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“While Others Pretend...The King Delivers”



DeSoto takes Boys and Girls 5A State Track Titles (Pages 9-13)


NAME THIS CAR As our search continues for winners in this contest, please allow me to remind you all to give us a good phone number. Let’s go over it again; give us a call at (281) 999-4244 take your guess of the year, make and model of the automobile in the photo. Then leave us a name and phone number so if you are the first to give the correct answer you win! We have winners in each of the last two editions but we had trouble reaching them at the numbers they gave us. This month’s winner will get $125.00 in cash as well as $50.00 in gift cards to shop at Fiesta.

Alfred “Fats” Thomas (Page 16)

Inside This Edition... Automobiles - Page 2-6 The Love Corner - Page 6 John Engel - Page 8 Coaches of the Week - Page 15 Rising Stars - Page 15 Cobras Honored by Good Gang USA - Page 17 This You Should Know - Page 22 The Way I See It - Page 22

Mover and Shaker (Page 4)

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid (Page 2)

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Behind The Wheel With THE KING (Arthur Prayther)

KIA OPTIMA HYBRID We finally got behind the wheel of the all-new KIA Optima hybrid and found it to be simply exciting. To begin with the vehicle is powered by a 4.2 Liter 4-cylinder Hybrid engine and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and is equipped with motor driven power steering. All this rolls to the pavement on 17 inch performance tires circulating around a smoked alloy wheel. This is a wonderful combination that leads to smooth shifting and outstanding handling. Let’s not forget this vehicle delivers 35 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

When it comes time to listen to your favorite jams the KIA Optima has an Infinity Audio System with huge speakers right inside the front doors bringing back the way auto sounds use to be. AM/FM/CD/MP3 complete with Sirius satellite radio with free 3-month subscription and USB and auxiliary input jacks, throw in a navigation system with a backup camera to round out the technical advantages. Still on the interior the new Optima has a panoramic Sunroof, leather trimmed seats with driver memory, plus heated

and cooled front seats and heated and cooled outboard rear seats. Yes the steering wheel is leather wrapped and it too is heated and has audio and climate controls. Along the safety lines the Optima has scored big from the NHTSA with 5-star rating for frontal crash for both driver and front passenger. It also comes with a 5-star rating on rollover even the side impact crash numbers are 5-star rating for the rear seat but the front seat side rating is 3-star. All of the other standards are met by the Optima as it relates to airbags and side curtain along with seat mounted side airbags.

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equipped model and let me say this is a solid mid-size vehicle.

This baby is all Korean with 96 per cent of its parts coming from Korea with both the engine and transmission being built there as well as the final assembly point in Korea. Priced to move our test vehicle came in at 32,500 for a well-

In closing allow me to add the new KIA Optima has fog lamps and outside mirrors with turn signal indicators. It also comes with Bluetooth and wireless technology and push button start with smart key.

Warranties are another strong point for the new KIA Optima Hybrid with a 10-year/100,000 mile Limited power train warranty and a 5-year/60,000 mile Limited basic warranty and a 5year/60,000 mile roadside assis-

The 2012 KIA Optima Hybrid truly a solid mid-size

On the surface the new KIA Optima Hybrid has some sharp lines and the lower crawl with built in air dams to help stabilize the vehicle in heavy handling moves. The rear has a deeper slant than the original one and certainly is simply a lot sportier looking to say the least.

ANTHONY “PAC MAN” JONES DESTINED TO BE A STAR By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View Every once in a while we see a kid we know is going to be great and that’s the case with Anthony “Pac Man” Jones. He just completed his run with the Studewood Cobras and let me tell you this kid got it. Playing both quarterback and linebacker on defense he once asked the

coaches to let him go in at running back and went on rushed for big yards to help his team win a game. That’s the kind of leadership you just don’t find every day. Word is he plans to attend Huffman Middle school in the Aldine school district. Again let me tell the coach you had better take a look at this kid.

By the way he has a brother Warren Robinson who wears Jersey number 45 and this kid can block with the best I’ve seen on this level and he too is going to command some attention very soon. As you know they started out with the Studewood Cobras and lord knows I will be following them!


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Layout and Make-Up by Arthur Prayther II (3) Anthony “Pac Man” Jones break between two Colts would-be tacklers and big up big yardage for Cobras

(45) Warren Robinson one of the best blockers we’ve seen at this level in a long time

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KIA RIO EX 5-DOOR PROVIDES QUALITY AT 18 GRAND By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View It’s been several years since Korean International Auto-manufacturer (KIA) started marketing automobiles in the United States. We will be the first to say they have come a very long ways. Fact is the new KIA Rio EX 5-door we tested the other day has some pretty good quality and priced at just over $18,000. To start with its powered by a 1.6 Liter gas direct injection four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with active eco system, A electric power steering

provides quality handling and 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers gives it a pretty good look.

In days where buyers are looking to save every cent on their automobile purchase, the KIA Rio easily fits most budgets.

Our test vehicle came in a bright signal Red/Beige and a good color scheme to say the least. But back to the economic value of the product 30 miles per gallon in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway is what people want to hear about.

Safety is a quality also found in the new KIA Rio with dual front advanced air bags and font seat mounted side air bags and a full-length side curtain air bags to name a couple. Anti-locking brakes and traction control with electronic stability control, Hill assist control and vehicle stability management helps to round out the safety features for the Rio.

Let us not forget that 90% of this vehicle parts come from Korea and the final assembly point is Korea so is the engine and transmission.

KIA Rio EX are outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and they actually are heated-power fold down mirror. The vehicle also comes with a soft touch dash and rear camera display to

name just a couple. In closing we feel this product is well put together and those who are in the market should give it a good look.

Sounds come from a standard AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with Sirius satellite radio with three-month subscription. There is a USB port and auxiliary input jacks. Bluetooth wireless technology also is an available standard. When it comes to warranties the KIA Rio is in the head of the class with a 10-year/100,000 miles limited power train warranty and five-year/60,000 miles, plus five-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance please ask your local dealer for details. Some of the options for the new

The 2012 KIA Rio EX making a name for itself in the entry level

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA - ULTIMATE ADVENTURE - STILL UNDER 25 GRAND By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View With the energy crunch and dollar saving mentality of today’s auto buyers, its comforting to know the Suzuki Grand VitaraUltima adventure 4WD is still priced below $25,000. Let us take a look at the vehicle that’s still 88% Japanese with the final assembly point in Iwata, Japan and both the engine and transmission are built in Japan. Power is provided by a 2.4 Liter DOHC four cylinder engine that produces 166 horse power at 6000 RPM and 162 lbs-ft at 4000 RPM. Economically speaking we are talking about 19 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the high-

way. This all comes with a zero maintenance timing chain and automatic transmission and full down four wheel drive. A fourwheel independent suspension smoothen the ride and Unibody Construction makes for a solid overall fit. Power meets the road on P225/60R 18 tires wrapped around smoked alloy wheels and 4-wheel disc brakes brings all this to a safe and swift stop. Safety features are headed up by electronic stability control and traction control system, ABS brakes with EBD and brake assist. Dual stage front airbags with supplemental airbags and side curtain airbags and rollover

sensor and tire monitoring system helps keep riders safe

round out some of special touches.

When it comes to warranties the Suzuki Grand Vitara also has the open road promise of 100,000 miles/seven-year transferrable warranty and 24/7/365 roadside assistance but this does not include fleet vehicles.

A voice activated navigation system complete with touch screen display, traffic info and weather plus Google Search (gas, ATM, food) and one year Garmin Nulink access. The sounds are provided by a CD/AM/FM audio and MP3 with auxiliary jacks.

Some of the features includes leather wrapped steering wheel with a driver seat height adjustable control. There are turn signals indicators in the side mirrors.

Let us not forget the normal luxury items such as power windows and door locks with keyless entry and panic alarm. In closing the Grand Vitara Ultimate Adventure is just that and when you think of this amount of value and quality for less than $25,000 you have to give it a shot if you are in the market!

The Ultimate Adventure Edition also has water resistant two-tone seats and heated front seats to

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara Ultimate Adventure Edition with four-wheel drive

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A NEW-LOOK MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT SE By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View As part of Mitsubishi Motors revamping, the Outlander gets a new bold look for 2012. The front chrome grille reminds you of the bold fronts of the Dodges from the late 40s and it certainly meets the eye. The rest of the styling kind of blends in with the modern day trend, but it working for Mitsubishi as the company continues to see increase in sales. Our test vehicle came in a mercury gray with black interior and we found it to be a pretty good looking match. Power comes from a 2.0 Liter DOHC In-line four cylinder engine and it’s mated to a con-

tinuously variable transmission and meets the 50-state emission standards. This produces good scores on environmental performances including a four when it comes to smog score and a seven on global warming score. Economically speaking the Outlander we tested was the two-wheel drive version and it still managed 25 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Those are good numbers for a vehicle in this class with the power the engine provided. Also important is the Mitsubishi 10-year/100,000 miles warranty for this power train and fiveyear/60,000 miles bumper to bumper along with fiveyear/unlimited roadside assistance warranty. The old saying goes you can tell how good the

product is by the amount and the length of the warranties that are being offered. If the saying is truth this product is darn good. With a final assembly point in Okazaki, Japan and both the engine and transmission are built in Japan and fact is 94% of the parts for this vehicle come from Japan. Rated with a four-star for roll over but at the time of our test it was not rated for frontal and side crashes. Inside the driver is greeted with a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob and steering wheel controls. The rear seats are 60/40 split fold-down. Plenty of cargo space in the new Outlander adds to the quality of the vehicle that priced just fewer than $27,000.

Along the safety lines the new Outlander comes with performance handling four wheel disc anti-locking brakes electronic brakeforce distribution and four wheel independent suspension. Advanced dual front air bags with front seat side mounted bags, driver knee bags and side curtain air bags as well as active stability control. If you’ve heard these features before you would know they are commonly found on more expensive luxury sport sedans. Quality sounds come from a

710-watt Max Rockford Fosgate Punch premium sound system with nine-speakers including a 10 inch subwoofer. This system offers CD/MP3 in-dash head unit that includes Sirius satellite radio with three-month free service from the date of the sale. The navigational system includes a rear camera and a music server to name a couple. In closing please allow me to add the new Outlander also has steering wheel paddle shifter and super wide range HID headlamps.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE

A KING-SIZE MOVER AND SHAKER: BRANDON K. REED By Dr. Victor Keys A King-Size View Our King-Size Mover and Shaker for the month of May is Brandon K. Reed. Currently, Brandon is a senior at George Washington Carver Magnet High School. He ranks in the top 25% of his class and has an overall GPA of 3.0 in the Engineering program at Carver High School. Brandon has also been the Captain of the Eisenhower High School Boy’s Varsity Golf Team for the past four years. As a four year letterman in Golf, he has won the District 18 5A title for the past two years. Additionally, as a Medalist in Golf, he went on to Regional play this year and for the 2010-2011 school year. Brandon is great golfer and he loves the sport. During his high school years, he overcame many obstacles to become the student/athlete that he is now. He had major surgery,

while at the same time keeping up with the rigor of the studies, and maintaining one of the smoothest golf swings in the sport. Brandon is a fierce competitor when it comes to golf. During this year’s district competition, Brandon was down a few strokes on the first day. However, when the ball finally, rolled into the 18th hole; it was Brandon who won the tournament and made history at Aldine ISD’s Eisenhower High School. He and Mariesha Keys, who also plays golf, became the first two golfers in the history of Eisenhower High School to earn medalist honors in their respective divisions. To close out his high school career, Brandon was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Touchdown Club ScholarAthlete Award. Brandon will attend Hampton University in the fall and major

in Political Science. Who knows we may even see him on the PGA tour as a professional golfer in the future!!!

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2012 CADILLAC ESCALADE ESV AWD-A TRUE CLASSIC SUV By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View When you are ready for the big time, you think Cadillac and the Escalade ESV AWD Platinum is top of the line. The model we tested the other week came with a price tag of just over $85,000. But let me tell you why and you can clearly see its well worth it. This baby would make the late Roy Rogers trade in ‘Trigger’ for this model. Man we are speaking of the true Cowboy Cadillac and the Escalade has taken the SUV luxury buyers by storm. Under the hood is proven 6.2 Liter V8 engine SFI with active fuel management and flex fuel capability. It’s mated to a powerful six-speed automatic transmission with transfer case AWD. Power hits the ground on Allseason 22 inch tires circulating around chromed aluminum wheels. This translates into 403 horsepower at 5700 RPM and 417 lbFt of torque at 4300 RPM. As expected this models gets 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 on the highway. It comes with a five-star rating for frontal crash and that’s for

driver and front passenger, plus a five-star rating for side crashes both front and rear seat passengers. However the rollover rating of three-star is a bit low. Coming equipped with 60% of its parts from the good old’ USA and 33% coming from neighboring Mexico. Final assemble took place right here in Arlington, Texas. That’s where I get the name Cowboy Cadillac. Escalade comes with a fouryear/50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and a fiveyear/100,000 mile power train warranty and a premium care maintenance five-year/100,000 courtesy transportation as well as roadside assistance. Throw in a 12-month On star direction and connections with automatic crash response, turn by turn navigation and onstar remote link. From the outside you see those fancy looking headlamps with a slight bevel and the world famous Cadillac grille with the signature badge that dates back to the 40s. Even the starting price for this model is over $64,000. Solidly built the Escalade Platinum ESV comes in at nearly 6,000 pounds so you get that

true safety weight feel. Driver and passengers are treated to outstanding room and comfort. It starts with a multifunction gauge setup with wide readable numbers and plenty of options. The rear seat rides each have their own entertainment systems on the back of the front seat making for long time allow each to watch their favorite DVD and listen to their favorite music. Headphones are provided so that one person does not interfere with the other. The Captain chairs with heated and cooled features add to the comfort of this extraordinary vehicle. Back to the Cowboy look the new Escalade comes with handstitched accent covering instrument panels and door trim and center console. We are talking about a special approach to the industry that we haven’t seen in years. We applaud GM for taking in every little detail and working with us to provide the very best. Even the cup holders are both heated and cooled. There is a power release fold and tumble second row seats making it easier for you to have more cargo space when needed.

speakers equalized Escalade’s interior. This comes with blue tooth connectively and a power rear lift gate.

side blind zone alert. Then there’s stabilitrak stability control with traction control and rollover mitigation.

Other features such as remote vehicle start, universal home remote and adjustable pedals to name a few.

Don’t let the smooth sailing of the Escalade fool you; remember this is still a truck and it tows up to 7800 pounds safely and has 108.9 cubic feet of interior space and the best in class behind the front row seats and remember you can fold them forward and add more room.

Along the safety and security lines the Escalade has side bags, frontal driver and front passenger with seat mounted side impact airbags for both driver and front passengers. A head curtain side airbags with rollover protection is placed on all rows of seats. A rear vision camera system is also added as well as

In closing please allow me to add the new Escalade also has Ultrasonic Rear Park assist, now that’s a switch for an SUV. But there is so much more! Kris Gardner keeps you up-to-date with the latest in men's and women's college and pro basketball

Sounds are provided by a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound System Audio Pilot noise compensation technology and 10-

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum AWD

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HONDA CIVIC HYBRID OFFERING 44 M.P.G. By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View In these days of economic crunch we are pleased to report on the new 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid with navigation system. We are talking about a vehicle that’s powered by a 1.5 Liter SOHC eight valve I-VTEC inline four cylinder engine. This 110 horse powered motor cranks out 44 miles per gallon no matter if it’s in the city or on the highway. The integrated motor assist has idle stop feature. A continuously variable transmission provides for smooth shifting and the front Macpherson struts suspension with rear multi-link suspension makes a full overall smooth ride. More on the Hybrid the new Civic is

also electric Motor assisted and comes with rack and pinion steering. Through all of this the engine is still certified as (ULEV) an ultra-low emission vehicle. Having a bigger shell the new Civic is roomier that the original one and that’s special when you consider the value you are get-

ting. Our test vehicle came in at $27,500 fully equipped. Civic is powered by a Japan built engine and a Japan built transmission yet 65% of its parts comes from the United States and Canada and the finals assembly point is Suzuka, Mie Japan and 20% of its parts come from Japan.

Inside the new Civic you know you are in a Honda with big face easy to read gauges and a smooth instrument cluster layout. The driver is treated to a tilt and telescopic steering column and auto-up-down window. There are front map lights and cargo area lights along with an outside temperature gauge. To prove just how thoughtful Honda is the Civic has maintenance Minder System.

fashionable with P195/65R Allseason tires circulation around a light alloy wheel and a rear deck spoiler to name a couple. In closing please allow me to add the Navigation system includes a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers including MP3/WMA playback. A blue tooth hands free link as well as blue tooth audio and MP3 auxiliary input jack.

On the outside the Civic is still

The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid giving you plenty of bang for your buck

In The Love Corner By Stevie T

THE SECOND TIME AROUND Hey Lovers have you ever thought about giving a past relationship a second chance? I've seen people who were married and divorced get married again. Would you be willing to give someone you once loved and might still love a second go round? What are some of the

factors that would even make the second time any better? 1. Maturity: the person has had time to grow up (yeah right some people know the rest) 2. Interference: sometimes we tend to let our friends and family get in the way 3. Finances: which could be better

the second time, it doesn't help to have a little in the bank account (you know the old saying, no romance without no finance) 4. Compatibility: this helps more than you think, just because you hit it off in the beginning doesn't mean that you are compatible and can sustain an everyday relationship 5. The Cause: was the reason you broke up forgivable. Almost the most important factor number 6. Love: do you still love them, did you ever love them and can your love evolve into an unconditional love? A love that looks beyond the every day imperfec-

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tions and you become one against the world. Which factor is the one that fits your situation, and bottom line, it should depend on what you think is best for you, for your children. No one said it was going to be easy, no one said it would be fair. The old people say the second time around is better, but the third time's a charm. Me, I say follow your heart unless it's down a one way or a dead end street. Make sure you are tuned in on Wednesday nights for In The Love Corner with Ez and a special guest. Recently I had Tonyay Palmer who is an actress and Christian counselor on the show and we discussed "Is the church the best place to find true love or meaningful relationship". The audience was split so there will be a second show coming soon. Also Miss Palmer who recently starred in the stage play ‘Finding First Lady’ with an awesome cast and that made for an awesome show. She also will have a roll in an upcoming

movie titled ‘Because I Love’ in theaters real soon, so keep listening for details and your chance to win tickets to the premiere. The top five love songs for this month are 1) Love me in a Special Way, El DeBarge 2) Superstar, Luther Vandross 3) Catching Hell, Natalie Cole 4) One in a Million, Larry Gramham 5) Ribbon in the Sky, Stevie Wonder. School is almost over, so spend some extra time with the family, take a vacation, if you have never taken a vacation with the family do so and give them something no one can take from them; that’s time and memories. So until next time put a little love in your heart, the look of love in your eyes and don't let a day go by without telling someone you love them even if that someone is you.

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Out and About with John Engel

23% of Houston’s adult homeless are veterans. (Source: PTSD Foundation of America).

CAMP HOPE HOUSTON THE DISORDER: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. THE FACTS: One in three returning troops are diagnosed with serious PTSD symptoms. Less than 40% will seek help! In 2009, 245 soldiers killed themselves. On average, five active-duty troops attempt sui-

cide each day. Since 2006 1100 troops have taken their own lives. For our troops returning from combat, two out of three marriages are failing. This is more than 27,000 in 2009 alone.

Houston, Texas is the third largest military community in the country (behind San Antonio and San Diego) and the second largest veterans’ community in the nation. In addition Houston is the second highest recruiting

WHAT IS BEIG DOE: To assist the victims of PTSD, the PTSD Foundation of America, a faith based charity based in Houston, is building group homes designed to provide transitional living for patients. While living in these facilities, the veterans will receive intense mentoring and counseling. There will also be interaction with Alcoholics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery. Job training and relationship counseling will also be available. The Texas Veterans’ Commission will also come in to assist the residents as needed. The founder of the PTSD Foundation of America, Gene Birdwell, raised the funds then purchased and donated the land just west of the Sam Houston Race Park. In addition to chairing the Foundation, Birdwell is president of Birdwell Construction a Houston based

company that employs over 150 people and specializes in wastewater and petrochemical construction projects. I recently attended the opening of the first unit of Camp Hope Houston. Director of Operations and Pastor of the CrossBridge Church in Hockley, Texas, David Maulsby sat down and gave me an overview of the operation then led me on a quick tour. Built on five acres in Northwest Houston, this is the first of what they hope will be 20 units. This first house will be for individuals but the next house will be designed to house families. Each unit will be divided into four, two person bedrooms. With two bedrooms on each end of the house every bedroom will have its own bathroom and two bedrooms will share a kitchen. These homes are beautiful. If you were not aware of their purpose you would think that they were ordinary residential units. The purpose of this is to provide as normal a living environment as possible while residents work to overcome the problems that led them here. The floors are tiled and carpeted. The countertops are the finest available and all areas are fully equipped to make the stay as normal as possible. In fact, for the grand open-

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ing celebration one of the kitchens was used for food preparation. Through the efforts of generous individuals and corporate sponsors, the home was built without any government assistance. In addition, several sponsors are staying on board to provide continuing support. For example, Lone Star Chevrolet is initiating a program to assist residents with the purchase of a vehicle. This will make returning to the workforce much easier. WHAT YOU CA DO: According to Pastor Maulsby, first you need to become educated. Learn what is happening to our military and their families with PTSD. If you wish to donate to the PTSD Foundation of America you can through their web site: There you will find a PayPal link. There you can also locate a self-assessment to see if you have a PTSD issue or fill out a volunteer information form. IF YOU EED HELP: You can contact the PTSD Foundation of America at 1-877-717-PTSD (7873). The VA Crisis Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Both of these numbers are toll free and available 24 hours a day.

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A KING-SIZE VIEW OF TRACK AND FIELD By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View Austin, Texas-The track was on fire as records were broken at the 2012 state championship track and field meet. On a perfect day for the meet the finals of the Class 5A were held before more than 14 thousand fans at the Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of University of TexasAustin and we were there. South Grand Prairie Abraham Hall lived up to his billing as one of the fastest guys in the country. He exploded out the blocks to take the boys 100 meters dash in

orth shore’s Jermaine Authorlee

a time of 10.19 beating Katy’s Kyle Fulks who ran a 10.38 and Tremayne Acy of De Soto who ran a 10.41. It was Deante Gray of Houston Westside who got fourth and Ridge Jones of De Soto claimed fifth. Hall, bound for West Point, took command of the race and never let up. Acy was one of the favorites suddenly became ill just before the race and still went on to get third.

Longview and Jermaine Authorlee the defending state champ from Galena Park North Shore; he got third in a time of 20.86. Katy’s junior Kyle Fulks placed fourth and Ahmed Ali from Alief Hastings whom had beaten Authorlee earlier this year got fifth place. This was not a race for the faint of heart because with this much speed on the track someone was bound to be disappointed.

It was more of the same in the 200 meters dash as Hall exploded again and ran a 20.58 clearly ahead of Eric Hawkins of

In the 300 hurdles it was Randy Bermea of Harlingen who won it with a time of 36.87 and he beat Terrell Clement of Fort Bend Kempner for the title. “I knew this kid Clement is great because I had just watched him win the 100 hurdles so I knew he was great”. Bermea, who had a big following all the way from down in the valley at Harlingen, lived up to his billings. “I try to concentrate on the first two hurdles and not look at the finish line”. With plans of attending the University of California at Berkley this fall, Bremea feels good about the coaching staff there and they have the number one academic university in the nation.

Reese Watson of Spring wins pole vault again

We moved on to chat with Bermea about the fact drug usage has hurt track and field. “It’s an honor to represent your city and state in a meet like this and I can’t image anyone messing that up by using a performance enhancing drugs”. In closing Bermea says the crowd of 14 plus really got him going and he is honored to be state champion.

the fact I’m going to UT is a plus for me”. We asked Watson what its like to get ready for state again after winning the title as a junior. “The key was to remain focused and work hard just like before” The 5A discus throws went to Zac Weatherly of Amarillo Tascosa with a toss of 189-05 beating Levi Jordan of Belton who tossed the saucer some 17101 to claim second place. Weatherly came back and took the shot put tossing the big ball 57 feet 7 inches just ahead of Felipe Valencia of La Joya Palmview who tossed it 57 feet 2.75 inches for second place. Galena Park North Shore took the 4 by 200 meter relay in a time of 1.24.26 just ahead of De Soto who ran a 1.24.62 for second place. North Shore had Kevin Alexander, Larry McDuffey, Jermaine Authorlee and Derrick Gillis doing their thing. De Soto had the services of Bryson Echols, Don’tre Wilson, Tremayne Acy and Ridge Jones on their team. De Soto went on to win the team title with 58 points. The 4 by 100 meters relay went to De Soto as Bryson Echols, Don’tre Wilson, Tremayne Act and Ridge Jones did so in a time of 40.09 just head of North

Shore who ran a 40.58 for second place and Mansfield Timberview took third place. Hector Hernandez of Killeen Ellison won the boys 800 meters with a time of 1.49.33 just ahead of Xavier Moss of Houston Westside who came in at 1.49.99. In the mile relay it was Duncanville taking the top prize in a time of 3.14.38 with Tray Thompson, Julian Walker, Delon Bobb and Richard Gary doing their thing. Second place went to Converse Judson and Mansfield Timberview took third. Tyler Lee’s Tyris Jefferson won the long jump with a leap of 2306.25 while Justin Jenkins of Dickinson took second place. Craig Nowak of Cypress Woods took the 3200 meters in a time of 8.59.72 while Troy Taylor of Justin Northwest took second. The boy’s 400 meter dash went to Aldrich Bailey of Mansfield Timberview in a time of 45.92 and Drevian Young of Aldine Nimitz got second in a time of 46.97 Lancaster won the boys Class 4A title with a total of 63 points beating out Fort Worth Southwest who tallied 46 points.

Boy’s Class 5A high jumping title went to Allex Austin of San Marcus with a 7 foot leap while Kaleb Moore of Cypress Fairbanks took second with a bounce of 6 feet 11 inches.

Hector Hernandez of Killen Ellison takes 800

Kyle Fulks a junior from Katy takes 2nd in 100& 200

For the second straight year Reese Watson of Spring won the pole vault with a jump of 17 feet and it came in handy because he plans to attend UT-Austin next season. “It’s an honor to win again and to talk with you again;

Galena Park orth Shore second place state championship team

De Soto Boys class 5A state championship team Abraham Hall wins both the 100 and 200 dashes

Dre’vian Young of imitz 2nd in the 400 meters

- All photos by Dr. Victor Keys


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Randy Bermea (Harlingen) 300 IM Hurdles - Photo by Andre Odums

Duncanville Boys mile relay team of Tracy Thompson, Julian Walker, Deleon Bobb and Richard Gary with the alternate Torry Williams

Mansfield Timberview relay team of Tarian Hicks, Jacques Lewis, A.T. Bailey and Anthony Todd Action photo by Andre Odums

Reese Watson 17' 2 5A Pole Vault Spring High School

4A girls 200m run Beloved Brown

5A Girls 4x400m relay action shot by Andre Odums See for more photos and video!

Randy Bermea of Harlingen wins the 300 hurdles

Fort Bend Bush 4 by 200 meter relay team of Chad Davis, Wayne Grice, OShea Wilson and Henry Offiah 3rd

De Soto Girls and Boys 2012 State championship teams share in group photo

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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK SKYLAR ROSS RASOM LAGHAM CREEK Austin, Texas-It’s been years since Bert Emmanuel made Langham creek High School famous when he won both the 100 and 300 hurdles champion at the state tournament. Well a junior named Skylar Ross Ransom, the daughter of Texas Southern University track star Stephanie Ross, is the state’s 100 meter hurdles state Class 5A champion. She ran a time of 13.74 just head of the up and coming sophomore Alaysha Johnson of Spring Westfield who ran a 13.84. Skylar is looking at Texas A & M as a possible

The sensational Skylar Ross Ransom of Langham Creek takes the Class 5A 100 hurdles state title - Photos by Dr. Victor Keys

choice of universities among other schools. We spoke with the charming and talented junior about this meet and life in general. “I was injured as a freshman and did not run the hurdles but last year as a sophomore I placed fourth and it gave me the strength to get ready for this year”. There is a great difference between the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles and Skylar explained some of the differences. “In the 100 hurdles you have to have great speed between the hurdles and great technique to keep the pace where is the 300 hurdles you must be stronger because it’s a longer race and yes technique plays a bigger role”. Skylar went on to add they are more difference than most people think they are.

dent wants to go into engineering and A & M has one of the nation’s top mechanical engineering schools in the country. “Sure I would like to leave Texas but right now it looks like A & M is tops on my list”. She closed by saying she doesn’t plan on going anywhere it snows. “No snow for this girl”. TERRELL CLEMET FORT BED KEMPER Austin, Texas-following in the footsteps of his world famous cousin, Terrell Clement of Fort Bend Kempner rolled to the state title in the boys 110 hurdles in a time of 13.90. That beat out Adrian Austin of Tomball who placed second in a time of 13.99 and Randy Bermea of Harlingen who ran a 14.00 flat for third place. Clement came back and won second in the 300 hurdles just behind Randy Bermea who got first in a time of 36.87. We

event. The difference in the two races according to Clement is the 110 is more like a sprint and it’s over fast whereas the 300 calls for more conditioning. As we talked further with Clement he made it clear he wanted to thank God and his mom for having faith in him to bring one title back to Fort Bend County. “It’s an honor to have a state title and it means a lot to me and my family”. The senior has yet to decide what college he is going to attend but he knows he wants to major in Kinesiology.

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The junior went on to say winning the state title is one thing but the coaches look for improvements on your time as you get more into the sport. “It doesn’t do any good to run the best time as a junior and not better that time as a senior”. Getting her name out there is the key and watching the big boards after the race tells her things are going well. “It’s great that you media guys are talking with me but to be honest with you all I just want is to get better race after race and make the best of my opportunity, plus I’m kind of shy”. Leaning toward Texas A & M the math and science great stu-

spoke with Clement and the first question is what it like is to have a cousin like Kerron Clement of La Porte High school the state record holder in several hurdling events. “It’s great because Kerron put the name out here and I just have to work hard to keep the family name going strong and I hope to be in the Olympics like he was some day. In the 110 hurdles Clement rolled to the title and he talked about getting out the blocks. “I was kind of nervous because it was my first race of the day and I was a little tired when the 300 race came around so I still managed to place second in that

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GIRLS TRACK REPORT-DE SOTO WINS AGAIN By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View Austin, Texas-Tia’ Gamble placed third in the 300 hurdles as her six points helped De Soto repeat as girls Class 5A champs. Barely beating Garland out by four points, De Soto pieced together enough points to win the title for the second straight time under Coach June Villers. A couple of field events points was all it took to win with their second place finish in the mile relay. Camry Grigsby, Shaporris Montgomery, Jade Richardson and Tia’ Gamble ran a 3.44.23 a bit behind Mansfield Timberview girls that won it with a 3.40.51 as Jasmine Warden, Briana Adams, Kaitlyn Williams and Kristyn Williams doing their thing.

The big story on the girls’ side was the outstanding performances of senior Jennefer Madu of Plano East. She rolled to the girls 200 title with a time of 24.03 and Dephanie Adeyemi of Lewisville Flower Mound got second with a 24.12 and up and coming star Rushell Harvey of Houston Westside took third with a 24.30 in the hotly contested race. In the girls 100 meters it was Madu again as she ran an 11.53 for first place while Mia

Pollard of Keller Fossil Ridge got second with a time of 11.66 and yes Dephanie Adeyemi of Lewisville Flower Mound took third place and Harvey got fourth this time. Before all this took place Madu had jumped 41.07 to win the triple jump for her first state title. We spoke with Madu about her record setting day. “I’d have to say it bitter-sweet because this is my last high school meet and I’m going to miss the girls and the competition and I’m honored to be able to showcase what I’ve been doing in practice on the track before this audience”. She plans on attending Texas A & M to study bio science and go on to become a sport medicine expert and have the opportunity to work with great coaches and athletes. She added ‘it’s an honor to be in the company with the greats like Carlette Guidry of Ross Sterling and JoLander Jones of Alief Elsik as four gold medal winners at one state meet’. “Wow I had no idea. I was just working hard the way my coaches taught me to do in practice”. She said the 200 meters was the toughest one and her legs were a bit heavy and during the long jump she had been up and down. “When you consider all things, I feel pretty well about my performances

today and I thank God for this day”. When asked if she knew how close she came to breaking the mark set by Jones in 1984, Jennefer said “well my coaches talked about that last night but with my four gold medals there are too many good teams here like De Soto and Mansfield Timberview that are going to get so many points I think I’m going to be in the top five or so but not second or third.”. She actually finished fourth with her 40 points which is two more than Jones scored in 1984 to tie Dallas Kimball for the team title. Due to the disqualification in the relays, Plano East chances to win the title went out the window.

Jennefer Madu of Plano-East wins four gold medals

Rushell Harvey of Westside gets 3rd in 200 meters

Sedalia Ellis of Cypress Falls 3rd in high jump

second place with a bounce of 12-06.00.

Tiara Carter of San Antonio Wagner won the girls 400 meters dash in a time of 53.81 just ahead of Kristlyn Williams of Mansfield Timberview at 53.91 and Travia Jones of Garland Rowlett took third with a 54.53.

Mansfield Legacy’s Shelbi Vaughn tossed the big ball 5001.25 to win the shot put competition and Cion Hicks of Killeen Shoemaker took a distance second place. It was Vaughn again with the discus with a 187-10 well ahead of Hicks who got second again.

The 1600 meters run went to Courtney Kriegshauser of Southlake Carroll in a time 4.53.43 while Madi McLelian of The Woodland took second with a 4.53.50 and third went to Katie Jensen of College Park for a run of 4.54.04

In the girls Class 5A 4 by 200 meter relay it was Garland winning with a time of 1.36.57. Chastity Clark, Bianca Jackson, Candance Coleman and Quetta Mapps did their thing. Second went to Dallas Skyline with Takia Taylor, Tambrisha Banks, Cameisha Young and Bre’Yana Washn which ran a 1.37.49.

The girls’ high jump with the Maureen Redmond of Channelview who went 5 feet 6 inches as she tied Spring Dekaney Zarriea Willis and Sedalia Ellis of Cypress Falls got third with a 5 feet 4 inch jump. Redmond has yet to decide where she will attend school but she certainly has enough talent to get a good scholarship.

Third place went to Fort Bend Hightower Lady Hurricanes with Alexander Wright-Foley, Jasmine Grace, Summon Fields

The girls’ pole vault went to Desiree Freier of Justin Northwest for a jump of 1209.00 as Brittany Wooten took

Katie Willard of The Woodlands wins 800 run Daphanie Adeyemi of Flower Mound 2rd in 200

and Sandra Moran doing the honors.

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The sensational Katie Willard of the Woodlands rolled to the 800 meters title in a time of 2.10.31 as Kristyn Williams of Mansfield Timberview was right behind her with a 2.10.99. La Tricia Brooks of Dallas Skyline took third place. Katie Jensen of College Park won the 3200 meters in a time of 10.24.and Madi McLelian of the Woodlands took second place. Lancaster took the girls Class 4A state title with 73 points as Beaumont Ozen took second place with 58 points. Beloved Brown won the girls 100 meters again for Ozen in a time of 11.83 and she placed second in the 200 meters as well.

Zarria Willis of Spring Dekaney

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Dallas Skyline 4 by 200 meters 2nd place team of Takia Taylor, Bre’Yana Wash, Cameisha Young and Tambrisha Banks

De Soto Girls 4 by 100 meters relay team

Latrice Brook of Dallas Skyline

FB Hightower 4 by 200 meter relay team of Alex-Wright Foley, Jasmine Grace, Summon Fields and Sandra Moran

FB Hightower girls’ 4 by 100 meter relay team

Travia Jones of Rowlett

Garland 4 by 200 relay team of Chastity Clark Marquetta Mapps, Briana Jackson and Candance Coleman

Mansfield Timberview girls mile relay squad of Jasmine Warden, Kristyn Williams, Kaitlyn Williams and Briana Adams

Duncanville 3rd mile relay team of Shannon Moore, Keshiro McKnight, Mikayla Hightower and Paulsley Brown

Tiara Carter of S.A. Wagner

Garland girls track and field state team

Maureen Redmond of Channelview

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KIRK WARD II-CARVER HIGH SCHOOL TARAN POWERS-WESLEY ELEMENTARY STUDENTS OF THE WEEK KIRK WARD II CARVER HIGH SCHOOL While covering the Good Gang USA celebration at Community of Faith Church, we had the pleasure of talking with Kirk Ward II. The graduating senior from George Washington Carver High School is headed to Howard University where he plans to study Prep Med and Mechanical Engineering. His 3.8-9 G P A ranks him very high and he credits the work of Bishop James Dixon II for his success. “Were it not for the program here at Community of Faith Church I’m certain I

would not have been standing here talking with you today”. Ward went on to say he feels real good about someday becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon. “Yes sir, Doctors make good pay but more importantly I feel they make a big impact on people lives and that’s very important to me as well”. As we talked more with Ward we learned he is very proud of the fact Barack Obama became the first African American President. “There are no excuses for blacks anymore because it’s clear if we work hard we can be do anything through Christ who

strengthen us”. Still on the subject, Ward said Americans must be away of the move to keep Obama from being re-elected for a second term. “What they are trying to do is blame the President for our slow economy but we have to give former President George W. Bush some of the blame for that”. All things considered, Ward feels the President has done a pretty fair job during his three plus years in the White House. “Some people are expecting a big change overnight but it just doesn’t happen that way, as you know it takes time to bring about real changes. If he had it to do over again Kirk said he probably would have taken the S.A.T. sooner because he was simply misinformed going into the test and says he would definitely correct that if given an opportunity to do so. In his spare time Kirk likes going to the mall, the movies and considers himself a person who truly looks forward to college and adulthood with a full head of steam.

The Ward Family share in Kirk Ward II honor

He credits his mother (LaDon Ward and father Kirk Ward Senior) with keeping him on the straight and narrow path all his life and he thanks them for that. “You know with my Mom being as administrator, she kept me in check all along and my father was always there to assist her”. In closing Ward said he would like to see just a little easing up

on the dress codes at Carver and the name badges must be worn at all times. But he is looking forward to putting those three Ds of Bishop Dixon program Discipline, stay away from Distraction and stay determined to reach your Destination. We know he will do well and make a positive impact in the lives of all of those he comes in contact with! TARA POWERS WESLEY ELEMETARY We had the pleasure of talking with a member of the Studewood Cobras Junior Varsity squad while they were being honored as a member of the Good Gangs USA program for 2012. The Program was started in 1994 by the legendary Bishop James Dixon II and has grown into one of the Nation’s biggest and most outstanding programs. Our student is Taran Powers who is a B student at Wesley Elementary school with Math as his 3rd grade favorite subject. The handsome lad is the son of Tinisha Johnson and Traurean Powers, who are also members of the Studewood Cobras organization. Nearly some 200 members of the Studewood Cobras showed up for the award presentation that good place at the Community of Faith Church on Pinemont. In his spare time Taran likes to watch ESPN and says someday he would like very much to be playing in the NFL. But he understands how low the odds

Kirk Ward II Carver graduate headed to Howard this fall

are of that happening says he is certainly would love to become a police officer. When asked about Obama becoming the first African American President of the United States of America, Powers said he was surprised to see him win but is glad for him. He went onto say if he could he would vote for him to win a second term. The easy going 3rd graders went on to say he feels pretty good about the way things have gone in his life and would not change anything if he could do it over again. On the subject of Wesley Elementary Powers said he feels the school is run rather well and he would not change anything at all if he was given the opportunity to serve as Principal. On Sundays you will normally find the Powers family down at New Community Fellowship Church and Taran or Jun Jun as his friend calls him says he enjoys the services. One of the smaller guys on the J V squad that won the Super Bowl Title Taran plays cornerback and linebacker on defense and he also spent some time at running back as well. He closed by saying he truly loves playing for the Studewood Cobras and has another year on the J V squad and added he feels they can win the title again next year!

Taran Powers of Wesley Elementary school loves Math -photos by Dr. Victor Keys

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COACHES OF THE WEEK - JUNE VILLERS-MARK BRANDY - DE SOTO By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View JUE VILLERS - DE SOTO Austin, Texas- On a perfect day for track and field, the University Interscholastic League held their 2012 track and field state championship at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of University of TexasAustin. The girls from De Soto won their second straight championship under Coach June Villers. The former track star in

De Soto girls head track & field coach June Villers

her high school days rallied behind only five returning girls from the state championship team from 2011. But losing six girls seems to have made June and her staff work just that much harder. “Our girls ran a school record and our girls did just what they did a year ago in the mile relay to give us to edge over Garland who had 46 points and Plano East Mansfield Timberview that had 41 points for third place”. The excited coach told the media following their title win one of her assistants kept the point total for her and they needed the mile relay to win it again this year. The second place was good enough for the points they needed to take the title for the second straight season. “We just kept going after it until we got it done again this year”. With all the pressure on the team to get back even with three new legs on the 4 by 100 meter relay and three new legs on the 4 by 400 meter relay and a good freshman and sophomore worked hard to get here and triple jumper got here to help us out”. With a good policy in place with no free days, she has instilled it

in her girls that they have to work hard each and every day in order for this to happen. “We always work and it’s going our way the past two years”. June started out coaching ten years ago with her high school coach and they gave her the job five years ago. “They pay me to go to track meets and that’s the best thing that could have happened in my life”. Again De Soto has a lot of seniors graduating but coach Villers says their junior varsity won the district by more than 100 points and they have some girls who will be ready to step up and compete. “We’ll get to work come September and we hope to come here (State Track Meet) again next year”. MARK BRADY-DE SOTO The De Soto boys claimed the class 5A title and they will have twin trophies in their case now. Coach Mark Brady boys scored 56 points just 12 ahead of defending state champs Galena Park North Shore who had 44. But Coach Brady gives all the credit to his staff and bunch of hard working guys. “Hey fel-

lows everybody had a role in this thing and we just work at it and worked at it until we got it done”. He went onto credit De Soto head football coach for helping and supporting the track and field program at De Soto. “I gotta throw him the Props because he is a huge part of our program and all our coaches put in the time”. As we talked more with Brady we learned he had several guys ill on the track and they still got it done. “Our runner in the 100 was vomiting and so was our 4 by 200 relay members but through it all they got it together”. Mark was so excited he went to say that’s the kind of stuff legends are made of. “Can you believe that a guy vomits and his teammates said; hey man you alright and he said yeh let’s go and they go out and run? “We needed all the points we could get down the stretch Tremayne Acy wasn’t feeling well but he gave it his all and we got the 4 by 100 meter relay”. This was amazing to coach Brady who has spent a number of years at De Soto and he’s happy to get the title. “We told our guys back when school started they would have to

stayed focus in order to get here and win the state title”. The weather was great for the meet as well. “Hey I’m an old guy and when you have to win the 100 meters against the fastest guy in the nation like Abraham Hall you have to put it all out, then come back and run a relay man that tough”. Part of De Soto training include short rest period to help build their endurance. It certainly paid off for his guys and they are state champions.

De Soto Boys head track coach Mark Brady - Photos by Dr. Victor Keys

THE RISING STARS-ALLEX AUSTIN-SAN MARCUS - ALAYSHA JOHNSON-SPRING-WESTFIELD By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View ALLEX AUSTI SA MARCUS Austin, Texas-When it comes to high places, Allex Austin is right at home. The 6 feet 8 inch senior from San Marcus High School is the son of Olympic Gold Medal winner Charles Austin and he lived up the family name as he won the state Class 5A high jumping championship. His leap of 7 feet was just one inch over Kaleb Moore of Cypress Fairbanks High School to the

Allex Austin takes the state class 5A high jumping title with a leap of 7 feet 0 inches

take the title. Austin is ready to set sights on Baylor University this fall. Not only is he going to compete in track and field but on the basketball court as well. “I had gone for a visit to Texas A & M and Baylor was waiting at the gym when I got back and they assured me I could participate in both sports that I love; that made it an easy choice”. As far as the state meet goes, Austin was hoping for some stiffer competition to get him going. “I was looking for some comp and Moore provided it when he cleared 6 feet 11 inches”. Normally Austin says he loves the competition and going to Baylor is going to allow him to do even greater things. “The track coach and basketball coach came to our gym and offered me the full scholarship to attend Baylor University, so once I visited the campus it was clear that’s where I was going”. Feeling part of a growing trend back to private schools, Allex says Baylor has a lot going for itself now. “It’s a great feeling knowing this is probably one of the best recruiting seasons for Baylor in a long time, both in men’s basketball and track and

field”. We couldn’t help but mention the Lady Bears who won the NCAA title led by former Nimitz standout Brittany Kriner with a 40-0 mark. “Yes sir I was actually in the academic building and Brittany walked by and someone told me to turn around to see her and all I could see was those long dreadlocks, then I thought I missed a chance to meet her”. But I’m sure he will get to meet the single most talked about basketball player since Wilt Chamberlain. In closing Allex praised his parents for getting the most out of him in competition? “Yes sir my father (Charles Austin) told me he was going to put the dog in me and my mom who was a sprinter at Texas State helped mold me into the person I am today and I’m very grateful to them both”. ALAYSHA JOHSO SPRIG-WESTFIELD Austin, Texas-Year after year someone goes to Austin and makes a name for them self. That’s certainly the case with sophomore Alaysha Johnson of Spring-Westfield. The lovely and talented star rose to the

occasion and won the girls Class 5A 300 hurdles in a time of 41.83 well ahead of Jourdan Doffeny of SA Highlands who placed second in a time of 42.22. The soft spoken young lady told the media she felt good to win the title and looks forward to coming back for two more years. She also placed second in the Girls Class 5A 100 hurdles with a time of 13.84 just behind Skylar Ross Ransom of Langham Creek who ran a 13.74. Johnson’s 18 points kept Spring-Westfield in the running earlier on. “It was outstanding to get second in the 100 hurdles because I actually had a chance to win it like the 300 hurdles but I’m so excited to place is an honor to say the least”. Johnson went on to say she feel good about getting back to state again and again. “Well I feel if I work hard just like I did this year and stay focused I can do this again”. The talented sophomore added she feels her family support is a big key to her success and the students at Spring Westfield are behind her all the way. The 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles are basically two different races

and it requires a great deal of attention on both events. “Technique, technique, technique is the key. We work on our technique Monday through Sunday; every practice it’s drills and technique before we do any running”. Working on building speed as they go through their daily workouts Johnson says she is looking forward to her return to Austin.

Alaysha Johnson of Spring Westfield takes the 300 hurdles state title and places second in the 100 hurdles - Photos by Dr. Victor Keys

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ALFRED ‘FATS’ THOMAS CELEBRATES 70TH BIRTHDAY By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View The Memorial Day weekend has special effects on most American due to the fact we honor those who served in our Armed Forces. But for Alfred “Fats” Thomas it has even more of a flavor these days. Fact is with a birthday that falls so close to the national holiday and this time around it is number 70. The graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in the class of 1960 celebrated his birthday at the Magnolia Room of the Sheraton Brook Hollow. Dr. Victor Keys and I dropped in on the celebration. Thomas who bleeds Blue and Gold is one of

the loyalist members of BTW Alumni and both his daughter attended BTW as well. Shantel Thomas-Edwards and her hubby Wayne Edwards were on hand as well as their children Lynton and Logann Edwards. They put together an outstanding poem for their legendary grandfather. Thomas other daughter is Tamaiki Thomas King and is in the United States Army and her hubby is Lt. Terrance King and their children Terrence King Jr. along with Tyler King both made the trip from Virginia where they are stationed. It was great to see Alfred with a big smile on his face and all his classmates and family as well as friends came to share in his

honor. Alfred Smith and Chunta ClarkSmith their children are Ariel Smith, Daysha Smith, Lester and Devon Smith former Studewood Cobra now at BTW also. Smith rounded out the immediate family for Thomas as he was surrounded by friends, classmates and well-wishers.

During the roast and toast Harry Clack told of the brethrens at Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church wanted to come to Thomas’s home to pray for him while he was stricken by diabetes. Then Thomas asked that you all went to the home of brother so and so and prayed for him and he died, then when another brother became ill you all went to his

home and prayed for him and he died also. According to Clack, Thomas told them he would pray at home and return to church as soon as he was well and he did. He has been there ever since.

Fats receives a hug from Leon Flake

Sound man keeping the audience entertained

As it turned out it was a perfect way to celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend.

Arnold Hightower a classmate of Fat

Alfred “Fatside” Thomas with ice sculpture

Isaac Baker classmate at BTW class of 1960

More family photos

Banner hangs to honor Fats Thomas

Fats with Devon Smith his grandson

Fats gets a hug from the King

Fats with daughter Tamaiki Thomas-King

The birthday cake

Tamaiki leads the dance celebration

Mrs. Barbara Pierson cuts a rug

2nd Lt. Terrance King Fats son-in-law

Fats with both daughters and their families - All photos by Dr. Victor Keys

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STUDEWOOD COBRAS HONORED BY GOOD GANG USA By King Arthur Prayther A King-Size View The Studewood Cobras were among the winners for the 2012 Good Gang USA Inc. winners from Community of Faith Church and the organization founded by Bishop James Dixon II in 1994. The organization

Tishia Bryant singing to the crowd

honors community leaders each year and the Cobras were selected among the many the honored. So Dr.Victor Keys and I went over for the Services at Community of Faith Church and enjoyed the services very much. We applaud Bishop Dixon for his effort on this day and we felt truly welcomed at the services. The results were very positive for the Studewood Cobras who turned out in a force of more than 200 men women in children. It did us well to see the Cobras Mascots who are all under six years old standing alongside the two Houston Texans Cheerleaders who came out for photos. The five Mascots are Erin Prudhomme, Lyric McCoy, Kahlis McCray, Trakale Steen and Skyla Gallow. This is a day they shall remember for many years to come. Fact is the Texans Cheerleaders also posed for Dr. Keys camera with the Studewood Cobras who

joined in with Spring Dekaney’s state championship football team and their state finalist girls’ basketball teams were also honored. The Center for Success, the Guardian Angles were a couple more who received honors for their services to the community as well.

The youth took over this day and the young band did a wonderful of performing much to the delight of the sanctuary full of people. It was good to see former Studewood cheerleader JaCoya Nellum who is now the caption of Lamar High school cheerleaders. She came through

the program and attended the well recognized Dominion Academy. Tishia Bryant did a super job of her version of “I Believe I Can Fly and the choir backed her up very well. On the Education side Bishop Dixon honored Superintendent of Katy School Dr. Alton Frailey and Superintendent of Spring ISD Dr. Ralph Draper. It was very comforting to see our community church working to give our youth encouragement.

Award ceremonies

Former student, Ms. Taylor, a Lamar University graduate with Bishop Dixon Dominion Academic best student Brother Dixon and Dorothy Washington honor top

Bishop James Dixon II

Bishop Dixon with Dr. Ralph Draper and Dr. Alton Frailey

The Studewood Cobras with the Houston Texans Cheerleaders

The Cobras Mascot poses with Houston Texans cheerleaders for Howard Calloway Photography photo The Cobras are Lyric McCoy, Kahlis McCray, Trakayle Steen and Skyla Gallow

The Cobras President and staff along with Good Gang UAA during Award ceremonies - All photos by Dr. Victor Keys

Ja Coya ellum-former Cobras cheerleaders

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TO THOSE ON THE OUTSIDE DEAR SINNER HEED THIS CALL PRECIOUS is Time. Therefore while you have time, use it to learn and do Gods Commandments for at the end of life is pay time and your pay will be according as your work has been. You will find in 2 Corinthians 5:10 the following: “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that everyone may recive the things done in his body according to that he hath done, whether it be good or evil.” You will find in John 15:14. “Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Solomon said in Proverbs 1:5 “A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain unto wise counsel.” How shall we escape if we neglect to great Salvation: Hebrew 2:1-3 Salvation is to be worked out. It will not work itself out; God will not work it out for us. o one can work it out for us. It is the duty of man to work out his own salvation. How! With fear and trembling. Phil. 2:12. Pray fervently, attend the Lord’s Day Worship, Be on time, Take active part in Singing, Teaching of God Word, Giving as we prosper and taking the Lord’s Supper with death.

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST Was founded by Christ Matt 16:18 he bought it.



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There are five steps in The Divine Plan of Salvation 1. HEAR Mark 12:29, Matthews 7:21: Luke 6:4-6 2. BELIEVE John 20:31, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:6 3. REPENT Luke 13:3, Acts 17:31 4. CONFESS Matthews 10:32 Acts 8:37, Romans 10:9-10 5. BAPTISM Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:28, 22:16

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WHAT IS TRUTH? THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S There are many in the religious world today proclaiming to be “Christ-ians”. The name itself indicates ownership. There are many proclaiming to belong to Christ, but they are thinking and doing things their own way. There are lifestyles, things that are put in place for worship, and names that are given to men that cannot be found in the apostles’ doctrine. There are also TRADITIONS that has been put in place by MAN for worship and OBSERVANCE, it is certain these traditions are by man because, they cannot be found in the APOSTLE’S doctrine. We cannot have it our way just because it “SEEMETH RIGHT” (Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25; Isa.55:6-9).Those that belongs to Christ has been commanded what to observe; Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Jesus has also told us how to believe on him and that is through his apostle’s WORD; John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Then the apostles’ authorization by Christ was verified; Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they

continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 1 Cor 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Eph 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 2 Pet 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: I Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, (1)sensual, having not the Spirit…. Definition: (1)sensual 5591 psuchikos-b) governed by breath; the sensuous nature with its subjection to appetite and passion If we belong to Christ, “Christians”(Rom.8:9-15), we must do it his way because we are not our own, we have been bought with a price (1Cor.6:19-20 and 7:22-24). Christians must deny themselves take up the cross daily and follow him; Luke 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his

cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. The blueprint of The One Body (Eph.4:1-6), The One Church that Christ is building, and is the head of (Matt.16:13-18; Acts2:47; Col.1:9-20), is found in The Apostles’ Doctrine, which is in New Testament Scriptures. Now let us read in The Apostles’ Doctrine as it defines those that belong to Christ. He that hath an ear let him hear, and then strive to do. The Lesson: THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S. Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.(KJV) Gal 5:24 ... THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S Matt 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall (1)exalt himself shall (2)be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.(KJV) Definitions: (1)exalt himself5312 hupsoo (hoop-so’-o);from 5311; to elevate (literally or figuratively): KJV— exalt, lift up. ex·alt (¹g-zôlt“) tr.v. ex·alt·ed, ex·alt·ing, ex·alts. 1. To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate. 2. To glorify, praise, or honor. 3. To increase the effect or intensity of; heighten. (2)be abased-5013 tapeinoo (tap-ino’-o);from 5011; to depress; figuratively, to humiliate (in condition or heart): KJV—

abase, bring low, humble (self). a·base (…-b³s“) tr.v. a·based, a·bas·ing, a·bas·es. To lower in rank, prestige, or esteem. — a·base“ment n. John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.(KJV)

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.(KJV) Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.(KJV) Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in

the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.(KJV)

Rom 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)(KJV) 1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.(KJV) 1 Cor 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. (KJV) 2 Cor 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s. (KJV) Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

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WHAT IS TRUTH? THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)

Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.(KJV) Eph 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.(KJV) Gal 5:24 ...HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS AND LUST. Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.(KJV) Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.(KJV)

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not (1)provision for the (2)flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.(KJV)

Definitions: (1)provision-4307 pronoia- 1) forethought, providential care 2) to make provision for a thing (2)flesh-4561 sarx (sarx);(by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul [or spirit], or as the symbol of what is external, KJV— carnal (-ly, + -ly minded), flesh ([-ly]), secularly minded. 2 Cor 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.(KJV) Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.(KJV) Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.(KJV) Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

1 Pet 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;(KJV) Gal 5:24 ... ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES….THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S Matt 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Matt 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.(KJV) Matt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.(KJV) Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.(KJV) Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with

his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?(KJV)

Luke 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, (1)let him deny himself, and take up his (2)cross daily, and (3)follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. (KJV) Definition: (1) If any man will come after me let him deny himself -533 aparneomai (ap-arneh’-om-ahee);from 575 and 720; to deny utterly, i.e. disown, abstain: KJV— deny. a) to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone b) to forget oneself, lose sight of oneself and one’s own interests (2) take up his cross daily-4716 stauros (stow-ros’); from the base of 2476; a stake or post (as set upright), i.e. (specifically) a pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment); figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial; by implication, the atonement of Christ: KJV— cross. (3) and follow me-190 akoloutheo (ak-ol-oo-theh’-o); from 1 (as a particle of union) and keleuthos (a road); properly, to be in the same way with, i.e. to accompany (specially, as a disciple), 1) to follow one who precedes, join him as his attendant, accompany him 2) to join one as a disciple, become or be his disciple: to side with his party: KJV— follow, reach. John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (KJV)

John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 (1)He that loveth his life (2)shall lose it; and (3)he that hateth his life in this (4)world (5)shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.(KJV)

Definitions: (1)He that loveth his life-5368 phileo (fil-eh’-o); from 5384; to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; to kiss (as a mark of tenderness), a) to approve of b) to like c) to sanction 3) to be fond of doing; to be accustomed to, used to doing (something): KJV— kiss, love. (2)shall lose it-622 apollumi (ap-ol’-loo-mee);from 575 and the base of 3639; to destroy fully (reflexively, to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively: KJV— destroy, die, lose, mar, perish. (3)he that hateth his life-3404 miseo (mis-eh’o);from a primary misos (hatred); to detest (especially to persecute); by extension, to love less: KJV— hate (-ful). (4)in this world -2889 kosmos (kos’-mos); probably from the base of 2865; orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by implication, the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]), 6) the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ 7) world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc., which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ : KJV— adorning, world. (5)shall keep it unto life eternal5442 phulasso (foo-las’-so); probably from 5443 through the idea of isolation; to watch, i.e. be on guard (literally of figuratively); by implication, to preserve, obey, avoid: KJV— beward, keep (self), observe, save. Compare 5083. Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.(KJV)

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WHAT IS TRUTH? THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S Rom 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. (1)Mind not (2)high things, but (3)condescend to men of (4)low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (See also) Definitions:(1)Mind not-5426 phroneo (fron-eh’-o);to exercise the mind, to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience): KJV— set the affection on, regard, savour, think. (2)high things-5308 hupselos-2) metaphorically, eminent, exalted a) in influence and honor b) to set the mind on, to seek, high things (as honors and riches), to be aspiring. (3)condescend4879 sunapago-b) to yield or submit oneself to lowly things, conditions, employments: not to evade their power. (4)low estate-5011 tapeinos-1) not rising far from the ground a) as a condition, lowly, of low degree Dear reader please note Romans chapter 13, verse one; Christians are to be subject unto all higher powers, world wide; for God is not limited to any one country (Acts17:24-31). This is to be done as long as it doesn’t cause conflict with God, through Christ and his apostles’ doctrine (Acts5:25-29). Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.(KJV) 1 Cor 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.(KJV) 1 Cor 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also

saith the law. 35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.(KJV)

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.(KJV) Phil 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.(KJV) Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, (1)keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.(KJV) Definition: (1)keepers at home-3626 oikourgos (oy-koorgos’) or oikouros (oy-kooros’);from 3624 and ouros (a guard; be “ware”); a stayer at home, i.e. domestically inclined (a “good housekeeper”), -caring for the house, working at home a) the (watch or) keeper of the house b) keeping at home and taking care of household affairs c) a domestic: KJV— keeper at home. Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak,

and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.(KJV)

James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (KJV) 1 Pet 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.(KJV) 2 Pet 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, I Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.(KJV) 2 Cor 13:3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5 (1)Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be (2)reprobates?(KJV) Definitions: (1)Examine yourselves-3985 peirazo (pi-rad’zo);from 3984; to test (objectively), i.e. endeavor, scrutinize, discipline: KJV— assay, examine, go about, prove, tempt (-er), try. (2)reprobates-96 adoki-

mos (ad-ok’-ee-mos);from 1 (as a negative particle) and 1384; unapproved, i.e. rejected; by implication, worthless (literally or morally): KJV— castaway, rejected, reprobate.

Note: The Apostle Paul said “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith”, he did not say in a faith. We must conclude from this statement that there were other faiths, and those that profess to be of Christ, MUST make sure that they are in the one AUTHORIZED by CHRIST.

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THIS YOU NEED TO KNOW By Paris Eley FINDING EDUCATION AND VALUE IN WORK Well, that time of the year has again arrived when students will get to ignore their alarm devices and reward themselves with the extra snooze time that they have so craved; trading in the restrictive regimen of academic life for the easy-going routine of summer with its trips, social gatherings, and leisure activities. In an effort to advance or catch-up, some will spend the early weeks in summer school; and a particularly ambitious group will take to the streets in the time honored tradition of looking for employment. The “summer job” remains as much a part of the student educational experience as proms or pledges, and it is very serious business. President Obama’s summer program has obtained commitments from the private sector and from government to create 90,000 paying summer jobs and internships, up from the 70,000 announced in January, according to Laura Clawson, a writer on labor affairs for the Daily Kos Blog. Clawson notes that the number increases considerably when one considers“…unpaid internships and mentorships, which Clawson says, “must be strictly overseen so that kids aren’t just used as free labor without gaining skills or prospects; unpaid work of any kind is poor enough…without being directly exploitative).” Summer jobs are a big deal for tens of thousands of students who may use the funds for clothing, car insurance, or college tuition. Erika Christakis, a Harvard College administrator and blogger for Time’s website, says that “It was once common to see teenagers mowing lawns, waiting tables, digging ditches and bagging groceries for modest wages in the long summer months. Summer employment was a social equalizer, allowing both affluent and financially strapped teenagers to gain a foothold on adulthood, learning the virtues of hard work, respect and teamwork in a relatively low-stakes atmosphere. But youth employment has declined precipitously over the years, and young people are losing a chance to develop these important life skills in the process.” In July 2010, (the last year for which figures are available) fewer than half of American young people between the ages of 16 and 24 were employed; so even an uptick of 20,000 paying jobs means we are still in the midst of a tough economy and the competition for those jobs will be stiff. Still, I think that it is important for young people of a certain

age to learn the value of work; even the act of looking for it can be instructive in social interaction. Not all jobs will be glamorous but they can teach a student about the nature of hierarchal structures and how to best to function productively within them. But not every job or task is going to be a dream assignment no matter where you land. Christakis argues that detachment from unskilled summer jobs is making American kids unfamiliar with work norms… on her own campus she finds that kids augment their resumés with unpaid internships, rather than earn a buck with a more traditional — and unskilled — summer job. Having mentored and managed 16-24 year olds as interns and new hires there are some thoughts I think every new worker should commit to memory: Tardiness, absenteeism, and insubordination in the workplace, unlike school, usually carry stiff economic penalties ranging from termination and loss of paycheck to poor evaluation and reduced income; shoddy work and low productivity, even if you are cleaning a yard or mowing grass is not the way to gain repeat customers (earnings). Some of those students who remembered these simple rules also mastered the complexities and subtleties of marketing and eventually rose to executive positions themselves. In the highly charged atmosphere of Fortune 500 companies, students usually realized that they had to accelerate to the speed of their environment and adjusted accordingly. When I became a volunteer for the PABA summer program, I supervised young people whose introduction to the work force called for them to put in eight hour days meeting the ever-changing demands of preteen and teenage children while attending to the light general cleaning duties that teenagers have had a reputation for avoiding since the invention of the mop and pail. The ones who saw the summer work as a means to a higher end and focused on doing their jobs well until the program ended were the ones who proved to be successful in their chosen endeavors. Think of work as an opportunity for character development and give it your best effort. Remind yourself of this bit of wisdom from the advice columnist, Dear Prudence: You just made the transition from school to work. You’re used to being told what will be on the test and when your papers are due, so the

open-ended nature of a job can be disorienting. But let me assure you that if you think picking up lunch is beneath you, there are plenty of young people who bring back the tuna salad with a smile, thrilled to be starting their climb up the totem pole. For those parents who worry that their child’s college application might lack the presumed necessary pizzazz without some prestigious firm in the work history section, take heed: Michael Smerconish, columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and talk show host, identifies himself through the years leading to his degree, as a onetime maintenance man at McDonald’s, truck driver, delivery man, dishwasher, painter of street address numbers on curbs, raker of leaves, and shoveler of snow. After reading Christical’s article he contacted Bruce Bunnick in the admissions office of Lehigh University, one of his two former alma maters to get an idea of the weight that might be affixed to impressive summer positions. Bunnick said he looks forward to meeting students who can describe the value of that experience — whether it occurred on Wall Street or at Wal-Mart — in a compelling way. “I honestly don’t think it matters much whether or not the student saved the world or literally rolled up his or her sleeves to perform a menial summer job,…It’s a great thing for a student to engage in summer work where they can convey exactly what the experience meant to them in their college application, whether the message is ‘I rubbed elbows with Wall Street tycoons’ or ‘I flipped burgers, but it gave my outlook on hard work a deeper meaning.’ Quentin Jackson Mott in the admission office from Smerconish’s other alma mater, University of Pennsylvania, was equally emphatic: “...Penn’s admissions team “loves summer jobs and students who work part-time during the school year,” it meets fewer applicants with such experiences, despite their clear benefits. Working the grill, waiting tables, scooping ice cream, and folding T-shirts “all require the employee to show up on time, be a team member, have a good work ethic, be service-oriented, learn how to take critical (and positive) feedback from a manager, manage a paycheck and what goes into it — what it means to work for a wage,” Mott said. “All of these intangible skills will serve a student well in college.” And, I might add, in life.

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The Way I See It By BIG John Chandler SOME THINGS HAVE TO BE HEARD BEFORE BEING DISAPPROVED I have only been covering high school sports for 12 years or so, so I grant you I’m no expert. Never claimed to be one and don’t want to be one either. I’m just a fan as many of you are. I enjoy the sights, sound and pageantry of youth competition. I always have and I admit it’s in my blood. I never deny my love for the professional sports teams in Boston-the Celtics, Patriots, Bruins and my heart and passion the Red Sox. But my true love is high school sports. I am always notified by many fans about issues relating to high school athletics, so it was with general interest I looked into the ‘new Astrodome proposals’. The dome has been vacant for 15+ years since the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee to become the Titans and the Texans began operation in Houston in 2002. Reliant Stadium was built next door to the Dome. The building has deteriorated over the years and yet the bills are being paid by all taxpayers in Harris County. No one wants it torn down but no one has come with a decent proposal for new business to keep the stadium. Forget for now a shopping mall, casino, amusement park and many other business plans. It won’t work and no one can propose any new taxes that will gain any kind of support from the diverse communities around Harris County. But one idea that made me laugh in a very angry way was the proposal to turn the Dome into a business/recreation center with seating of 15,000 to 20,000. This person stated this plan would encourage the University Interscholastic League to place Houston back in the rotation to host the state football championship games. Now I readily admit there’s nothing that many of us in the local media along with high school football fans would love to see more than the state championship football games returning to Houston. We have the hotel space and the required amenities to put on a fabulous show. The National Basketball Association All-Star game, the Final Four and possible Super Bowl is returning to Houston because of the great job many of our local citizens did in the past to support these events. I can’t

say the same regarding our state championship football games. They did a very poor job in my opinion. Many years we had the opportunity to request the U.I.L. to consider rotating the state championship basketball tournament in a four city rotation of Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin and San Antonio yet the support was weak at best and local elected morons (aka-politicians) gave no support to the idea. In fact one bullethead elected official who will remain nameless said ‘everyone wants to come to Austin’ even though he is elected to serve an inner city district in Houston. So believe me no support will come from these lame individuals. Also 15,000 to 20,000 seating capacity is not any shape, fashion or form going to elate the U.I.L. and coaches around the state to return to Houston Texas. This created a hearty laugh for me. I was privileged to attend for the last two years the state title games in both 5A and 4A at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas. The beautifully-designed stadium that seats over 100,000 Dallas Cowboy fans was a joy to behold. The support staff at the stadium welcomed visitors with open arms. Fans enjoyed being in attendance at the games in that building. What makes anyone with the sense of a fly (sorry for any disrespect to our flies) that 15,000 seats will draw any attention from the U.I.L.? Last years attendance to the 4A final drew nearly 50,000 fans. I’m so sick and tired of the money-scheming individuals that look to make a fast buck on high school sports. To the individuals that came up with this ‘new dome proposal’, please place in the trash can with the other ‘good ideas’. I can name several more reasons why the idea is a fraud, but I started to laugh so hard typing this column that I had to stop so I could finish. To our dear readers and those who carry a passion for high school athletics and the athletes themselves, don’t forget our young ladies and men play because they love to. We should support their efforts likewise. Stadium or not, we should support them because we love to. That’s just the way I see it!



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THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HS/HSEP ANNUAL ATHLETIC BANQUET WAS A BIG SUCCESS! By Dr. Victor Keys A King-Size View Booker T. Washington HS/HSEP’s Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Vincent Grayson stated that “this year’s Annual Athletic Banquet was a big success. Mainly, because “we not only celebrated our current student/athletes; we also had an opportunity to honor one of our own. We inducted Mercury Hayes into our Hall of Fame”. After, graduating from Booker T. Washington HS/HSEP, Mercury went on to play college football for the

Michigan Wolverines and professional football for the Atlanta Falcons, the New Orleans Saints, and in the Canadian League. Former San Antonio Spurs coach and NBA great, John Lucas was our ‘keynote speaker’. Coach Grayson added that “it was a great year in sports for Booker T. Washington HS/HSEP. The Football Team along with Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Teams all made it to the District Playoffs. The Boys’ Track Team made it to the State Finals in Austin and the Girls’

Track Team went to the Regional Finals. The Boys’ Cross Country Team won District and the Girls’ Cross Country Team were 2nd place finishers in the District”.

Coach Anderson addressing the audience

Coach Austin Head Track Coach of BTW HS/HSEP

BTW HS/HSEP Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Vincent Grayson and Mercury Hayes BTW HS/HSEP Alumni Member and newly inducted BTW HS/HSEP Hall of Fame Member

from left to right BTW HS/HSEP Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Vincent Grayson, Parent Volunteers, Ms. Bilbo Principal of BTW HS/HSEP, and Mr. Bledsoe BTW HS/HSEP Booster Club President

The 2012 BTW HS/HSEP Track Team


BTW HS/HSEP Student/Athletes and their parents

From left to right> Tack Minor BTW HS/HSEP and LSU Basketball Great, John Lucas, Keynote Speaker at the BTW HS/HSEP Annual Athletic Banquet, and Athletic Director/Head Coach Basketball Coach Vincent Grayson

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ALDINE ISD‘S EISENHOWER HIGH SCHOOL AND CARVER MAGNET SCHOOL DUO MAKES GOLF HISTORY By Dr. Victor Keys A King-Size View This year’s 18-5A District Golf Tournament was a historic event for Aldine Independent School District. For the first time in the history of Eisenhower High School two golfers earned medalist honors in their respective divisions. Brandon Reed and Mariesha Keys both won district titles in golf. Brandon Reed, a four year letterman and captain of the Eisenhower Boys’ Varsity Golf Team, for the past four years has made it to the Regional Tournament for the past two years. This year he was involved in a fight to the finish with Nimitz’s Marlon Chapman. However, when all the sand settled; it was Brandon who won the tournament. Mariesha Keys who is also a senior and the captain of the Girls’ Varsity Golf Team at Eisenhower on the other hand won the girls’ division by 17 strokes and easily moved on the Regional play. The Eisenhower Boys’ Team finished 2nd in the district behind Nimitz and the MacArthur Girls’ Team won in the Girls’ Division. Eisenhower Golf Coach Michael

Haggerty stated that “this is a great day for Aldine ISD, Eisenhower High School, and Carver Magnet School. We have been blessed to have some of the brightest young people in the world, attend our schools and play golf in Aldine ISD. I am so proud of these student/athletes and I will truly miss them”.


Mariesha Keys and Brandon Reed



Mariesha Keys (l), Brandon Reed (r), and Eisenhower Golf Coach Michael Haggerty (c)

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