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To te m ly A es o m e Lehman honors Class of2OlO's intelgrity, wisdor.a and pride BY JIM CULLEN In a growing legacy, Lehman High School's annual Totem Awards have become one of the school's great- est and most enduring honors. Dis- played high on the wall on Lehman's Main Street hallway, the names of the seniors judged most represen- tative of the school's founding prin- ciples - Integrity, Wisdom and Pride - are mounted for succeeding classes to see and remember. Those honored as the Totem repre- Sentatives for the Class of 2010 were announced at the high school awards ceremony by the 2009 recipients. Named as the Class of 2010 award- winners for Integrity are seniors Neil Dodson and Delmi Alejandro. Last year's recipients for Integrity, Juan Robles and Chanelle Williams, made the presentation. The 2010 honorees for Wisdom are seniors Trenton Mohle and Meera Day. R. J. Hardaway, one of last year's award-winners for Wisdom, passed the awards forward. Winning the 2010 Totem honors for Pride are seniors ]ordan Esquivel and Brianna Garza. Last year's Pride award-winners, Victor Martinez and Nicole Morales, were on hand to present the award. The Totem awards are the out- growth of a proposal by art teacher Debra Flynn, originally funded by an Education Foundation innovative teaching grant. Flynn continues to oversee the process, which includes nominations of worthy seniors by Lehman faculty and staff and the consideration of a grant committee that reviews both the nominations and the nominee-written essays that follow. This year's nominees came highly recommended. Of Alejan,dro, one faculty nominator said she has dis- played "incredible perseverance" and notes she "came to the United States with no English ability and has in- credible grades and an inspirational work ethic." Her award cotnterpart, Nell Dodson, was described as hav- ing "a personal code of conduct that is honorable - and he sticks; to it." Wisdom award winner Trenton Mohle was tabbed as a "super smart kid who will succeed with his goals in a determined fashion." His coun- terpart, class valedictorian Meera Day, received multiple nominations in the category, one citing her pos- session of "not only knowledge, but wisdom and sound common sense." Another simply said of Day, an ap- parently obvious choice, "What can you say?" The manner in which Pride Totem award winner Jordan Esquivel carries himself was important to one nomi- nator who called him "a stellar com- munity servant." The same nomina- tor referred to Pride award winner Brianna Garza as "truly motivated to success and challenges herself to reach the loftiest goals." PHOTO BY MARISSA MEEK Better by design Lehman High theatre students had a solid showing in a recent UIL Theatrical Design competition, with awards going to (left to right) Sean Kypke, Brandie Sullivan, Davina Smith, KeKe Holmes, lan Adame, Kris Bell (alter- nate), Cortney Cygan. Not pictured, Bekka Cygan. Kypke received the Award of Distinguished Honor in Cos- tume Design. Holmes and Smith received Awards of Honor for Publicity and Costume Design, respectively. Sul- livan and Cortney and Bekka Cygan got Awards of Merit in Set, Publicity and Costumes, and Adame received an Award of Merit in Set Design. B m le00ql, o l n .... f. ami- _ i /i_lY COURTESY PHOTO Visuall arts honors Buda student Benjamin Johnson, 12, and his art teacher Kelly Gallaher sl'how off an acrylic portrait of Johnson's brother and an oil paintting of his cat that recently earned top honors in the Junior VisuJal Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) competition. Johnson won two Silver Stars, one for each painting, out of only eight awarded im .regional competition with over 600 Central Texas stu- dents. A ho}meschooler, Johnson studies art with Gallaher at One Day Acade=my in South Austin. 00/kVE, RA Law Firm, PLLC ROBERT AVERA ATTORNEY & COUNSELOR (512) 615-3578 fax ,(512) 615-3583 5500 FM 2770 Kylle, Texas 78640 ..z SCHOOL BRIEFS Mini Cheer Camp set Lehman Lobo Mini Cheer Camp is currently accepting registrations. The annual camp accepts par- ticipants from kindergarten through eighth grade and meets from 8 a.m.-noon. The camp is set for July 26- 29, with a performance for parents the final day. Camp includes instruction in rou- tines, cheers and chants. A camp t-shirt and snacks are also provided. One final feature is participation at a Lehman High School var- sity football game next fall. For more information and registration forms, contact Coach Stacy Delgado at Batter up for Reading at Tobias Almost 300 people took part in Tobias Elemen- tary School's recent "Batter Up for Reading!" night, celebrating learning, books and games. Tobias librar- ian Karen Kessel reports that "from hoops, bats and bases to technology, all areas of a child's physical and mental development were stretched. Every child received a book to jumpstart their summer reading." The event was the final "inning" of a game kicked off by visiting author Phil Bildner, who came to the campus - and others around the district- earlier in the year. School planning in advance Here's a "heads up" for summer. All Hays CISD campus offices will be open Monday through Thursday throughout the summer - with the exception of the first two weeks of July. If you intend to visit, it's always best to call first and all campus phone numbers are listed on the district's website (www.hayscisd. net). For those of you who plan far in advance, the first day of school for the 2010- 2011 school year is Mon- day, August 23, and school supply lists can be found on the district website. Elementary back to school night is set for Thursday, August 19. Lobo tabbed for academy Lehman High School's Ashley Murillo has been chosen for the Gover- nor's Academy for Teach- ing Excellence (GATE) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coor- dinating Board, the three- week course is for students planning teaching careers, especially in math and/or science. Barton book boom Retiring Barton Middle School librarian Deanne Aldridge has always had a way with middle school students - a way that found multiple avenues in mo- tivating them to read. The Lone Star Reading Program is one of those avenues and the 500 books the Bobcats read from the Texas Library Association-recommend- ed list is proof of it. As she has for many years, Aldridge feted all of the See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B COMPuTERW-ERKS ADWARE SPYWARE MALWARE VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband internet access)  Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2009 O Mfr. Rebates Available to Previous Owners