn; Paul Olguin on contra bass clarinet; and Christina Heinrich on piccolo. Lobo band members who will advance to state compe- tition include a saxophone quartet ensemble of NancyAl- torre, Alexander Baker, Kyron Bryant and Maria DeFiUipi; and Kyron Bryant as an alto sax soloist. The Hays High School showing was highlighted by Ely Allen, John Bowen and Tyler Cullen each auditioning with a pair of solos and scor- ing Division l's on both. Other Hays High soloists drawing Division l's were Mason Boit- nott, Anthony Bond, Emily Briceno, Sabrina Bullock, Greg PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Representing a large contingent of fellow band members earning Divi- sion 1 ratings at the 2011 Solo and Ensemble auditions, Lehman High School students qualifying to audition later this year for state include (back, left to right) Nancy Alatorre, Maria DeFillipi, Alexander Baker, and (front) Kyron Bryant. The four qualified to advance as a saxophone quar- tet and Bryant earned the right on alto sax as a soloist, as well. Cadenhead, Ursula Clarence, Danielle Clark, Lainey Clark, ]ennifer Colonnetta, James Corbett, Jesse Crouse, Ryan Edgel, Madeline Finchum, Tayler Fitzgerald, Cailais Gal- braith, William Haire, Mel- yssa Harvell and John Robert Hatch. Other Hays High Division 1 soloists include Porter Hehr, Kathryn Herrington, Leah Hixon, Megan Hudgins, Erin Korzeniewsld, Ana Levy, Ma- rissa Lira, Casie Lomeli, Ashley Loosier, Reese Martin, Tania Maya, Tyler McComb, Rachel McManus, Tanner Murphy, Halah Olvera, Amanda Pet- tit, Paty Ponce, Aubrey Reiner, Sarah Reyes, Ana Ritchie, Ste- phen Sanchez, Brittany Santo, K.V. Smith, Cole Smith, Caty Snoeberger, Chris Snoeberger, Alyssa Tenney, Cristina Ten- ney, Claire Vladyka, John Wall- gren, Kaitlyn Wllliamson and Shaddi Zamrik. In addition to their state-ad- vancing sax quartet, the Lobos had a Division 1 flute choir, in- cluding Marissa Cherkitz, Ni- cole McManus, Alexis Pineda, Taiz Reuter, Melanie Whitaker and Aleah Williams. Cherldtz scored a flute solo Division 1, as well. Other Lobo l's includ- edAngela Solis, Carissa Bishop, Elisa Rose, Brenda Reyes-Mon- roy and Kassandra Barrera on flute, Angelica Lippe on oboe, Tyler Brummel on bassoon, Andrea Rose, Cecilia Zea, Ga- briel Doria, Josue Moreno and Kallie Peace on clarinet, and Angelia Mitchum and Lauren Vasquez on bass clarinet. Other Lehman Division l's went to soloists Alexander (Xander) Baker and Kyron Bryant on alto sax, James Vera on trumpet, Tori Van Wart on French horn, Tyler Potter, Al- exander Calte, Josh De Long and Kacy Peterson on trom- bone, Earl Gray, Charissa Cal- lahan and Matthew Elkins on tuba, and Nick Limon on snare drum. Scholarship established in counselor's name STAFF REPORT 't is perhaps appropri- ate during the recently ,observed National School Counselors Week to recall that long- time Hays CISD Counselor Christy Wells was forced to take medical leave during the Spring 2010 semester. As a result of her health issues, it was de- termined that she WELLS would be unable to return to work. Her co-worker and friend at Bar- ton Middle School for more than fifteen years, school nurse Susie Kana, has an- nounced a scholarship in the popular counselor's name. Kana notes a sentiment shared by all who knowWells, that of being "fortunate" to know her. In her letter an- nouncing the scholarship, Kana says that over the years of knowing Wells, "I wit- nessed again and again the powerful impact she had on our students. Christy remains true to her professional rifle...she is a counselor. Her intellect determined count- less paths to inspire kids to succeed in school." Reinforcing the per- sonal endorsement, Kana - like others - believes that "Christy's light really shines when her heart leads students to overcome many challenges ... Her influence has also touched the staff with whom she worked." Assessing Wells' career where she was "loved by her peers on every campus she graced," Kana says she and other sup- porters "would like to ensure that her legacy remains at HCISD." That goal will be supported by estab- lishment of the scholarship in her honor. Community members wishing to support the ef- fort should make donations to Hays High School, with notation of the ChristyWells Scholarship. Checks may be left with Kana at Barton Middle School or Jacque Glomb at the Hays High School front office. Questions may be addressed to Kana at 268-1472, ext. 6430, or at Hopes are for the Christy Wells Scholarship to be awarded to a 2011 Hays High School graduate this spring and that scholarship honoree Wells will be involved in the selection process. Resources available for aid and scholarships Pring is a very busy time for high schools. TAKS English/Language Arts testing is scheduled for March 1, 2011. The week of April 25 to 29 is the TAKS Math, Science and Social Studies tests. Seniors should be finishing their col- lege applications and should begin to focus on scholarships and financial aid. The FAFSA (Free Applica- tion for Federal Student Aid) became available on www. on lanuary 1, 2011 for our seniors. Hays CISD encour- ages all seniors to complete the FAFSA this spring. March I Or March 15 are common dead- lines for colleges for FAFSA submission. Seniors graduating in the top 10 percent of their senior class must complete the FAFSA by March 1, 2011, to be considered for the $2,000 Top 10 percent Scholarship from the Higher Texas Coordinating Board. Hays High School and Chapa Middle School have hosted three very successful Financial Aid Saturdays recently. There will be one final Financial Aid SatUrda hosted by Lehman High School on March 5 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Scholarships are another source of funds for college. We really encourage our seniors to take advantage of the various scholarships available in our area. The Local Scholarship  COUNSELOR'S Application for Hays CISD has been available for three months and covers many organizations such as the Buda Lion's Club, the Masonic Lodge and the Athletic Booster Club. The final deadlinefor this local application is March 22, 2011. Applications are avail- able in the Career Center and should be turned in to Hays High School Career Counselor Kathy Arendt or Lehman High School Career Counselor Al- lison Tillotson. There are many other scholarship applications available in the Career Center and in the Scholarship Bul- letin posted on the Hays High School website. As the economy continues to stagnate and many educational cuts are pending, diligence in applying for financial aid and completing scholarships is more important than ever. The counselors at the high schools are here to be of assistance. We encourage you to ask questions and seek our help. Kathy Arendt is the Lead Counselor at Hays High School. SCHOOL BRIEFS Get your Denim and Dianvxxls on Tables and individual tickets are still available for the Hays CISD Education Foundation's Denim and Diamonds annual fund- raiser this Saturday, March 5, at Texas Old Town. The event features a gourmet dinner, a stand out band, and live and silent auctions of some of the areas most appealing items. Alumni tables seat four and are priced at $500, and busi- ness sponsorships are priced $1,500 for bronze, seating six, $2,500 for silver and $5,000 for gold, those tables seating eight. Couples tickets are $125. For more information, contact Angie Mendez at 268-2141. Dad's Club seeking help The Elm Grove Elemen- tary School Dad's Club is seekingdonations for its Spring Rummage Sale this Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the from parking lot of the campus. The group also needs volunteers to help with the sale. Dona- tions should be priced and in good condition, and may be dropped off the morn- ing of the sale. Proceeds benefit the Eagles' end of year dance. To volunteer or for more information, contact Matt Moncada at 504-453-8080. Financial aid offered Sabnday Financial Aid Saturday is set for this Saturday, March 5, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Lehman High School library. The event is designed to help se- niors, former graduates or current college students complete the Free Applica- tion for Federal Students Aid (FTkFSA) for next school year. Volunteers from a number of agencies, as well as Spanish translators, will be available to assist. Se- niors should contact their high school counselors for information on items to bring and early registra- tion. Parents and students should bring a copy of their W-2 and income tax forms to complete the FAFSA. All Financial Aid Saturday ser- vices are free to all seniors, regardless of their campus. For early registration or for more information, see the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce website at www. Starlight Symphony performs Sunday The Starlight Symphony Orchestra, under the direc- tion of Dr. Donald K. Miller, performs in concert this Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m., at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. The group is a regional community orches- tra for a wide area of Central Texas, drawing partici- pants from Johnson City to Canyon Lake and including Buda and Kyle members. The concert will feature a showcase of its Youth Or- chestra and two Young Artist Soloists, Christine Anderson and Madison Johnston. Elementary choirs offer concert Four of the Hays CISD el- ementary school choirs will perform in concert Thurs- day, March 10, 6 p.m., at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center. Those campus choirs performing include the James Hickey-directed Tom Green Elementary Choir, the Ralph Pfluger Elementary Choir under the direction of Melissa Hance, See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B +