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Page 4B ~ Hays Free Press June 8, 2011 i PHOTO BY JIM CUI.LEN Nooley recognizes its top spellers Negley Eleme~u~'y School first graders engaged in a grade-level spelling bee recently, with the top 14 spellers vying in a pressure-packed (but fun) bee in front of all of their classmates. Tyler Relsdorph emerged as the exhilarated winner of the contest, but he had plenty of sldlled competition. The full group of finalists with the certificates they received include (back, left to right) Matthew Gorlzalez, Parker Fandrick, UlyAnna Nichols, E~Bn Edwards, Stephanie Murray, Beck Raymond; (front, left to dght) Hunter ~, Chloe Welve~rt, Bddget Pennington, Amelia Worrel, chB~p Tyler Ralsdorph, Brady Lind, Johnathan Cumutt and Addan Camp. Girls, 8oys State Continued from pg. 3B lature and the week includes a visit to the sergeant-at-arms for the student coun- Rolling Oaks Nursing Home. Addition- State Capitolwhere the girlsget the chance cil, editor in chief of Flashpoint Literary ally, she earned honors as a Region Choir to sighisee and meet state officials. Magazine, and the creator and president member this year. Tyler is the son of Michael and Stacey of the Smart lanes Feminist and Activ- Payten is the daughter of Christy Spiel- Cullen. At last report he was maintain- ist Club. She is a member of the National berger and Thomas Untermeyer. She ing a grade point average of 4.2 and car- rying a number of Advanced Placement courses. He has served as vice president of both the junior class and the student council, band secretary, and sophomore class co-president. He was also a Rebel Award winner in both 2009 and 2010. Victoria is the daughter of Jody Rob- ertson and James Volker. She reports a grade point average of 4.0 and has been Honor Society and competes in UIL Criti- maintains a 3.9 GPA while handling the cism. demanding duties of cheerleading (two Peyton is the daughter of Javier and IVyears and one varsity, to date}, is a 10- Jennifer Perez. She is maintaining a 3.7 year Girl Scout, and is a member of the grade point average, is a member of the Leo Club, Spanish Club and the Spanish National Honor Society and an officer in Honor Society, as well as the National the Hays High chamber choir. She is also Honor Society. Her honors include Girl a member of the OAKE National Choir Scouflng's Bronze and Silver Award and and the UIL Spelling Team and volun- its Leadership Award. She was also rec- teers with the school's Leo Club and at ognized as a Rebel Pride Award winner. Continued from pg. 3B whether it was "hard at times," she an- ment is the ranks of Hays CISD's teach- the Rayo boys. His affirmation of that swers, "Oh, yeah. I actually first started ers. solid relationship is clearly confirmed working for $5 an hour, part-time, as a "They don't get paid enough," she when he says his wife Kandy and he lunch monitor at Tom Green Elemen- says with a knowing laugh. "Awesome" look forward to keeping in touch with tary." When she sought church and is how she describes her feelings about the Rayos. "They are like family and public assistance, she found herself many faculty members across thewe look forward to helping spoil their up against the Catch 22 nature of ap- district. She begins an assessment, children one day as Aunt Kandy and pearing to have too many resources to "Without the teachers..." and her voice Uncle Scott," he admits. qualify for it. trails off, shaking her head. There you have it. Adam Rayo wins Somehow, some way, Nancy Rayo Perhaps highest among those teach- ~e Gates Millennium Scholarship. found the fortitude within herself to ers has been Hays High School math It s big. Adam knows college willbe make it work for her four young chil- teacher Scott Spiller, an acknowledged difficult, but his brothers and sisters dren, setting a strict standard'of what campus leader and deserved student have been here before and he says he's was academically acceptable. That favorite for years. Spiller first took "ready for the challenge." It's about standard, no doubt, set the siblings on Nick Rayo under his wing, extending Adam this year, but this just-graduated their pathway to excellence. But credit- his high school calculus-begun rela- Hays High Rebel standout has a deep ing herself is not her way. Where Nancy tionship to help with Nick's work at tradition of Rayo family excellence he's Rayo finds the most responsibility for the University of Texas. Spiller speaks carrying with him into his promising her children's long record of achieve- fondly of Eva and Diana, as he does future. 295-9444 295-6008 .......... 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