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Page 4B EDUCAllON Hays Free Press * June 12, 2013 + -+ Enjoy I he Sounds o[ Life Agai n. + Summer Camp Spotlight: BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Affaysgain this year, the Free Press will apture the fun of summer camps around the area- everything from art to basketball and from fitness to finance. Each week through- out the summer, we'll feature a local kids' camp. If you know of a local camp that you think would be a good one to profile, tell us about it. Send an email to news@HaysFree- Press.corn with the subject Summer Camp Spotlight. This four-day featured camp is the Lady Rebels Basketball. Led by Hays High School girls head basketball coach Danny Preuss, this is the place to be for young girls who want to learn how to play basketball, or improve their existing skills. The week-long camp, which runs from 8 a.m. - noon, teaches girls in third through eight grade all the fundamentals of the game. During the camp, the girls have scrimmages and engage in daily competitions. Preuss took time out of his morning to talk with the Hays Free Press about his goals for the campers. "First of all, it's all about having fun. We want the girls to think basketball is fun," he said. "We try to teach them the fundamentals a little bit, you know, the basics - ball handling, dribbling, shooting baskets. We try to teach them some team philosophy stuff. I think our overall goal is we want them to have a positive experience with basketball." Preuss no doubt has expe- rience with sport. With the exception of a six-year stint at Lehman High School, Preuss has been a coach at Hays High. He's been doing the camp just as long. "I've been doing a camp for about 23 years now. I started at Hays in 1990 and have been working the camp since Lady Rebels Basketball summer camp participants at shooting and ball handling. Head coach Danny Preuss said he also aims then," he said. Several of his former camp- ers went on to be on his Lady Rebel teams over the years. "I just talked to my assis- tant coach Buisinger, about, hey, isn't it crazy that we sit here and look at all these little girls and some day they grow up and they're starting for us on our basketball team?" he said. Two of his former students, Rachel Calabrese and Kam- ryn Kent, who graduated last week, work as camp leaders. PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Hays High School learn fundamental skills: dribbling, to make sure the girls have fun. camp as young girls. • What's it like to come back? "I always had really fond memories of just being here all day and being so tired, and now I can be here and actually see what it was like and see the girls have fun like I did," Rachel said ..... "It's nerve wracking," ' Kamryn said, "Like, l want tO : meet the standards; whenever,' I went (here) I thought it was. the coolest thing ever and I want to make sure they feel the same," They can't work until they Both assistants said they graduate, according to UIL think the girls are having a rules, blast .... Both said they attended the ..... Looking around the gym and listening to the happy yelps and squeals of young girls, it seems the coaches are right. ~ is aone year old o~la Mac is quite the catch. Atl of the mix. L~ota loves the wat~ tmO other cats in the shelter's cattery would love to spend her days at love him. and so does the PAWS the river playing with other ~ staffi He is very friend~ towardS Lakota is also the shelter's Dog of people and other cats, Please the Week and her adoption fee is come by the shelter and meet only $25.001 Please stop by the himt He is ready to go to his shelter and meet h~ new home todayl s a non-profit, no-k 11 shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX ,512 268-1611 Please visit pawsshelter.org All animals are fully vaccinationed, spaytneutered, mtorochipped and dewormed. Pets of the Week sponsored by Located in Kyle, Texas at 4100 Everett, nextto the Performing Arts Center and Austin Regional Clinic PEP: Pregnant? No excuse for no school Continued from pg. 3B mom's unwavering support as well. 'And there's one more person I would like to thank and that would be my room. She's been by my side through all of this. And she's been in the same position as all of us and we have accomplished so many things together. And I know she'll be there, by my side, for a very, very long time and she won't ever give up on me. She gives me the encour- agement that I needed to push through everything that I've accomplished this year. Thank you." What was it like having a baby in high school? Dominguez said, "It was pretty hard but, I mean, you gotta get through it I guess." She said the PEP program was really awesome. "I don't think I would have gone anywhere if I didn't have the PEP program, because I would always be missing school," she said. "I don't even think I would be here or any- thing right now." Dominguez wants to con- tinue her education at ACC to become a nurse practitioner. Her mother, Leticia Saldivar, had high praise for the PEP program and Katie Campbell in particular. "If it hadn't been for her, (Vi- viene) wouldn't be where she is now. My husband and I, we're very proud of her," she said, glancing at her daughter. "She struggled there for a while. Ms. Katie (and the other staff members) were really helpful With her and they got her up there. She was just way down there and they got her up." Dominguez's advice for other high school girls, preg- rlant or otherwise, was that the most important thing is to stay in school. "Life's a climb but, you know, I think anybody can get there if they try. You just gotta try." For Rebecca Gutierrez, 18, raising her 11 -month-old daughter Joanna while attend- ing high school full-time was a challenge. What's it like being a mom and going to high school? "It's hard but having her it's like an accomplishment that I do my stuff for her, not for myself," she said. "And like PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Live Oak honor graduate Jackie Carey speaks to the audience at the PEP celebration while her six-month old daughter, Ellie, waits in the arms of PEP Director Katie Campbell. Carey believes she would not have graduated had it not been for the PEP program. According to Ruth Roberts, Hays CISD Wellness Coordinator, the district uses a sex education and health approach called "abstinence plus," which promotes abstinence but provides teens with information, data and resources dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, birth control and community resources. RESOURCES: • StayTeen.org The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage adolescents and teens to enjoy their teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. The site's Stay Informed page reads, 'q-he more you know about issues like sex, relationships, waiting, and contraception, the better prepared you will be to make informed choices for your future. We're not telling you how to live your life...we just want to give you some food for thought and the latest facts. It's up to you to make your own smart decisions." The site also offers some facts about teen pregnancy: • Nearly 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20 • Good relationships don't just happen--they require hard work and practice • Less than half of teens in high school have had sex • A couple who has sex without using condoms or any other kind of contraception (birth control) has an 85% chance of getting pregnant within a year • About 3 million teens get a sexually transmitted infection every year • 1 in 5 teens who've bean in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped, or pushed by their partner. whenever since I found out I was pregnant like I never thought of you know, like, most girls drop out of school. And I thought, 'I'm not going to be that girl. I'm going to graduate.' I'm going to be the fourth girl graduating from high school in my family." She plans to attend cosme- tology school, get experience in a salon and someday open her own business. Gutierrez's advice to other young girls who find them- selves pregnant in high school is to keep going. "They should graduate and not just drop out of school and go work like in a fast food place," she said. "It's better for graduating to have your diploma because you'll have more chances to success." Gutierrez said the PEP pro- gram helped her a lot. "I would always ask them for help and like they would be there for everything. They would push me to do stuff, like ifI would ever like want to be like, 'I want to give up,' and they were like, 'don't give up, do it for your kid,'" she said. 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