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Page 4B Education Hays Free Press May 3, 2017 + PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN The Lehman High School Art department scored big in the 2017 Hill Country Art Survey, eleven of its members having been selected for the on-line exhibition, with four Lobos grabbing places in the competition. In Photography, Mackensi Guerrero had two entries chosen for exhibit, one of those claiming 2nd Place; Daniel Ramirez had three entries chosen, one of those claiming 3rd. Kalei Engleman, Josh Flores, and Mary Fifer also had Photograph entries chosen for exhibit. In Digital Manipulation, Myra Torres and Kelsey Roils won 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with addi- tional entries from Clarisa Sanchez, Marisa Tambur, Stephanie Macias, and Nina Bonilla chosen for exhibit. Almost 400 entries competed, with fewer than a hundred (the Lobos' 14 among them) chosen for exhibit. Sponsored by Schreiner University's Visual Arts department, the online exhibit can be enjoyed at Polly on the Go Continued from pg. 3B Gateway to Technology (GTT) teacher, Homann and Glenn identified two seventh graders who were up to the challenge of building wheels for Polly. "He said, 'Let's do it, let's roll with it,'" Alisha Homann said when she approached Glenn with the project. Glenn enlisted the creative talents of Barton student Ella Davis to help him build a mobile wheelchair for Polly that could help her lead a more normal dog life. The group also had the assistance of student Chris ]anacek, who helped until he left the school district in Febru- ary. Polly has had a couple of fittings with Davis and Glenn, who took mea- surements and made ad- justments to the wheel- chair apparatus. Alisha Homann said Polly showed no fear when she was first intro- duced to the chair almost six weeks ago. "She got right in there," Alisha Homann said, "Once she knew she could take off, she took off." Alisha Homan de- scribed Polly as "feeling free" when strapped in her chair, even walking an impressive 35 feet dur- When in the specialized chair, Polly wears booties on her paws for added traction. She's stabilized by a metal frame anchored by wheels on both sides, along with a harness that has the capability of supporting her back end entirely, should she lose the use of her back legs. ing her first fitting, everyone involved with "She was so excited, her story. her face lit up because Homann said even her she was so happy to be sixth-graders havebe- able to walk without as- come invested in Polly's sistance," she said. progress, seeing videos of Homann said her Polly during fittings in the mother loves Polly very chair. much, but has not yet "We are so excited decided to make the full about the wheelchair for commitment of adopt- Polly," Alisha Homann ing Polly. said, "Polly is very excited Polly does have spe- too." cial needs that include For more information management rieeds and on Pug Rescue of Austin incontinence issues, or for information on how Homann said that no to volunteer, adopt or matter if Polly has found foster a pug, contact Pug her forever home, she will Rescue of Austin at www. be loved and adored by I PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN forN Hays High School Speech team members (I-r, left photo) Ryan Coffey, Chance Walker, and Pey- ton Gouzien advanced to the National Speech and Debate Association's (NSDA) National Tour- nament.Walker will compete in Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, while Gouzien and Coffey will represent their home NSDA District on the World Schools Debate team. The Gina Lozano- coached speakers will be in Birmingham, Alabama, June 18-24 for this year's NSDA Nationals. Walker, along with Jude McLaren (right photo) also qualified for the Chicago-hosted Tourna- ment of Champions. This selective speech tournament showcases the top 1 O0 extemporaneous speakers in the nation and is set for May 5-8; HAYS CAMPUS PHASE 2 GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION AUSTIN Tuesday, May 9, 10-11:30 a.m. COMMUNITY OLLEGE C .... . ...... , IS STARTIN ., %%, ,; L h'PdCeincrease Continued from pg. 1B percentage overall" versus pay an outstanding ac- those who pay full price, count balance back. based on their economic Tim Savoy, Hays CISD situations, Thibodeaux public information of- said. ricer, said the district has "It's not so much we $10,000 to $20,000 in don't have participation, unpaid lunch balances It's very high. The chal- district wide. lenge is more making sure If a student is unable they take advantage of it. to pay for lunch, they are We want them to have two given a "modified meal" meals a day," Thibodeaux which consists of a sand- said. wich, a hot vegetable and But the district also unlimited use of the salad tries to stay cognizant of bar. Thibodeaux said the price for lunches and how meal equates to the re- it affects students who pay quired caloric intake re- full price, quired for students. Hays CISD also tries to "There is never any type help students who pay of lunch shaming. We un- full-price for their meals derstand there are finan- who may not be able to cial difficulties can come front the cost. The district up, no matter where you allows students a $10 are in terms of financial grace in order to obtain situation," Savoy said. lunch, but still be able to Thibodeaux said the district tries to find solu- tions for sutdents who may need help with a meal. "The programs we have in place for students who may come in the negative, we have a good safety net for them," Thibodeaux said. Hill Country Conservancy is a community nonprofit dedicated to helping private landowners and other stakeholders preserve the water, wildlife, and unique character of the Texas Hill Country. ACCEPING APPLI( AT ONS FORHE 20" 7-" 8 SCHOOL YEAR Now Offering 4th & 5th Grades Lower School instruction is returning to SMA in the fall with the addition of grades 4 and 5. After-school care also is also available. Call us to learn more about the Academy Lower School. A World Class Education in San Marcos SMA is an accredited coeducational Christian college prep school. Our Middle School (grades 6-8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) divisions provide the following: Small class sizes with individual attention Honors/AP and dual-credit college courses Technology enriched instruction Athletic, fine arts & leadership programs Accommodations for mild to moderate learning differences 2801 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, TX 78666 512-753-8000 # +