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+ Page 4B Education Hays Free Press May 31, 2017 Two Hays CISD Destination Imagination teams competed in the DI Globals in Knoxville, Tennessee, earlier this month, which pitted them against entries from across the United States and 14 other countries. Carpenter Hill Elementary's True Colors team took fifth place, while the Dahlstrom Actletes rolled to a 17th place showing out of 81 entries. Team Managers Nellie Knight (far left) and Tish Cawley (far right), the two teams include True Colors members (front, not in order) Sydney Wegner, Georgia Rushing, Mallory Rus- sell, Mariah McCoy, Isabella RangeI-Medina, Tea Saxon, and Katherine Comstock; and Actletes (back, not in order) Sofia RangeI-Medina, Hadlee Russell, Emma Saxon, Henry Cambria, Rylee Russell, Brooke Sheely and Kiele Shultz. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN :~i;~i/:~:~ ~ iii L~ L~ ?' ;!i i PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Rebels head for 2017 Boys, Girls State STAFF REPORT Hays High junior Erin Swearingen has been named the school's representative to 2017 Bluebonnet Girls State June 11-16 at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Erin is joined by Claire Coburn, chosen as Hays Highs Girls State Altemate. The Girls State sponsorship is provided by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144 in San Marcos. Gifts State chooses outstanding stu- dents from across Texas to participate in a "gov- ernment" for one week during which the students organize city, county, and state governments, elect- ing officers and learning the duties of those offices. At week's end, delegates visit the state capitol to sightsee and meet state officials. Hays High juniors Paul Stumpf, Michael Hellmer and ]ordan Clements will serve as their school's representatives to 2017 Boys State June 11-16 at University of Texas at Austin. The Hays Boys State sponsorships are provided by Onion Creek American Legion Post 326 in Manchaca. Boys State trains students chosen from across the state to work together and orga- nize into various "gov- ernmental" levels - city, county and state to learn about the inner-workings of governments. Students are chosen from across Texas to participate in the week-long experience. + " Y il- Grand-Prize Winning Essay ...... The Importance of Water By: Sedona Heaney We can all agree that water is a necessity in our everyday life. Scientists predictlthat by 2025, half of the world's people will live in countries with high water stress. There are many benefits of water, so we need to make sure we are using it sensibly. There are many reasons we use water. For example, we use water to hydrate ouE lants. Water is imperative to plants becaus: >jt is important for plants to go t reugh photosynthesis, and photosynthesis!i the only way that we are able to receive ,Oxygen. We need to maintain our waterUsage because only 0.007% of the planet's water is available to fuel and feed its 6,8 billion people. Water also helps us maintain clean clothes and clean dishes. Can you imagine eating dinner on a crusty plate that hasn't been washed in who knows how long?! That for one is disgusting and bad for your healthl Along with the importance of clean dishes, is the importance of clean clothes. We need to launder our clothes because after awhile, they begin to gather up a lot of bacteria. Water is crucial for washing our clothes, thus implying that we, as a community, need to preserve our water. Not only is water imperative for cleaning, but it's also important for your health. Water is vital to our health because even a 2% drop in body water can cause multiple issues with your everyday well-being. For example, a decline in water can provoke short-term memory loss. It may also precipitate a loss in focus on a computer screen or even on a document. This means it will be hard to study and take notes in class. It is crucial that we remember to treat our water with care because our bodies won't be able to function correctly if we don't. What does conserving our most prized possession even mean? It means restoring the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife, and giving them the resources they need to survive. I propose the idea of repurposing pasta water to water our plants. Every time you cook pasta, you fill an immense pot 3A full of water. After you cook the pasta, and drain it, all of that water goes down the drain, and you don't use it ever again, My idea is we could drain pasta in a strainer, but over another pot. This would let you then pour that water onto your plants. That way we are conserving our water and watering our plants at the same time. Also, most of us have a dog that goes outside and then comes back in, all filthy. You would probably take him to a dog wash or wash him yourself in the bathtub, but did you know it takes about 70 gallons of water to fill up a bathtub? I understand that no matter what, we have to wash our pets, so there has to be a way to conserve 70 gallons of water while washing your dog. Washing your dog outside will not only conserve water, but help water your plants as well! There are many great ways to conserve our water, but those were the two that had caught my eye. Water is one thing on this planet that keeps us alive. People can survive three weeks without food, but only three days without water. If we don't take initiative now, our future generations won't have the provisions they need for survival. L i i i i i '