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Evacuation roads out of Steiner being considered Homeowners urged to be Fire Wise By LYNETTE HAALAND Four Points News

By RICH KEITH Four Points News After a year of construction, Randalls at Quinlan Crossing opens next week. Not only is the grocery chain hiring local workers, it is backing local events and organizations, and making every effort to be a “green” neighbor. It will host its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 21 at 8 a.m., prior to opening to the public. Randalls gives a lot of attention to environmental friendliness, said Connie Yates, PR manager for Safeway, parent company of Randalls. To conserve power, Randalls at Quinlan Crossing is using compact fluorescent light fixtures, both direct and indirect. Freezers are all using LED lighting. The store landscaping utilizes Texas regional and other low-water-use plantings. The store will recycle all of its cardboard and plastics, following the Bee Cave Randalls model in which all other shopping center tenants bring their cardboard to Randalls to be recycled. That program was expanded and now the members of the Lakeway community bring their cardboard to the store on Saturdays. “Randalls wants to be a part of the community that they serve,” Yates said. On a larger scale,

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their contributions to breast cancer awareness are well documented. Locally however, Randalls is already showing it wants to fit into the community it serves. Last summer, Randalls was a small sponsor of the Steiner Ranch Concert in the Park, and will do that again in a much bigger way. They sponsored the recent Run the Ranch event and are the featured speaker at next week’s Four Points Chamber Spotlight luncheon. They are new sponsors of the Steiner Stars Swim Team and the Steiner Ranch Easter Egg Hunt. Artwork from students of Steiner Ranch Elementary will be featured throughout the store during the Grand Opening period. Further, Randalls Good Neighbor Program is designed to link a customer’s Remarkable Card with their charity of choice. The store is providing local jobs including hiring RANDALLS, 6

Plans are in the works to find another way out of Steiner Ranch in case of an evacuation, a scenario which occurred during last year's Labor Day fires. Officials also urge homeowners to do their part to help make local communities more fire resistant. Right now Quinlan Park Road and Steiner Ranch Boulevard are the two roads leading in and out of Steiner. But Travis County officials are talking about the possibility of making another road to be used in emergency situations. At least three evacuation routes are being considered and were shared at last week’s Emergency Services meeting hosted by Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2, and Jerry Stein, Emergency Services District #6 Commissioner. About 40 people attended the

constructing about 200 feet of roadway between Flat Top Ranch Road and Montview Drive, said Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Division of Travis County Program Manager Rose Farmer “There would be one land owner to work with... That (option) would be quick, cheap, easy,” Farmer said. Another possible route that would not be quick or easy is building a road approximately 6,000 feet along Lake Austin, extending Selma Hughes Park EVACUATION, 7

Vandegrift seminar answers parents’ questions about underage drinking

Shattered Dreams shows local teens that drinking and driving do not mix

By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News

By RICH KEITH Four Points News Hundreds of local teens were face to face with what happens in an alcohol-related car crash last week during the Shattered Dreams program at Vandegrift High School. The dramatic re-enactment began in the classroom on Thursday at VHS. Students heard a recorded track of teenagers crying for help, trapped in a smashed car on the highway. Next, the whole school went to the parking lot where the simulated crash scene was staged, watching as EMS arrived to the very realistic situation. The scenario was that a teen SHATTERED, 10

constituent outreach meeting at Towne Square Community Center on March 8. Most of the attendees were from the Longhorn Village retirement community in Steiner. Four Points residents enjoy the beauty and secluded nature of this area and with that comes the challenges that sometimes it is hard to get in and out of these areas, Eckhardt said. One proposed alternate route being considered is off of Flat Top Ranch Road in Steiner to Montview Drive which would ultimately allow access to RR 620. The route would require

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In conjunction with last week’s Shattered Dreams high school presentation, many concerned Four Points parents attended a seminar hosted by Vandegrift High School, the Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council and the Travis County Sheriff ’s Office on March 8. For Vandegrift parents Sherri and Ben Bailey, the evening discussion was a “must” after their daughter, Mollie, took part in the school’s first Shattered Dreams event. “As parents, we know we need to keep informing ourselves of the issues,” said Sherri. A panel of local government professionals were on hand including TCSO Deputy Terry Wilk, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Agent Greg Lewis, DRINKING, 7

Above: The Shattered Dreams program cost the Travis County and other organizations involved well over $10,000 to put on. The scene uses two cars that were in an actual crash.

Travis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Terry Wilk speaks to parents about increased risk of alcohol poisoning among teens.

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2012 home sales show a solid Four Points market By LYNETTE HAALAND Four Points News

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Homes sales in Four Points continue to heat up. “Compared to the rest of the country, we are doing quite well,” said Tom Radack, Co-Owner Bartlett Real Estate Group, Keller Williams Realty. “The Four Points area continues to draw businesses and the Lakeway Regional Medical Center will positively affect housing demands in the Four Points area,” Radack said.

The Four Points Area is called River North (RN) in the Multiple Listing Service and includes River Place, Steiner Ranch, Long Canyon, Westminster Glen, Glenlake, Greenshores, Grandview Hills, Shepherd Mountain and areas in-between. In RN for the month of February, there were 199 active listings, 71 homes under contract, and 25 homes sales closed. Of those that went under contract, 18 were listed since 2012 began. HOME SALES, 6

Grandview Hills Elementary nets $30k in pledges with Boosterthon Fun Run By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News Following their Spring fundraising efforts, Grandview Hills Elementary students may have a cooler playground setting by the start of the 2012-2013 school year. The Four Points school’s

faculty, staff, parents and kids joined forces to raise funds for a playground cover by participating in a Boosterthon program which had already proven successful for staffers and students attending nearby Laura Bush Elementary. According to Grandview Hills

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Registration Roundup to be held on March 22 The day you register your child for school is an important day. It marks the beginning of your son’s or daughter’s official educational journey and is the first of many steps he or she will take in becoming a successful, contributing member of society. In Leander ISD, we celebrate this day with an event called Registration Round Up. Already looking ahead to the next school year, LISD is holding its 2012 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration Round Up on Thursday, March 22, 2012, from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at all elementary campuses. If you have a child who will begin school next year, you are encouraged to participate in Registration Round Up at the school your child is zoned to attend next fall and get a taste of

what you can expect. Come meet your child’s soon-to-be principal and other students he or she may have in class and tour the school. Registration is ongoing in LISD, so if you cannot make it to Registration Round Up, please register your son or daughter as soon as possible prior to August 1. (Visit the LISD website for a list of the eligibility requirements and documentation needed for registration.) If you do not know which school your child will attend next year, you may call the LISD Transportation office at 570-0700, or enter your address into Transfinder on the LISD website (select the Parents/Students tab, and then Transfinder) to find out. Starting school for the first time can be nerve-wracking for students and parents alike. After all, Kindergarten has changed

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or her other hand, cutting close to lines on paper; functioning in the classroom: properly holding a crayon, using multiple colors and showing detail, staying on task for five minutes, using a proper “indoor voice” and following multi-step directions; name writing and recognition: writing his or her name using correct capitalization, staying within the lines, using proper spacing between letters, forming letters appropriately, and being able to pick his or her name out of a group; and self help skills: buttoning, zipping and snapping his or her own clothes and opening all items in his or her lunch box. Along with the checklist, the district provides some helpful strategies parents can work on with their children to improve their skills in these areas. If your child is bound for



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Welcome Randalls! A year after clearing, prepping and 15 acres and the remaining 45 acres will rebuilding, Randalls will open within days to main natural and undisturbed. a much anticipated community. Randalls is part of the 137,681-square Next Wednesday, doors open to thou- foot, mixed-use Quinlan Crossing shopsands of local families giving anping center. Great Clips and the other option in grocery shopping. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf are two The new 60,000-square-foot of the other tenants about to open Randalls supermarket will feature at Quinlan Crossing. a Starbucks, full-service meat and “This represents many seafood departments, expanded years of hard work,” said Jim produce, and natural and organic Reuter, PDC Vice President of offerings. It will have a wine tastDevelopment, in an earlier ining bar and on-site wine steward terview. PDC is developing the LYNETTE project and is a subsidiary of to help customers with pairings. Randalls has been knitting it- HAALAND Safeway Inc, which is Randalls’ self into the community and makparent. The project went through ing an impact already, months bethe approval process through city, fore opening. county and utility entities taking the better Last summer, Randalls sponsored the part of a year to complete. Steiner Ranch Concert in the Park and Randalls has been in Austin since 1972 plans to be a bigger sponsor at this year’s and currently operates 13 stores in greater event in August. They helped bring the Austin. recent Run the Ranch to the community “This is continuing the vision of the and are sponsoring the Steiner Stars Swim original plans of Steiner Ranch, a master Team, the Steiner Ranch Easter Egg Hunt, planned community where we live, work, and will showcase artwork from students of shop and play,” said Robert Long, Director Steiner Ranch Elementary. of Development Taylor Woodrow Com Randalls is embracing the community it munities/Steiner Ranch LLC, Steiner’s deserves by backing these local events. veloper. It was just last April when groundbreak- This is the first Texas project for Califoring took place among bulldozers, cranes nia-based PDC. and dump trucks when 70 community “They say everything is bigger and better members, Randalls and Property Devel- in Texas, so this is a good place to showcase opment Centers executives and staff, and our newest lifestyle store,” Reuter said. Four Points Chamber of Commerce mem- Randalls picked no better place than the bers were at the groundbreaking event held thriving Four Points area to feature its latest on the spot Randalls is today. (see photo store. below) Welcome Randalls! After watching the PDC bought the 60-acre site from Taylor outside being built for a year, we can’t wait Woodrow Communities in early 2010. The to see what the inside looks like! shopping center itself sits on approximately

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Clarification: Single-Use Bag Ordinance in Four Points In last week’s edition (March 8), the Four Points News included Steiner Ranch businesses within the jurisdiction of Austin City Council’s new Single-Use Bag Ordinance. Several readers brought to our attention the fact that Steiner Ranch, as an Extraterritorial Jurisdiction of Austin, may not be bound by the new regulation. Ruth Pitkin of Steiner Ranch asked: “How can the City Council of Austin pass a plastic bag ban and have it affect the Four Points area? We have no representation on the

Austin City Council. It would be taxation without representation.” Four Points News sought clarification on this point from Austin Resource Recovery’s Senior Public Information Specialist, Jennifer Herber, who responded that “The SingleUse Bag Ordinance is only for businesses/ retailers in the City of Austin limits, not the ETJ”. The Bag Ban does affect other communities in Four Points.

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Bag ban to affect Austin Siamese Rescue Dear Editor, I see where you have several comments from people, but none who oppose the bag ban. I am a volunteer foster care giver for Austin Siamese Rescue. Cats come and go thru the program regularly and we volunteers foster them in our homes for periods of time. We count on the supply

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of bags from retailers like Target, Walmart, H-E-B, for use in disposing of litter box contents on a daily basis. Are we now supposed to: 1) no longer have bags available? 2) incur additional costs and pay for these bags, or a set of bags, as described in the article? 3) can we solicit donations of bags

or money to cover these new looming costs? Let's punish and expense the consumers who regularly RECYCLE these bags, is that it? Thanks, Shawn Glenlake

New logo licensing program stirs LISD community Leslee Bassman’s article in Four Points News’ March 1 edition on Leander ISD launching a new licensing program that will affect the sales of spirit wear and other items is capturing attention. Her article was also printed in the Hill Country News and a couple of readers posted their opinions about the story on One reader posted: “This makes no sense. Right now, 100% of what PTA's make stay at LISD schools. By doing this, some of the profit PTA's make will go to this licensing company and some has likely already gone to a lawyer to trademark the logos. Why redirect funds raised by a PTA for a school to a licensing company and law firm? How does this help our schools? On top of that, why alienate LISD volunteers by making their already difficult job of fundraising more difficult? This seems like a bad fiscal and PR decision on the part of LISD”. Another reader commented:

"Skoviera said LISD has been discussing the need to trademark its identifying marks for more than five years and closely studying the SABRE licensing program for about a year. Hutto ISD has already instituted the licensing procedure. Has Hutto ISD reaped serious rewards from its licensing? Skoviera is behind LISD’s similar efforts to protect the district’s logos from potential misuse by unlicensed parties. SABRE will perform the licensing actions, monitor the program and pursue violators. So, no one has found any *actual* misuse of the logos? And even if there were, wouldn't it be far more cost-effective to handle them on a case-by-case basis? LISD's logos are not *that* sought-after, folks. This seems like someone solving a problem that doesn't actually exist. When that happens, you can usually follow a money trail to find the real reasons behind a decision. Of course, we don't have all the facts. Maybe there are good reasons for going this route.” S ES R R S R AR TE TO G AR I C QU D



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Morgan Wright, Emily Youngblood, Ryan Zermeno Seventh Grade: Quinlan Apel, Tatum Apel, Nicklas Baginski, Noah Banks, Kaleb Belete, Jackson Bischoping, Benjamin Borer, Alexander Borges, Samuel Brod, William Bruner, Catherine Bunch, Callie Burch, Lauren Busker, Matthew Cao, Alexandra Carter, Jacob Chase, Sam Chiarelli, Hannah Claflin, Grace Clark, Hannah Collmann, Joshua Collmann, Emmery Copertino, Sarah Cronin, Jordan Daniels, Rachel Dean, Kylie Degilio, Brooke Dew, Patricio Dieck, Claire Duffield, Mary Farrell, Simone Feroce, Madison Finfrock, Maxwell Fink, Kelly Flynn, Grace Ford, Dmitriy Gabrieliants, Ryan Galligher, Katherine Gillespey, Karan Gowda, Rachel Green, Shelby Hansen, Ryan Holstrom, Laura Huang, Hunter Husband, Grace Hwang, Riley Jacops, Madison Jaeger, Lisa Joe, Grant Johnson, Lulit Faith Johnson, Anupriya Jose, Spoorthi Kamepalli, Shelby Karleskint, Afrah Khan, Daniel Klassen, Kaylan Knitowski, Claiborne Knobloch, Abigail Leafblad, Amy Lee, Logan Lee, John Magruder, Sarah Mahosky, Carissa Mallory, Reid Marburger, Daniel Martinez, Linnea May, Lauren McCarthy, Jack McGee, Cameron McAfee, Emily McCollum, Ethan McCosky, Erik Miller, Trey Miranda, Katelyn Morse, Ericka Myers, Morgan Nanez, Ann Nguyen, Madison Nuessner, Ellen Pasquarette, Hannah Patrick, Yilong Peng, Dillon Piegat, Kelsey Piegat, Jessica Pikoff, Sophia Povedano, Teresa Rago, Ashneen Rahman, Malavika Ramaswamy, Zoey Rasch, Daryl Remley, Austin Rhea, Kate Robbins, William Roberts, Bethany Rossi, Anastasia Rundels, Elise Sanchez, Riya Saxena, Savannah Schmidt, Sophia Schwent, Spencer Sharp, Greta Shields, Alexander Smith, Ankith Sripathi, Joshua Stelling, Charles Stevens, Bailey Stone, Sophie Swearengin, Ryan Tamez, Dylan Tauras, Keeley Van Allen, Breanna Vann, Kellie Walker, Brittany Whiting, Emma Williams, Daniel Willoughby, Jessica Woche, Julianne Zoller Eighth Grade: Luke Amundson, Savannah Andres, Katerina Barouxis, Kira Bees, Alexander Boley, Jessica Bowman, Zachary Burky, Mariana Caldas, Elliot Charland, Antonio Cordova, Michaella Coughlin, Temple Davies, Joseph Dean, Grace Dixon, Cooper Dossey, Samuel Drablos, Alex Dulak, Ethan Earp, Brogan Edwards, Miles Eldred, Cameron Everitt, Jade Federlin, Victor Floyd, Kaitlin Fuqua, Nicholas Gallarda, Reagan Gibson, Hagen Goeters, Ethan Gordon, Emily Gruner, Sandeep Guggari, Kelsey Hewett, Sarah Hickey, Brendan Hollaway, Austin Jiang, Chloe Johnson-Gomez, Garrett Jones, Alec Laplace, Benjamin Martinez, Rachel Menajovsky, Linzy Meyer, Sanjana Mohanty, Kimberly Morris, Renee Morton, Elizabeth Nelson,Tobin Niblett, Kameron Noorbakhsh, Shivani Pandya, Vrinda Patel, Jessica Pronga, Sydney Prucha, Joshua Rinn, Sarah Robertson, Lila Ross, Danielle Salcedo, Amanda Sanders, Anne Santerre, Anna Schaal, Taylor Schmuelgen, Jacob Schuller, Amelia Skelton, Shahyar Sotoudehnia, Emily Tallman, Austin Tovar, Karina Tovar, Allie Turner, Amber Villarreal, Drayton Whiteside, Amanda Wolf

Cedar Park Middle School Sixth Grade: Sydney Adair, Pierce Affleck, Miho Akai, Alexandra Allen, Grace Allen, Sameer Alzer, Jack Anderson, Erika Anglin, Hogan Armstrong, Emily Ashcraft, Griffin Bacher, Lucas Bardshar, Avery Barrett, Tyler Battle, Christopher Bauman, Logan Beecher, William Benson, Kathryn Bonsall, Sachin Bose, Camille Bosze, Ilina Bozhkova, Connor Brack, Ashton Brown, Aubrey Brown, Ryan Brown, Jackson Buckingham, Cameron Bunge, Colin Busick, Nicholas Candido, Aaron Celis Aguirre, Lauren Cepeda, Hanna Charpentier, Luke Chavez, Madison Cheek, Ashley Chen, Katherine Clinch, Kevin Corey, Ryan Cormia, Cheryl Cruz, Jacob Curtis, Alexander Dacko, Anthony Davolio, Kyle Decker, Garrett Drager, Brandy Driskill, Benjamin Dunne, Allison Ediger, Gunnar Fandrich, Tabatha Farr, Maresa Featherston, Lauren Fogle, Annelise Freeze, Emily Fry, Abigail Fuller, Houston Fuller, Hannah Garst, Alexander Gates, Katelyn Gaus, Ethan Gillmore, Lucas Gilpin, Jacob Glass, Broderic Gonzalez, Alexander Grabill, Audrey Graham, Sebastian Granada Cohen, Sara Gray, Carson Grett, Allen Grones, Veronica Gutierrez, William Hare, Patrick Harper, Matthew Harris, Carter Hawks, Joshua Hawley, Dalton Hayek, Sarah Heinze, Colin Helmers, Gary Hewitt, McLendon Hill, Micaela Hodges, Mallory Hoffman, Claire Holcomb, Travian Holst, Abigail Holtfort, Payton Hoover, Kimberly Hopson, Hunter Howe, Eileen Hrusecky, Brandon Hubacher, Alexander Huff, Chandler Hughes, Sean Huynh, Katelynn Jancha, Michaelah Janszen, Preslee Jennings, Ashley Jensen, Zachary Jensen, Kai Johndrow, Tanner Johnson, Lauren Jones, Nicolas Jopio, Daphne Joubarne, Matthew Juarez, Rebecca Kaminski, Rose Kantor, Alena Kellerman-Pitts, Jonathan Kelly, Andrew Kiggins, Mina Kim, Alexis Kollatschny, Meghana Krish, Angela Lamari, Nicholas Lannan, Jacob Lark, Rhys Larkin, Erica Laxton, Hailey Leff, Jay Lenner, Vanessa Leung, Hannah Loera, Erika Longford, Adriana Longoria, Miranda Louviere, Bradly Lovell, Jared Lucero, Mason LunaHowell, Madelyn Maneikis, Nathan Manzano, Alec Martin, Jordan Martin, Kyra Martinez, Nicole Massaro, Eric Matas, Isaac Matheny, Mallory Matthys, Drew McDaniel, Robert McDonald, Gideon McFarland, Kylie McFarland, Morgan McKeon, Michael McKinstry, Arnav Mehrotra, Jessica Mick, Christopher Miller, Tyler Miller, Nathan Moncrief, Amber Moore, Kathryn Motz, Shelby Motz, Ryan Nesbitt, Keegan Nichols,William Nickerson, Jordan Nolden, Elijah Nordmeyer, Trenten Norwat, Taylor Nunez, Cristina O’Hanlon, Phoebe Oakley, Madelyn Orozco, Christopher Orth, Dominic Ortiz, Collan Parker, Jaxon Parks, Lauren Partridge, Jamie Pearce, Madison Pearce, Maria Pham, Gregory Phea, Megan Prechel, Chase Precopia, Isabella Pulcini, Lance Radtke, Aries Ramos, Morgan Randel, Victoria Rankin, Kristen Richardson, Taylor Roach, Ethan Robbins, Ricardo Rosario, Rachel Ross, Kailei Rundberg, Calvin Rupert, Rithvik Saravanan, Austen Sartain, Bailey Scherer, Ethan Scoville, Makenzie Sexton, Avery Shatto, Ishav Shukla, Austin Siemankowski, Megan Sinnwell, Kendall Smith, Maizer Sparkman, Christine Stein, Eliot Stein, Reagan Stephenson, Megan Sullivan, Cailin Sylvester, Zachary Taylor, Michaela Thai, Annalise Thompson, Meghan Thompson, Tyra Thompson, Zoe Tikhonski, Nhi Tran, Jonathan Uribe, Daniel

Vallee, Grant Vocks, Caden Walsh, Eric Weeks, Jack Weiland, Natalee Weis, Sydney Weiss, Brady Welch, Katherine Wells, Ravinn Wentworth, Laura Westmark, Mahlon White, Sierra Wiggers, Abigail Williams, Daniel Williamson, Karol Wojtyla, Natalie Young Seventh Grade: Samuel Allen, Ciara Alpert, Lenah Ansari, Megan Babin, Zachary Bailey, Sara Baldazo, Brittany Ballou, Angelique Bartlett, Kaylea Bastion, Gage Baumli, Jake Baumli, Trevor Beem, Mitchell Belz, Samuel Berry, Nolan Bitner, Davis Blair, Audrey Blount, Presley Brents, Atley Brown, Keith Bublitz, Robert Buehler, Christopher Burleson, Zachary Burleson, Zachery Carrico, Brandon Castillo, Oliver Christensen, Camryn Claassen, Jordan Cockrell, Jonathan Corley, Faith Cox, India Cresswell, Erin Dalrymple, Skyler Daly, Avery Daniel, Bella Davis, Avery Deen, Tyler Dick, Kyle Diclemente, Abraham Doan, Emma Dooher, Matthew Driskill, Courtney Fielding, Kenyon Fitzpatrick, Elisabeth Ford, Hunter Foster, Lindsey Foster, Maya Fuller, Alana Geymer, Hannah Glass, Jacob Goodman, Mitchell Gregg, Morgan Grosch, Erica Hausmann, Nicholas Hedges, Ana Julia Hernandez Gasca, Jamie Holliday, Zachery Hormann, Robert Hrusecky, Jarred Huffman, Deena Ismail, Ashley Itliong, Joel James, Easton Jenkins, Taylor Jerman, Layne Johnson, Alyson Jones, Parker Jones, Sagar Kansara, Constance Kelley, Gabrielle Kester, Hana Kim, Alyssa King, Kristopher Knight, Maggie Knight, Christopher Knox, Bradley Krakar, Collin Krantz, Cody Kretzler, Nicholas Lamour, Nicholas Langenfeld, Brandon Lee, Kalena Lee, Sin Young Lee, Zachary Lupul, Jared Martin, Camryn Martinez, Sofia Martinez-Martinez, Erin McFarland, Hannah McQueen, Rachael McCord, Luke McDaniel, Kaitlin McGirr, Carlie Morgan, Morgan Muir, David Murti, Kelsey Nelson, Kate Nesbitt, Calvin Nguyen, Alek Nybro, Ryan Olsen, Cynthia Orr, Taylor Orr, Kolby Osborn, Mathew Overstreet, Joshua Paramo, Kristen Perron, Madeleine Phillips, Burke Phipps, Grace Pierce, Miranda Primm, Trevor Primm, Anna Radosavljevic, Sarah Ray, Emily Reed, Benjamin Reichert, Joaquin Revel, Audrey Roe, Carly Rosendahl, Daniel Rosenthal, Erin Ryan, Taylor Schneider, Jeongwon Seo, Connor Sheehan, Austin Silguero, Tina Smart, Cassidy Smith, Nathan Smith, Sterling Stagner, Alison Stallings, Cailyn Stewart, Jennifer Stroh, Akash Thakkar, Savanna Theisen, Tyler Thornhill, Viraj Tiwari, Nika Torabi, Dean Torkelson, Zoe ValenzuelaFlores, Hunter Valk, Miranda Van Doren, Grace Vielleux, Gabriel Villarreal, Caroline Wahl, Samuel Walter, Jonathan Washington, Kimberly Webb, Jack Wegesin, Reyden Weis, Luke Williamson, Deirdre Wolf, Sean Wright, Katelyn Yeatman Eighth Grade: Sydney Aberegg, Ayah Alomari, Chad Alsobrook, Troy Amato, Jacob Baker, Miguel Barcenas Solis, Rachel Battle, Logan Blow, Natalie Bonorden, Anish Bose, Alejandra Briseno, Regan Brittain, Davis Brock, Dustin Brown, Jillian Brown, Allison Bulkley, Cassidy Cadena, Jessi Cai, Claire Cantrell, Austen Castberg, Rachel Cernosek, Kenzie Cherniak, Shelby Clem, Eric Clinch, Brandon Collins, Christian Thomas Contreras, Sarah Cottle, Haley Davis, Kelli Dyer, Mabel Espinoza, Colin Falk, Tate Farmer, Michael Ferony, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Connor Foster, Ryan Franklin, Jacob Garza, Riley Goerner, Allison Goulet, Steven Gouraud, Jacqueline Hagood, Lauren Hanson, Elizabeth Harper, Jonathan Hawes, Bailey Hefner, Maximilien Hein, Chelsey Hieger, Whitney Hoermann, Harrison Howe, Emily Huffman, Sarah Ingram, Elena Ivanova, Ramsey Jenschke, Coral Johnson, Lena Johnson, Reese Johnson, Kristen Kelly, Emerson Kendall, Carson Kennedy, Whitney King, Tiffany Klopper, Nikhil Kothari, Tristan Kuhn, Elizabeth Lamm, Thomas Lavine, Mackenzie Lawrence, Emily Laxton, Trang Le, Alexandra Lee, Andrew Lee, Michael Leung, Jenna Lipscomb, Rebecca Lo, Erin Longford, Justin Lovelace, Alexis Lytle, Kerry Madden, Joelle Marchiani, Ty Marwitz, Ann Maynard, Rayna Mazumdar, Meredith McQueen, Hayley Meier, Matthew Nadler, Crystal Onwukaife, Bailey Penberg, Aaron Richter, William Richter, Drew Robinson, Amanda Sanchez, Cain Schoenfeld, Travis Schwartz, Sydney Simpson, Brenden Solete, Jennifer Stallings, Drew Summers, Maria Tangarova, Sierra Taylor, Jordan Teliha, Katey Todd, Mai Tran, Carlos Valenzuela-Flores, Alexander Vu, Carson Wallbrown, Helene Walsh, Matthew White, Brooke Wilcox, Connor Wilson, Caroline Woodall, Victor Wu, Joseph Xia, Garrett Yero, Emily Zhao, Bailey Zimmerman

Four Points Middle School Sixth Grade: Alexa Adrian, Reem Ahmad, Sarah Barstow, Ashley Black, Carson Broe, Barclay Bull, Ashley Burton, Taylor Byrne, Kailey Chase, Connor Cole, Richard Dang, Brian Dehne, Sachin Desai, Jonathan Dow, Nicole Dow, Kenneth Foster, Erin Frye, Matthew Graff, Mye Guarnero-Barnett, Ashton Gurrola, Andrew Harris, James Hofstadler, Georgia Holmes, Katherine Holsinger, Sophia Krasoff, Kendall Likosar, Christopher Lucido, Madison McCauley, Joseph McShane, Austin Meiteen, Dominique Mobley, Jake Painter, McKinley Parker, Madison Poljan, Taylor Racht, Gemma Richmond, Natalie Root, Jonathan Roth, Philip Sarkis, Kristin Scott, Griffin Shimkus, Gauri Sood, Jordyn Torres, Savanna Ullmann, Madeline Wallace, Madeline Ward, Evan Williard, Cierra Yudell Seventh Grade: Caden Banta, Annabel Benoit, Bradford Borman, Sarah Bostic, Lauren Burrow, Meredith Bussy, Madison Byrne, Sarah Carpenter, Cameron Clarke, Emma Claypool, Robertson Cook, Carly Crossett, Keith Cusson, Raj Desai, Madison Doerr, Natalie Eichorn, Grace Erdman, Dana Faist, Emily Fashenpour, Erin Fashenpour, Alexander Fernandes, Carson Field, Sophia Froehlich, Grace Gilbert, Loren Goddard, Natalie Goddard, Natiel Gomez, Holton Greenfield, Taylor Grikis, Danielle Griswold-Wheeler, Haleigh Heath, Jared Hirschhorn, Alexander Iacobucci, Travis Isburgh, Joshua Johnson, Robert Jones, Aiden Kanuck, Zainab Khan, Shelby Kohn, Heather Kosumsuppamala, Mae Kubena, Jocelyn Lackey, Steven Lo, Olivia Lukas, Noah Mader, Tucker Mathis, Jennifer Maunder, Christopher McKenzie, Taylor McDonnell, Christopher Miller, Alexander Moore, Erica Munoz, Thomas O’Donnell, Jack Oertli, Bailey Ohlson, Nidhi Pandya, Elizabeth Patterson, Jack Porch, Carmella Quintos, Garrett Reiter, Jesse Riedel, Michael Riley, Isabella Roberts, Gauge Ross, Kallie Roush, Ryan Sanfratello, Christopher Schwartz, Kathryn Scott, Adrian Sherwood, Jordan Silvers, Chloe Smith, Grace Speaks, Holly Streber, Kayla Streber, Connor Swanson, Sara Tabash, Julia Tate, Payton Torres, Avery Wernecke, Jacob Willebeek-Lemair, Rachel Williams, Kellis Williard, Dillon Wilson, Maxx Wright, Jonathan Zachem Eighth Grade: Emily Banks, Bethany Becker, Rachel Berke, Jules Bettler, Travis Brannan, Peyton Brewster, Julianne Broe, Tiffany Do, James Dunlap,Victoria Edwards,Trevor Egerton, Sarah Engen, Ariana Engles, Alaina Galasso, Grayson Goolsby, Holly Hodge, Alexandra Hutchinson, Amanda Keck, Jacqueline Kotlarz, Michael Lambeth, Belinda Le, James Legg, Lindsey Liu, John Christopher Lowrie, Adrien Maxey-Salomone, Caroline McKenzie, Allison Michel, Bailey Middleton, Megha Murthy, James Nguyen, Jacob Osborne, Hannah Parrott, Paxton Segina, Gaelen Shimkus, Reagan Tucker, Ashley Vickers, Rebecca Wagner

Cedar Park High School Ninth Grade: Amir Alzer, Haley Armbruster, Tyler Ashcraft, Maria Barcenas Solis, Rachel Bardshar, Claire Bohrer, David Bonsall, Landon Brack, Tyler Brandys, Connor Brown, Laurel Brown, Anna Lynn Burcham, Lauren Burgett, Cassandra Bush, Lauren Campbell, Tyler Campbell, Max Castillo, Kevin Choi, Reid Claassen, Erin Clevlen, Matthew Cloward, Benjamin Coers, Samantha Corey, Joseph Cuteri, Anne Dattilo, Jacqueline De Muynck, Mauricio Degregori, Mackenzie Dunnehoo, Brian Edwards, Heather Etherton, Sierra Fandrich, Brielle Ferdinand, Rachel Freeman, Savannah Freeze, Ian Garner, Joseph Gerules, Monica Harkins, Aaron Harris, Joshua Harwell, Sara Havener, Rebecca Hill, Jessica Hinderliter, Annie Hooper, Rylie Hoover, Robert Houdashelt, Nina Hoyt, Jonathan Huang, Kathryn Huff, Godson Iheanacho, Emily Ismail, Jocelyn Loren Jopio, Haley Kehoe, Heidi Klein, Se Young Kwon, Louis Lachowsky, Megan Lamonica, Christina Land, Patrick Lannan, Christina Lanzoni, Olivia Larkin, Sabrina Lee, Reya Martinez, Daniel Matas, Molly McDougal, Michael McLennan, Katherine McQuaid, Lillian Meroff, Payton Morris, Chaitra Murthy, Kayla Najjar, Griffin Northcutt, Julia O’Hanlon, Sarah Orth, Adriana Perez, Anneliese Pessoa, Jake Pokorney, Rachel Pokorney, Nathaniel Possis, Logan Prosise, Makenzie Radke, Neha Ravi, Brianna Ray, Jacqueline Reichert, Lisa Ruffcorn, Sara Samani, Rafael Santos Macias, Kaitlyn Saucedo, Ryan Scott, Heather Sieger, Alexander Smith, Wylan Sparkman, Caleb Spaw, Kaitlyn Spohrer, Shawn Spradling, Elizabeth Stein, Rebecca Stewart, Rebekah Storke, Amanda Suggs, Alina Tang, Mia Trautz, Nathan Vu, Christina Walker, Conner Walsh, Christopher

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Washington, Kaleigh Welch, Joshua Wiggers, Taylor Williams, Hannah Williamson Tenth Grade: Elizabeth Aldape, James Allred, Benjamin Baldazo, Paris Bennett, Leslie Bonorden, Rebecca Brown, Sarah Buckler, Savannah Burchfiel, Chloe Busick, Rachel Cai, Katherine Cano, Bailey Carlisle, Brian Castelli, Austin Cernosek, Maria Cervantes, Brandon Chan, Kan Chen, Christina Colletti, Corey Cox, Sabrina Dagher-Arevalo, Maximilian Doan, Asaf Drizlikh, Gabrielle Ford, Ethan Goldberg, Sabella Greenwell, Diego Gutierrez, Wyatt Hahn, Kristen Harlow, Gabriel Haro, Nicolas Hawes, Jackson Heard, Kathryn Hill, Jacqueline Hilton, Tahlea Holst, Jamison Holt, Hayden Houston, Nadia Husain, Benjamin Jackson, Emily Janak, Jocelyn Johnson, Alexis Kennedy, Michael Kiszkiel, Kara Ko, Amanda Krakar, Hoo-Won Lee, Suzanne Lee, Dalis Leyendecker, Christina Loera, Amanda Lorenz, Tyler Lovelace, Chandler Lyle, Matthew Marshall, Blake Maupin, Kyle Maupin, Lindsey Miano, Kara Moore, James Moorhead, Brooklynne Palmer, Alyssa Phillips, Alexa Price, Caleb Price, Cohl Prosise, Philip Raschke, Courtney Regester, Emily Roblee, Donovan Rupert, Samuel Simpson, Ankur Singh, Andrew Smith, Lindsey Stawowy, Brooke Swift, Shawn Taylor, Sydney Tran, Max Vargas, Christian Walsh, Robert Wang, Sheena Wang, Anna Wessels, India Westenhaver, Tiffany Wong, Amanda Wu, Jackson Zamora, Connie Zhao Eleventh Grade: Jacob Adair, Mackenzie Bailey, Walker Bailey, Garrett Baker, Kristina Beall, Natasha Bower, Kayla Brown, Katherine Brunt, Bridget Burris, Ryan Butcher, Adrien Castberg, Samuel Castello, Darshil Choksi, Rebecca Church, Lisa Clark, Dana Clary, Tessa Dahnert, Aleksej Demjanski, Jason Devlin, Hollyn Dinnes, Jackson Dobravolsky, Wadih Eljuri, Eric Eschenbrenner, Caitlin Etherton, Hannah Fay, Samuel Foster, Douglas Franklin, Jacob Geesin, Leora Gisser, Claudia Golden, Sophie Goodstein, Kayci Griffin, Natalie Haecker, Zoe Halbert, Nathan Harwell, Zachary Hawks, Alexandra High, Sarah Hines, Hayley Honeycutt, Mackenzie Houdashelt, Charles Hoyt, Chante Jefferson, Zoe Kaiser, Nicholas Kantor, Chase Kavcak, Megan Kehoe, Alexander Kelley, Darby Kendall, Zachary Khan, Rahul Kothari, Yonghoon Kwon, Jordyn Ledyard, Hoo-Jung Lee, Savannah Lee, Amy Liljestrand, Andrew Lo, Huanyu Lu, Ethan Lundgaard, Kristian Lundgaard, Jason Maddox, Laura Mahaney, Marissa Mann, Meagan Marwitz, Patrick Meier, Zackary Misso, Christopher Mulverhill, Maria Neu, Stephanie Nordmeyer, Courtney Norris, Katherine Pia, Nicholas Possis, Naga Amulya Pratapa, Meghna Ravi, Jessica Richter, Sarah Salzman, Sophia Sanchez, Jisoo Seo, Jacob Smith, Jennifer Snodgrass, Trevor Spohrer, Nathaniel Sprague, Linda Steinhardt, Brandon Stephens, Gabrielle Storke, Brianna Tasset, Rahul Thakkar, Trevor Thompson, Bailey Todd, Shannon Towles, Samuel Turner, Kenna Vielleux, Angel Villalpando Gonzalez, Kevin Vu, Roger Welch, Brooke Wilkinson, Lydia Williamson, Jacob Wood, Jamie Xia, Jenny Zheng Twelfth Grade: Tatianna Allada, Monica Amador, James Anderson, Elias Ansari, Samuel Baldazo, Bailey Barton, Alexander Batten, Samantha Baugnon, Emma Bradford, Laine Bradshaw, Anna Brahce, Kaitlin Bush, Noelle Buttery, Cole Carey, Jorge Chong, Arizona Dabrusin, Suzanne Dailey, Ashley Dittus, Dominica Doan, Amanda Doran, Kaymi Franco, Talia Glasman, Herbert Gutierrez, Marlaina Hastie, Leah Havens, Alexandra Hutchison, Alexander Huynh, Chan-Joong Kim, Katie Labaume, Kendra Lanford, Laura Larson, Victoria Leal Tellez, Mackenzie Liddiard, Nicole Lohrstorfer, Erin Lukow, Tarek Makawi, Katlyn Maupin, Kendall McCulloch, Caleb Mehalic, Brady Miller, Mathilde Moeller, Kristin Nelson, Quan Nguyen, Andrew Noll, Ashleigh Padgett, Michelle Petersen, Kaitlin Phillips, Kyleigh Price, Arta Rahmani, Cristina Sanchez, Heather Sawyer, Lauren Schuhmann, Anna Shaw, Christopher Sheahan, Rebecca Sims, Joseph Sirrianni, Nathan Smith, Lily Streiff, Elizabeth Stuckman, Adrianna Tirloni, Tara Vanderpoel, Guillermo Vargas, Jeffrey Walker, Austin Williamson

Vandegrift High School Ninth Grade: Jennifer Abbarno, Emily Adams, Mark Banta, Callaway Barr, Adrian Barraza, Ariel Barraza, Sierra Bassett, Nikita Batra, Sara Beim, Madison Benkovic, Emma Bergman, Nicolas Birk, Taylor Boles, Dana Brannon, Abby Brossette, Hanna Brown, Jessica Brown, Victoria Brown, Gloria Bui, Matthew Carpenter, Suah Cheong, Nora Chestney, Prahan Chetlur, Madison Claflin, Taara Clarke, Lauren Conroy, Rachel Cook, Carley Crossman, Alexandra Dake, Aaron Daniels, Corinne Delius, Meghan Duemler, Manasa Dutta, Yesenia Espino-Guerrero, Erin Fahey, Siobhan Fahy, Jonathan Fisher, Sean Flaherty, Davis Florence, Eric Floyd, Evelyn Frederic, Madison Frye, Mariana Gama, Allison Gamble, Christopher Gardner, Taylor Gaskins, Hope Gilbert, Taylor Goodman, Andrew Graff, Austin Gray, Adley Greear, Kennedy Grimes, Cole Groom, Vishal Gupta, Greta Handing, Jonathan Hanna, Marie Hargan, Emily Hart, Hunter Hinze, Dallas Holstine, Kelly Honts, Alyina Hossain, Kyndal Howard, Richard Howe, Ryan Huntington, Caitlyn Hyde, Madison Ibrahim, McKenna Jasek, Nicole Jaynes, Emily Jensen, Forrest Keith, Catherine Kellogg, Nicolette Keys, Eman Khan, Abigail Knowles, Emily Krause, Maria Krychniak, Sean Kupec, Jonathan Lackey, Justine Lasnier, Madeleine Leboeuf, Wenxiu Lei, Brian Li, Abby Locascio, Alexander Lutz, Katelin Maatz, Prathyusha Mahasamudram, Matthew Mastrodicasa, Ryan McGee, Emily McShane, David Meeks, Sahil Mehta, Ruchika Mitbander, Darryl Mobley, Lauren Murphy, Alexandra Myers, Jacob Nanez, Caroline Naples, Kristina Nguyen, Viet Nguyen, Claire Nissen, Sarah Norell, Seena Ounsinegad, Parth Patel, David Pedersen, Justin Piegat, Lauren Poole, Shwetha Prabakar, Maria Priebe, Nicole Principe, Sondra Rahmeh, Naomi Rapier, Sahar Rashed, Brynnan Recker, Maclane Regan, Bret Reinking, Blake Richardson, Jacob Riedel, Marshall Rigney, Mackenzie Roach, Emani Roberts, Sydney Sabel, Sydney Sanders, Farhan Sanouri, Leticia Santillana

Fernandez, Olivia Schmitz, Robert Scott, Taylor Searels, Cody Shelton, Mikalai Shlapkou, Arham Siddiqui, Emily Smith, Hannah Smith, Madison Smith, Radhika Sood, William Spellmann-Saenz, Austin Stelling, Govind Vikram Sundaram, Margaret Talbot, Nicholas Tallman, Blane Tamez, Lindsey Thompson, Morgan Threadgill, Keith Tran, Zameer Vaswani, Brian Weeks, Paige Welch, Megan Welliver, Claire Wong, Kate Wong, Morgan Wright, James Young, Evan Yu, Hannah Zabalaoui, Alicia Zhou, Audrey Ziari Tenth Grade: Rhea Adhikary, Hisham Ali, Carolyn Andrade, Amulya Angajala, Tristan Apel, Lily Azad, Chase Bailey, Hannah Bell, Marina Bendele, Colin Boyett, Nicholas Breining, Ryan Brewster, Cody Brigham, Lauren Brigham, Avery Brillante, Trudy Bui, Delaney Bull, Caley Butler, Makenna Callen, Colter Castleman, Devon Castoe, Savannah Cavanaugh, Sabrina Cheshire, Mia Chiarelli, Zachary Chipman, Damian Cho, Taylor Christensen, Sydney Cohen, Haley Conroy, Kimberly Corser, Shane Costello, Tyler Davis, Madison Digesualdo, Mason Everett, Christopher Fernandes, Nicholas Fionda, Kaitlin Frierson, Morgan Gaither, Michael Galvin, Calvin Geng, Joshua Gerstenhaber, Leila Ghasemi, Rachel Graham, Carson Harais, Roslyn Harold, Brianna Harrington, Zachary Hartman, Yannick Heard, Mitchell Helt, Michelle Hoang, Heather Hodge, Addison Holmes, Dylan Hoover, Jared Hopson, Allyson Hunter, Cray Jaeger, Marion Jaume, Chandler Jaynes, Abby Jimmerson, Tatum Joines, Janet Karpenske, Lauren Keith, Megan Kosumsuppamala, Rachael Landry, Ashleigh Lusher, Megan Marks, William Martinez, Merritt McCall, Michael Mendez, Joshua Minor, Christian Monts, Sri Moturu, Neha Mulpuri, Ethan Nash, Nnenna Ndukwe, Lienne Ng, Keyana Noorbakhsh, Natalie Nouri, Sarah Nouri, Emma Oldham, Alexis Pederson, Luke Peterman, Megan Pharr, Bailey Phillips, Tracey Powell, Kayleigh Rago, Deepti Rao, Bryn Robertson, Nicole Rossi, Meghan Rue, Melanie Ruiz Esparza Kohrs, Katelyn Santerre, Patrick Sarman, Jacob Schmidt, Jakob Schnell, Megan Sekiya, Matthew Sherman, Emmaline Shields, Hailey Shuster, McKenna Shuster, Nishith Sripathi, Matthew Stipek, Roy Stubbs, Joseph Sutorus, Carley Tauras, Olivia Von Oldenburg, Li Wan, James Weeks, Jeffrey Willoughby, Justin Yu, Jill Zambito, Kelsey Zaroff, Jonathan Zhang, Quinn Zulkowski Eleventh Grade: Emily Alfaro, Taylor Allen, Zachary Amundson, Hayden Anz, Emily Arterbury, Brooke Asher, Lindsey Atencio, Mollie Bailey, Karina Batek, Piyushi Bishnoi, Clarissa Branca, Sarah Bristow, Denise Bui, Nicole Cacho, Allison Carruthers, Katie Chesnutt, Mercedes Choice, Chandler Colbeck, Matthew Conte, Danielle Cooley, Connor Cox, Kaylee Cranston, Kyle Daugherty, Natasha Desai, Nathan Do, Lucy Donaghy, Haley Driskill, Sophia Duffield, John Elder, Jonathon Elderton, Marshall Eldred, Andrew Engen, Danielle Esteban, Abbygale Flickinger, Conor Flynn, Ethan Frederic, Laura Gama, Devon Gerstenhaber, Mark Giles, Kaanti Gowru, Lindsey Graff, Sara Gravely, Kent Grimes, Emily Hanna, Jacob Harris, Sarah Hassall, Skyler Hayes, Brook Heitman, Dustin Hoang, Dylan Hosek, Chad Howland, Hunter Huang, Mattie Isturiz, Kaitlyn Johnson, Alexandra Jones, Lindsey Keels, Harlan Kind, Kendall King, Rachael Klein, Kathryn Kupec, Amey Langford, Lindsey Langford, Dillon Launius, Brittany Le, Leticia Lee, Wenqing Lei, Reid Lichtenberger, Christopher Lick, Brandon Maas, Revanth Madina, Priyunka Maheshwari, Haley Martin, David Martinez, Nicole Martinez, Paige Mason, Alec Masterson, Mitchell McShane, Conor Mitchell, Lan Nguyen, Thomas O’Brien, Tristen Paffe, Megha Pandya, John Park, Elise Patterson, Morgan Patterson, Antoinette Perez, Grant Phifer, Kelsee Pitman, Keegan Pitts, Callum Poole, Nicole Quick, Alexander Quintos, Alexandra Rayas, Erica Reichman, Jake Reynolds, Eric Riewski, Megan Rondini, Mary Rovenstine, Ashley Saathoff, Madeline Sabel, Emily Schmitz, Kelly Schriner, Jordan Sekiya, Brandon Smith, Chase Smith, Jasmine Smith, Jordan Sonnier, Hadley Sorsby-Jones, Melanie Stamps, Tyler Stec, Megan Steichen, 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Community Events March 12-16 Leander ISD Spring Break!

March 15 Four Points Chamber luncheon River Place Country Club from 11 am - 1 pm

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Rising Stars teams up with ABLE to sponsor spring benefit March 30

Travis County Sheriff ’s Deputies will be on the road during Spring Break March 10 through 18, the Travis County Sheriff ’s Office will participate in a selective traffic enforcement program (STEP) grant for Driving While Intoxicated offenses. This grant is offered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and will allow the Sheriff ’s Office to put additional Deputies on the road during that time specifically looking for impaired drivers. In addition to increasing its presence to seek

out impaired drivers, TCSO is asking for anyone who sees an impaired driver to report it by calling 911. Together, the number of impaired drivers can be reduced and lives saved on Texas roadways. The office is getting the word out that: alcohol related accidents are preventable and “buzzed driving” is drunk driving. If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t be a statistic.

Four Points, It’s time to bring out the fancy duds and get the sitter! Central Texas nonprofit Assisting Better Living Everywhere (ABLE) has teamed up with local Rising Stars Preschool to sponsor the Educating Austin Kids Gala on March 30 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive, Cedar Park. For the price of only a $35 ticket, Four Points’ residents will be treated to a fabulous night out with yummy hors d'oeuvres and dessert. The evening’s highlight raffle and auction will begin at 7:45 p.m. and feature a South Padre golf resort

Longhorn Village celebrates Texas Independence Day

Randalls Grand Opening Four Points Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting

March 26 VHS Golf Scramble UT Golf Club, 12:30 start

Peace Lutheran spring carnival to be April 14

March 30 Educating Austin Kids Spring Social Benefits Rising Stars Preschool scholarship ABLE’s Allison Elementary playground project from 7- 10pm at Twin Creeks Country Club, Cedar Park

Peace Lutheran Church and Preschool, 10625 RR 620, is hosting a spring carnival on April 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event promises to be fun for all ages with carnival games, face painting, cake walk, sand art, silent auction, Torchy’s Tacos, Chick-fil-A, and more. The petting zoo will be open at 12:45 p.m. Tickets for activities are 50 cents each. Proceeds will benefit the Peace Preschool as well as students and sponsors attending the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. For more information, go to or call 512258-2293.

April 5 River Ridge Elementary Rattler Roundup Uncle Billy’s on Lake Travis Music by Suede, food, live & silent auctions Tickets now until March 23: $35 6:30-10:30pm

River Place hosting Beautification Celebration April 19

Sponsored by the Texas Exes, more than 150 residents of Longhorn Village celebrated Texas Independence Day on March 2. Residents enjoyed barbeque and live music outside in the retirement community's courtyard.

The River Place Garden Club is inviting Four Points community members to a Beautification Celebration commemorating the completion of River Place’s Treasure Island Bench Park. Festivities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and silent auction and are set to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Treasure Island Scenic Overlook. Tickets for the event are only $10 per person and include drinks and appetizers. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ann Kennedy at 512-215-9089. Tickets will be available at the door and can also be bought in advance from any garden club member.


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vacation, area restaurant gift certificates, spa basket, wine tasting party and a gourmet cooking class among many other fabulous prizes. A cash bar will be available. All proceeds will benefit Austin’s underprivileged children through the Rising Stars Preschool scholarship and ABLE's Allison Elementary playground project. To purchase tickets, go to w w vent/ foraustinkids. If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation by clicking on www.ablemission. org or contacting Erin Newman, Any amount helps!

high school students. Students must be 16 years or older to work at Randalls. The store will make every effort to work with students’ diverse schedules, Yates said. Randalls at Quinlan Crossing will operate between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m., 7 days a week. With the extended hours, some residents have inquired about security at the site. “The safety for our customers and for our associates is of the highest priority. Store security is continually evaluated for its effectiveness,” Yates said. Many delivery trucks coming to and from the

store must use the highway entrance at FM 620 and Marshall Ford Rd. Trucks are specifically prohibited from using the Quinlan Park Road access point. To further help the flow of traffic, no vehicle left turns are permitted from the store property onto Quinlan Park Road. Scheduled to be present at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony next Wednesday are Paul McTavish, President Texas Division of Safeway; Steve Hanson, VP Operations for Texas; Ronnie Taylor, District Manager of all Austin stores; and several directors from the Four Points Chamber of Commerce.

APD looking for suspects impersonating law enforcement The Austin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted for impersonating law enforcement officers and attempting to get money from a victim. At this time, APD is aware of one incident where an elderly female was contacted by phone by someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer. While she was on the phone with this person, another suspect claiming to be law enforcement showed up at her residence. The suspect produced a badge and took the victim to her bank. He attempted to get her to withdraw money from her account under the guise of conducting a criminal investigation. The second suspect is described as: White male 40 to 50 years of age

HOME SALES, FROM 1 On March 1, another 14 listings went active with one under contract that day. “Expect to see many more listings in the coming weeks and for average days on market to decline,” Radack said. Four Points has homes in the low $100,000’s to the multi millions. Real estate averages can be deceiving. Activity and prices are localized, sometimes down to a neighborhood or street, he said. Homes listed for $800,000 or more continue to have a strong influence on RN statistics. In February of this year, there were 71 active listings, 8 pending and 4 closed. Comparing 2010 to 2011, unit sales increased from 37 to 57, average sales price from $1.161 million to $1.176 million, and average price per square foot stayed about the same at $246, data shows. Comparing calendar year 2010 to 2011 for all price levels, RN home unit sales increased from 428 to 490. The average price per square foot increased from $136 to $145. Steiner Ranch leads in units sold but declined from 301 to 286, for 2010 and 2011, respective-

ly. The average price decreased from an average $425,808 to $419,304 but price per square foot increased from $125 to $129. For February, there were 84 active listings, 35 under contract, and 15 were closed. River Place units sold increased from 42 to 76, for 2010 and 2011. The average price increased from $496,524 to $585,726 and the price per square foot also increased from $134 to $153. For February, there were 27 active listings, 11 more under contract and 4 sold, research shows. Home sales in Austin and Central Texas continue to show a steady increase over 2011. In general, job growth is continuing in the high tech, educational, service and medical sectors, real estate professionals indicate. “Considering the life style, shopping, quality schools, positive business environment in Four Points, and less available land for new construction, demands for resale housing will increase,” Radack said.

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VHS band students awarded scholarships By RICH KEITH Four Points News Earlier this month, three of the 12 finalists from the 3rd Annual Vandegrift High School Band Solo Competition won scholarships during a Finals Concert performance at the VHS Performing Arts Center. Senior Mitch Stipek (marimba) won $500, junior Craig Wolf (trumpet) won $250, and senior Moriah Gonzalez (euphonium) won $150. Another 16 band students were recognized as “Honorable Mention” awardees. VHS Band Director Jeremy Spicer said, “Congratulations to the winners of our 3rd Annual Solo Competition. It was an unbelievable night of music making!” The scholarships were provided by the VHS Band Boosters, a non-profit organization whose mission is to benefit the VHS band students. Finalist students will receive points toward obtaining their high school letter jacket. Nearly all VHS band stu-

dents and their parents were in attendance as well as private music instructors and band directors from neighboring schools. The Finals Concert also featured a guest artist, Dr. Martin McCain on trombone. Spicer said each student finalist was given the opportunity to work with the guest artist. Each year, the guest artist participates in all finalist student rehearsals and will perform at the conclusion of the Finals Concert. McCain is a founding member of the highly acclaimed, award-winning jazz trombone ensemble, JazzBonez, as well as a successful touring soloist, chamber musician and founding member of the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet. McCain was accompanied by his wife on piano and together their performance was electrifying, sources say. During the week of Feb. 20 the band students competed with each other for final placement. From over 160 performances, 12 finalists were selected to com-

pete for the $500 top prize. Solo Competition Finalists of 2012 include Jenni Abbarno, Kristen Abbarno, Rhea Adhikary, Sabrina Cheshire, Calvin Geng, Moriah Gonzalez, Caitlin Hall, Rachael Klein, Kelly Schriner, Mitch Stipek, Brian Wolf, and Craig Wolf. Honorable Mention recognition went to Suah Cheong, Danielle Crider, Aaron Daniels, Sara Gravely, Luke Hill, Ryan Hill, Dustin Hoang, Leticia Lee, Katelin Maatz, Neha Mulpuri, Emily Schmitz, Caroline Slater, Jasmine Sundar, John Sutfin, Matt Szostak and Dallas Taylor. The judges for the Solo Competition Finals were Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, Professor of Music and Graduate Studies, Texas State University; Adah Toland Jones, Professor of Flute, Texas State University; and Rick Rodriguez, Percussion Director, Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock.

Mitch Stipek 1st Place Marimba

Moriah Gonzalez 3rd Place Euphonium

Craig Wolf 2nd Place Trumpet

DRINKING, FROM 1 and two VHS School Resource Officers. Additionally Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the local Underage Drinking Prevention Council gave presentations in the school’s gymnasium following the Shattered Dreams program held earlier in the day. “The crash happens because the teen has been drinking,” said Wilk of the Shattered Dreams accident scenario, “but there are a lot of steps to get to that point and that’s what we’re going to talk about tonight. Who gave them (teens) the alcohol?” According to the evening’s panelists, a situation involving a parent providing alcohol to minors at home does not alter the danger involved in underage drinking. A MADD brochure states that “one in three high school seniors said it was easy to get (alcohol) from their own consenting parents” and “two out of five said it was easy to get (alcohol) from a friend’s parents”. Furthermore, through social host liability laws, adults can be held responsible for hosting an underage drinking party, whether they know the drinking is going on or not, as long as it is held on property they own or rent. Vandegrift parents were surprised to learn that consequences can be applied to adult hosts if they are away from their home when their teen son or daughter hosts a party or even if they are present but deny knowing that underage kids were drinking in or around their home. According to TABC’s Lewis, a teen that is at a party where kids are drinking alcohol but is not drinking, can be taken to jail and “everyone can get a citation”. Additionally, a teen who gives another teen alcohol can also be

liable for the consequences. The statistics produced by the program’s panelists were staggering. Wilk stated that one in five teens binge drink and three in four teens have tried alcohol outside their home before graduating high school. For today’s teens and college students, binge drinking, drinking games such as beer pong, and consuming beverages with a high alcohol content or combination of caffeine and alcohol have increased the risk for alcohol poisoning among young people. “What seems like it’s no big thing, a ‘rite of passage’, well, things have changed,” Lewis said. “There’s a big difference at the way kids look at this stuff now. They try to see who can guzzle the most amount (of alcohol) in the least amount of time.” “In Texas, we’ve seen an increase in the number of underage drinkers who have ended up in hospitals or dead,” Wilk said. “The difference today is they’re drinking drinks with more alcohol per volume and they rarely recognize how much they’ve drunk”. Handouts from various agencies provided information ranging from techniques available to begin a conversation with a teen about drugs and alcohol to Texas’ new 911 Lifeline Law which grants limited immunity to kids who call for help if a friend who has been drinking appears to be in danger. Vandegrift Assistant Principal John Sloan, who provided the school’s stance on underage drinking and drugs, informed parents that acts involving underage drinking or drugs at VHS or within 300 feet of the school will send the student to the district’s Leander Extended Op-

New law provides immunity for minors who help others The TX Lifeline Law/9-1-1 Good Samaritan Law: Limited Immunity for Minors: Provides limited immunity for possessing or consuming alcohol to a minor who calls 911 because someone is a possible victim of alcohol poisoning. Leslee Bassman

During a recent parent program on teen drinking, TABC Agent Greg Lewis (pictured) advises parents to start a dialogue about drugs and alcohol with their children before it’s too late.

portunity Center for 45 days as set by the Leander ISD School Board. During that time, the student will not be allowed on any LISD campuses and will be prohibited from participating in any extracurricular activities such as band or sports. “The key is to listen to the teen’s response,” said Lewis, who is the parent of a teenage girl. “They (teens) want to be heard. Start a dialogue and listen to what your teens say.”

Call for Help: Must be the first person to call for medical assistance. Stay on the Scene: Remain on the scene until medical assistance arrives. Work with EMS: Cooperate with EMS and law enforcement. Do not Provide Alcohol to Minors: Enhances penalty for providing alcohol to a minor at a gathering that involved binge drinking or coerced drinking

EVACUATION, FROM 1 Road to Big View Drive in River Place. This option has steep cliffs and there are creeks to build bridges over. The stretch is owned by about five landowners including City of Austin, a private individual and Steiner Ranch. To build a road there would require working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, federal regulators and Balcones Canyonlands Preserve officials to name a few. Another option is to build a bridge across a low water area at Murfin Road across from Zen Gardens Way in Steiner Ranch, which would get residents from Steiner across Lake Austin. But one caution on all of these ideas is that there is no way to know what direction a fire could come from if a blaze similar to the September fires hit the area, Eckhardt said. “Everything is on the table right now,” Farmer said. “But really evacuation is secondary compared to what each home owner can do.” “With our extreme topography, it is expensive and time involved (to build roads). We are looking for some more immediate solutions,” said John Durham, Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Prevention Division, Community Emergency Preparedness Planner, LTFR. One relatively simple solution is having “phased evacuations” where not everyone leaves at the same time, officials say. Safe Areas are another way to protect people through designating pre-identified areas that can provide shelter and protection during an emergen-

cy, Durham said. That is what was done with Longhorn Village where Travis County Sheriff ’s Office, EMS and fire officials were there to support the retirement community, which ran off of electricity from generators. As previously announced by Four Points News, Travis County is increasing its communication efforts to include social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to help get accurate information out during an emergency. Another possible idea to warn the public of high fire danger may be to fly a warning flag at the community entrances, officials said. Other safety tips include having a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards which the National Weather Service used to give evacuation routes during the Bastrop fires. Another tool is registering to get Reverse 911 calls to be notified in an emergency. More Fire Wise communities can be created to encourage homeowners to clear the brush near their homes that could fuel fires. “We need people in Steiner to do that on their own property,” Farmer said. Building rock pillars into wooden fences ever so often is another tip since wooden fences serve as a wick to a home if a fires starts in the green belt. Another tip is putting screens on soffits at the roof line so embers cannot be drawn in, Farmer said. “We are trying to think outside the box to help protect the community,” Durham said.

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