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+ City of Kyle recognizes local for rescuing man after car wreck. - Page 1C Hays Free Press August 9, 2017 Page 3B I BY MOSES LEOS III During his tenure in the Governor's Mansion, A gregarious White, a Democrat, personality with a crusaded for education, passion for education is based primarily on his how many remembered mother, who was a first- former Texas Governor grade teacher, according MarkWhite, who passed to his reports. away at age 77 this week. Some of White's White, a graduate from policies included limiting the Baylor University class sizes, increasing School of Law, served as teacher pay, and Texas' attorney general requiring competency and secretary of state testing for teachers. before he was elected What is he most known governor in 1983. His for is instituting the first tenure lasted for one "No Pass, No Play" rule in term and went from 1983 Texas, a rule that remains to 1987. in existence today. "It made you tow the line. There were coaches I knew where they thought football was the only thing in the world ... You needed to do both ... it didn't mean you have to be the best student, but you do have to do what teachers required of you." - Calvin Kirkham, former high school coach and Kyle resident The rule, which was part of White's 1984 education reform bill, stirred controversy acros" the football-crazy Lone Star State. Under No Pass, No Play, students at Texas public schools were required to pass all of their classes in order to be eligible for extracurricular activities and athletics. Kyle resident Calvin Kirkham, a longtime coach at several schools, including Odessa Permian High, said White was "severely criticized" by many when No Pass, No Play was instituted. However, he believes White was later the recipient of praise based on the success of his rifle. Kirkham, who had retired from coaching when White took office, said he had always emphasized academics over athletics even before No Pass, No Play. He also understood that some coaches felt the rule was "a little unfair" as it was punitive, and created instability MARK WHITE, 4B Lehman High School's high-rolling Lobo Cheer Teams made their presence known at the University of Texas-hosted UCA Camp this summer. The team was honored with the camp's Overall Leadership Award. The title is bestowed on only one squad in the entire camp. The Lobos also scored a pair of high individual honors. Senior Varsity Captain Lexi Denen and Sophomore Varsity Yell Leader Seth Sanchez each were named All-American. It was Denen's second time to earn that title. The Varsity Lobos took 2nd in Sideline Cheer and 3rd in the Extreme Routine. The Lobo JV took 3rd in the Game Day Cheer division. Mascot Louie the Lobo received the Camp Champ Award. PHOTO BY VANESSA BANUELOS ins Hundreds took to Lehman High last weekend for Hays CISD's annual district-wide registration event. The event allowed Hays CISD parents to register their children for the upcoming 2017 school year, as well as set up transporta- tion and the opportunity to complete language testing for their students. The district also offered parents the chance to get their students immunized for the school year. PHOTO MICHAEL CARIAGA PHOTO BY DONYE CURRY PHOTOS BY JIM CULLEN. BY MOSES LEOS III Like many kids his age, incoming Lehman High freshman Michael Alegria's hobbies centered on his friends. Hanging out with his buddies, along with video gaming and a passion for art, are all things Alegria has enjoyed. 'All around he's a good kid," Sandy Blanco, Michael's mother, said. "He gets good grades in school. He took a couple of (Advanced Placement) classes last year and in the 7th grade." Little did Blanco realize that a trip to the doctor's office this May would drastically change their lives. After being diag- nosed with a rare form of lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that de- velops in the lymphatic system, Alegria now starts his treatment. Behind him is an army of Hays CISD friends and educators who plan to help in the form of a blood drive to help him battle the disease. THE DIAGNOSIS Alegria didn't look the part of a severely ill child the day he was diagnosed. Blanco said her son looked healthy, but com- plained of some chest and side pains: Initially, Blanco believed it could have been related to conditioning exercises her son took part in with the Chapa Middle School football team. Doctors initially be- gan with x-rays, which showed what medical professionals thought was a broken rib. Soon the tests progressed to a CT-scan, which showed a mass surrounding a rib in his chest. A trip was set up to MD Anderson in Houston to confirm what the doc- tors had preliminarily diagnosed. It was there Blanco and her family were told the mass was rare, non-genetic form of lymphoma and that Alegria would soon have to start treatment. "It was devastating," Blanco said. "It was some- thing that never crossed our minds." TREATING THE MONSTER Alegria stayed strong despite the earth-shatter- BLOOD DRIVE, 4B + ",~ .iv h,~ ~ .... !(liI II