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+ + Page 4B Educagon Hays Free Press • March 15, 2017 Continued from pg. 3B October of 2016 and just recently competed in the biggest water ski competition in the world, the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia. Morgan said that Emma trains about 15- 20 hours a week, and she remains dedicated to her studies and is currently number 10 in her class with plans to go to Rollins College in Florida after graduation on a water skiing scholarship. Morgan also said that a driving reason for the resolution, and thus the creation of the new water ski class at Hays CISD, was to "lay the groundwork" for her younger brother and sister, both of whom water ski and have future aspirations of competing. "I would certainly hope that Hays CISD and school districts all over the nation can work with parents and faculty in the future to help these extraordinary kids meet their goals," Morgan said. Morgan really gives the credit to the Hays CISD school board, school board member Keller and the Director of Student Services for Hays CISD Neff Bonavita for the determination to get the resolution passed. "It was really all their hard work and dedication that made this possible," Morgan said. "Hopefully, this can be used as a template going forward for us and other school districts and parents interested in helping kids compete in sporting events at the national level." PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT MORGAN Emma Morgan about to take to the water for the Jr. Night Jump event. Emma was the only girl to compete against the boys. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Buda across from Garcia's restaurant Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. at Gray Gardens, 767 Main Street ......................... i!!i!iiiii!!i'iii !!! i i! iiii !iii:;iiiiiii!iiiii!iiii .............. 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The glass was coming down on me, there was noise everywhere," Rodriguez said. "Even though it was a mock accident, it felt so real." Smith said the effec- tiveness of the program remains even with today's tech savvy society. One aspect is to incorporate the dangers of texting and driving, which has been done for several years. Another is the impact felt by the participants and their parents. Smith said those who take part in Shattered Dreams are taken away to a retreat afterward where they talk about their experiences. Smart phones are taken away and they have no contact with their fami- lies, unless it is an emer- gency. They then write letters to their parents and vice versa, explaining what life would be like without them. Smith said interest also PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III To prepare for the actual accident scene, Smith enlists the help of makeup artists, and Hays ClSD graduates, Jon Claeton and Andrew DeLeon. remains, as parents asked students. about the 2017 program, "Every one of them which almost didn't is different, each has a happen due to the size different impact," Smith of the student popula- said. "I hope it saves tion at Hays. DeLeon said one of these lives. I don't he hopes the program know, we'll never know, if provides an impact to it did." I Become a founding family today! Limited placement available ..+...,+,,:.+.....;. :; /~ ~/ "i~ • erifiED. 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