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RURAL AMERICA " Lehman artist receives honors at Congressional Artist Competition. - Page 1 C + Hays Free Press * May 25, 2011 Page 3B Lehman otem honorees join great tradition BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com Six unique, long-to-be-re- membered students have been honored as the 2011 recipients of the Lehman High School To- temAward, an ever-growing tra- dition that recognizes students who best exemplify the school's founding principles - Integri~, Wisdom and Pride. Announced at last weekend's Awards Cer- emony, seniors ]erian Delano and Michael Lippe were singled out to represent IntegriW, Abi- gaff Martin and Gonzalo Diaz were tabbed for Wisdom, and Cecilia Zea and Justin Tortes were honored for Pride. The ongoing project was originally conceived by Lobe art teacher Debra Flynn, who secured an Education Founda- tion Innovative Teaching Grant to fund construction of the towering totems that overlook Lehman's "Main Street" hallway. Flyrm and then-principal Hsa Hinojosa established the honor with the school's first graduating class in 2007 and Don Ruisinger, today's Lobo principal, encour- ages its growing importance. The pathway to the honor begins in the spring when cam- pus staff nominate individuals they feel best exemplify the to- tem attributes. The large pool of worthy student nominees - usually supported by glowing comments - perhaps serves to illustrate the long-term effect that recognizing those attri- butes brings. Once notified of their nomination, students then write essays explaining why they feel those principles are impor- tant- and why they feel they're an appropriate representative. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Lehman High Totem Award winners for 2010 (back, left to right) Trenton Mohle (Wisdom) aind Brianna Garza (Pride) returned to the Performing Arts Center Sunday to take part in recognizing the 2011 honorees, including (front, left to right) Michael Lippe and d~an Delano (Integrity), Abigail Martin and Gonzalo Diaz (Wisdom), and Cecilia Zea and Justin Torres (Pride). The Lehman Totem Awards are the school's highest honor and identify graduat- ing seniors who have best exemplified the school's founding principles. The staff nominations are hearted, polite, honest, caring, work." standing of "wisdom" nodded revealing, as are the nominees' and well-mannered." Integrity A sampling ~of student reflec- to King Solomon and Albert reflections. One of this year's honoree ]erian Delano, whose tions foundInt~egiitywinnerMi- Einstein. Martin cited Einstein's nominators described eventual brother Trevor was a 2008 Pride chael Lippe assessing, "To me, assessment of wisdom when he Pride honoree Cecilia Zea as "a honoree, was described as"able integrity has tot do with honesty, said, "Wisdom is not a product bright ray of sunshine on any to stand firm and show truth to trust, and strength of convic- of schooling but of the lifelong day," who they felt exhibited peers and teachers." Pride win- tion. It has to do with humil- attempt to acquireit." friendliness and kindness, and ner Justin Tones drew praise for ity, a set of moral values, and a The 2011 Totem Award hen- showed creativity and talent on showing that attribute in him- solid, unshakeable foundation." orees received their awards, "any special project." The same self and others, his nominator Wisdom winner Abigail Martin as has become tradition, from nominator said of Wisdom win- adding, "even as a busy athlete, noted, "I owe my character to ner Gonzalo Diaz, "always kind- he takes pride in his school- my parents" amd for her under- See T0ff.M fl0NOREES, pg. 4B Look for the Hays Free Press graduation supplement in this issue. Also available at the graduation cer- emonies and at the Hays Free Press office in Kyle located at 109 W. Center Street. LEHMAN HIGH SCHOOL Friday, May 27, 8 p.m. Shelton Stadium ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m. Hays Performing Arts Center HAYS NIGH SCHOOL Saturday, May 28, 8 p.m. Shelton Stadium PHOTO BY JIM Bully-Blockers send message Members of Girl Scout Troop 2283 presented their anti-bullying message to the students and staff of Pfluger Elementary School recently. Basing their play on author Teresa Bateman's "The Bull Blockers Club," the girls' message captured the attention of their young audience and, enhancing their Bronze Award project, they presented Pfluger Elementary with a copy of the book. The group included (back, left to right) Madalyn Raymond, Evey Ramirez, Quinlin Hehr, Hannah Luna; (front, left to right) Anna Pulis, Brenah Reed, PES Principal Robin Kelly, Jacqueline Kukol and Makenzie Haley. COURTESY PHOTO Wallace adorned vdth new mural ~, new wall mural is destined to take its permanent place on display at Wallace Middlle School as the work ~f artists Brenna Hemandez and Almee Velasquez joins previous years' work to be seen for years to come. aroudly displaying the work are (left to right) Hemandez, Ranger art teacher Adrienne Simes and Velasquez. PIU)TO BY JEANNE MIRRIS Rebs take CJ skills to state Hays High School's Criminal Justice state qualifiers had a strong showing at the recent Skills USA State competition in Corpus Christi. Sharon Klinge- mann (front) scored a first place "State Superior" ribbon for her project, while (back, left to right) Christian Thompson took fourth in Firefighting and Chris Snoeberger and Raymond Hayes won sixth in Felony Traffic Stop. SCHOOL MENUS g I II Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available dally at all Hays CISD campuses ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Friday, 5/27 Pepperoni pizza Hamburger Ham/cheese wrap Green beans MIDDLE SCHOOLS Friday, 5/27 Beef tostadas Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or pepperoni pizza Baby 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, 5/27 Macaroni/cheese Beef nachos Chicken patty sandwich Turkey tetrazzini Beef chow mein SCHOOL BRIEFS orientation set Hays CISD is offering a Pre-K Orientation this week on Thursday, May 26, 6 p.m., at Hemphill Elementary on FM 150 East. Parents of all incom- ing district Pre-K students are welcome. Hosting principal Paige Collier says, "Come learn the overview of the pre-kindergarten program and its eligibil- ity requirements." Parents are encouraged to bring income documentation ff they would like eligibility pre-screening. For more information, contact Pre-K Coordinator Stephanie Bonnet-I(ramer at 268- 4688, ext. 6840 or 7344. this weekend Graduation ceremo- nies for the district's three high schools have been set, starting ,with Lehman High School s exercises this Friday, May 27, 8 p.m., at Shelton Stadium. Acad- emy High School holds its graduation ceremony this Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center. Hays High School holds its ceremony this Saturday, May 28, as well, starting at 8 p.m. in Shelton Stadium. In the event of rain, Leh- ' man's graduation exercises will be held in the LHS Blue Gym and the overflow crowd will be accommo- dated at the PAC with live streaming of the ceremony. Should weather force Hays High School's ceremony indoors, Bales Gym will be the site of the live ceremo- ny, with overflow directed to the PAC for live stream- ing of the event. Students and families are invited to watch all three of the lgraduation ceremonies on- ine at the district website. The following URL gives additional information about the live streaming: http: //Www.hayscisd.net / graduation. Bebcat bands excel Last week we reported the success of the Barton Bobcat Wind Ensemble and Symphonic bands in Austin. More impressive news poured in over the past week, with Dahlstrom Middle School's great showing at another week- end of the Texas Music Festival at Austin's Ander- son High School. Director MustangWmd Ensemble scored a 1st Division, was named "Best in Class," and walked away with See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B +