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SPEED FREAK Local gal finishes 10th in car race at Circuit of the Americas. - Page 1B Hays Free Press June 12, 2013 Page 3B PHOTO BYJIMCULLEN PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK RAMIREZ Graduates from the 2013 classes at Lehman High School, Hays High School and Live Oak Academy celebrated the moment at their respective ceremonies last week. And whether giving a Rebel yell, doing a funky dance move for the crowd, or standing barefoot on stage, their joy of reaching this milestone and excitement for what comes next was apparent. Even the high evening winds at Shelton Stadium couldn't prevent these former high school students from enjoying the moment. Congratulations and best wishes to all the graduates from the Hays Free Press. PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Rebecca Gutierrez and her l 1-month-old daughter, Joanna, wear matching caps and gowns at the Pregnant and Parenting pre-graduation celebration. Gutierrez's advice for other girls who have children while in high school is to keep going. She said without the PEP program at Hays CISD, she might not have made it to graduation. BY KIM HILSENBECK May 1 was the National Day to Prevent Teen Preg- nancy. That was a little late to help graduating high school seniors like Jackie Carey. 18, who has a six-month-old daughter, Ellie. Or Viviene Dominguez, 17, whose daughter is two. Or Rebecca Gutierrez, 18, who is raising her 11-month old daughter Joanna. These girls, along with about 13 others from Hays CISD'S three high schools, will graduate this week with their respective senior classes. But on May 29 they spent the evening at a pre-graduation ceremony for the Hays CISD Pregnant and Parenting (PEP) program. PEP aims to prevent students who are pregnant or who have children from dropping out of school. Each of the three high schools has a PEP Center and child daycare facility. The PEP staff helped the students celebrate their ac- complishments along with their families, friends and children, whether already born or waiting to be. The soon-to-be gradu- ates, gifts and boys, each had an opportunity to speak to the audience, comprised of teachers, counselors, families and two Hays CISD board members. Each graduate thanked their families, faculty and the PEP Center staff. Jackie, the Live Oak Academy Honor Graduate, believes, like many of her fellow PEPers, she would not have completed high school if it hadn't been for the PEP program. During her moment in the spotlight, Jackie thanked her mom, Renee Carey, for all her support and help over the past year. She got up to speak to the audience, carrying Ellie to the podium. PEP Center Director Katie Campbell held the baby while Jackie spoke. Jackie acknowledged her See PEP, pg. 4B SCHOOL BRIEFS Superintendent McKie's enlry plan New Hays CISD superin- tendent Mike McKie, who officially started on May 28, developed what the district calls an "entry plan" - This plan outlines the goals and activities he will accomplish during his first 100 days on the job. Read the full document at; click on District, then Overview and Superintendent. Hays CISD school board meeting Monday The regular monthly meet- ing of the Hays CISD Board of Trustees takes place begin- ning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, in the cafeteria of Lehman High School. This is the last regular meeting of the summer. Regular monthly board meetings will resume in August; through December, meetings will be held at Hays High School. WELL clinic gets permanent home After more than a decade in the making, the Hays CISD WELL (Wellness Encouraged through Lifelong Learning) Clinic will celebrate the grand opening of a permanent school-based health center. The 3,700 square-foot clinic in east Kyle includes nine exam rooms, a hearing testing room, sick waiting and well waiting areas, a vitals area, a nurses station, offices for pro- viders, and work and storage space. It will accommodate approximately 7,000 patients annually- nearly double the capacity of the old building. The clinic provides immuni- zations, weil-child checkups, sports physicals, diagnosis and treatment of minor ill- nesses and injuries, case man- agement of chronic illnesses, prescription medications as needed, referrals to pediatric specialists for serious dis- eases, and health education on development, nutrition, disease and injury preven- tion. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale. Qualified Hays CISD students, siblings, and children of students can receive services. In 2011, with support from Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Hays CISD received a half-million dollar federal grant to build a much larger and permanent build- ing for its WELL Clinic. St. Da- vid's Foundation provided an additional $382,317. Doggett and St. David's Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell are among the dignitaries scheduled to be at the ribbon cutting and open house. Ribbon cutting and open house begin at 9 a.m. June 17 at theWELL Clin- ic, located at Simon Middle School, 3995 East FM 150. New AP at San Marcos High The SMCISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Adam Garza as the new as- sistant principal at San Marcos High School. Garza- a SMHS graduate - has been with the District since 2008 serving as a Spanish teacher and athletic coach. 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