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Missing Vandegrift senior is an “Endangered Runaway” Benefit Thurs. to raise reward for her safe return By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News Vandegrift High School senior Jacqueline “Jax” Whittington, 17, was making plans for college two months ago but will likely miss graduation ceremonies in a few days because she is missing, possibly heading toward Oregon with her boyfriend. Her mother Jana Darling just wants to see her daughter alive and well. “Literally, every day, I don’t know if she’s alive,” Darling said. “We just want her to know she’s not in trouble. We just want her to be safe.”

Jax was last seen on May 18. She is listed as an endangered runaway on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website. The Cedar Park Police Department is pursuing the case and confirmed that Jax was still listed as “missing” as of Monday. Jax is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs around 110 pounds, has brown hair, ears and navel piercings. She drives a 2002, four-door, silver Honda Accord, license plate LTS789, and was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans when she disappeared. During a time when most Vandegrift senior parents are making plans for graduation celebrations, Darling is piecing together her daughter’s whereabouts. Darling believes that her daughter is travelling with her

17-year-old boyfriend of six weeks. During the week of May 15, Darling was told that her daughter may not pass her senior year and had been working with Vandegrift staff and teachers to help Jax in her final weeks at the school. Jax transferred to Vandegrift from Cedar Park High School for her senior year. On May 18, Darling received an e-mail alert that Jax had missed her third period class. Her calls and texts to her daughter’s cell phone went unanswered and Darling discovered that Jax had gone in earlier that day to her workplace, Z’Tejas Restaurant on West Parmer Lane, to get her paycheck. She was scheduled to work at 6 p.m. that night but never appeared. Darling tried to get information from the boyfriend by tele-

phone but he said that he hadn’t seen Jax. However, Darling’s fears were confirmed when the boyfriend’s parents told her they had received a text from their son saying that he and Jax were running away. Jax’s father, a Steiner Ranch resident, received a call from his daughter that she was “not in town and I’ll take care of everything”. Darling then contacted the Cedar Park Police Department later that day, May 18, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and runaway hotlines and switchboards. Darling stated that Jax said she could not stand the pressure of school any longer. She was especially concerned about her daughter’s welfare after finding out that Jax’s boyfriend had ran

away with another two months ago, hitchhiking to Hollywood, Calif. after their vehicle broke down in West Texas. Darling was able to track down Jax by tracing her cell phone calls to an auto parts store in Coleman. Sales staff at the store informed the Cedar Park mom that the two had come in after having car trouble and bought a new battery for Jax’s vehicle. Darling also found out that the teens told store clerks that they were headed to Oregon. According to Darling, the couple’s cell phones have been turned off and money she recently added to her daughter’s bank account has not been touched. “She likes art, drawing, paintJAX, 5

Local water rates set to rise if new energy rates increase

APD, Travis County Sheriff are keeping local lakes safe this summer

WCID 17 opposes Austin Energy’s proposed rates

By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News

By RICH KEITH Four Points News

With the recent Memorial Day celebration marking the beginning of the summer season, boaters, swimmers and paddlers are primed to enjoy Four Points’ lakes. However, last week’s media ride-alongs on Lake Travis and Lake Austin proved that the Lake Travis Task Force and the Austin Police Department will make their presence known to ensure that safety is on the minds of all lake goers. Austin Police Department enforced its “Driving and Boating While Intoxicated” No Refusal Initiative during the Memorial Day weekend as an effort to ensure that boating

The Austin City Council has delayed until June 7 their decision to approve or modify the Austin Energy electric rate increases which will affect residents in the Water Control and Improvement District 17. If the proposed rate increases take effect, many Four Points water users’ rates will rise dramatically, WCID 17 board member Rob Carruthers said.

City Council finalizes zone changes to 10 Steiner acres

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Above: Travis County Sheriff’s Office is just one of the numerous agencies ensuring the safety of Lake Travis users.

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Left: The Lake Travis Task Force and the Austin Police Department want to make sure you “buckle up” on the boat as well as in the car to make this summer on the lakes a safe one.

By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News As anticipated, the Austin City Council unanimously approved developer MU-14 Investments’ (Taylor Morrison) request to change the zoning on a 10 acre tract at 4807 North Quinlan Park Road in Steiner Ranch to allow for further development but with certain restrictions. The ordinance, as approved on May 24, incorporates an agree-

Right: “Devils Cove” on Lake Travis is a notorious ‘hot spot’ for partiers and, subsequently, police arrests. However, according to Seatow’s Clark Bird, the majority of calls from boaters requesting a tow are due to low water in the lake. Leslee Bassman

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The change could “lead to a 12 percent to 18 percent increase in the price of electric power that the District uses every day to run the (water) pumps,” Carruthers said. This larger cost would result from the proposed rate increases as well as an additional levy by Austin Energy from the WCID 17’s use of so many electric water pumps. “Unfortunately for the service area, if this were to happen, we would be forced to pass on the higher costs to our customers,” Carruthers said. Combined with higher electric rates for the average homeowner, this would create a “doubling effect” of the proWCID 17, 5


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Vandegrift High School senior Jax Whittington went missing on May 18, 2012. If you know anything about her disappearance, please contact the Cedar Park Police Department at 512-2604600.

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ment between the developer and Steiner Ranch homeowners groups which will limit the development to only 54 residences or townhomes, hold car traffic through the area to only 2,000 trips per day, not permit direct access to FM 620 from the tract, and ban multi-family buildings, or apartments, from being built on the site. Additionally, although MU-14 has indicated they would be constructing only residences on the land, Council disallowed other uses for the property such as art studios, pawn shops, automotive stores and clubs or lodges.

River Place HOA working on ways to prevent Balcones trespassing without cameras, game fences By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News The River Place Homeowners Association wants to find alternatives to the high fences and cameras which have recently been put in place by City officials to help prevent trespassing onto the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. At their executive meeting earlier this month, River Place HOA board members argued that city officials “unilaterally decided what the escalation process was by erecting eight-foot game fences and cameras without notifying homeowners first.” “It’s a little harsh to put up

a fence like that,” said River Place HOA board member Rick Coppola. “You wouldn’t do that without telling your neighbor.” More recently, during Wednesday’s packed meeting of the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, River Place HOA President Greg Sedlock was charged by Conservation members with getting the consent of his HOA board to post a bond which would cover potential repair costs if anyone trespasses the River Place boundary and damages the adjoining BCP. The BCCP calls for the creation of a preserve system, the BCP, to

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protect eight endangered animal species as well as 27 other species believed to be at risk in Central Texas. yes looks good At the BCCP Committee meeting, Sedlock argued that the eight-foot game fences have damaged the quality of life for those bordering residents, is expensive for the City to construct, reduces the City’s taxable income because the fences have caused adjoining property values to drop and may impact emergency personnel’s access to the homes in case a wildfire breaks out. According to Sedlock, two out of the three homeowners accused of trespass were new residents

in the neighborhood. Sedlock stressed to BCCP members, including City of Austin Wildland Conservation Division Austin Water Quality manager William Conrad, that the community group plans to focus on an education program to inform new residents of the rules and regulations regarding the preserve as a natural habitat for endangered species. The move by the BCCP committee was surprising given that in the weeks since the Four Points News published its first article informing readers of the City of

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The River Place development map shown illustrates the various owners of the area’s surrounding greenbelt, open space and preserve land which complicates issues of what areas residents can and can’t enter without trespass violations. Key: Green is owned by BCP, Red is MUD, Blue Green is the Country Club, Purple is private, and blue is HOA. Contributed by Gary Chapel

Austin’s placement of eight-foot game fences and cameras on preserve property abutting three River Place homesites, the River Place HOA has maintained a constant dialogue with City officials to hopefully negotiate a less intrusive solution to acts of trespass by its residents on the cityowned land. Recently, one of the three homeowners settled with City officials for $8,400. Conrad deems River Place’s original 25 fences a “failed experiment” During last week’s meeting, Conrad stated that an eight-foot fence is “standard practice”. In 2006, Conrad negotiated a contract with 25 River Place lot owners adjoining the BCP to install a




smaller black wrought iron fence at the owners’ expense which he now terms as a “failed experiment”. “You have to consider that the site is at the edge of a rim rock the (golden cheeked) warbler uses to call for mates,” Conrad said in an interview with Four Points News. “There’s no other place in the City where I started with (this) fence. When we put up the eight-foot fence, the trespass stops.” Conrad cited serious concerns over homeowners who cut down trees on BCP property numerous times over an area the size of their lot, topped trees and disposed of yard waste over the fence. In one instance, the owner informed BCP staffers that he “was going to top trees” and was told that he was not allowed to do this; the trees were cut anyway. However, Conrad stated that he has not gone back to the neighborhood on a regular basis to speak to the homeowners. “Of the 25 homes, more than half have had instances of trespass,” said Conrad who admits to struggling internally with the issue. “People have an expectation that they can climb over the fence onto someone else’s property (because it is preserve).” Conrad asked one of the owners if he would ever climb over his neighbor’s fence and cut a tree down and the neighbor replied that it would be “absurd” to do that. “This is a fundamental property right,” said Robert Kleeman, BCCP Citizens Advisory Committee member. “It’s almost like a devaluation of the property because it’s preserve land. It’s still a neighbor. The same basic rule applies here.” Steiner Ranch HOA agreement with county held as a model for River Place change BCCP Citizens Advisory Committee member Ken Beck focused on the difference in treatment of Steiner Ranch, which ad-

joins BCP land owned by Travis County, and River Place, a development which abuts City of Austin property. Rose Farmer, Travis County Natural Resources Manager, stated that Steiner Ranch does have issues with trespassers onto BCP land but the Steiner Ranch HOA assists her office and finds the trespassers. According to Farmer, the County constructs eight-foot fences but presently lacks the money to do so since it is in a phase of BCP land acquisition. Once the land acquisition program has been depleted, Farmer stated that her office would start building eight-foot fences once again. “Travis County has the right to put it (eight-foot fence) up,” said Farmer. “Steiner Ranch is wonderful to work with. We go to the Steiner Ranch HOA and they’re the ones who enforce and deal with the homeowners.” Committee member Kleeman set the standard for Sedlock and the River Place HOA to meet in order for the game fences to be removed with some insurance for the BCCP. “We would need to hear that your HOA would be a guarantor,” Kleeman said. “If something happened, your HOA would be paying. If it’s that important to you, you ought to put your money where your mouth is.” Sedlock stated that the River Place HOA is set up differently from Steiner Ranch and lacks the authority to deal with this issue; bylaws would have to be changed with a two-thirds vote of the homeowners. “Steiner Ranch has a homeowner ‘neighborhood watch’ approach,” said Joe Lessard, BCCP Citizens Advisory Committee member. “If there was a way to recreate that relationship, then you would establish a precedent that would be acceptable.” Other options identified included exploring an eight-foot

fence that the HOA would construct which would be acceptable as a compromise. Next step with River Place HOA and Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Sedlock agreed to review the Steiner Ranch documents and contracts with Travis County, adjoining preserve owner, as a possible ‘blueprint’ from which to draft a potential agreement between River Place and the owners of the preserve in their area, City of Austin and Travis County, and then return with a proposal to the committee. Of particular interest to the River Place HOA is a 140 acre tract behind the China Garden area which was sold to the BCP at the end of last year. These homeowners are concerned that the City will add game fences adjoining their lots as well. Conrad’s office has already removed cameras from the BCP property adjoining one of three homeowners identified as trespassers and stated that the remaining low-tech cameras may be taken down once his department is convinced that the continuing trespass activity has stopped. “Restoring a habitat is not simple,” Conrad said. “Ninety percent of what you suggest, I’m ready to do but, as far as taking down fences, I’m not comfortable with that.” “We’re looking for a long-term solution rather than a quick fix to help two or three homeowners,” said Lessard. Sedlock stated that he would work to form a committee of homeowners and board members to coordinate with BCCP Citizen Advisory Committee members on drafting a solution to the issue. Conrad and Lessard, who worked on the Steiner Ranch documents, pledged their support and assistance to the River Place HOA’s efforts.



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Activities help students stay engaged during summer break Just the anticipation of summer can be thrilling. The allure of staying up later, sleeping longer, and enjoying all of the freedoms that come with summer break is exciting, and these days are just around the corner. Yet, as many parents with school-aged children can attest, a week or two into June, it can be challenging to find activities that keep children engaged. While summer is preciously short, the days can get long. But if you know where to look, there are plenty of fun activities happening in our area. The LISD Community Fliers page is a great place to start. Just go to, click on the Community Fliers link from the QuickLinks menu and check out the offerings from local organizations. From this webpage you can find information on summer camps, vacation Bible schools, flag football teams, library programs, art camps and much more. These fliers are updated constant-

ly, so keep an eye out for more opportunities headed your way. Also under the QuickLinks menu, you will see a Summer Information link which allows you to register your child for our academic or sports camps. Our academic camps include writing, foreign language, culinary, math, science and technology and range from three to five days. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. All camp instruction is sponsored by an approved LISD teacher. Likewise, the sports camps available this summer include boys and girls basketball, baseball, dance, volleyball, softball, football, tennis, track, and middle and high school strength and conditioning. Camps range from four days to six weeks and offer skill levels from beginners to advanced. Participating in either an academic or sports camp is a great way to help keep your child engaged this summer. Summer Information also in-

cludes the summer school class- pecially if you are a parent of an es LISD is offering for middle incoming ninth-grade student, school and high who may or school students. may not be used Middle school to completing students are elischool work gible to enroll in during summer. Summer summer school assignments ofonly if they are fer students the seeking to reBRET CHAMPION opportunity to gain credit for continue skill promotion to the next grade; however, eighth- practice and help develop necesgrade students who are entering sary “habits of mind” beyond the high school next fall may also take school year. Our local libraries often host some courses for acceleration. High school students can take activities for children during the summer school to regain credit or summer. In fact, information to get ahead. about a few programs is already You will also notice that the posted on the Community Fliers Summer Information link has a page. But because not all areas link for assignments. If your child of our community have access to is in middle or high school and community libraries, two LISD is planning to take a Pre-AP, AP, facilities will be opened durPre-IB or IB course next year, I ing the summer: the libraries at invite you check out the assign- River Ridge Elementary and Four ments they are expected to com- Points Middle School. The River plete over the coming weeks, es- Ridge library will be open June

11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28; and July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23 and 26 from 9 a.m. – noon. The library at FPMS will be open June 12, 19 and 26; and July 10, 17, 24 and 31 from noon – 3 p.m. I invite you to stop by a library near you and keep your child reading this summer. But maybe you are looking for an experience the whole family can enjoy. If that’s the case, then an upcoming rodeo may be right up your alley. The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) is partnering with the Cedar Park Center for the Rodeo, June 22-24. Discounted tickets start at $8, good for adults or kids. Ten percent of ticket sales will benefit LEEF. You can purchase tickets by going to, locate the Rodeo and entering the promo code “LISD.” Some of our families may be needing more than fun and entertaining activities once school lets out and could benefit from meal assistance. To help meet this need,

LISD is working with the Texas Department of Agriculture to sponsor a summer food program to provide free meals for children ages 1 – 18 years old. The program will be offered at nine locations in the LISD community. Breakfast will also be served at eight locations. More specific information, along with the locations, is posted on our website’s home page. In fact, most of the information I’ve provided to you this week can be found on the LISD website. As we head into summer, we hope to continue to provide you with information on resources that help students remain engaged throughout the break. So I encourage you to stay engaged yourself by reading your LISD Weekly Insider, staying tuned to our district’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and monitoring the website for news and information about summer activities. Have a great week!

7th graders get Duke University School’s out for the summer! Talent Program accolades Leander ISD Superintendent Bret Champion is proud to announce that 287 seventh-grade students were eligible to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) and take college entrance exams, either the SAT or ACT. These students qualified for Duke TIP based on their scores on their fifth- or sixth-grade TAKS scores. Of the students tested, 74 qualified for state recognition, scoring in the top 36 percent of the more than 68,000 students tested statewide. In addition, five students received Grand Recognition, scoring in the top 3 percent nationwide. “Leander ISD is extremely proud of these students’ outstanding academic accomplishments. Being recognized by the Duke TIP program means they outscored a significant number of high school juniors and seniors who took the same college entrance exams,” said Superintendent Bret Champion. “The number of LISD students eligible to take part in Duke TIP speaks to our district’s efforts to provide more early exposure to college-entrance exams, including the SAT and ACT, and is part of our larger goal to increase college-readiness among all students.” The Four Points following students received either State or Grand Recognition through Duke TIP: From Canyon Ridge Middle School: Joshua Chmelik – State Recognition

Rachel Dean – State and National Recognition Mary Farrell – State and National Recognition Delaney Hardt – State Recognition Anupriya Jose – State Recognition Spoorthi Kamepalli – State Recognition Meredith LeBoeuf – State Recognition Ethan McCosky – State Recognition Yilong Peng – State Recognition Spencer Sharp – State Recognition Ankith Sripathi – State Recognition Jonathan Walker – State Recognition From Four Points Middle School: Lauren Burrow – State Recognition Asher Crohn – State Recognition Tucker Mathis – State Recognition Jennifer Maunder – State Recognition Nidhi Pandya – State Recognition Elizabeth Patterson – State Recognition Christopher Schwartz – State Recognition Lauryn Simons – State Recognition The Duke TIP program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and help students reach their highest potential.

Leander ISD campuses will release early on the final day of school, Friday, June 1. Pre-K classes will release at

10 a.m.; elementary schools will release at 11 a.m.; middle schools will release at 12:10 p.m.; and high schools will re-

Free summer lunch program at River Place Elementary Leander ISD and the Texas Department of Agriculture are sponsoring a summer food program to provide free meals for children ages 1 to 18 years old. The program will be offered at nine locations in the LISD community. Breakfast will also be served at eight locations. River Place Elementary, 6500 Sitio Del Rio Blvd., will serve breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 4 through Aug 10. Acceptance and participation requirements for this service and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. For more information, visit the Texas Department of Agriculture website at or call 2-1-1 for other locations of summer food programs.

lease at 11:57 a.m. District offices will remain open to the public until 4:30 p.m.

LISD board selects new officers At the May 17 LISD Board meeting new board officers were selected. New officers are: President Pamela Waggoner, Vice President - Russell Bundy and Secretary - Grace S. Barber-Jordan, M.Ed.

101 CRMS students are part of NJHS There were 101 CRMS students inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on May 16. The National Junior Honor Society is the leader among organizations and societies that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship, and service. Left to right are some of the students: Lindsey Cohn, Carissa Mallory, Rachel Frith, Sara Campbell Photo by: Pamela Campbell

Lake Travis Community Library kicks off summer reading program June 2 Lake Travis Community Library will offer over 100 events during its annual Summer Reading Program. The official Summer Reading kickoff will be held on the lawn outside of the library on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:30am to noon at 2300 Lohman's Spur, Suite 100 in Lakeway. Tiny Tails to You! will bring their baby animal petting zoo. Also, have your face painted, be

showered by bubbles and make a balloon animal. Be sure to stop by the library for refreshments, to register for the summer reading program, and to pick up reading logs to last throughout the summer. New this year is our Summer Reading Chart - watch your progress as you read over the next few months on the reading chart located in the Children’s Area. Sign up for our

Summer Reading Program and your name will be placed on the chart, then for each 10 books or 10 blocks of time you record on your log, a star will be placed by your name. Reach the goal of 5 stars and you will receive a Reading Certificate signed by the Governor of Texas as well as other prizes. Start reading now!

Members of the Tiny Tails to You! at Lake Travis Library Members of the Tiny Tails to You! petting zoo will help Lake Travis Community Library kick off its Summer Reading program on June 2nd from 10:30am to noon at 2300 Lohman's Spur, Suite 100 in Lakeway.

Left: Pichu the Chinchilla Right: Sonica the Hedgehog

Empowering tomorrow’s leaders. Teachers and Administrators: Thank you for another great school Teachers and Administrators: year and for all that you do for our students. Thank you for another great school year and for all that you do for our To students. the HCEF Members and Volunteers:

Thank you for all your support this past year. To the HCEF Members and Volunteers: What a year Thank you it forhas all been: your support this past year. What a year it been: • has Awarded over $48,000 to area schools through two Impact Grant Awarded over $48,000 to area schools through two • Patrols in the 2011-2012 school year. • Impact Grant Patrols in the 2011-2012 school year. Hosted the 2nd Annual Giddy Up Gala. • Hosted the 2nd Annual Giddy Up Gala. • Hosted 4th Annual Robotic Scrimmage in November and 1st Annual • Hosted 4th Annual Robotic Scrimmage in November HCEF Robotic Society Conference in March. and 1st Annual HCEF Robotic Society Conference in March. • Received a very generous $10,000 grant from Randalls. • Received a very generous $10,000 grant from Randalls. THANK YOU RANDALLS! THANK YOU RANDALLS! • Provided almost $10,000 in financial support to the area robotic clubs. • Provided almost $10,000 in financial support to the • Helped to fund the award-winning VHS Viperbots’ trip to St. Louis area robotic clubs. • for the World Championships. Helped to fund the award-winning VHS Viper Bots’s trip • Presented $10,000 to LISD to help fund Naviance. to St. Louis for the World Championships. • Presented $10,000 to LISD to help fund Naviance.


SUMMER LIBRARY HOURS River Ridge Elementary AMNoon) to Noon) River Ridge Elementary LibraryLibrary (9 AM(9to Dates: June 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Dates: June 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 Special Programming: Special Programming: Joe McDermott - June 11 at 10 AM Joe McDermott June 11, 10 AM Bernadette Nason - July 26 at 10 AM Bernadette Nason July 26, 10 AM

Four PointsSchool Middle School Library (Noon toPM) 3 PM) Four Points Middle Library (Noon to 3 Dates: June 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Dates: June 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 July 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 Special Programming: Mark Mitchell - July 17 at 1 PM Special Programming: Mark Mitchell July 17, 1 PM



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The first Vandegrift High School graduation giving these students a firm foundation to ceremony is only days away, marking a major build their futures on. milestone in our community. Your years worth of love, encouragement It was only a couple of years ago the land and boundaries have helped mold each senior VHS now sits on was just piles of dirt. I toured into who they are today. the construction site to see bulldozers moving We as a community are proud of each one of dirt around, making a firm foundation to build you graduating seniors. on. (I know a few personally including Valedictorian Cameron Corinaldi, who Look how far that stretch of land babysat our kids years ago. Maybe I has come! should have asked him to tutor them The state-of-the-art VHS caminstead! We also know Emily Rigney, pus gives students the backdrop to who also babysat for us. Maybe we succeed. VHS teachers are charged should have gotten in a few more art with teaching our students life skills lessons since she has filled the VHS to be productive learners, effective principal’s office with artwork!) communicators, and responsible citizens. But time moves on and so LYNETTE will all of these talented seniors to This group of 248 seniors has responded well. This year they have HAALAND make their own mark. So on Sunday, filled the halls, bringing leadership Viper graduates, go out and make us and vision for the entire student proud. body. Congratulations to the first VHS graduating Look how far they have come! class! Parents, you have done an outstanding job

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Where are you going for Summer Vacation?

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We’re going to Italy to see the Vatican and Coliseum and all kinds of things. I’m very excited!

We’re going to Canada, well first to Ohio to see grandparents and then we’re going to walk across to see Canada at Niagara Falls.

I’m going to Hawaii to see my grandparents. We’ll visit the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai and visit the battleship and go snorkeling.

We’re going to Colorado to do mountain biking and alpine sledding, and we’ll also go to see gold mines.

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Dear Editor, Many of you may be aware of the immanent Austin Energy electricity rate increase? What you may not realize is that this increase will screw us out in the Ranch who have no voice or representation in the matter. There is an opportunity that presents itself in this screw job. That opportunity is a formal complaint via the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Here is the scoop: once the board at Austin Energy votes to increase rates (50% increase) rescheduled for June 7, we all need to sign a petition that

Dear Face, You are not alone. I know people whose relationship status is only official if it has first been updated on Facebook. But why tell the world by accident? We heard that Facebook went public because they couldn’t understand their own privacy settings! Seriously, kids, don’t complain about your parents me mad on FB, and grown-ups don’t complain about your job there. Don’t complain about your spouse either because it will come back to bite you. Facebook when used incorrectly can destroy the art and fun of idle humorous chatter in our lives. Be sure to check your privacy settings often!

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while intoxicated laws on Lake Austin and DWI laws on the roads around the lake and city were followed. The program is generally reserved for holiday weekends and allows officers to obtain search warrants and force DWI and BWI suspects to submit to blood tests for intoxication if they refuse breath tests. As Independence Day and Labor Day summer celebrations approach, other local No Refusal Initiative weekends will likely be scheduled. Lake Travis, controlled by a coalition of public safety agencies within its jurisdiction, does not have a similar ‘no refusal’ initiative. “If there’s evidence that the person’s intoxicated, we’ll get a search warrant on a case-by-case basis, not a blanket refusal,” said Travis County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Roger Wade. Persons found to be under the influence while boating on Lake Travis can expect to be brought to shore, given a field sobriety test and then taken down to the police station for other testing. “The lakes (Travis and Austin) have different people on them and different agen-

cies patrolling,” said LCRA spokesperson Clara Tuma. The Lake Travis Task Force is comprised of the LCRA, Travis County Sheriff ’s Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Travis County Parks, the Jonestown, Lakeway and Lago Vista Police Departments, Lake Travis Fire Rescue ESD #6, Travis County Constable Pct. 2, North Lake Travis Fire Rescue ESD #1, Pedernales and Volente Fire Departments and Austin-Travis County EMS. On both Lake Travis and Lake Austin, boaters are required to have all safety gear required by law on-board, including a life vest (personal flotation device) for everyone on the boat, a fire extinguisher and a soundproducing device, or horn. Patrol officers will be on area lakes this summer conducting safety checks for these items as well as watching for intoxicated boat operators. Although APD announced a Personal Watercraft Ban on Lake Austin for the past holiday, the Lake Travis Task Force does not stop kayakers and windsurfers from using their waters. “If it floats, you can be on the water,” said Wade. “No jet ski bans.”

Lake Travis boater Steven Reed (driver) pulls out of the Volente marina (pictured below) on Friday morning, just before the crowds hit the water for the Memorial Day weekend. Reed said that he tries to avoid the lake on holiday weekends “because it’s so crazy”.

However, Wade and Tuma caution Lake Travis boaters to slow down and watch out for personal watercraft and even divers. Lake levels were so low last year that a comparison to the number of lake users this season is difficult. Boat ramps were closed for part of the summer of 2011. Currently, Mansfield Dam has several lanes but only one public ramp open since the Lake Travis water level is 28.5 feet below its May average and seven to eight feet lower than it was at this time last year. “When you start talking about Lake Travis, there are hazards at any level,” said Don Chapman, Travis County Parks and Natural Resources officer. “When levels start falling, the main basin area creates the most problems, with Sometimes Island and Windy Point being two of the most significant areas.” Two weeks ago, Windy Point was the site of 2012’s first drowning on Lake Travis. “Make sure you know your water,” Chapman said. “If you’re swimming, understand the conditions and the water. There are steep dropoffs on the lake. Don’t drink and swim and don’t swim alone.”

Seatow owner, Mike Kern, enjoys a break before the Memorial Day weekend boaters rev up their engines on Four Points area lakes. Kern’s company, a franchise of a national corporation, assists stranded boaters on Central Texas lakes. “We’re like AAA, just on water,” Kern said. Seatow subscribers can call Kern and his staff if they are out of gas, run onto the rocks or get stuck in shallow water for a tow to safety.

ing,” Darling said. “She loves music and festivals.” Whittington’s future looked bright after she was accepted to Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, and planned to use the money her parents had set aside for college in the Texas Tomorrow Fund program. “Two months ago, we were making college plans,” said Darling. “We went there (Texas A&M, Corpus Christi) in March and got her dorm room. One month ago, suddenly she was not sure she wanted to start in the fall. She didn’t feel that she was mature enough to handle the workload. It all kind of fell apart.”

On May 5, Jax and her boyfriend attended the first VHS prom together. Austin radio station Mix 94.7 is hosting a fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at P. F. Chang’s at 10114 Jollyville Road in Austin’s Arboretum area to help raise money for a reward for Jax’s safe return. A silent auction is planned and the restaurant is donating part of their profits from the event to find Jax. If you have any information about Jax or Williams, please call Cedar Park Police Department at (512) 260-4600. For more information about fundraising efforts, please contact findjaxw@gmail. com

WCID 17, FROM 1 posed electric rates, he added. WCID 17 serves approximately 15,000 acres including Steiner Ranch, Apache Shores, Comanche Trail, Flintrock, River Ridge, Serene Hills and Hudson Bend. It also includes many areas in Lakeway and the new Lakeway Regional Medical Center. “The district’s largest operating expense is the ongoing purchase of water from the LCRA. When you buy water rights it’s a use-it-or-lose-it policy these days,” Carruthers said. But older agreements, still in effect, are based on a pure usage model, so the total cost of water to the WCID 17 is a blended factor. The cost of electricity to pump the water is part of the cost to deliver water to the Four Points area, and this is the cost which WCID 17 would be unable to control. “It’s frustrating for us as a nonprofit public utility,” Carruthers said, in reference to WCID 17 being in the Austin Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) without the right to vote on the proposed rate structure. Yet the district

would be subjected to the new rates if approved, and may only appeal to the Texas Public Utility Commission for relief. Since Austin Energy declined to be deregulated among other utilities, it is unclear if the Texas PUC can provide any help. Getting electric power from another source is not an option in the Austin area, according to Carruthers. Ironically, WCID 17 supplies drinking water to the offices of Pedernales Electric Co-Op which is located directly across the highway from the proposed Mansfield WTP, but cannot buy cheaper electric power from Pedernales, who is prohibited from competing for the business. A solar energy study has been undertaken by the district to try to find an alternative energy source should the new Austin Energy rates be approved. “We would love to include solar in the solution if it makes sense,” Carruthers said.

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Quick Car ER-Mobile Auto Medics opens with local ties After working for the past 16 years in the Austin automotive repair industry, Steiner Ranch resident and Cedar Park native Tommy Bludworth has set out on his own. He created Quick Car ER – Mobile Auto Medics to offer “on-the-spot” mobile auto repair service in the Four Points area. Customers who have unforeseen problems with their vehicle can call Bludworth’s business and a technician will come to them to repair basic items on-site with the goal of getting them back on the road fast. They can handle ignition problems, flat tires, lockouts and other typical auto repair and maintenance services. Bludworth has worked at the Lakeway Service Center for more than five years and various other shops in the area and he has a loyal customer base already. “I think the big difference between me and most everyone else in the business is I’m not willing to compromise quality in my work. I’m a perfectionist that way,” said Bludworth. “I really care about my customers. If I can’t ensure their safety in their

Tommy Bludworth, Steiner Ranch resident, started a mobile auto repair/emergency roadside assistance business serving Four Points.

vehicle, it keeps me up at night, it’s not a chance I’m willing to take.” Bludworth has been working on cars all his life and has been a professional auto technician since 1996. His philosophy, that mechanics are “doctors for a car”, is reflected in the name of his homegrown business, Quick Car ER – Mobile Auto Medics.

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Education Foundation allows me to help our students reach their goals and their potential.” HCEF, often considered the Academic Booster Club of the Vandegrift feeder pattern, has a goal to help develop a superior educational experience for students in the Four Points community through the financial support from individuals and businesses living and working in the area. HCEF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, distributes these monies in the form of grants and community

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board’s newsletter, is set to begin on August 1, and will allow for the larger carts to be set out on alternating Wednesdays. A placard on the cart’s lid will identify which items can be recycled. Previously, residents were required to carry a smaller basket to the curb for weekly recycling. The new wheeled carts will hold 95 gallons of recyclables each. “The recycling cart stores more total items encouraging

Later this summer, River Place residents can expect to see large blue recycling carts dotting the neighborhood’s streets as the development moves towards a Single Stream Recycling program with IESI service. The program, discussed during this month’s River Place Municipal Utility District board meeting and highlighted in the

recycling which saves money and raw materials,” said James Casey, River Place MUD board president. “Large items that can’t fit in the basket can be recycled. The wheels make it easier to get the cart to the curb and back especially in a community where there are so many hills like River Place.” Additionally, residents are currently permitted to put out one bulky item by 7:00 a.m. each week with their trash.

“I don’t think people realize they can put out the sofa,” said board member Claudia Tobias. According to Casey, the price to the homeowner for the Single Stream Recycling service will be about the same as the previous IESI service. River Place’s MUD ad valorem tax is currently $0.335/$100. “I think it will make life easier for some of our residents,” Casey said.

Last push for Project Political signs must go away by June 8 Grad June 3 With only days until the start of Vandegrift High School’s first graduation ceremonies on June 3, Project Grad could use one final boost of funds to reward this year’s inaugural senior class with goodies for their last chaperoned celebration together. The all-night event, destined for Dave and Buster’s, will allow the teens to have a safe, drug-free

and alcohol-free party, complete with door prizes to help adorn any freshman college dorm room and wallet. The Project Grad committee has spent the past year working to make this evening a success and there’s still time for the Four Points community to donate their resources by emailing

Austin will join more than 70 countries across the globe on May 30 to raise awareness for multiple sclerosisa, a disease that impacts more than 2.1 million people. is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects each person in a unique and different way. MS impacts more than 400,000 people in the U.S. including more

than 21,000 Texans diagnosed with the disease. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and

Four Points homeowners and renters who reside in a homeowners' association must remove all political signs no later than June 8, 2012. Section 202.009 of the Texas Property Code prohibits an HOA from restricting homeowners

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Vandegrift sophomore heads up Random Acts of Kindness club By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News Sophomore Keyana Noorbakhsh helped launch the Random Acts of Kindness club at Vandegrift High School to make a difference in her world. “I just wanted to see how big of a positive impact we could make in the school,” said Noorbakhsh of the Vandegrift program. “And to encourage students and remind them that there are people out there who notice them.” Noorbakhsh approached a Vandegrift faculty member last year with an idea for a studentled club, which she hoped would make VHS a “better place” to learn. Noorbakhsh was not alone in this brainstorm after seeing sister and Cedar Park High School graduate Donna Noorbakhsh achieve success and fellowship with a similar RAK club. Both siblings felt that, given current community issues such as bullying and negative teen self-image, their classmates could use a daily dose of encouragement and support, resulting in the founding of an organization which puts sticky notes on school mirrors with positive messages, doles out chocolate kisses to strangers and distributes home-baked cookies with inspirational notes aimed at “making the day” for the small squad’s peers. Last year’s inaugural RAK meeting attracted 35 students and even more as the group took hold during the semester. This year, RAK boasts just under 50 students. “It’s awesome,” said VHS teacher Rebecca Hudson, sponsor of the group. “The ideas they come up with are just so heartfelt. How refreshing for tenth graders to go out of their way to make people feel special, putting their time and effort into making this a happier place.”

West Art Tour brought out local potters Steiner Ranch resident and hobbyist potter Anand Prasad had his molded creations at the recent West Art Tour. Hundreds of people stopped by at the May 19 and 20 event and throwing demonstrations were given too. Prasad throws at the Cone 10 Ceramic Studio at 2309 Thornton Rd. "In the past we have visited plenty of craft shows in different countries and we are the ones looking at the wares on display, handling it, asking questions etc., This time, visitors were looking at Anand's pieces, asking questions etc.," said Annie Prasad, Anand's wife.

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Above: RAK members posted posters (shown) throughout the Vandegrift hallways to make the school “a better place” to learn. Right: Vandegrift sophomore Keyana Noorbakhsh (shown) leads a recent meeting of the school PIT group she founded, Random Acts of Kindness club.

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Vandegrift band set for explosive growth VHS’s largest group getting larger By RICH KEITH Four Points News The Vandegrift High School band and Vision Dance Company is preparing for huge growth. The program has 180 students today, making it the largest group on campus. For the 2012-2013 school year the band program is expected to surge to over 225 students. In 2013-2014 there will be approximately 300 students, and beginning in 2014 the program will stabilize at between 325-350 students. “The band staff is extremely excited by the current and future growth of the program. It is amazing that only a few years ago we had less than 50 members in the program,” said Director of Bands Jeremy Spicer. The award winning VHS marching band, in existence for only three years, took ninth

place in the state of Texas out of over 250 class-4A band programs during 2011. Featuring four concert bands today, beginning in 2013 the band will expand to five concert bands. In addition to a very strong middle-school feeder program, Spicer emphasizes the growth “has been fostered by the current members of the program.” Helping to accommodate this growth, Stephanie Lee has accepted the position of Assistant Director of Bands at VHS starting in August 2012. Her position will be the fourth band director on staff, joining Mike Howard and Paul Pape. Lee is currently on staff at Canyon Ridge Middle School as an Assistant Band Director, where she directs the Concert Band. She also teaches beginning trumpet, french horn, and trombone classes. Lee graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. “Lee is a trumpet player with

a wealth of performance experience,” Spicer said, referring to her work in both the Wind Symphony at North Texas and as a performer and drum major for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. “She is the perfect fit to join the team at Vandegrift,“ Spicer added. “We are looking forward to welcoming all the new members,” Spicer said. The fall 2012 Viper Band and Vision Dance Co. production will be entitled An American in Paris and will feature the Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris by George Gershwin. The band, including today’s newest middle-school members, received their marching music recently in Freshman Band Camp. The top band will play at graduation on Sunday, June 3. The full band will start marching practice beginning August 6, readying for the first football game of the season on August 30 at McNeil High School.

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Steiner Ranch Old Pros’ Ride for a Cure Members of the the Steiner Ranch Old Pros (SROP) rode in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure, a charity cycling ride to raise funds for the fight against diabetes. The SROP cycling team participated in the 30, 50 and 100 mile rides, raising over $5,000 for the ADA. They joined forces with the Texas Beef Council to create the SROP/BEEF cycling team which raised roughly $23,000 overall from 53 ridders. "Congratulations are in order

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Table of Contents: History of Vandegrift High School.................. 3 Top ten graduates.......................................... 3 Class photo..................................................... 4 Class superlatives........................................... 5 List of graduation candidates........................ 6 Schedule of graduation ceremony.................. 6

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The history of Vandegrift High School

Top Ten Graduates Vandegrift High School history In the spring of 2009, the Leander ISD Board of Trustees voted to name the district’s newest high school after Marine First Lt. Matthew Ryan Vandegrift, a Leander High School honors graduate and athlete who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in April 2008. Vandegrift High School was opened to freshmen and sophomores in the Four Points Middle School building in August of 2009 until construction was completed at the adjacent high school campus. In August of 2010, the school was officially opened at Vandegrift High School to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. In June of 2012, VHS celebrates the first graduating class.

Texas A&M University with honors and earned a degree in international business, before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in August of 2005. Lt. Vandegrift grew up in Steiner Ranch. He participated and excelled in extracurricular activities and demonstrated the highest character, as evident by the fact that he volunteered to defend the ideals of our great nation when he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Lt. Vandegrift was a true role model for what we hope to see demonstrated by each and every Leander ISD graduate. He was a brave Marine, successful student, outstanding citizen, loyal friend, caring brother and beloved son, said LISD Superintendent Bret Champion, during the school’s dedication.

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Anna Zanot

Ashley Munoz

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VHS namesake, Matthew Vandegrift The Leander ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the district’s fifth high school in honor of Lt. Matthew Ryan Vandegrift, a Leander High School honors graduate (Class of 1999) and athlete who was killed in Iraq in April of 2008. Vandegrift graduated from

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Vandegrift High School - Senior Class of 2012

Photo by Goldbeck Company

Vandegrift High School - Superlatives of 2012 Best Looking: Rand Fredrickson and Madison Tierney Most Athletic: Yuron Shears and Cody Cox Friendliest: Grant Joseph and Diane Kim Most Talented: Joe Grismore and Ashlee Cloud Best Smile: James Gonzales and Lauren Smith Most Spirited: Andrew Barstow and Moriah Gonzalez Most Likely to Star in a Reality Show: Parker Morrow and Glenda Radtke Most Altruistic: Tyler Handrick and Kristen Abbarno Most Original: Rainer Swan and Mitzi Naiser Most Intellectual: Matthew Szostak, Andrew Toungate (tie) and Anna Zanot Wittiest: Cody Witt and Jenna Diven Best Dressed: Drew Higginbotham and Sofia Colorado Most Likely to be President: Michael Lundy and Taylor Watson Mr. and Miss VHS: Dominick Caputo and Cody Cox

Photo by Goldbeck Company

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Most Likely to Succeed: Cameron Corinaldi and Ashley Munoz

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2012 Graduation Candidates A


Kristen Renee Abbarno  ●  Austin Blake Aja Trevor Drake Aldridge Jose Fernando Amador Franco Mitchell Mark Andrus Gabrielle Andrea Arevalo 

Matthew Allen Earp Robert Richard Erickson Emily M. Erm Maximo Rafael Estrella ♦  Austin Evans  Jeffrey Blane Everett 

Christopher Michael Jew  Roger U. Joaquin Kimberly Lyn Johnson Chasity Tnequa Johnson Kolton R. Joines  Sloane Stefan Jones Grant C. Joseph  Austin Ryan Juarez




Amber Delaney Ballard Sarah Elizabeth Balman  Jacob Alexander Banks  Niki Dimitra Barouxis  ●  Andrew S. Barstow  Warren A. Bell  Wisam Mohamed Brahim Parker Reives Brigance  Brent L. Brooks Brandon David Brown  Zachary Hayes Brown Sarah Ann Brusseau  Leah Butterfield 

Kimberly Renee Faver Jessica Lauren Finfrock  Briana Lyly Fisher  Wesley Fisher  Elizabeth Grace Flickinger  Nicholas R. Florence  ●  Rand Martin Fredrickson  Lauren Elizabeth Fuller 

Courtney Elizabeth Kaczmarek  Bradley Leon Kaisner  Lauren Alexis Kamp  Griffin Matthew Kelly Brandon Andrew Keys  Diane Sunhye Kim  Jennifer Kirilova Jeremiah A. Kleidon Rohith Kolli ●  Brett Andrew Koster Alexander John Kotlarz 

Dominick Joseph Caputo  Madeline Shea Castleman  Suzanne Patricia Cavanaugh  Alfredo C. Cervantes Niles Keane Chantry Brigitte Noelle Chapman  Kayla Leigh Chatlosh  Alec Silva Chavez Alexa A. Chipman Taylor Leigh Christman  Austin James Clark  Eric Bryan Loscalzo Claver Jonathan R. Claypool  Ashlee Marie Cloud  Sofia Colorado Gomez ◊  Chelsea Nicole Cooley Langlie Ann Cooley Cameron Michael Corinaldi ◊ ●  Cody Leigh Cox  Cameron Tyler Craig  Lucas Oliviera Da Cruz 

D Jack Bear Daneshvarmahvelat Matthew Kingsley Dang  Lauren Frances Daniels ●  Devonta E. Darden Anna Elizabeth Davidson Courtney Michelle Davis  ●  Natalia Machado De Souza Naqib Naushad Dhukka  Jenna Gayle Diven   Danielle Maria Docherty  Austin Jacob Anton Doskocil Matthew B. Dupree

Katharine Elizabeth Gallien  Tatiana Elise Gamez  Matthew Logan Gass ●  McKenzie Kay Gillespey  Drew Edward Golden  James Patrick Gonzales Lauren Theresa Gonzales  Moriah E. Gonzalez  ◊  Raynaldo J. Gonzalez  Elizabeth Marie Gonzalez Ruiz Jacob Thomas Graham Garrison Wayne Gregory Zhanya Ann Griffin Joseph Craig Grismore  Sophie Adele Grossman ● 

H Caitlin Eloise Hall  Tyler M. Handrick John Ryan Hardy  Randell Murray Harold  Michael Gage Harrelson  Cameron Davere Harris Luke Anthony Hartman ●  Nathan Cole Heitman Joseph Ryan Hernandez  Robert James Hernandez Ashley Nicole Hielscher   Drew Taylor Higginbotham Andi Marissa Hill John Michael Hirschhorn  Raine Xavier Hoffman  Joshua George Holland  Paige Marin Holstine

J Justin Ellliot Jania  Deric Edward Jech  Christopher Ravn Jensen 

Top Ten Percent - Gold Cord National Honor Society - White Stole (member), Blue Stole (officer) ◊ National Spanish Honor Society - Red Cord  

Thomas Sturges Lastrapes  Kai-Txanton Trott Lejeune Gillian Renee Lewis  Paige Marie Lichtenberger  ◊  Andrew Michael Locascio  Dylan Avery Locke Marshall James Long  Ronald Jayson Long Michael William Lundy ◊ ● 

M Sarah Alexandria Martinez  Stephen Quinn McCue  George James McClure  Lyricia Ann McDermott Danielle Nicole McLelan Matthew M. Meeks  Pierre Anthony Megie  Rebecca Leah Menajovsky Jennifer Joan Mertz Erik Gary Merzon Matthew Jamal Meyers Alexander Grant Miles  Nicholas Austin Milner Jasmine Solange Mobley  ◊ ●  Myles Xavier Montalvo Maria Morales-Heyser Lindsey Anne Morehart  Parker Hayden Morrow Parker Evan Moses  Catherine Clara Mueller ●  Alyssa Danielle Muir  Nicholas Timothy Muirhead Nathaniel Douglas Mullen Ashley Marie Munoz ● ♦ 

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Samuel Andrew Pair Chase David Parks  Taylor Douglas Payne Kenneth Peyton Perret  Greta Anne Peterson  Sandy Uyen Pham  Dylan Jeremey Phelps  Christopher Monroe Pleshek  Mikaela Yazmeen Pope  Landon T. Prewitt ● Megan Rose Priebe  Dakota Michael Prukop  Audrey Nicole Pyle ● 

Connor Patrick Thomas  Trevor Nathan Thomas Madison Shae Tierney  Kassandra S. Torres  Andrew Logan Toungate  Christina Thanh-Vi Tran  Brandon Geoffrey Treybig Kendall Lauren Turner 

Mitzi Diane Naiser  Jovita Sephora Ndong  Jordan Manchester Ng  My Duyen Thi Nguyen Nathan Samuel Nissen  Max Jackson Nowak  Eric Nukulkarn 


● Mu Alpha Theta - Blue and Gold Cord  National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist  National Merit Commended Scholars ♦ National Hispanic Recognition Scholar

Leonardo Forni Obice William Brandon Olsen  Adelaid Nickita Oun  Mas Jasiah Owen

Hannah Molly Simpson ◊  Kathryn Lee Skinn  ◊ ●  Elizabeth Marie Slezak  Gretta E. Smith ●   Kylie Elise Smith Jesse Smith Lauren Leigh Smith  Naomi Joan Smyth   Jordan Elizabeth Speir  Shelby Carole Steindorff Brian Scott Stewart  Mitchel E. Stipek  Collin Rawles Stobart  Aidan Rhys Stone Rainer Halifax Swan  Matthew Paul Szostak 


R Brandon Tyler Raba Glenda G. Radtke  Christopher Nabil Rahmeh  Ross Cody Raven  Jacob Allen Regan Kristina Margarita Reyes  Emily Morgan Rigney ●  Hunter Gene Rinehart Alexandra Leilani Rivera  Regina Wyshawn Rogers Jenna Maureen Rosbrook  Praise Song Russell  Kevin Rutkowski 

S Tressa Hulett Sagullo ●  Cole Hunter Salazar Jasmine Renee Salcedo Alejandro Santillana Fernandez  Patricia R. Scnear  Emily Dyer Sears  Dexter Rahemond Shaw  Yuron Danavon Shears Kaley Sue Sheridan Kody Taylor Sherman Zachary C. Sherman  Ashley Kathleen Shoemake 

V Brittany Ruth Vanderloop  Juliette Marie Vannieuwenhuyse Bleys Allen Van Riper  Eduardo Jose Velasco  Matthew M. Villegas Michael Andrew Vineis Matthias A. Voelkl

W Erin Elizabeth Wallace  Anna Nicole Walls  ◊  Derek Benjamin Warren  Amanda Taylor Watson  Jacqueline Kate Whittington Evan David Wienck  Regan Nichole Williams  Marshall William Wilson  Emily Renee Wisenbaker Cody Michael Witt  Whitney Morgan Wright  Austin Jon Wyborny  Keller Dane Wylie Z Anna Marie Zanot ◊  Colby Conner Zugg

Five VHS seniors honored as part of LISD’s Top 25 Exceptional Members of the Class of 2012

National Achievement Award Recipient Gold Medal Texas Scholars Silver Medal Texas Scholars

Chris Pleshek

Kristen Abbarno Moriah Gonzalez

Kathryn Skinn

Ashley Munoz


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Fanfare and Processional “Pomp and Circumstance”........ Vandegrift High School Band by Edward Elgar Presentation of Colors..............................................................Vandegrift High School ROTC Pledge of Allegiance........................................ Grant Joseph, Student Body Vice President “Star Spangled Banner”........................................................... Vandegrift High School Choir Welcome...................................................................... Ashley Munoz, Class of 2012 Treasurer Opening Remarks..................................................................................... Mr. John Vandegrift Presentation of Salutatorian........................Bret A. Champion, Ed.D., LISD Superintendent Salutatorian Address.......................................................................................... Michael Lundy Presentation of Valedictorian......................Bret A. Champion, Ed.D., LISD Superintendent Valedictorian Address............................................................................... Cameron Corinaldi Presentation of Class and Awarding of Diplomas.............................Charlie Little, Principal Candidate Names Read By: John Conner, Eric Cunningham, Crystal Taylor, Mike Heath Address to Graduates...........................................................................Charlie Little, Principal Closing Remarks.............................................. Marshall Wilson, Class of 2012 Vice President Ceremonial Turning of the Tassels....................................................................... Class of 2012 Vandegrift High School Alma Mater...................................... Vandegrift High School Band, Vandegrift High School Choir Fanfare and Recessional “Pomp and Circumstance”......... Vandegrift High School Band by Edward Elgar

Vandegrift High School Alma Mater Vandegrift, always proud, [we] hold our heads up high, always faithful, “second to none.” At the end of our journey a new one begins, in our hearts we will always be one.

Walk on towards our hopes, walk on towards our dreams, though sometimes we’re on our own. Walk on, walk on with memories strong, and we’ll never walk alone. We’ll never walk alone.

The legacy you leave makes you truly

second to none.

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