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The 3rd Annual Super Hero Movie Night on the Square takes place on Celina’s Downtown Square on Saturday, April 21st! This family-friendly event includes free activities from 6-8pm including an inflatable obstacle course, tug-of-war, Thor’s Hammer challenge, face painting, real life movie characters, a brand new obstacle course by Ninja Fitness and more! You can be a super hero to by adopting a pet through Collin County Animal Services and don’t forget to dress in your best villain or hero outfit for the Costume Contest! Free hotdogs courtesy of Brookshire's and Celina Area Professionals while supplies last! Other concessions available for sale and the downtown square restaurants, shops, and library will be open! Bring a blanket or lawn-chair for the free showing of "The Incredibles" (PG) at dark. Sponsorship are still available for this great community event! | April 2018


Letter From The Publishers It’s hard to believe we are already in the second quarter of 2018! The weather is warmer and the sun is shining a little longer. You might notice our magazine has a little more bulk to it this month. That’s because we have so much to share with you that we just couldn’t fit it into 24 pages! Staying true to the publication name, OurCelina, all stories are written by Celina folks. In April, our series on the history of Celina will take you on an exciting journey. We also remember an incredible woman, loved and respected by all, who was taken from us way too soon. You will read a story about how the City of Celina is breaking the mold on key leadership roles and, of course, you will get all the details on Cajunfest! We are also starting a couple of new regular sections. We have “Soul Matters” which will focus on emotional wellness and address issues such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief, etc. And we are excited to announce a section for short stories submitted by Celina residents. Our first short story is by Gary Clifton, a published writer and retired ATF & FBI agent who has a passion for writing stories, often with a law enforcement spin. We believe that in order to be a trusted community partner, you must be present. We enjoy being an active part of all the happenings in Celina and can be found anywhere from inside the dugout, on the field, at meetings, in the schools, in the restaurants and shops downtown, and everywhere in between!

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The City of Celina will be hosting the 6th Annual Celina Cajun Festival on Saturday, April 14th from 12:00PM10:00PM

This free-admission festival features a massive crawfish boil, great music, an alligator show and fabulous shopping! Laissez les bons temps rouler - Let the good times roll - with five rocking Zydeco and Cajun bands including Grammy award-winner Wayne Toups, Ronnie Mathews, The Keith Blair Project, Jamey Bearb & Friends and Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars. Gary Saurage from television’s “Gator Country” will host two 1-hour gator shows (2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.) and will be signing autographs after each show. Gator Country will be here all day for attendees to check out the animals! 102.9 NOW will be onsite from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with giveaways. The kids zone will feature a free Celina Fire Department Firefighter Challenge all day along with free firefighter inflatables. The Home Depot kids workshop area will also be free. A petting zoo and pony rides will be available for just $5 each. So, if you want to hear some great deep-rooted Cajun music, this is definitely the place to be!

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Marcy Bowman Lykins August 23, 1969 - February 5, 2018

In 1986, Kevin Lykins, a senior in high school, came face-to-face with a junior named Marcy Bowman. “I saw that smile and saw my future that day,” said Kevin. Four years later, the two were married and would go on to have three children together, Delaney, Jake, and Ellie. For 31 years, the pair would be by one another’s side as a family and as they served in ministry. In September of 2010, Kevin and Marcy learned that she had an invasive form of breast cancer. She underwent suggested treatments of intense chemotherapy as well as a radical mastectomy, both agreed upon by The Mayo Clinic as well as the local hospital in Ames, Iowa, where the family had been living. During that time, Kevin had been invited to come interview at the local Baptist church in a small North Texas city called Celina. The Lykins family moved to Celina in May, 2011 and by August Marcy was considered cancer-free. When asked what, aside from her family, made Marcy smile Kevin quickly responded, “What didn’t make her smile?” Marcy loved working in children’s ministry at First Baptist Celina and also was hired as the first bi-lingual pre-kindergarten teacher in Celina Independent School District. In 2014 she was named Celina Teacher of the Year. She valued people and wanted to serve any and all ways possible. In 2012, the church began a tradition of going to Acuna, Mexico during spring break as a mission and Marcy, along with her family, led the way with her signature smile and grace. “Being bi-lingual everyone wanted Marcy to be around them in Acuna,” said Pam Peters, her close friend and FBC member. “She could walk up behind you and just translate everything being said and it was such a beautiful experience to watch her minister to people in a way we couldn’t.”

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Lykins

Marcy, Amariz Acosta, Kevin and Ellie Lykins in Acuna, MX in 2017.

Marcy and the Lykins family had found a home in Celina and the people of Celina had found a true treasure as well.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

In October, 2014 Marcy’s cancer returned in her bones. “We really changed our mindset at that point,” said Kevin. “There’s no real guess on how long you have so we just treated every single day as a treasure, soaking up every moment.”

At the community center, the mayor of Acuna, as well as some city officials, showed up to show their support to Kevin, their family and the church.

Marcy never missed a beat. Throughout the treatments, pain and exhaustion she never faltered. Kevin said she often kept the pain to herself as she lived life. “She spent every moment living and pouring herself into her children, just living a life of influence,” said Kevin.

“He told me how her influence had reached into the city and how so many had been blessed by her,” said Kevin. Photo courtesy of Kevin Lykins

The Lykins family. Kevin, Delaney, Ellie, Marcy, and Jake.

Peters recalled a trip to Israel she took with Marcy. “I remember a lot of walking and we knew she was in pain, but she was focused and had a true desire for people to know God through her,” she said. September of 2017 would bring devastating news to the Lykins family. Marcy’s cancer had spread to her liver. And by December of the same year, an MRI would reveal cancer throughout the brain. “The more intense her battle became, the more the fruit of the holy spirit would shine. The more love, kindness and joy would show,” Kevin said. “In the last two months we saw it more clearly, as the battle waged, she was showing us the love of Christ.” On the evening of February 5, 2018, Kevin was sitting in a chair beside Marcy’s bed. She was staring in the corner carrying on a conversation with someone. “She was seeing something none of us could see...I know she was seeing glory,” said Kevin.

The Sunday after they came back from Acuna, Kevin returned to the pulpit at FBC Celina.

“Acuna was part of the healing process for me,” he said. “It’s still very new and we are still figuring out how to live this life without Marcy, but God used that week to prepare me.” And others felt the same. Peters said, “We are experiencing glory through grief in a way. We have to try to find His purpose in this.” “When I returned, I preached on the ‘Why’ the only way I knew how; by referencing God’s word in Romans 8:28,” Kevin said. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. “The ‘why’ is bigger than anything we can see, and we have to trust Him.” Marcy Bowman Lykins lived 48 years with the joy of Christ shining through her life.

Around 7:52 p.m. that night, Marcy’s gaze turned to Kevin and she looked right at him as if to say goodbye. By 7:55 p.m. she had passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord, whom she had served so faithfully. Word spread and made it’s way to one of the translators then to the village of Acuna. A local radio station announced her passing by calling her, “One of our cherished people.” “She had a gentle, quiet spirit,” said Peters. “She made you feel special, she was genuine and everyone who met her was touched.” A little over a month after Marcy’s death, the group from First Baptist Church loaded up to carry on the spring break tradition. This would be the first trip without her by their side but they would take a piece of Marcy with them. One of Marcy’s favorite bible verses was Matthew 10:29-32. This year the group had the verse written in Spanish on the back of their shirts.

Photo courtesy of Pam Peters

The group from First Baptist Church in Celina stands with locals in front of the church in Acuna, Mexico in March, 2018. | April 2018


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Toasted Walnut Café Vinaigrette This is actually a two part recipe. You need to make quick pickled red onions to have the full effect.

Joey Dawkins, Owner & Chef at Toasted Walnut

Pickled Red Onions Recipe: Three red onions sliced thin 1 ½ cups red wine vinegar Half cup water 1 cup of sugar 1 tsp sea salt Over medium heat combine all ingredients and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Let cool. Pour over thin sliced onions and refrigerate for one day.


Toasted Walnut Café Vinaigrette ½ tbs sea salt ½ tbs cracked black pepper ½ tbs dried oregano 1 ½ cups olive oil ½ cup pickled onion juice 1 ½ cups red wine vinegar ½ cup lemon juice ½ cup local honey ¼ cup minced garlic Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use a whisk to emulsify all ingredients together. Last five days in the fridge. Recipe provided by Celina’s own


If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet you have undoubtedly run across a “blogger” or two. Blogging has become a popular way to share ideas, humor, recipes, encouragement and support or just to pass the time. Joanna Bennett teaches, as she calls it, “the written word” at Celina Junior High School. Seeing the trend, Bennett saw an opportunity to use blogging as a more modern way of teaching, so she created a group called the “Bobcat Bloggers”. The group is open to CJHS students during ace period or study hall twice a week for approximately thirty minutes. The students must get parent approval since the blogging is done online through an educational platform on which Bennett can see (and must approve) all content. “We average between five and eighteen, depending on the day and what else is going on,” says Bennett. The Bobcat Bloggers blog about a variety of things from cooking, dreams, poetry, Broadway musicals and the ocassional day to day thoughts of a Celina Junior High School student. “They are learning how to use their imagination, descriptive words and applying it to actual web content that receives comments from other students in the program and across the country,” says Bennett. “They are really encouraged when they see people reading their blogs and responding in a positive way.” While the group is just starting this year, Bennett said she already has more interest going forward and thinks the group will continue to grow. Bobcat Bloggers is allowing real world application of language arts that is fun for the students, what can be better than that? | April 2018


Clyde Barrow

Comes To Town By: Lisa Ferguson

Save for the occasional vehicle rattling over the brick pavers on West Walnut Street, or trains rumbling through nearby railroad crossings, for the most part Celina’s downtown square is usually rather quiet during the overnight hours.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Ferguson

Members of infamous bank robber Clyde Barrow’s gang reportedly sat outside the Nelson Hotel building in Celina before burgalizing a local hardware store.

That wasn’t the case on April 21, 1932, however, when shortly after midnight a trio of men descended on the square, intent on breaking into the Patrick & Seitz Hardware store to pilfer guns and ammunition.

Among the crooks was none other than notorious bank robber Clyde Barrow. That spring evening, he and cohorts Ted Rogers and Johnny Russell also kidnapped four Celina residents. Eighty-six years later, the event is regarded as little more than a footnote in the violent, fabled history of the Barrow Gang, which weaved its way through Texas and several other states knocking over banks and murdering those who got in their way. That is, until Clyde and his literal partner in crime, Bonnie Parker (who happened to have been locked in a Kaufman County jail cell on

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the night of the Celina heist), died in a hail of gunfire during a 1934 law-enforcement ambush in Louisiana. “No one would have known who Clyde Barrow was” when he made his way to Celina, explained John Neal Phillips, author of the book Running with Bonnie and Clyde, during a 2016 interview with the Celina Record newspaper. “In fact, there was no `Bonnie and Clyde’ until the last few days before they were killed. … The fact that they were killed together was the thing that sealed the deal.” According to published Photo courtesy of Celina Area Heritage Association reports, here’s how the 1932 Celina crime spree Celina Mayor S.M. Francis. went down: Two members of the Barrow Gang were seated outside the Nelson Hotel building on West Walnut and North Ohio streets, which is now home to Annie Jack Design & General Store and Toasted Walnut Cafe. The city’s night watchman, Floyd C. Perkins, happened upon the pair around the same time that Celina Mayor S.M. Francis was exiting the building directly across the street, which is now inhabited by the Celina Economic Development Corporation and Celina Main Street offices. One of the criminals pulled out a gun and swiped Perkin’s service

behind Patrick & Seitz Hardware, which was located on the site of what is now the patio area at Papa Gallo’s Mexican Grill. Once there, they mistakenly broke into Choate Pharmacy, formerly located in what is now the restaurant’s main dining room. Recognizing their error, the men quickly backed out of the space and made their way next door, where they successfully stole the pair of shotguns and ammunition they had sought. On their way out of Celina, the criminals also snagged the keys from the patrol car of Deputy Sheriff Frank “Dutch” Stelzer, who was unable to give chase as the men drove away. Barrow had reportedly been collecting weapons for use later that year during a planned armed raid on the Eastham Prison Farm north of Huntsville, a facility at which he had previously served time. The raid was thwarted temporarily when lawmen began apprehending members of the Barrow Gang – except for the elusive Clyde, that is. Photo courtesy of Celina Drug

Historic photo of Choate Pharmacy from around the time Clyde Barrow made his way through Celina.

weapon. The watchman and mayor were marched east toward the railroad tracks. Perkins, who was injured when his head was smacked with the butt of a pistol, and Francis were then loaded into an empty railroad boxcar nearby. In a case of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, two other citizens - later identified in the Celina Record as Carl Patrick and Byron Douglas - also crossed paths with the outlaws that night and were loaded into the same boxcar.

The firearms stolen during the Celina burglary were recovered the following day. That’s when the Denton County Sheriff’s Office learned that gunshots had been heard near Lake Dallas. It turned out that members of the Barrow Gang had been holed up there and were practicing shooting their newly acquired weapons. Officers arrived at the location and arrested two gang members who were not connected to the Celina heist. Meanwhile, Clyde escaped by fleeing to a nearby highway where he commandeered a vehicle and drove away. In January 1934, he carried out the raid at Eastham and succeeded in breaking out five inmates from the facility. Four months later, Bonnie and Clyde were dead. A small exhibit about the burglary is displayed at the Celina Museum. Otherwise, the crime has largely been forgotten locally – much to the surprise of Phillips, who spent a fair amount of time here during the 1980s conducting research for his book.

Barrow and the others “didn’t go to Celina to abduct anyone,” Dr. T. Lindsay Baker, author of the book Gangster Tour of Texas, told the Celina Record in 2016. “It was just their convenience that there was a boxcar … that was not locked that they could put people in as a temporary calaboose.”

“Every other place I went to, I always found somebody who had a reasonably clear memory” of events involving Barrow and his crew, he said. “Celina is unique in that nobody seemed to re-

Barrow, Rogers and Russell then made their way to an alley off West Pecan Street Photo courtesy of Celina Area Heritage Association

An exhibit at the Celina Museum details crimes committed during the 1930s by Texas-born Clyde Barrow and members of his murderous, bank-robbing gang.

OurCelina will be publishing a historical piece each month. We invite you to follow along on this journey that formed the city we all call home today. If you have any stories or photographs that you’d like to share, please email Celina Area Heritage Association’s nine current board members, who are all volunteers, acquire, research and help preserve the numerous documents and artifacts that are stored and exhibited at the Celina Museum, at 211 W. Pecan St., which is open to the public from 1-3 p.m. Thursdays. | April 2018


Ready for a Boys Soccer Program at Celina ISD? With the support of our Superintendent, Athletic Director, Administration and Coach Nichols, the Celina ISD is ready to establish a boys soccer program for potentially the 2018-2019 school year. We need the Celina ISD community support to make this happen! Our goal is to sponsor the needs of the Celina High School Athletic Program and help them with the financial implementation costs. Celina ISD is growing at an accelerated pace and we are competing against school districts that have established soccer programs. Both the Celina High School and the Celina Junior High School have students actively looking for and requesting to play on a boys soccer team. Many of them playing the sport since they were four years old. Now is a great time to show these students our community’s support. This spring sport would run under the leadership of Coach Nichols and alongside our very successful girls soccer program. In the implementation years the boys soccer program would consist of one Varsity team with approximately 18-20 players and a try-out process due to the large number interested. With the limitations of state funding for public schools, our District is not able to fund this extracurricular initiative without community support. We need your help raising $10,000 to cover the twoyear implementation expenses including uniforms, bags, jackets and additional transportation costs. If we meet our goal by May 29, 2018, our Celina ISD community can have a boys soccer program in school years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

No amount is too large or too small! Please show your support of our students at Celina ISD in any amount! Sponsorships of $500 or more will be recognized by name during the inaugural year. Supporting families are also chipping in to match the 3% processing fees associated with PledgeCents so that 100% of donor support will be directly applied toward the goal. We have decided to use this website platform for collecting donations because it is fully transparent toward our goal, funds are sent directly to Celina ISD, and PledgeCents will provide you with a tax receipt. If we are unable to reach our goal of $10,000, all donated funds go to Celina ISD to support a future boys soccer program. The next chance to see this potential opportunity would not happen again until school year 2020-2021. If we exceed our goal of $10,000, Celina ISD has agreed to send the additional funds to the Quarterback Club in support of all Celina ISD athletic programs. If we can help answer any questions about this fundraising campaign for a boys soccer program please contact us (Dusty & Nikki Hamblin and Kris & Bonnie Holloway) at soccercelina2018@gmail. com. If you would like to contact Celina ISD for confirmation of the district’s support for this fundraiser please reach out to the Celina ISD Business Manager, Sara McCarter at saramccarter@


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Dead Certain by: Gary Clifton Homicide sent out Harper and McCoy, both old-timers. “Shots fired, Kamanski’s Pawn,” the radio crackled. “Unit twenty-seven, can you handle, code two?” Harper, driving, looked over at McCoy. “More fools committin’ suicide.” He rolled his unlit cigar stub. “Think they’d learn.” McCoy picked up the microphone. “Homicide twenty-seven, responding code two.” Photos of thirteen misguided souls who’d tried to rob Kamanski’s Pawn decorated the front window, all dead on the floor or strung from the doorway to the curb outside. Every thug in Dallas knew the place was forbidden territory – or should have. Solomon Kamanski had survived Auschwitz and at 89, retained a certain resolve not found in every citizen. Number fourteen’s body was sprawled just inside the threshold, pistol beside his hand. Several feet further, yellow tape circled unlucky number fifteen on the sidewalk, his pistol on the cement halfway back to the door. Kamanski leaned on a glass counter. “Tol’ them suckers they was makin’ a mistake.” Ancient, with a permanent forward stoop, Kamanski spoke in a tired old man’s voice, a faint trace of middle European still attached. “Tried to tell ‘um, they was doin’ it all wrong. They didn’t listen and I give ‘um one barrel each.” Camera on a strap around his neck, he followed Harper outside. The detective knelt over the dead man who was face up, eyes studying eternity somewhere above. “Bad News, Sol.” Harper looked up, chewing his cigar stub. “This mope ain’t shot. Heart attack, I think. You missed. Musta scared him to death.” “Harper,” the old man said. “Old age is hell. Gonna hafta get a shotgun that’ll hold more shells.” He touched a match to his pipe. “This mean I can’t put this sucker’s picture in the window?” Gary Clifton, an avid Celina Bobcat fan, was forty years a federal officer (ATF/FBI). In 1987 he published a novel, Burn Sugar Burn (publisher’s title) in national paperback.  In 1987, he published three short fiction pieces via Writer’s type.  Short fiction pieces in Fedruary editions of Spinetingler and The Broadkill Review, with other pieces pending by online magazines. Clifton has an M.S. from Abilene Christian University. Gary and his wife, Kay, are longtime supporters of Celina Bobcat althletics and can be found cheering on the Bobcats at most all sporting events!

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Lighten Up!

Some City Streets a Little Brighter After Additional Lights Added

You may have been in the dark about it, but The City of Celina Streets Department recently added a few lights on a number of intersections throughout the city. David Stone, Street Supervisor for the City of Celina, identified seven locations he felt were first to need some additional lighting. Those locations were identified as: • • • • • • •

CR 97 @ CR 134. FM 428 @ FM 455. FM 428 @ Rock Mountain. (Parkside) FM 428 @ Sunset. FM 428 @ Hot Springs. (Parkside) FM 428 @ NDTW. E Frontier @ Preston Hills Circle.

The addition of lighting in these intersections was a much needed improvement for residents and commuters.

Main Street Golf Tournament Celebrates 25th Year Tuesday May 15th, Celina Main Street will host their Annual Golf Tournament for the 25th consecutive year! Just like Celina and the Downtown Square, the Golf Tournament has evolved and grown over the years. Today, the tournament is a shotgun tournament of 144 players but started with 71 players in the inaugural event in 1994! The tournament has been played at several courses throughout its tenure including the Plantation Golf Club, the Trails of Frisco, Gentle Creek Country Club, and the Bridges Golf Club. Past tournaments also contained unique elements such as a community barbecue the day before, potential car giveaways, or a dinner auction. Several things remained the same throughout the 25 years, we always have great community volunteers, generous sponsors and a great time! Join us this year at on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Hills Course

of the newly renovated Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney. The Golf Tournament is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Celina Main Street Program and sponsorships are paramount for a successful tournament as well as the programs and events Celina Main Street hosts throughout the year. “This milestone anniversary tournament allows us to celebrate past accomplishments and helps jumpstart our next 25 years!” says Rebecca Barton, Downtown Development Manager for the City of Celina and this year’s event organizer. There are still a few sponsorship opportunities and team slots open! To register online visit and click the Golf Tournament tab or contact Rebecca Barton at 972-382-2682 ext. 7002; or Thank you to our current sponsors:

May 15, 2018 Stonebridge Ranch Country Club | April 2018


Celina Independent School District

SCHOOL ZONE 2018­-2019 Pre­K & Kindergarten Pre­Registration April 12, 2018 9:00am -­11:00am & 2:00pm -­ 6:00pm (Closed from 11:00am - ­2:00pm) Celina ISD Administration Building 205 S. Colorado Street Celina, TX. 75009 469.742.9100

Pre­Kindergarten Requirements for Registration: In order for your child to qualify for admittance into the Pre­Kindergarten program, the qualifiers are listed below; • English as a Second Language (Student will be evaluated for language proficiency.) • Qualifies for free or reduced lunch program. Must supply proof of income: W­2 forms, two most recent pay stubs or other forms of documentation to show income for all those that live in the home that are working • Active Military to include those that were injured or deceased while on active duty. Proof required. • Homeless -­District will provide the form and liaison will evaluate. • Foster Care - Form 2085 required. • Star of Texas Award for Peace Officers, Firefighters and/or Emergency Medical First Responders. Documents required. PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Requirements/Documentations For Registration: • Pre­Kindergarten student will need to be present if being evaluated for language proficiency. • Kindergarten student will need to be present for a brief assessment. • Completed Registration Forms. (These are available on the CISD website and at the event.) • Certified copy of Birth Certificate • Updated Shot Record • Social Security Card -­optional • Parent/Guardians Driver’s License or government issued picture ID • Proof of Residency: Copy of current utility bill (water/electric) stating parent/guardian’s name and physical address of the home within the boundaries of the Celina ISD School District. • Leasing a home or apartment ­Copy of lease agreement and/or contract showing physical address of the home, including beginning and end date of lease/contract. New for the 2018­2019 School Year Purchasing or Building a New Home: Due to the tremendous growth to our city and district, students must be “physically living” in their home before they may enroll in Celina ISD.

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April 4 ­ College Day April 10 ­PreKindergarten Parent Training at 8:00am April 12 ­Kindergarten Graduation Photos April 12 ­PreK­Kindergarten Round­Up April 17 ­Deadline to order the yearbook April 23 ­KIndergarten Field Trip April 28 ­Celina Ed. Found. Dinner and Auction at 5:30pm April 30 ­Kindergarten Spring Music Program at 5:30pm

April 4 ­ College Day April 10 ­STAAR 4th Writing/5th Math April 11 ­STAAR 5th Reading April 28 ­Celina Ed. Found. Dinner and Auction at 5:30pm

O’DELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL April 4 ­ College Day April 6 ­ FCA Meeting April 10 ­STAAR 4th Writing/5th Math April 11 ­STAAR 5th Reading April 12 ­2nd Grade Field Trip April 13 ­4th Grade Field Trip/Hagerman Wildlife Refuge April 16 ­Family Literacy Night April 20 ­O’Dell Fun Day April 23­-27 ­Spring Book Fair Week April 26 ­Grandparents’ Night/Open House/Grades 1&2 Spring Music Program April 28 ­Celina Ed. Found. Dinner and Auction at 5:30pm April 30 ­College and Career Week begins

April 27 ­Bad Weather Day Make­up

CELINA 6th Grade CENTER April 4 ­ College Day April 6 ­ Deadline for Yearbook Cover Contest April 10 ­Progress Reports Go Home April 17 ­Last Day to Order Yearbooks April 26 ­6th Grade Band to Sandy Lake April 28 ­Celina Ed. Found. Dinner and Auction at 5:30pm April 30 ­Athletic Director Parent Information Meeting for current 6th­-7th Graders May 1 ­ Athletic Director Parent Information Meeting for current 9th­-11th Graders

CELINA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL April 4 ­ College Day April 4 ­ Discover DC 2019 Meeting - 7th Grade Parents April 5 ­ 7th Grade GT Field Trip­Ft Worth Air Force Museum & Band Six Flags Trip April 10 ­STAAR 7th Writing/8th Math April 10 ­Progress Reports Go Home April 11 ­STAAR ­8th Reading April 18 ­8th Grade Field Trip/Dallas April 20 ­Junior High Band Solo and Ensemble Contest April 26 ­Beginning Band/Sandy Lake Park April 27 ­JH Concert Band/Sandy Lake Park April 30 ­Athletic Director Parent Information Meeting for current 6th­-7th Graders May 1 ­ Athletic Director Parent Information Meeting for current 9th­-11th Graders

CELINA HIGH SCHOOL April 4 ­ College Day April 9 ­ CHS Spanish Honor Society Induction April 10 ­STAAR EOC English I April 12 ­STAAR EOC English 2 April 14 ­ACT Exam/Celina High School April 14 ­Celina High School Prom April 28 ­Celina Ed. Found. Dinner and Auction at 5:30pm April 30 ­Athletic Director Parent Information Meeting for current 6th­-7th Graders May 1 ­ Athletic Director Parent Information Meeting for current 9th­-11th Graders

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Mold Breakers By: Leya Bryant Grubbs

Three Celina Women Combat the S.T.E.M. Stigma

“Their goal wasn’t to stand out because of their differences; it was to fit in because of their talent.” -Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures” When you hear the term S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in Celina, you might think of it in terms of the robust S.T.E.M. programs CISD is launching on our various campuses. Whether it’s the S.T.E.M. Club at the Sixth Grade Center, the actual S.T.E.M. class offered at the Junior High, or S.W.A.T. (Students Who Advocate Technology) at the high school, CISD’s commitment to supporting student interest and achievement in S.T.E.M-related subject areas is evident. The unfortunate stigma related with S.T.E.M. fields is that females are less likely to choose math and science early educational tracks therefore resulting in S.T.E.M. professions being predominantly occupied by men, otherwise known as the “pipe-line theory.” Let’s look at few statistics. According to Forbes: • • • •

While women fill close to 50% of all jobs in the US economy, they hold less than 25% of S.T.E.M. jobs 76% of S.T.E.M. workers in our country are male, 24% are women Out of 100 female bachelor students, 12 will graduate with a S.T.E.M. major but only 3 will work in a S.T.E.M-related field 10 years after graduation According to the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, only 14% of engineers in our country are women

Therefore, we felt it incredibly noteworthy to write about three women who now make-up an all-female team working for the City of Celina in Engineering and Construction Inspection. Diverse backgrounds, ages, experiences and professional adversities overcome to now succeed in male-dominated professions has resulted in uniting to guide the City of Celina through what will be enormous growth in the coming years. It is, indeed, a significant situation. Wednesday, March 21st marked then Director of Engineering, Gabe Johnson’s, last day working for the City of Celina as he went on to pursue a new opportunity in Grand Prairie. A woman by the name of Kim Brawner was already in transition to take on Johnson’s responsibilities. She is the first ever female Director of Engineering in the City of Celina. “In 25 years of engineering, both in the private and public sectors, Celina is the first organization for which I have worked where the engineering organization has more females than males. Celina residents can take pride in the fact that city management evaluates their applicants based on their skill set and not any other qualifications (race, color, sex, religious faith, etc.),” Brawner said. When asked what she most enjoyed about her new role as Director of Engineering, Brawner replied, “I love the daily challenges.  Each day brings a new series of puzzles to solve.  What do we need to build?  What benefits the citizens of Celina the most?  Which piece comes first?  What is the best use of the City’s resources?  How do we overcome the latest challenge? Each problem needs to be evaluated from multiple angles and I enjoy exploring the possibilities.” One theme was consistent with Brawner during the interview process and that was her evident feelings about a strong educational foundation; Photo courtesy of Texas Tech Alumni challenging oneself by taking risks, asking questions in class, taking the upper-level coursCelina’s newly hired Director of Engineering, es and quality educators that push and encourage you. “Each math and science teacher Kim Brawner I had along the way provided encouragement and another little step. Each of those little steps got to where I am today.” Brawner also credits her mother for pushing her academically and instilling an incredible work ethic. “My Mom made me take the advance math and science classes. I did participate in ‘fun’ things, too, but academics always came first. She taught me to work hard, then play hard.” Kim Brawner is not the City’s only “first” when it comes to women in engineering. Jan Cole, Engineering Construction Inspection Supervisor, had a twenty-five year history working as an inspector in another city before coming to Celina. “I was hired in Celina as the first female in the engineering department being the first female construction inspector. Celina has welcomed me whole-heartedly and has shown me respect and acknowledgement in my profession. Never once have I felt second class because I am a female.” In her job prior to working for Celina, Cole pointed out she felt unequal to her male colleagues there. “I did the same things they did, but also 26 | April 2018

had to do the office work and filing for my projects as well as theirs. Mostly due to the fact that I’m a woman and it was expected of me. I had to work three times harder to earn the respect of my co-workers and be accepted.” Cole also added, “Since working for Celina, I have been promoted to Supervisor and have a team of three men under my supervision. Celina promotes diversity and camaraderie in the workplace. Working in Celina has been a wonderful and exciting experience.” Alexis Jackson, Director of City Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (who also happens to be one of the very few female City Planning Directors in the DFW area), first became interested in her field in college where she checked-out an alphabetical book on careers in the library and came across the last section on urban planning. “I was interested in why people do what they do in a built environment. It combined a lot of my interests; sociology, psychology and anthropology. This book is why I have a Photo courtesy of City of Celina Bachelors in Geography and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning.” When asked Jan Cole had over 25 years experience before what her biggest hurdles have been as a woman in her field, it was an immediate, “The being named Celina’s Engineering Construction good ol’ boy network. The assumption because I’m a woman, I wasn’t capable or Inspection Supervisor qualified to be part of the conversation or the process. I was capable to be involved on the back end of a project but not the front end where the decisions were being made. Also, being a working mom is a hurdle as well. However, I know that I am a better mom because of my career.” The understood “team” mentality among these women is impressive, to say the least, as they all mentioned the remarkable relationship, not only between one another, but with City Council and the City Manager. “Celina’s City Council and City Manager, Jason Laumer, are making decisions that provide for endless growth opportunities and the possibility to be a part of that growth is exciting. The energy and enthusiasm shared by the Celina team, both men and women, makes this job rewarding. I am looking forward to many years of service to the Celina community,” Kim Brawner stated. When Alexis Jackson was asked to comment on the significance of this all-female team, she responded with, “It’s actually incredible and a testament to Jason Laumer’s vision and leadership. He’s building an all-star team to create a strong path forward for the City.” These women’s obvious devotion to the City of Celina is unmistakable when expressing their clear and passionate vision for our great City’s present and future. “A great community, affordable housing, and a beautiful setting are advantages that Celina has over our neighbors. Celina has experienced rapid growth in the past few years and is poised to experience exponential growth for the next 10-15 years. Our team intends to implement the best of what we have learned from our plethora of varied experiences and combine it with the best practice in our respective fields to we can grow a city that exceeds everyone’s expectations,” Brawner said. Jan Cole enthused, “I love the vision Celina has Photo courtesy of Alexis Jackson for it’s future. I look forward to seeing the future growth and development of this small town as it beAlexis Jackson, Director of City comes one of the fastest growing cities in the Metroplex. Working in Celina has been a wonderful and Planning, Building and Code exciting experience in which I look forward to many more years.” Alexis Jackson added, “[My goal] is Enforcement, is one of the very strong schools, police, fire and neighborhoods and a lively downtown. Downtown is a true passion of few female City Planning Directors mine and what will eventually set Celina apart from other communities. We have such great ‘bones’ in the DFW area. downtown. The grid system, brick streets and historic homes and buildings. It’s truly a gem.” Asked what she likes most about her job, Jackson continued, “Knowing that I am impacting my community. Making it better for years to come. Planning a better city for my son. Again, it’s a very exciting time to be in Celina.” Upon his departure, when asked about this specific assembly of women professionals, Gabe Johnson said, “I don’t know that you could find another staff in the country where the engineers and inspection manager are all women. And women from very diverse backgrounds. We have a very special situation that will empower and inspire young girls to pursue work in traditionally male-dominated industries. As a father of two young girls, this is very significant to me.” Each of these women are admiringly passionate about young ladies pursuing whatever field they are interested in whether it is a notoriously male-dominated one or not. Asked what advice they have for females pursuing a S.T.E.M. degree and profession, or any chosen career-path, they had the following advice for our girls. Kim Brawner again expressed the need for strong academic groundwork. “If the spark of interest or ability is there, I believe parents and educators should encourage children to take the higher level classes early so that no door is closed to that child – no matter the final career decision of that student. Higher level classes in high school and engineering courses in college can be difficult and it is often intimidating to ask questions when it seems like everyone else knows the answers.  Ask anyway and give yourself a break.  It is acceptable to not understand every minute detail, but DO NOT QUIT.  Eventually it will make sense.” Jan Cole offered, “I would tell ALL young ladies stepping-out and finding their way in this world, NEVER let anyone tell you that you can’t do something no matter what it is. Reach for the stars. You can go as high as you want!” Alexis Jackson, “Unfortunately, young women get pigeon-holed into ‘traditional’ female roles. We need more mold-breakers. Don’t be intimidated by numbers. Get up. Show up. Work hard.” While CISD works hard to prepare all Celina students to compete in a global work force that requires a strong educational foundation, it’s encouraging to have these women to inspire our young people, regardless of gender, to pursue their passions confidently. As a community, we should be grateful for these “mold breakers” in our own backyard to model to our youth what boldly chasing your ambitions can result in no matter the perceived barriers. | April 2018


Celina Public Library, Celina Elementary School and Donny O’Dell Elementary School Celebrate Read Across America Dr. Seuss Style!

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Soul Matters

Soul Matters takes a quiet look and quick read into Anxiety this month. It's prevalence in Celina has dated time itself as it seems like the one thing that goes with you to the party is lingering before and long after the lights are extinguished, band gone home, and floor swept.

Historically Anxiety has been known to many, but few have defined it. Its effect is vast, creating everything from fainting in the church choir to seclusion in the dark of home. Freezing and stuttering speech when asking a date you desire for their handle, digit, or address would be a common idea of what we all might know about anxiety. Generalized Anxiety Disorder has an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual-5. Psychological evaluations indicate worry, lack of control of worry, restlessness, fatigue, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance occurring more days than not over 6 months factor into whether one has a confirmed diagnosis. Personally diagnosing tendencies is not recommended. Anxiety admittedly touches most people, but there are those who struggle greatly to communicate its personal impact. Frequently when they succumb to the symptoms effect they ask their doctor or church leader what they can do about feeling anxiety. These are good people asking good people, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor I hear from such good people who are asking me for

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assistance. Most people are able to reduce anxiety’s effect on their lives with a professional provider. Behaviorally there are helpful interventions for persons feeling the symptoms of such distress. Training has taught me talk therapy, proper diet, sleep habits, and sometimes effective medical intervention will change the way symptoms present themselves. A relief to me is to know one does not have to live with Anxiety for years on end. When it comes to visit I can know it is a guest. A guest who won’t be staying long because I choose to make sure my house is in order. Please know in extreme circumstances Anxiety is so debilitating it becomes a never ending permanent state some have been deemed disabled by. It is a serious concern, and it adds to the health burdens of individual, family, and community systems of care. Reach out if you would like to learn more. In this inaugural edition of Soul Matters we take on the myth and matter of what is or isn't good counsel, wellness or mental and emotional health in an effort to blend the right balance of creative education into the fabric of Our Celina and beyond. Andrew Siefers is one of two Licensed Professional Counselors located in Pecan Office Suites seeking after counseling concepts and ideas, just steps from the center of Celina Town Square. Some may know, but others will find out about the desires we have to create a space of rest, comfort, and healing for the weary souls of the area. www. and

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Celina Public Library by: Linda Shaw

What do gaming, yoga and ice skating have in common? They are all activities that Lauren Graves, Celina Public Library’s new Youth Services Librarian, has pursued at one time or another in her life. Lauren brings to the library an eclectic background and commitment to service that will build a culture of imagination, discovery and learning among young people in a way that is unique to Celina. As you learn more about her, you will see how the paths of her life brought her to Celina. Lauren grew up in Allen, Texas, and as a child liked to draw and make arts and crafts. She also enjoyed playing computer games, especially narrative/ quest and role-playing games. While in elementary school, she remembers telling her mother that she wanted to be a librarian. During high school, Lauren especially enjoyed art classes, as well as English and history. Lauren attended a small high school that did not have a football team, band program or many extracurricular activities. She worked on the yearbook and participated in Na-

tional Honor Society. Outside of school, she studied ballet, jazz and ice skating. As a young person, Lauren shadowed her mother, a nurse, frequently at work. Early in high school, Lauren thought she wanted to become a doctor. After graduation, she entered college and focused on coursework that supported pre-med. She took some courses in art history, which led her down a new path. She changed her major to art history with the expectation that she would eventually work in museums. As a curatorial intern at the Meadows Museum at SMU, she researched artists at its small internal art library, as well as at the campus’ Arts and Humanities library, and found the research process very interesting. Changing paths again, Lauren added librarianship to her undergraduate art history degree with the intent of working as a museum- or art-and-humanities librarian. She enrolled in the University of North Texas’ graduate school in Library Science, where she obtained a Master of Science degree. This led her to fulfill her almost-forgotten childhood desire to become a librarian. Lauren later became Access Services Librarian at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Her role was multifunctional: She trained and supervised staffers and student workers; managed daily operations of the circulation desk; helped with outreach; provided refer-

Meet Librarian Lauren Graves

ence and library instruction for composition classes; and maintained the stacks. Lauren describes access services as being the main face of the library. What she liked most about the position was developing relationships with students, encouraging them, taking an interest in their success and advocating for them. After a couple of years in Colorado, Lauren decided it was time to return to warmer weather and her home state. She learned about an opening for a Youth Services Librarian at Celina Public Library and was intrigued. She was familiar with Celina because her parents live nearby. The position “sounded like a great, exciting opportunity for me,” she said. Lauren began working at the library in February. Her duties include programming and outreach, as well as planning, preparing and executing events. Her first assignment: planning Celina Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. A kickoff event is scheduled June 9 on Celina’s square. She also prepares crafts for the library’s weekly preschool story times on Fridays, and recently led her first story time session. She helps create library displays, lends a hand at the circulation desk and tackles just about any other task that needs doing. She planned and executed a Spring Break Tie-Dye event that was held in March on the square. More than 100 children and adults were in attendance.

Lauren said she finds the library’s members and staffers friendly and supportive. Many things about the library inspire her, she said, including the personal satisfaction she experiences by helping people, and seeing kids get excited about books, stories and activities. Providing a space where kids can read or do homework is inspiring, she said, because it fulfills a community need. Lauren plans to add weekly programs for young people. She foresees having unique and creative events, programs and collections that respond to the needs and interests of the growing Celina community. Her goal is to continually support early literacy, including digital and information literacy for youth, as well as adult-enrichment programs. Lauren fills her spare time practicing yoga, running and keeping her dog, Tula, energized by going on walks and visiting the dog park. She likes to read nonfiction titles, especially books about cooking including Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, by Michael Pollan, and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat. She enjoys cooking, testing new recipes and grocery shopping. I have no doubt that Lauren will accomplish her goals and contribute to the library’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in the community. I enthusiastically invite you to stop by the library to meet and get to know Lauren.

April 2018 - Celina Public Library Calendar of Events

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Mother Goose story time, 10:30-11 a.m. Book sale, 6-8 p.m. Mother Goose story time, 10:30-11 a.m. Library advisory board meeting, 6-7 p.m. (public welcome to attend) Book Club meeting, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mother Goose story time, 10:30-11 a.m. Mother Goose story time, 10:30-11 a.m. Mother Goose story time, 10:30-11 a.m. Book sale, 6-8 p.m. | March | April 2018


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