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Ig41NlllmllUl ILl J Li Page 4B EDUCAllON Hays Free Press June 23, 2010 Lobe graduate Ulu recognizes heroism BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.corn eroism isn't something high school students usually think about much. For that matter, it isn't something most of us think about a lot until we either read about a soldier's sacrifice in a faraway place or - worse - the story becomes personal, as when that soldier is someone dear to us. lust-graduated Lehman High School student Kristen Ulu is an exception when it comes to thinking about heroism. She's given it serious thought and written about it for the "Voice of America" essay contest. She was recog- nized byVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 12058 for that essay (winning a $250 scholarship), as well as for her volunteer efforts in their behalf. Kristen's volunteerism was additionally recognized by the Prudential Company this spring and she received a letter from Presi- dent Barack Obama. "Does America Still Have Heroes?" is the name of an essay Kristen wrote this year, and it reflects a young per- son's realization that there are things that transcend everyday concerns. Finding her own sense of what constitutes a hero and writing about it was important to the Lobe senior. For almost three years now, Kristen has been volunteering for Post 12058 activities, get- ting to know its members and taking part in its activities. She says that included "parades, motorcycle tides and just hav- ing a good day spending time with the members." Why does she do it? "Be- cause the people of that post are like family- loving, car- ing and very open-minded. They're wiser than many and have more experience than most people. Their stories and lives prove it," she said. "Plus, they're more fun than any adults out there. They know how to live." They are the reason she's given thought to the question of heroes and heroism. Veter- ans of foreign wars do bring stories of heroism home with them and it can be refreshing to have a young person inter- ested in hearing them. A brief scan of Kristen's award-winning essay reveals her thinking. It suggests a be- lief that American soldiers are today's everyday heroes. She writes that soldiers, not tic- tional comic-book characters Superman or Batman, should pHOTO BY CONNIE ROSALES 2010 Lehman graduate Kristen Ulu and Lobe principal Elsa Hinojosa cel- ebrate the recognition Kristen received this spring from VFW Post 12058, the Prudential Company and President Obama. be what we think of as heroes when the term is used. "The pain each hero in a fictional movie feels is the pain that a soldier feels each and ev- ery day away from their country and away from their homes." She cites General Douglas Mac- Arthur's onetime statement, "The soldier, above all people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." Back at home, Kristen has found friends in whom she ob- viously finds her own brand of heroism. It's obvious when she says that they're "such a great inspiration and influence on so many lives that doing vol- unteer work for them is more of a pleasure than business." The favor has been re- turned withVFW Post 12058's recognition of its young sup- porter. SCHOOL BRIEFS School supply drive kick-off Whataburger and Hope and Love 4 Kids kicks off a 2010 school supply drive Friday, Iuly 2, 5-7 p.m. at the Whataburger located at 5401 FM 1626, in Kyle. All dona- tions will directly benefit Hays CISD students. The first 50 to donate will receive a freeWhataburger, and new backpack donations get a $5 gift card. Also on tap is free face painting, photos with WhataGuy and H-E-B Buddy and Games2U mobile gaming. For a complete list of locally- required school supplies, visit www.hopeandiove4kids.org. Registration set for Pre-K pre-K registration for the 2010-2011 school year is scheduled for Monday-Friday, July 12-16, at Simon Middle School. Half-day pre-K classes at Hemphill Elementary and Tom Green Elementary are for four-year-old students who meet eligibility criteria that include: qualifying for free or reduced lunch, limited English proficiency, parent is on active military duty, or child is in foster care. Students may be registered at any time, but designated times, based on child's last name, are recommended to cut down on wait time. The scheduled includes Monday, Iuly 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. forA-F; Tuesday, Iuly 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for G-L; Wednesday, July 14, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for M-R; Thursday, ]uly 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for S-Z; and Friday, July 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. is open registration. Mariachi Continued from pg. 3B recently made mariachi solo and ensemble a sanctioned event, Austin news channels passed over Austin groups and traveled to Lehman to do their video coverage. 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