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Hays Free Press December 28, 20i 1 BEST PHOTOS OF 2011 Just a few of the many photos taken by staff members in 2011 for your enjoyment. - Page 1C Page 3B + Dahtstrom Middle School Varsity Treble Choir. "Chorale." v~ Concert Hall in Austin, as well as $1,000 in prize money for Valisa Kinder, Eboni Jones, Courtney Grenwelge, Calista Bro Miller: (third row. left to right) Chelsie Davidson, Allison Gar Meador. Lillian Bonin, Mollie Holloway, Taylor Burrefl. Not pi~ PHOTOS BY JIM CULLEN on the Middle School Group Vocal division of this year's inaugural Muse Awards, earnmg an opportunity to perform at Bass the Hays CISD Fine Arts Department. The group includes (back. left to right) Amanda Owens, Dinell Thomas, Ashlyn Nichols, Nn; (second row, left to right) Faith Broddrick, Reagan Brannen, Alex Moore. Nicole Lewis. Skylar Goertz, Kayla Humphries, Erin ta, Lauren Longoria, Elaina Derrick, Halley Williams, Lauren Evans; (front, left to right) Hanna Malott, Bonnie Vannatter. Kathryn ;tured: Chloe Giberson, Taylor Prassel. Dahlstrom Chorale, soloist Broddrick, sweep awards BY JIM CULLEN Combining a sleigh till of talent with the beautiful sounds of %,..M the holiday season, Dahlstrom public scho ing 312 eler schools." For local strom Midd tion. Dahlsl Tanna Bills Middle SchoolVarsity Treble Choir, merit at Bas "Chorale." won the inaugural 2011 campus of 1 Muse Awards in the Middle School awesome o1 Group Vocal division, To accenm- performam ate the excitement, Chorale member incredible. Faith Broddrick won the competitions at the size c Middle School Solo Vocal division, they soundq The dual wins brought $2,000 in The Mus~ prize money to the district's Fine Arts vocal group Department and earned the winners video mcor~ the privilege of performing at Bass mances, wit Concert Hall in Austin. to the contc Sponsored by Magic 95.5 radio, the and Broddr 2011 Muse Awards bill themselves with other as "a holiday-themed music and art for viewing competition geared towards raising The Dahlst] awareness and donations for the Fine recording s, Arts programs of 12 Central Texas Methodist ( 31 districts, represent- lentary, middle and high ?urposes, it was Dahl- le School got the atten- tom Chorale Director ;ailed the concert engage- s Concert Hall, on the lniversity of Texas, an )portunity, saying, "The e at Bass Concert Hall was 7he students were in awe f the auditorium--and ~d amazing." Awards contest required s and soloists to submit lings of their perfor- ich were then uploaded st website (the Chorale ck performances, along dnners, remain available ~t entries. Not long after those submis- sions, Bills received a congratulatory phone call from the radio station. 'According to the contest hosts." Bills says. "the video submissions of schools from the Austin area received millions of hits from as far away as Spain." The Chorale and solo wins also earned the local girls a perfor- mance appearance at the Hill Country Galleria, bringing another award of $500 to their program. Dahlstrom Principal Dr. Sara Thurman says the Mustangs are "so blessed to have such an outstanding choir" and points to the choir's "dedi- cated and passionate teacher, Tanna Bills. who has brought life. energy and excellence to the DMS Choir pro- gram." And what to do with that prize money? Thurman and Bills have their Dahlstrom Middle School's Faith Broddrick om girls did a special eyes on adding risers, choir dresses, won tne 2011 Muse Awards for Middle School ~ssion at Manchaca United "and possibly a portable electric key- Solo Vocal, earning Hays CISD Fine Arts De- ',hurch and sent in their board set-up for the program."partment an additional $1,000 in pnze. BY CLAUDIA VASQUEZ Special to the Hays Free Press n an earlyDecember morning, students from Lehman High School Spanish IV class and the Lobo Student Council attended the Na- tional Hispanic Leadership Conference in Austin at the Doubletree Hotel. The students participated in workshops that taught them the value of leadership and networking skills, and social cultural awareness that will help them with interviews and the college application process. The students were invited by J.R. Gonzales, a talk show host for the 501 News Latino Show and presi- dent of the National Hispanic Business Association in Austin. The participating Lobos took part in a competi- tion to sell a Nissan Versa and created an advertis- ing plan using media outlets other than TXL. The students presented the plan to the judges, with the following results: 1st place - Desiree Kittel, Isai Ramirez. Irtha Sal- dana, Lauren Lumague, Angelica Aguirre 2nd place -Liz Nicholson, Carlos Rocha 3rd place - Matt Cruz, Meagan Liste, Evan Flores, Alfredo Sifuentes, Chris Lumbreras 3rd place - Joshua Banbury, Devin Narzullo, J.D. Roberts, Alisha Amundson, UbyVillalpando Honorable Mention - Linda Qulnonez. Delia Cas- tillo. Brian Bell, Kat Mohle Other participating Lobos included Marco Gar- cia, Francisco Garcia. Josue Moreno. Abioham Ro- driguez, Ashley Jimenez, Tori Van Wart, Breanna Alonzo and ChrisVillarreal. Claudia Vasquez is a Spanish teacher in the Leh- man High School Foreign Language Department. PHOTO BY ERIN POWELL Lehman High School Spanish IV students and Student Councit members recently took part in the National Hispanic Leader- ship Conference in Austin, The Lobo participants enjoyed workshops in leadership, networking and social cultural awareness, as well as a competition to create a commercial plan to sell Nissan Versas. The first place-winning Lehman team, seen gtving their presentation, includes (left to right) Angelica Aguirre, Lauren Lumague, Isai Ramirez, rma Saldana and Desiree Kittel. SCHOOL BRIEFS Hays CISD reopens Wednesday All Hays CISD campuses and offices remain closed for the holidays. Teachers and staff members return next Tuesday, Jan. 3, for staff development and all offices open and students return to classes at regular hours next Wednesday, Jan. 4. CRES Closet opens Jan, 14 The Camino Real El- ementary Clothes Closet will be openWednesday. Jan. 14, 4:30-6 p.m. and the Wednesday afternoons of Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, and April 11 and 25. Students may receive a clothes voucher from their teacher, the school nurse or any CRES staffer. The Closet provides students with shirts, pants. jackets, shoes and under- garments. Donations of gently used clothes and new socks and underwear are greatly appreciated. For more information contact Esperanza Orosco atoros- m OUNSELOR S C A II too often, students come to my office ./. ]kwith a set t~lan, or fixed path for their future. Whether they have de- veloped this plan out of true passion for what they hope it will offer them or out of some less desirable reason such as laziness or self~doubt is sometimes debatable. Regardless. I al- ways find myself telling our students, "This is the time to give yourself options." Many times students are reluctant to send a college application to a university they may think is out of their reach, academically or financially. For some of them, this may be the reality, but for many. by not applying, they are limiting their potential and options. Encouraging students to apply to a wide range of col- leges, four year and two year alike, will enable students to stretch themselves beyond what they believe they are capable of, while still pursu- ing attainable goals. Telling students to apply to two "reach" schools (schools at which they are not entirely sure they will be accepted but would love to attend), two "possible" schools (schools at which they are fairly confident they will be accepted), and two "safety" schools (schools at which they are sure to be accept- ed), can sometimes be the magic formula to ensure the students have a wide range of options. Once the application has been submitted and transcripts and test scores have been sent, the stu- dents will be in the waiting game. Spring ~11 come. along with their (fingers- crossed) acceptance or (hopefully not) rejection let- ters as well as their financial aid packages. At that time, they will be able to make an educated and informed decision about the best possible place to continue their education. Lauren Adams is a member of the Texas A& M chapter of Advise Texas and serves as College Recruit- ment Advisor at Lehman High School.