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48 LFHS Seniors Receive Educational Achievement Awards
Chamber Welcomes Safe Ride Driving Academy
Lady Falcons Win Game One of Bi-District Play
Forty-eight Los Fresnos High School seniors have been named recipients of the High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement
by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). The award is presented to seniors who have completed a challenging program of study and demon-
strated readiness for employment and for college. Students qualified for the award by completing a college-preparatory course of study in at least two of
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Members of the Los Fresnos FFA chapter traveled to Robstown, April 9, to compete in the Veterinary Science, Milk Quality and Farm Business Management Career Development Events. Over 975 students began the statewide-tournament in 28 different events which reflect classroom instruction in basic technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills. At the Area X contest, the teams placed as follows. Los Fresnos FFA placed 1 st in the Farm Business Management Contest. Team members included: Kenneth Miller, Jordan Sales, Kendall House, Tristen Cruz, Austin White, and Bruce Waters. A l s o , p l a c i n g 5 th was the Veterinary Science team consisting of: Kiryat Castillo, Alexandra Cabrera, Allyssa Cawlfield, and Alberto Ochoa. Both of the previous teams advanced to the State contests to be held at Sam Houston State University on May 2, 2014, and Texas A&M University on May 3, 2014, respectively. Placing 7th at Area, Los Fresnos’ Milk Quality team
consisted of Andres Trevino, Ashley Tamayo, Dalton House, and Kevin Rocafuerte. The Texas FFA is one of the nation’s largest state FFA Associations with more than 103,000 members and more than 1,000 FFA chapters.
of success in the workplace and further education.” The SREB, which was founded in 1948, is a multistate compact for education. HSTW, which launched in 1987, is the largest high school improvement effort in the U.S., with more than 1,100 school sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Students selected include: Avaristo Alvarez, Stephanie Aranda, Carlos Armas, Nathalie Ayala, Dominque Banda, Rebeka Borders, Ana Canales, Marilyne Cantu, Victoria Cavazos, Gustavo Cedillo, Josue Cepeda,
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Top 10 Spotlight:
Abi Pastrana Maintains Focus
Abi Pastrana has a many good memories of her years at Los Fresnos High School, but has always remembered her top priority over everything else – achieving a high academic standard as one of the Top 10 students in the Class of 2014. “I’m really looking forward to Prom and being with my friends,” said Pastrana. “The social aspect of my life has been important to me. We’re only going to be in high school once, so I want to enjoy it. But I don’t lose my focus on academics.” Pastrana has been diligent about staying ranked among the Top 10 students throughout each year of her high school career. “I really believe in balance; you have to have a balance,”
she said. “You have to know that you have priorities and important things to focus on. I have a Facebook account and check it every day, but I also know that I have work to do. I try not to get too distracted, and stay focused on what I have to do.”
Her hard work has earned ego and lived there until her scholarships exceeding the seventh grade,” she $100,000 to attend The Uni- said. “I have many relaversity of California-Santa tives there, and consider Barbara, which will be less it home. My parents were than four hours away from apprehensive about me leavmany relatives in California. ing at first, but they sup“I was born in San Di- port me with this now.” ► CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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three subject areas (English/ language arts, mathematics and/or science); complete a concentration in a careertechnical area, mathematics/ science or the humanities; and meet the readiness goals in all three subject areas on the HSTW Assessment. “These students are to be commended for their efforts,” said Sue Ellen Hill, LFHS HSTW Site Coordinator. They have taken challenging courses in high school and scored high on rigorous exams. By doing so, they have increased their likelihood
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On Saturday April 26th, 2014 @ 4:00 p.m. Los Fresnos Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed to the community our newest member Safe Ride Driving Academy with a grand opening and ribbon cutting. Safe Ride Driving Academy currently has ope registration for their first course that will start on May 5th, 2014. They offer Teen Classes for ages 15-17 at the price of $299 which includes a 16 day course with 7 hours of observation driving and 7 hours of hands on driving. They also offer Adult driving Courses held on Satrudays for 6 hours for ages 18-24. Their contact number is 512 - 704 RIDE (7433) and they are located in the “Geovanna Plaza” at 32412 Hwy 100 Suite E. Los Fresnos, TX 78566.
48 LFHS Seniors Receive Educational Achievement Awards ► CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Orlando Chavez, Gerardo Cuevas, Carlos de la Lama Garza, Cristian De la Cruz, Alex De la Garza. Lorena Espinoza, Conrad Fliegel, Casandra Flores, Elise Gamboa, Andrea Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Elizabeth Garcia, Josue Garza, Nathaniel Garza, Valeria
Garza, Esteban Godoy, Gabriela Gonzales, Viviana Guel. Angela Hernandez, Dalton House, Kieran Krebs, Erik Landes, Priscila Lopez, Abril Macias, Brenden McDonough, Abi Pastrana, Keyla Pecina. Justin Robles, Delilah
Rodriguez, Stacie Rodriguez, Israel Salinas, Melissa Sandoval, Kaitlyn Torres, Alexis Villafranca, Annett Villarreal, Aaron Wolcott, Kaylah Zepeda.
The group will be recognized at the May 12 meeting of the Los Fresnos CISD Board of Trustees, where the awards will be presented.
HARLINGEN – Research which was recently conducted by six neurologists -- including Dr. Ameer Hassan and Dr. Wondwossen Tekle with Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen -- suggests that Hispanics in border states may be waiting too long to come to the hospital for treatment of stroke, which is similar to a heart attack – except to the brain. The research shows that Hispanics in the Valley and elsewhere along the Mexican border are less likely to receive medications to treat strokes and 30 percent more likely to die from “brain attacks” than non-Hispanic patients. A stroke is a medical emergency in which it is critical to call 911 immediately after the patient first experiences symptoms. The longer the patient waits before going to the hospital, the more brain tissue will die – meaning such patients could become permanently disabled or die. At most Valley hospitals, treatment with a “clot buster” medication to reverse strokes is limited to within 4 ½ hours after the initial onset of symptoms of a stroke. However, Valley Baptist in Harlingen has extended the time window by introducing new endovascular stroke procedures in specially-equipped “bi-plane” neurovascular angiography suites in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. At Valley Baptist-Harlingen, stroke patients can be treated with tPA through a catheter or with retrievable metal “stent” devices up to 8 hours or more after symptoms begin. Valley Baptist is the only hospital south of San Antonio with two specially-trained endovascular neurologists who are able to provide 24hour coverage for patients needing specialized treatment for stroke in a bi-plane neurovascular angiography suite. As a result, the hospital has been treating stroke patients who are transferred from other hospitals as far away as Corpus Christi and Rio Grande City. The treatment helps to clear blockages in the blood vessels leading to a patient’s brain -- allowing blood and oxygen to once again reach the brain. In many cases, this can help save the patient’s life and prevent or minimize disabilities from the stroke. For more information about prevention and treatment for stroke, consult your physician and visit www.ValleyBaptist.net.
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MMA fight fans get ready for one of the most exciting sporting events of 2014. On Saturday, June 14th, Hero Fighting Championship will present “Best of the Best II,” a professional MMA competition hosted by JC Fight Promotions and sponsored by Charlie Clark Nissan. The event will be held at the Commemorative Air force Museum in Brownsville with doors opening at 6 p.m. The elite fighters on the card are expected to draw fans from all over Texas. The Main Event will feature Jamall “Pretty Boy” Emmers from San Antonio defending his Featherweight title for the first time to Brownsville’s born and raised, Luis “The Law” Vega. Fans from the Valley have been watching Vega fight in the cage for years and they finally have a chance to see him bring a title to his hometown. The co-main event will feature Edinburg’s DJ Fuentes who will defend his Bantamweight Championship to a fierce and scrappy Jose Ceja from Beaumont. Fuentes is a talented fighter with skills and a spirited heart that backs up why he
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Jeff hopes to further his mantra by donating his time at Green Ghost Hero Academy in Los Fresnos on Hwy 100. The Academy is a community Martial Arts School that trains kids from all over the Rio Grande Valley to build themselves, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Jeff wants to put an end to bullying. Classes are free and kids of all ages are welcome. JC Fight Promotions and Hero FC want to make sure that pro fighters reach their dreams by offering contracts in value of $50,000. Already three contracts have been giving out at “Best of the Best I.” Jeff wants fighters to know, that no matter how rough or low life may be, he is available for each one of them as Mr. Lopez was there for him. If you are planning to make it to only one MMA event this year, make it “Best of the Best II.” You will notice the outstanding excellence of skill, determination and heart the moment these fighters step inside the cage. Mission Statement HERO FC is to instill in young people a sense of
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At UCSB, Pastrana plans to study linguistics and international studies, to follow a similar path taken by her mother, who is an interpreter. “Besides English and Spanish, I already know French,” she said. “I want a career in this area, so I want to learn Italian and Portuguese. My sister-inlaw is from Japan, so I want learn Japanese, too.” Pastrana plans to participate in the Study Abroad program, so that she can study in Europe and expand her language horizons. “I hope to eventually earn a government job as a linguist,” she said. “My long-term goal is to live and work in Italy.” Before those goals, she is determined to stay focused at UCSB and become an academic scholar there. “I’ve never been the type to be discouraged, and younger people shouldn’t either,” Pastrana said. “Don’t be discouraged if at first, you don’t get to your goal, that you might not succeed. Instead, you should learn from that and challenge yourself to overcome that obstacle and reach your goal.” She also knows that her academic focus means that her parents won’t have to
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