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+ Hays Free Press June 5, 2013 HONOR FLIGHT Local WWll veterans fly to Washington D.C. for ceremony. - Page 1C Page 3B + Live Oak Academy Senior Class Nicolle Ann Bonavita Marshall Benson Sarah Ashley Bowman Alexis Cardona Jacqueline Danielle Carey Kacey Marie Childers Karen Lee Coronado Clarissa Delgado Mason Tyler Echavarria Rayford Shall Flutes-Marshall Adrian Jose Gallegos Ana Maria Galvan Ulises Garcia Adrian Rogelio Gonzales Mallory Dee Gray Jessica Ann Hall Kevin Michael Hardage Chelsi Renae Hardin Austin Lee Hardison Allison Maria Harp Michaela Bernice Hemandez Simon Mackenzy Hooker Bailey Rose Horst Rebecca Lynn Hurtado Samantha Lee Jacobs Leesa Renae Jarka Sarafina Marie Ledesma Jeffery Martin Lopez Adrian Alexander Lopez Maria Rosa Lopez Ciarra Lowden-Smith Jasmine Mayo Janice Rachelle McNeely Jesslin Holley Mejorado Sarah Marie Moreno Autumn Blaze Moriarty Christopher Wayne Parker Zachary Pavia Raul Ramirez Anne-Marie Rubles Carly Ruyle McKenzie Rae Salazar Samuel James Schwab Matthew Quentin Sepeda Christopher Silvas Aldo Torres Brianna Raquel Torres Anna Gabrielle Urrutia A message to the 2013 graduating class of Editor's Note: Below is the Live Oak Academy Principal's Letter to Graduates and the Live Oak Honors Graduate questionnaire that was regrettably left out of the 2013 Graduation Edition for Hays CISD schools. W~can never predict the ture, but one thing know is that you are ready for the next big phase of your life. Most of you have been part of the dramatic changes at Live OakAcademy these last fewyears. At the heart of these changes is that Live Oak students have been asked to learn in new and different ways, to take more chances than students in a comprehensive high school. You have become more independent, and have learned to be leaders of your own academic lives.As a result, you, the Graduates of 2013 may take special satisfaction in your accomplishments. You have overcome many obstacles, con- quered fears, summoned the courage to forge ahead through adversity, triumphed over mis- takes, and, yes, become young adults. What you have done at Live Oak has uniquely prepared you for the path ahead. Your teachers and the staff at Live Oak have special affection for you. We know each of you personally. We, in many ways, have sailed into uncharted ter- ritorywith you. We have worked hard the last few years to make graduat- ing. from Live Oak a ttmque expenence that prepares you for the long road ahead. We have shared the frustrations and hard work of becoming a different kind of school, a tree alter- native learning high school. Whether you go on to college or RUISINGER technical schools, into the military service, or begin new careers, you have met the rigorous academic expectations that were laid out for you and you did it by taking charge of your ownleaming.You have done exactly what we have hoped. In doing so, I have seen you growinto confident and independent young men and women. I can't say enough about the growth I have seen in so many ofyou. The faculty and staff are so very proud of all of you and pleased that you have learned some of the more intangible, yet most important life lessons: self-advocacy, persis- tence, independence, and confidence in yourselves. I knowyou are ready for the hard road ahead. The great American poet Rob- err Frost wrote, "q~o roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." In coming to Live OakAcademy, in graduat- ing from Live OakAcademy, you have already taken the mad less traveled. And for most of you that has, perhaps, already made all the difference. Do not forget that lesson. Leaders always take that road. Champions always take that road. Great achievers always take that road. You now have the confidence to always take that road. Take it? Take it without fear. Take it knowing you'll make mistakes. Take it to meet all challenges, but take it. We will miss you. You have become part of our lives, now. But you are on the road now. While it's hard for us to let you go, we let you go in great confi- dence and joy. Promise you will come back to see us. Birds of a feather flock together. Remem- ber. "Once a LOA Owl, always a LOA Owl." When you step off the stage at graduation, get on THAT road! We expect great things from you! Congratulations! ]ulie RuLsinger Principal Live Oak Academy Honor Grad Jacqueline Danielle Carey Parents: Clay and Renee Carey Siblings: Emily Carey (21) and Cody Carey (10) Who are three people you'd like to have to dinner- and why? I would like to have din- ner with lacquellne Kennedy Onassis. I was named after her because my mother admired her strength and grace. It would also be interesting to have din- ner with Jennie Finch. I admire her ability to stay focused and motivated. It must have been a surreal feeling to have won a gold medal and to be a three- time All-American pitcher and first-baseman. Finally it would be a dream come true to have dinner with my favorite country artist, Jason Aldean. Favorite historical figure- and Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest examples of an American historical figure. He refused to give up on his political career even after being defeated many times. He also stayed true to his principles and values even when it wasn't the most popular thing to believe in or support. In the end, Abraham Lincoln was able to begin the transformation of America into the country we know and love today. Favorite teacher from any grade - and why? Ms. Gay has been my favorite teacher? She made learning fun and interesting, but had high expectations for her students. It is obvious that Ms. Gay's pas- sion is teaching, and she truly loves her students. What will you miss most about schooR The positive serf-paced learning environment at Live Oak will be some- thing I truly miss. I learned to self-pace and motivate myself even though this was CAREY a challenge for me at times. However, through encouragement and support of my teachers I was successful. What will you miss least about school? I will NOT miss the tra~c before school when I am nm- ning late. What's up next for you (sum- mer and beyond)? I plan to pursue my under- graduate work at McMurry Uni- versity in Abilene, Texas. After completing my undergraduate work, ! hope to be accepted into Occupational Therapy School in Texas. What three things in the news over the past four years have had the biggest impact on you? The killing of Osama Bin Laden was covered extensively by the news media. I remember exactly where I was sittingy and what I was doing on Septem- ber 11, 2001. I was only a 1st grader, but the September 1 lth tragedy Hill for- ever be etched in my memory The day I heard that Osama Bin Laden had been killed was a day of relief for me and many other Americans. I felt like justice had finally been served. The 2012 Presiden- tial Election con- sumed every media outlet. I learned many positive and negative things about our" government and how the elec- tion process works. I realized the importance of forming your own opinion based on the facts and not the media reports alone. I am anxious to exercise my right to vote? The Boston Marathon Bombings have really re- minded me of the importance of vigilance. Although the bombings were very scary and tragic, it was uplifting to hear the many acts of kindness and selflessness that came from such a horrible tragedy. How would you change the United States today? If I could change one thing in the United States today, it would center on reviving the value of hard work and ambi- tion. Too many people today expect the government to take care of them. I would like to see everyone taking pride in working and providing for themselves and their families. Ifyou could give next year's graduating class a piece of advice, what would it be? Do NOT procrastinate at allI The year Hill go by much quicker than you expect. Ask for help when you need it. What's your dream car? My dream TRUCK is a Dodge Cummins 4X4 with step down rails. What one class will you never forgeff I will never forget my chem- istry class back in Sweetwater. No one is quite sure how long Mrs. Brentz has been teaching. She taught my batting coach, who has retired and been rehired by the school district, my mother, uncles and sister. She has literally taught forever. Her chemistry class was the most difficult but educational and entertaining class I have ever taken. If you could travel anywhere today, where would it be? I would love to travel to Ger- many and visit the cathedrals there. My great-great-grand- parents were married in one of the small side chapels in the Cathedral of Cologne. Carpenter Hill students give it their all during Field Day Students at Carpenter Hill Elementary competed recently in a series of outdoor events including tug o' war, running, annual Field Day event. They also enjoyed snow cones, face painting and music. long jump, shot-put PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK and the ever-popular water balloon toss at the SCHOOL BRIEFS It's time for graduation! Below are the Hays CISD graduation dates and times: Lehman High School Wednesday, June 5, 8 p.m. Shelton Stadium Live Oak Academy Thursday, June 6, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center Hays High School Thursday, June 6, 8 p.m. Shelton Stadium Lehman hosts Theatre Camp The LHS Theatre Program is proud to offer a week-long theatre day camp. This camp promises to be educational, confidence enhancing, and tim? The camp is available to second through sixth grad- ers and will be taught by Mrs. Marissa Meek, Lehman High School Theatre Director, and Lehman High School stu- dents. There will be at least 15 camp counselors/directors. The camp will take place in the Theatre on the LHS campus and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21. On Sunday, June 23, there Hill be a special matinee perfor- mance by the camp participants. Students Hill be treated to activities including: panto- mime, face-painting, stage makeup, costuming, set and prop design and creation, t- shirts, acting workshops, team- building exercises, theatre games, and the production of a play in which they are the stars! Students should bring a sack lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Transportation is not provided. Parents must bring and retrieve their youngsters. Please be punctual. The cost of camp is $150. Each additional family member is $100. All materials, costumes, supplies, props, royalties, and t-shirts are included! Deadline for camp registra- tion is June 17. Bring the world - Host an exchange student! World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a non-profit, public benefit organization, is seeking local host families in Texas for high school boys and girls from Spain, Germany, Thailand, Norway, China, Russia, France, the former Soviet Repub- lics, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and more! Host families are asked to include the student as a member of their family. Couples, single parents, and families with and without children in the home are all encouraged to host. You can choose a student for a semester or for the school year. EachWorld Heritage exchange student is fully insured, brings his/her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his/her share of household responsibili- ties, as well as being included in normal family activities and life- styles. The students are excited to learn about America by"living" it Imagine a world of peace and greater understanding. Imagine yourself as part of the solution? Today's teens are tomon'ow's parents, intemafional business people and possibly even future political leaders. Please share your comer of America by host- ing aWorld Heritage exchange student and helping them expe- rience lee in your area. 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