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May 2013 Issue


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Note From The Publisher The Many Blessings Of May


ay is a time of celebration, remembrance and transition. We begin the month with multiple celebrations, starting with the always fun and festive Cinco de Mayo. I love that we get to keep that Fiesta spirit going for a little bit longer as we celebrate a part of our rich cultural heritage here in San Antonio. Mother’s Day is the following weekend, on May 12th. Mark your calendars and be sure to plan something special to show gratitude and love to your mom on this Sunday. I am so thankful for my own mom and the wonderful example that she has been for my siblings and me. Small in stature—my brothers and I tower over her— my mother has a big heart, always showing unconditional love and spirit. To borrow words from Shakespeare, “though she be but little, she is fierce.” My mom has always played a very major part in my life, and is now very close to my son and my daughter. I have always said that Mom is the glue that binds my family together. We love you, Mom! While I am writing this letter, she also seems to be holding together our extended Spurs family as we head into the playoffs. She rarely misses a game, and even though the Spurs are written off every year, San Antonio continues to put together a team that everyone – especially Mom – can be proud of! In honor of every mother who keeps her family together, turn to pages 10-11 in this issue of Welcome Home, where readers have shared tributes to their own mothers. May is also a month of remembrance, as we observe Memorial Day on the 27th. I am always grateful to live in Military City

USA on this holiday, because the people of San Antonio have a deep reverence and appreciation for the sacrifices of our military men and women and their families. May we never take for granted the high cost at which our American liberties are earned. For many in our community, this month is also a very transitional time of year. With school wrapping up and summer right around the corner, teachers and families are celebrating the end of classes and looking forward to summertime activities. For graduating seniors who are coming to the end of their high school careers, this transition may be the greatest they have ever faced. The Stone Oak Business Association once again had the privilege of granting scholarships to eight seniors from Reagan and Johnson high schools, who will be announced this month. The many scholarship applications confirmed what we already knew – the Class of 2013 is full of bright young leaders who are full of potential. I look forward to seeing the positive impact they will make on the world in the coming years. Also in a transition in May? Our Spurs! You’ll find me at every home playoff game, cheering on our boys right alongside their number one fan – my mom. Go Spurs GO!

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s there anything more precious than the love shared between a mother and a daughter? Liezel Thompson, the beautiful mom featured on Welcome Home’s May cover, is joined by her daughter, Lily, who will be turning two this summer. Having Lily in her life has been a wonderful lesson in love and selflessness for Liezel, and she has embraced motherhood with open arms. “There is so much I love about being a mom,” Liezel shared. “I couldn’t have anticipated my heart expanding this much – each snuggle, struggle over dinner, kiss, bedtime story, tantrum, prayer, sleepless night, unconditional love and each new discovery…I wouldn’t change a thing!” This Mother’s Day, Liezel and her husband, Mark, have even more reason to celebrate the holiday. They are eagerly anticipating the birth of their second daughter, Nina, this month.

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“I am in awe of and so grateful for the life growing inside of me,” said Liezel. “Every movement reminds me that God, who called each star by name, also called me to be a mama to two of His princesses.” Even as Liezel celebrates her role as a mother to her sweet little girls this month, remember to express your gratitude to your own mom. Turn to pages 10-11 to read on as members of our community share the impact that their own moms have had on their lives. From all of us at Welcome Home, Happy Mother’s Day!

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ongratulations Class of 2013! In the commencement address will be advice about working hard, about goals and that you can be anything you want to be (although the closest I ever got to my “be a princess” goal was being called a “royal pain”- so I joined the Army). Looking back, I can’t help but think that some helpful wisdom was left out, so here goes. As part of your education, you learned that the world revolves around the sun but when you move that tassel from one side to the other, it marks the beginning of a new journey where you will discover that the world does not revolve around you! There will be new “pseudo-parents” out there who are going to be only too happy to help you learn this. First, and foremost, will be your boss. Although he won’t care if you stay out all night, he will expect you to meet your 8 a.m. curfew and to be courteous and professional until curfew ends at 5 p.m. (if you have all your responsibilities taken care of, that is. Otherwise, the 5 p.m. thing is negotiable). Then there are your neighbors. They do not care if you “pick up your room!”(you have to live in it) or “clean up your dishes!” (you have to smell them) or “turn out those lights, they waste electricity!” (you have to pay for it). They will, however, expect your yard to be kept up and the noise level to be kept down. In addition, just as you are relishing your new-found freedom from your parents arcane rules, there is Officer Friendly who will insist that you follow all these other “draconian” rules such as having liability

insurance, an updated license, no beer on the vehicular premises and those pesky speed limits that you see next to the Children At Play signs. Your landlord will also have a few expectations, such as being paid rent on time and not damaging her property. Otherwise, she will happily move your belongings to a new location (probably Goodwill) and rekey the locks. Welcome, graduate, to The School of Life! As the music plays and you see tears in the eyes of the two people who love you more than their own lives, know that it is not because they feel they were too tough on you but that now, maybe they feel they were not tough enough… You can contact Debby (whose second graduate is in the Class of 2013) at

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“Feel This Moment” With Johnson Spirit By Amanda Burris he members of the Johnson High School spirit organizations not only perform but also inspire and encourage their fellow peers throughout the various sports seasons. Towards the second half of the year, they dedicate countless hours to work on their routines for numerous competitions. Finally, after a long year of endless practices, performances and competitions those in the spirit organizations prepare for their annual Spring Show. The Spring Show is an end of the year showcase for the entire spirit program that highlights the Legacy dance team, the Belles drill team, the cheerleaders, the Texas Ladies pep squad and the mascot. “The show is a celebration of the year’s accomplishments,” said Dance and Drill instructor Stephanie Trevino, “as well as hard work.” This year all of the teams had many accomplishments. The Texas Ladies were pep squad division winners at the HTE competition, ShowMakers of America State Champions and pep squad division winners at the America competition at Wagner High School. The Legacy dance team and the Belles drill team also had an amazing competition season. This year, the Belles were named grand champions at the HTE competition, State Champions at ShowMakers of America and JV division winner and seventh place for the Best of Best at Wagner High School. The Legacy dance team claimed the titles of first runner-up grand champions at the HTE competition, ShowMakers state champions


and American Dance/Drill state champions and first place Best of Best team. The Johnson Cheerleaders added more awards to the long list with the varsity team becoming southwest regional champions, Texas State champions and placing among the top finalist at the National High School Cheerleading Championships. The JV team ended the year by earning fourth in the nation in the Junior Varsity division. The award winning spirit program plans to wrap up the school year with the Spring Show. The show consists of 2024 performances and not only showcases the performers but also the choreography by the directors, dance/drill officers, pep squad student aides, senior cheerleaders and occasionally outside choreographers. The performances consist of an assortment of styles such as jazz, kick, pom, hip hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary, cheer dances, tumbling, jumps, stunts and skits. There will also be a few special performances by the Tejeda Middle School dancers, the Johnson Fine Arts dance classes and a senior switchup routine that consists of the senior cheerleaders and dancers. The Spring Show is also tribute to the spirit group seniors. “It is such an important time for the seniors,” said cheer coach Shannon McKinley. “It is their last performance as a high school cheerleader or dancer, so it is really special to watch their performances.” After the countless hours put into the year, the Spring Show is the last team performance for the girls. “It’s hard to see the year come to the

The Johnson spirit program, including the Legacy dance team, will perform in the annual Spring Show.

end,” said Trevino, “but incredible to know another exciting chapter is about to begin for ALL of us!”

The two shows are on Saturday, May 11 in the Johnson High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets can be bought from any spirit members or at the show.

Orchestra Is Ready For Finale! Submitted By Brooke Wilkinson reaking through with dancing moves, the Johnson Orchestra performed wonderfully at their “Evening with Strings” event on April 8th. With barely even a month left of school you would think that it might be over for the music kids, but it isn’t. May 21st is the orchestra’s final concert of the year and they will be going out with a bang. They will be ending the year with amazing music and walking away


with more music skills than they had before. This performance will also be the celebration and farewell to the graduating seniors. It will be a heart-wrenching, tearjerking performance, as the seniors perform for the last time as Johnson Jaguars in the orchestra. Their director, Karen George, is clearly the best at what she does with these Jaguars. Come join the Jags and celebrate a beautiful end of the year performance on May 21st at 7 p.m. It is sure to be a showstopper!

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A Woman Who Nearly Became A Man

By Donna Becker, D.O. Enhancement of Life (210) 545-5224 ately, it seems that every doctor thinks he/she can prescribe bioidentical hormones. I saw a woman recently in my office with a dangerously high level of testosterone after being given weekly injections of testosterone by another physician. Her level was over 500, while a normal young woman’s range of testosterone varies between 20-75. I explained to her that elevated testosterone in a woman can produce permanent physiologic changes


such as deepening of the voice, facial hair, baldness, and changes to the breasts and clitoris. Thankfully, she came to me after only three weeks of this terrible treatment. I have seen women who have elevated testosterone levels of around 100 without any obvious physical changes. Mentally, some increase in testosterone produces energy and self-confidence bordering on arrogancewhich can be desirable in a depressed or shy individual (personal observation). But very high testosterone is not natural, not physiologic, and there are no studies about

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the long-term deleterious effects. I remember another patient, about 45 years old, who admitted she had used injectable testosterone and synthetic male-like hormones as a young aspiring body builder. Other than a deep voice and muscular body, she had normal female appearance. She regretted her illegal use of hormones and only wanted to be correctly balanced, which I provided. The most common error I see in men treated with testosterone is either too low or too high estradiol. Estradiol is the predominant female hormone. An enzyme, aromatase, chemically changes testosterone into estradiol to a small degree in young men. When men with very low testosterone are prescribed testosterone replacement, sometimes the testosterone changes to estradiol. However, most doctors use medications to block aromatase, which causes the transformation. Problems occur

when the estradiol is blocked too much or not at all. Elevated estradiol can produce permanent breast enlargement, moodiness, and weight gain. However, bone loss and memory problems may occur when the aromatase enzyme is blocked too much resulting in very low estradiol. Blood levels must guide therapy in women and men. Failure to monitor prescribed hormones can be disastrous. Sex hormone replacement must be properly evaluated the same as thyroid or insulin hormones. I treat adults with age-related decline of hormones. Donna Becker, D.O., Board Certified Physician. Enhancement of Life is located at 14603 Huebner Rd., Suite 2601, San Antonio, TX 78231. For more information, call (210) 545-5224 or visit www.

the eye or vision. Anderson Cooper recently experienced this and temporarily lost his sight while he was healing. All from not wearing sunglasses while on the water. An extreme form of photokeratitis is snow blindness. It sometimes occurs in skiers and climbers who experience extreme UV levels due to high altitude conditions and very strong ground reflection. Pterygium. This growth of the conjunctiva on the surface of the eye is a common cosmetic blemish and is probably linked to prolonged UV exposure. Pterygium may extend over the center of the cornea and thereby reduce vision. It also has a tendency to become inflamed. Even though it can be removed by surgery, the outgrowth tends to recur. Cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. Proteins in the eye’s lens unravel, tangle and accumulate pigments that cloud the lens and eventually lead to blindness. Even though cataracts appear to different degrees in most individuals as they age, they appear to be enhanced by exposure to UVB. Cataracts can be surgically removed

and an artificial lens or other means of optical correction can restore vision. Cancer of the eye. Current scientific evidence suggests that different forms of eye cancer may be associated with life-long exposure to the sun. Melanoma is the most frequent malignant cancer of the eyeball and sometimes requires surgical removal. A common location for basal cell carcinoma is on the eyelids. Dr. Diana Gonzalez practices at Encino Vision Source at 2339 Evans Rd, Ste 104. Drs. Monica Allison, Jeffery Capelle and Lindsey Denison practice at Stone Oak Vision Source located at 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 106. All of the doctors are members of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. If you or a loved one needs to find a family eye doctor, please call one of our offices today at 210-404-2015 (Evans Rd location) or 210-495-9020 (Stone Oak Pkwy location) or visit or

Girl Scouts Honor Sister Scout Submitted By Julie Steele, Leader Of Girl Scout Troop #566 irl Scout Troop 566 is well on the way to earning a Girl Scout Bronze Award. After losing a sister Girl Scout, Alexis Steele, to Leukemia in October, the troop decided to get involved in the fight against cancer. Troop 566 found a charity and developed a plan to make a difference for cancer patients by raising money to purchase wigs for the American Cancer Society Wig Closet. The ACS staff educated the Girl Scouts about cancer, chemotherapy, and why hair falls out during treatment. In partnership with Jo Vonne Wig Salon, the troop was able to purchase twelve wigs and six turbans for cancer patients who lose their hair due to the effects of chemotherapy. “I’m really proud of the initiative and leadership of our troop. They managed to turn a tragic loss into hope for cancer patients undergoing treatment,” said Troop Leader Julie Steele. Troop 566 will not stop at wig donations. They also decided to adopt the Relay For Life at the STAR Soccer Complex on May 3-4 as a service project. “We have to do something so that this never happens to another kid,” said Girl Scout Morgan. At the event, they will welcome participants, cheer and assist cancer survivors, sell Luminaria, and several other activities. The troop is asking sister Girl


Members of Junior level Girl Scout Troop #566 hold the 12 wigs they purchased for chemotherapy patients.

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Canyon Springs Golf Club

Where Beauty is Par for the Course By Alissa Nagle


estled in the heart of north central San Antonio, annual programs: the Longhorn Pass, Concord Pass and a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course lays Alamo Pass. Each pass is tailored for golfers and their tucked among the natural Texas hill country families to find the perfect option that works within their terrain offering residents a recreational escape budget. Benefits of the annual programs include tee time in their own backyard. Canyon Springs® Golf Club has privileges, free guest passes, unlimited range use, and something to offer every golfer- from the seasoned pro to discounted green fees. Pricing options are available for those venturing onto the greens for the first time. Dynamic individuals, families and senior citizens. golf programs, family-friendly pricing, and delightful Along with the spring and summer months comes warmer summer events designed to bring new and old friends temperatures, longer days, and the reemergence of golf together are only a sampling of what you can expect at clubs from their closet hideaway. Dust off your clubs and Canyon Springs® Golf Club. get back into the swing of The Player Development things at Canyon Springs®. There are other courses in the area that are Program (PDP) is a popular, Fun and educational clinics private, but we have been open to the public for 13 unique opportunity that new are available to benefit each years . . . we’re here for everyone.” and recreational golfers, as and every golfer throughout well as their families, can the summer months. Starting — Brenda Rodriguez, Director of Sales, take advantage of. Brenda in June, Junior Golfers (ages Canyon Springs® Golf Club Rodriguez, Director of Sales, 7-17) and Little Linksters knows that the accessibility (ages 5-10) can take part and flexibility PDP affords golfers can’t be matched. in the Junior Golf Camps where they will receive expert “PDP offers unlimited use of the range, complimentary instruction and have fun while learning the greatest game clinics and discounts on green fees,” Rodriguez explained. in the world. Golf school for adults, ladies’ clinics, and “It’s perfect for area residents - they can stop off on the senior golfing groups are also available. way home from the office and play.” “There a lot of different ways to get connected with PDP is also an ideal option for the golfer who is not a group of your choosing,” explained Rodriguez. “And perhaps quite ready to make an annual commitment or has summertime brings a lot of new and exciting opportunities.” a lighter schedule, with more free time to tee up, at certain It’s hard to believe that such a picturesque and scenic points throughout the year. course is open to the public, but according to Rodriguez, “Golfers can try it out for a few months without a long- it’s one of Canyon Springs® Golf Club’s best assets. term commitment,” added Rodriguez. “It’s also a great “You don’t have to purchase one of our annual programs option for the busy professional who might have more free to play,” she stated, reassuringly. “There are other courses time in the summer or spring, and even the entire family. in the area that are private, but we have been open to the Canyon Springs®Golf Club also offers several different public for 15 years. . . we’re here for everyone.”


hile enticing golf packages and beautifullymanicured greens are its calling card, Canyon Springs® Golf Club is also an epicenter of exciting events ranging from double shotgun golf tournaments to quaint romantic weddings. “We organize both golf and non-golf events,” explained Rodriguez. “From full-field corporate or charity tournaments to small groups of 20–30 - all are welcome. We also host non-golf corporate gatherings, fund-raisers, birthday parties and other celebrations.” With natural elements of its rich history prominent throughout its design, Canyon Springs® resides amidst the original Classen Homestead. A rustic, romantic site, it’s no surprise that many brides choose Canyon Springs® as their wedding or reception venue in celebration of their memorable day. “What really seems to draw people in is our beautiful waterfall located behind the 18th green,” added Rodriguez. “It’s truly a San Antonio one-of-a-kind. It’s also a great setting for engagement and wedding photographs.” Between the clubhouse, spacious pavilion and the interconnected patio and lawn areas, Canyon Springs® can accommodate weddings ranging from 30 to 500 guests. Once ranked “Best Place to Hold a Wedding in San Antonio,” by Avid Golfer and a “Best of Weddings” pick

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by The Knot, Canyon Springs® offers an authentic country setting with the backdrop of gorgeous greens and natural elements of the Texas Hill Country. Wedding packages even include a bachelor’s golf outing for the groom and friends. In addition to private events, Canyon Springs® also organizes club events throughout the year. In March, they celebrated Easter with an Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt, and this month, they will honor moms across San Antonio with a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12. In the spirit of summer, Canyon Springs® will also host its fifth annual Summer Night events beginning in June. Summer Nights, occurring every other Friday through August, feature live music on the patio, juicy steaks, and a casual, fun, family-friendly environment perfect for a hot summer evening. “As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I start getting calls about reservations for Summer Nights,” Rodriguez said with a smile. “They are some of our most popular events.” Reservations are recommended for all club events, including Summer Nights, due to their popularity. Whether you’re searching for the perfect venue to tie the knot, organizing a golf event to benefit a charity close to your heart, or just planning a special celebration, Canyon Springs® Golf Club’s natural beauty, spacious amenities and gracious staff will surely meet your needs.

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From The Bottom Of Our Hearts…

Happy Mother’s Day! To all of the moms in our lives, thank you for every act of caring and selflessness on our behalf.

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The love of a mom is the purest love we have. Hello, I’m going to tell you about why my mom is special to me. She loves me and cares for me. My mom cares for me by paying for me. She pays for my dance class, which is really expensive, and I love dance. Without my mom I would never go there. “I’m pretty hungry!” Mom to the rescue. My mom has you covered, she’s always there for a meal. 96 times 89, I’ll never find the answer. Lucky for me, I have a mom who could do these questions like that. “Another sheet of homework, ugh!” Here’s why my mom loves me. She gives me hugs and kisses, she does it so gently, nicely, and lovely. I love it when my mom walks me to bed. When she tucks me in I feel like a chicken wrapped in a burrito and I love that feeling. I’d never met a more stylish person ever in my life. Should I go with this or that outfit? If you are having trouble picking your clothes, call my mom. She buys me the most beautiful outfits ever. She probably will buy you good clothes, too. That is why my mom is special to me. “Mom, if you’re out there, I just want you to know that I love you.”

Holly Wilkinson

Hello. I’m here to tell you about my mom, Valerie. She is very helpful, caring and loving. One way she is helpful is she helps me with my homework. Whenever I am stuck on a problem, whether it is math, reading, science or writing, she will help me. Another thing she does is the laundry. Whenever I need some clean clothes she will make sure my clothes are clean for me. The last thing is cleaning. She is always cleaning, dusting and vacuuming to make our house look nice. My mom is also loving and caring. One way she is loving is she can cheer me up when I’m sad. For example, when I have had a bad day and just want to be in a bad mood, she cheers me up by telling me it’s ok and that tomorrow will be better. Another way she is caring is when she gives me medicine when I am sick or a pill when I have a headache to make me feel better. She loves me. She always hugs me when she gets home from teaching piano lessons. She takes care of my brother and me and our whole house whenever my dad has to be deployed. That is all I can tell you about my favorite mom. Bye for now.

Sigi Cyriac

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A stronghold, my rock when situations became tough. She is my inspiration and the one who urges me to chase my dreams. My mother is the most important woman in my life, and I love her from the bottom of my soul to the blazing cosmic pearls shooting through the heavens. God gave me to my mom and I couldn’t have chosen someone better. A light hidden in a darkness can be seen even from the farthest point. My mother is my light and I love her very much. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Do you have a special mom? Well I do! My mom is special to me because she cares for me and loves my soul. She is the best mom a kid would ever dream of. My mom helps to make me strong. She helps me block away all of the rude things people say, and do. Whenever my heart cries she tells me to take deep breaths and I count to 100. Yes! I’m a straight A student because she encourages me to study for one hour, but some days I don’t want to hit the books. My mom loves me by drying my tears and patching the holes in my heart. Her suggestions always lead in the right path. Mom listens to me with her ears open because she loves me. She knows that it makes me feel important. Whether my mom helps me be strong or dries my sad tears, she is the best mom I will ever have. Thanks, Mom!


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Submitted By Bailey Washburn

Not many moms would move across the country for their grandkids, but I’m so fortunate that my mother did. And even cooler is that she’s our nextdoor neighbor! She’s always been there for me and growing up she instilled that value. Now that I’m a mom to four kids of my own (three boys with Autism and a baby girl), I really have to “be there” for my kids in a way that takes lots of patience and understanding. My mom was always involved in my activities and helped me pursue my interests. Because of her, I do the same things for my children. My mom pitches in to support my whole family as well. Sometimes, she plays chauffeur or chef. She changes diapers, plays with our threeyear-old energetic son. She’s a jackof-all-trades in the grandchildren department with five, ranging in age from 1-11! We’re so lucky to have her so close.

Mary Herald

I also think my mother is caring. She tucks me into bed on stormy nights. The nicest thing I think she does is dry my tears when I am sad. My mother is caring and helpful and those are two wonderful things about her. I love my mom, and I bet she will feel great on Mother’s Day. I hope yours feels the same way. Mothers are kids’ angels.

Submitted By Nicholas Zavala

Why my mom is special? My mom is special because she is nice, kind, sweet and works really hard to get things done. She also cooks great food. My mom also used to volunteer at my school and my brother’s school as a librarian helper. She also comes to my school events too and helps out. My mom helps me at EVERY THING. My mom makes sure I have fun. My mom is the best mom in the world and my mom is unique!

Jennifer Hilgenberg

My mom changed my life by helping me and loving me. My mom is helpful because she assists me with my back stabbing home work. Then she cleans up my pig-like room (which has a layer of clothes under it). She also helps me fix my toys that I always break in a blink. My mom is loving because she kisses me when I am under the twinkling night stars. My mom also feeds me mouth watering food like crunchy pieces of warm bacon. So whether my mom is making food or working her heart out helping me with my home work, she is the best mom a 9 year old kid could have.

Celine Johnson

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Submitted By Mary Herald

Have you ever thought of why your mom’s special? Well do you know why? IT’S MOTHERS DAY! My mom is a sugar cookie! She is very loving. When I am cold she gives me warmth. When I am chilly she warms me. When I go to school my mom wants me to be there on time and especially when something important is going on. My mom shines. She is so kind. She buys me nice things that I need. She bought me a Hollister jacket that is so cozy. She also bought me a Lego organizer and it’s a big help! Zoom! Through the city she takes me places like school so I get knowledge in side of me. She takes me to eat so I don’t starve to death. Moms keep you warm and take you places.

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I think my mom is helpful because she makes my bed in the morning when I forget. She also helps me with my homework (we all have been there!) She also does her best for my family. For example, she got my brother a job and she made a doctor’s appointment for my dad when he was sick.

Rosario Zavala

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Moms are a flower in the meadow.

Happy Mother’s Day! Have you ever thought about why your mom is important to you? Well, I know I have! My mother is important to me because she is helpful and caring.

My mother’s love for us children is unconditional. She is a great cook. Every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner were delicious meals made from scratch. She was a working woman. She never complained about all the work she had to do. Every day no matter how late, she always knelt down in prayer and made sure we prayed too. She went out of her way to help people both in cash and kindness. She always told me that when people treated me badly, to treat them well and pray for them. She taught me to share. She made time for everything and everyone. She always led by example. She read my mind, even before I could ask for something, it was already provided for me. Both my parents sacrificed a lot so that my brother and I had the best of everything. I always took everything she did for granted, never thanked her. Our home was a peaceful place. My mother is the best.



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Submitted By Brian Schulze, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, Northeast Orthopaedics t some point in our lives, we will all experience pain in our joints. For the lucky ones this pain will be transient and may never require any form of treatment. However, the vast majority of us will have to adjust to daily symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, restricted motion and altered mobility. When joint pain is stemming from arthritis, some of us may ultimately have to consider joint replacement or ARTHROPLASTY. Surgery should always be considered a last resort, but often times I hear patients reporting that their hip or knee replacement has given them “their life back.” I have always maintained a conservative practice. I spend a great deal of time educating my patients on non-operative treatment of their arthritis. I must constantly remind patients that once arthritis symptoms begin to prevail that they have to focus on activity modification. Physicians and surgeons want our patients to remain as active as possible for a myriad of reasons. Being as active as one can is generally beneficial for one’s health - especially their heart health. Modifying your activity to better cope with the symptoms of arthritis does not mean that you have to become sedentary - quite the contrary is true. Often times, I have seen severe arthritis in some of the most active people. What I try to convey is to stay as active as possible, which again is usually going to help improve your general health and wellbeing. If one becomes too sedentary, then he/ she is likely to gain weight and eventually place more strain on their lower extremity joints - especially the hips and knees. I try to have my patients participate in a physician-



approved exercise program on a regular basis. If a patient has difficulty with “regular” exercise, then often “low impact exercise” is in order. This can range from walking to elliptical machines to stationary bikes to stair masters to swimming. Swimming is the ultimate low impact exercise and is more accessible at this time of year. Swimming can also help burn a tremendous amount of calories. A good well-balanced diet is also tantamount to overall good health. Most importantly, you should focus on burning more calories than you take in. Overall, keeping your weight under control can depend upon an appropriate balance between diet and exercise. Beyond these basic treatment options mentioned above, you may begin to explore more directed treatments. Analgesics become an option for most. These can range from topical to oral pain medicines and antiinflammatories. So-called NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often a good place to turn next. Topical and oral analgesic can be available over-the-counter (without prescription) and by your doctor’s prescription and thus obtained at your pharmacy. As your arthritis follows the path of natural history and progresses, you will find that you may have to consider more progressive treatment options. Once the analgesics are no longer beneficial, you may consider injection therapy. Both steroid injections and visco-supplementation treatments become an option. The latter refers to injections of “gel” or “rooster comb” or “hyaluronic acid” and are available in most orthopaedic surgeons’ offices. Often times, your Primary Care Provider can offer either kind of injection.

As time goes by, you may find that your arthritis symptoms begin to interfere with your activities of daily living (ADL’s) and you have to consider stepping up your treatment. When the arthritis starts to control and rule your life, you may have to strongly consider the drastic consequences. If and when the above treatments no longer provide enough relief, many patients are left with only two options— live with the pain and limitations OR proceed with joint replacement surgery. This should always be YOUR choice, and Joint pain from arthritis may be cause to consider arthroplasty. you should make the most informed and ask me what they need, I tell them that they educated decision you can. need to make an informed decision. When My best advice is to talk to your doctor they ask what I recommend, I usually wryly about your options and seek out the advice recommend that they consider their options of an orthopaedic surgeon EARLY in the and I recommend that “each patient makes process. When you make your decision a patient-specific treatment choice.” The to proceed with the surgery of joint bottom line is that the treatment of your arthroplasty, you will want the comfort of arthritis should be YOUR CHOICE. having known your surgeon for a long while. North Central Baptist Hospital Lastly and most importantly, you should be is located at 520 Madison Oak Dr., cautious of anyone who tells you that you San Antonio, TX 78258. For more “need” this treatment or that surgery. In my information, call (210) 297-4000 or visit practice of orthopaedics - both surgical and non-operative - I encourage my patients to consider their options. When my patients

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Brighton Center Ranks Eighth In Nation! Special To Welcome Home righton Center has been recognized by the Non-Profit Times, the leading business publication for nonprofit management, as the #8 nonprofit to work for in the nation! This is the third time the Brighton Center has been recognized by the publication. “As the only organization in San Antonio to make the Non-Profit Times Best Places to work list, we are thrilled to represent our city at a national level,” said Kim Jefferies, Executive Director. “Our employees are committed and passionate individuals who put the needs of the children and the families that they serve ahead of their own. They make such an incredible impact on the lives of children with disabilities and their families in San Antonio, that they deserve nothing but the most positive, encouraging, supportive and fair work environment. Being recognized as the #8 nonprofit in the nation is validation that our organization’s focus is in the right place – our employees.” The 2013 Non-Profit Times Best Places to Work For survey included a questionnaire sent to employers to glean information


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Johnson H.S. Welcomes New Administration By Calvin Speer he spring semester saw some changes in the administrative offices at Johnson High School. The school principal, John Mehlbrech, announced the changes as of April 1. Julie Shore, who was previously at Tejeda Middle School, has joined the staff and will oversee graduation, Special Education and the 504 program. “I am very excited to start this new adventure at Johnson,” Shore said. “What a great place to be. I will absolutely miss working with all of the wonderful staff, students and parents at Tejeda; everyone was so good to me there. “The great thing is I have the opportunity to continue working with Tejeda students as they move on from middle school to high school. I love that I will be able to see some of these students go from sixth

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May Calendar of Events SOBA SPEED NETWORKING Thu, May 30 (Drury Plaza SA – North, 823 North Loop 1604 East). 5:30 – 8 p.m. Join the Stone Oak Business Association for Speed Networking. At this event you will get the opportunity to introduce yourself to everyone. Make sure you RSVP early and bring a minimum of 150 business cards. We will also have a check presentation for the 2013 SOBA Scholarship recipients. Don’t miss out on this great event! The cost is $15 for members and $25 non-members. To RSVP call 210-348-8223, go online to or email 10 WEST BREAKFAST MEETING Thu, May 23 (The Egg & I, 9985 I-10 West). 7:30 – 9:30 a.m Set your alarm clock EARLY to start your Thursday morning right with breakfast with the 10 West Business Association –and don’t forget to bring your business cards! This will be a great opportunity to meet your 10 West business neighbors. Each attendee will be able to give an introduction of themselves and their business. The cost is $8 for members and non-members. To RSVP call 210-348-8223, go online to contact-us or email info@10westbusiness. com. EXHIBITION AT THE MCNAY: FIESTA, FETE, FESTIVAL Wed, Jan 16 – Sun, June 9 (McNay Art Museum, 600 N. New Braunfels). Scene and costume designs from the Tobin Collection reveal that San Antonio’s own Fiesta belongs to a rich tradition of popular and court celebrations. Please visit www.mcnayart. org for museum hours and exhibition related programs or call 210-824-5368. STAAR TESTING Mon, April 1 – Fri, July 12 (Dates vary based on grade level and sections, makeup days are also available). The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) is the new rigorous program that focuses on readiness for success in subsequent grades and courses and, ultimately, for college and career. For more information, visit student.assessment/staar. RELAY FOR LIFE Fri, May 3 – Sat, May 4 (S.T.A.R. Soccer Complex, 5103 David Edwards Dr.). 7 p.m. An organized, overnight community fundraising walk for the fight against cancer. For more information or to donate to the cause, visit ALAMO CITY DANCE COMPANY AUDITIONS Sat, May 4 (San Antonio School for the Performing Arts, 12915 Jones Maltsberger Rd. Ste. 200). 2 – 4:30 p.m. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to audition time for registration. Females/Males 12 and older. Wear dance attire with hair in a bun and bring pointe shoes. Must be proficient on pointe. A resume and headshot is a plus. The Alamo City Dance Company is a semi-professional company. Please call 210-495-2787 or go to www. for further information. ALICE! A BALLET WONDERLAND Sat, May 4 – Sun, May 5 (Palo Alto College Performing Arts Center, 1400


W Villaret Blvd). Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sun 3 p.m. Adapted from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the LookingGlass” by Lewis Carroll. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, visit or call 210-344-9428. CINCO DE MAYO Sat, May 4 – Sun, May 5 (Market Square, 514 W. Commerce). Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The 16th Annual Cinco de Mayo event is full of culture. The sounds and smells of authentic Mexican food, Mariachi music on the plaza and Folklorico dancers with their colorful dresses, transport you to a front row seat in a part of Mexican history. For more information, visit JUNIOR VISUAL ARTS SCHOLASTIC EVENT Sat, May 4 (Rawlinson M.S.). These students present their individual artworks to a judge and answer questions about their artworks testing their ability to speak about their art. RIVER CITY RUN – 5K RUNNING TOUR Sat, May 4 – Sun, June 30 (Alamo Plaza). 8 a.m. River City Run is a 5K running tour of downtown San Antonio that takes place every Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. The course is a group oriented jog with 15 stops along the way where we share interesting and historical information about numerous landmarks with our runners. Please register prior to the run of your choice through our website registration page: www. Also, please feel free to contact us with any questions 210-2013786 or This is a great activity for locals, visitors, singles and families to enjoy together! TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK Mon, May 6 – Fri, May 10. This week is a time to show your appreciation to those who have impacted the next generation so greatly through teaching. NEISD GT FIFTH GRADE THINK-ATHON Thu, May 9 (Tejeda M.S.) 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. GT students will go to Tejeda Middle School to participate in a Creative Thinking event with other NEISD Schools. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN Fri, May 10 – Sat, May 11 (Encino Park E.S.) Fri 7 p.m. & Sat 2 & 7 p.m. Based on Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark M. Gesner. Adult tickets are $5 and student tickets are $2. Tickets are available for purchase at the Encino Park Elementary Box Office. Cash or checks are accepted. Box office hours are from 7:15 – 7:45 a.m. and 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. each weekday. FIESTA NOCHE DEL RIO Fri, May 10 – Aug 10 (Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St.). Every Friday & Saturday at 8:30 p.m. An outdoor show on the San Antonio River Walk featuring lively singing and dancing from Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas – plus live MARIACHI music! Proceeds benefit local children’s charities. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors (60+), $5 for children ages

6-14, $10 group rates and $10 active and retired military. To purchase tickets, visit or call 210-226-4651. BEXAR COUNTY ELECTIONS Sat, May 11 (Various locations). City and School Spring Elections. To find out more, visit JOHNSON H.S. SPRING SHOW Sat, May 11 (Johnson H.S. Auditorium). 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. These productions are guaranteed to be memorable as the Johnson Spirit groups come together and perform for the last time this year. Tickets can be bought from any spirit members. MARCH FOR BABIES (MARCH OF DIMES) Sat, May 11 (Sea World San Antonio, 10500 Sea World Dr.). 8 a.m. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. To find out more, visit www. or call 210-696-1030. JOHNSON H.S. FULL ORCHESTRA CONCERT Mon, May 13 – Tue, May 14 (Johnson H.S. Auditorium). 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Come out and support the Johnson Orchestra as they play their beautiful musical pieces. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK Mon, May 13 – Fri, May 19. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect! Find out more at ELEMENTARY TRACK & FIELD DAYS Tue, May 14 – Thu, May 16. (Heroes Stadium, 4799 Thousand Oaks Dr.). 4 – 6 p.m. For 4th and 5th grade selected students. CULINARIA EVENTS Wed, May 15 – Sun, May 19 (locations and times vary based on event). A pursuit initiated by a few very passionate people in San Antonio who searched for an opportunity to bring taste and share great new discoveries of wines and flavorful recipes from around the world. From formal dinners, casual luncheons, tequila and Texas produce tastings, cooking classes extraordinaire, chocolate and champagne pairings, as well as a wide array of event activities for connoisseur and amateur alike. To find an event, visit or call 210-822-9555. DISTRICT-WIDE “CLASH OF THE TITLES” Wed, May 15 (Littleton Gym, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Rd.). 6 – 8 p.m. NEISD middle schools will battle with knowledge of books. Clash of the Titles celebrates the love of reading by introducing students to the annual Texas Lone Star Reading List, recommended by Texas librarians for grades 6 – 8.

JOHNSON H.S. BAND CONCERT Thu, May 16 (Johnson H.S. Auditorium). 7 – 9:30 p.m. Join the Johnson Band for a night filled with music as they perform great melodies after a year of hard work and practice. AMERICA’S ARMED FORCES RIVER PARADE Sat, May 18 (San Antonio River Walk, 110 Broadway St. #500). 6 – 8 p.m. To honor those men and women in the Armed Services, as well as those who have served in conflicts throughout recent history, there will be professionally decorated floats down the River Walk. These themed floats will feature live entertainment from military groups, as well as local artist. The parade is free from the patios and balconies of the River Walk Restaurants or you can purchase a reserved seat in the Arneson River Theater for $20. For more information, visit www. SCHOOL OF ROCK EPIC ROCK SHOW Sat, May 18 (Johnson H.S. Auditorium, 23203 Bulverde Rd.). 7 – 9 p.m. At this show the students will be playing pieces from artists such as Muse, Killers, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Motley Crue, AC/DC, Taylor Swift and more. Call 210-314-7671 for tickets. COLUMBUS AND HIS MUSICAL VOYAGE Sun, May 19 (Laurie Auditorium, 1 Trinity Pl). 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Enjoy vivid music inspired by Spain’s rich culture as they follow Columbus on his epic voyage to the New World. Come witness the unforgettable culmination of the Symphony’s popular Paint to Music Contest featuring a special showcase of children’s visual artwork during a performance of the very works that inspired them! This program will also feature collaboration with the grand prize winner of the Symphony’s annual Future Stars Competition, open to all area instrumentalists of high school age and below. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, email or call 210-5541066. JOHNSON H.S. CHOIR POP SHOW Thu, May 23 – Fri, May 24 (Johnson H.S. Auditorium). The choir pop show is one looked forward to every year. Come out and support these hard working students as they put on a great show. JOHNSON H.S. SENIOR DIRECTED PLAYS Tue, May 28 – Wed, May 29 (Johnson H.S. Black Box). 7 p.m. See the Johnson theater students put on productions that are directed by the Theater Seniors. HARP RECITAL Thu, May 30 (Johnson H.S. Orchestra Rehearsal Room). 7 p.m. Alice Spero Keene will present her harp students in a spring recital. The class of 15 students will perform harp solos and harm ensemble compositions. Guest harpist performance major at University of North Texas along with former student Sonja Westberg will also perform at this recital.

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Johnson Dance Is Best Of The Best

The Belles Drill Team at the HTE competition in New Brunfels.

Submitted By Shannon Moravits he past two months have been busy and exciting for the Johnson High School Spirit groups. The Legacies Dance Team, Belles Drill Team and the Texas Ladies Pep Squad have been spending long hours preparing for competition season. The girls’ hard work has certainly paid off and is reflected in the numerous awards received at every competition! The first competition of the season was HTE in New Braunfels. The Legacies received 1st Place in Jazz, Contemporary and Kick so it’s not surprising that they also received recognition for Outstanding Choreography, Entertainment and Technique. They wrapped up this competition with the Large Varsity Champion Award and 1st Runner –Up Grand Champions. The Legacies had 2 High Kick finalists: Heather Foster and Courtney Heausler with Courtney being awarded the winner. Legacies Lt. Colonel Leah Alonzo placed 2nd in the Solo Category. The Belles drill team also participated and came away with top honors including Grand Champions and JV Division Champs. They received 1st place in Jazz, Military and Pom while also receiving the Outstanding Award for Presentation and Choreography. The Belles officers were thrilled to receive the Outstanding Entertainment Award as well. On February 16, the Legacies traveled to Austin for the American Dance/ Drill competition. The girls entered the competition with high hopes and were certainly not disappointed with the outcome! They received the Gussie Nell Award, Sweepstakes and were Large Varsity


The Legacies Dance Team at the American Dance/Drill competition in Austin.

State Champions. They walked away with 1st place in Jazz, Kick and Pom while also receiving Best Presentation, Precision and Choreography. The most exciting award came at the end of the ceremony when the Legacies were selected by the judges to receive 1st place in BEST OF THE BEST! Just seven days later, the Legacies, Belles and Texas Ladies participated in yet another competition, Showmakers of America in San Marcos. The Johnson teams were excited to once again win numerous awards at such a highly competitive event. The Legacies Jazz, Pom and Kick came home with 1st Place awards while also receiving the Outstanding Award in every category including Showmanship, Choreography, Precision and Technique. Their success continued as they took home the Judges Award, Sweepstakes, Large Varsity State Champions and the coveted Line of Champions. Legacies Lt .Colonel Leah Alonzo was also a solo finalist. The Belles Drill Team was thrilled to come away with 1st Place in Military and Jazz and 2nd Place in Pom. They too received Outstanding Awards for Showmanship, Choreography, Precision and Technique. They also received the Outstanding Award for Entertainment. Overall, the Belles came away with top awards including the Judges Award, Sweepstakes, JV Division State Champions and the Line of Champions. The Texas Ladies Pep Squad also had amazing performances and were thrilled to receive Line of Champions, State Champions for Pep Squad, Sweepstakes and the Judges Award. They continued the Johnson dance tradition by receiving the Outstanding

The Texas Ladies Pep Squad at the Showmakers competition in San Marcos.

Award for Showmanship, Choreography, Precision and Technique. Both their Military and Jazz routines received 1st Place awards with Pom receiving third. Competition season continued with the Belles and Texas Ladies participating in the American Dance Competition at Wagner High School here in San Antonio. They maintained their winning streak with both teams taking home top awards including Sweepstakes, The Gussie Nell Davis Ward for Excellence, the Judges Award for Pom, Jazz and Military, and Best Overall for

Technique, Precision and Choreography. They also both received the coveted Best in Class Awards. The Belles were especially thrilled to be voted Outstanding Team by their peers and to receive the Outstanding Presentation Award. “Competition season has been such a great experience and really rewarding,” Legacies Social Officer Emily Moravits said. “It’s great to see everyone work so hard as a team and see that hard work pay off.”

Bill Brown Prepares For Comal ISD Art Showcases Submitted By Jason Gordon tudents in Lizette Floyd’s classes, at Bill Brown Elementary, have been busy creating many beautiful works of art that greet visitors as soon as they enter the campus. Some of these works of art, and beautiful creations from around Comal ISD, will be on display at the district’s Art Showcases at Canyon Lake High May 1, Smithson Valley High May 8 and Canyon High on May 15. The district Art Showcases will take place from 6-8 p.m. Floyd’s students in grades K-5 get to place their artwork on the walls at Bill Brown Elementary each time a new assignment is complete.


A 5th grade assignment “Cherry Blossom Painting.”

Students also have a competition going to see who gets to put their creations on the “Spotlight Art” board each month. The fifth graders assignment was “Cherry Blossom Painting.” Students learned about the history of cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. before using a classic

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A 4th grade project inspired by the Otomi Indians of Bird painting in Otomi Indian style. Mexico.

“blow paint” technique to create a scrolllike painting of a cherry blossom branch.

For the fourth grade project, students learned about the Otomi Indians of Mexico

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A Fight Against Cancer

By Amanda Burris ope is a powerful thing that can inspire many in their hardest times. It is infectious and plays on the hearts and minds of all who need it the most. This last month, in April, thousands of people came together for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure where they aimed to bring hope to those who have or may experience breast cancer in their lifetime. Cancer in general is a difficult subject for many, due to the painful memories or fears it may bring to mind. While there are many types, breast cancer in particular is considered the most prevalent in the world today with one in eight women being diagnosed in her lifetime. At the Race for the Cure, people gave their time and money to spread not only awareness but to also help make a difference in any way that they could. This run/walk helps to raise money for local non-profit programs providing vital breast cancer screening, treatment and education in San Antonio as well as grants for groundbreaking breast cancer research and scientific programs around the world. Although a cure has not yet been found, a development of heightened awareness along with improved treatments and survival rates has become prevalent. Women can also take precautions on their own by being conscious of their bodies and getting screenings done to watch out for breast cancer. A screening is looking to see if there is cancer present before any symptoms arise. This can help to detect abnormal tissue or cancer at an early stage so that it is easier to deal with or treat. With so many on alert, the fight


against cancer continues to gain strength while inspiring and encouraging many all over the world. Local, Dalia Aponte, who has participated in the Race for the Cure for approximately ten years and volunteered for about four years, feels the race acts a strengthening energy to many and brings a sense of unity to all of those involved. “I have had many family members with cancer and have lost a few. My grandmother had breast cancer and fought it. She is cancer free now and I am so grateful for that. One of my best friend’s family has unfortunate cancer genes and her family has been through a lot, with breast cancer specifically,” Dalia said. “Being a part of this race makes me feel like I am doing SOMETHING to help. When you feel helpless it gives you a purpose and a feeling that you are helping them in some way by bringing everyone together and supporting the ones that need the most support. It’s just, a giant support system, and I love that!” The way that people come together in hard times is inspirational. The Race for the Cure is just one of many walks/races that people locally and around the world get involved with to bring about hope to those who have had, currently have or may have cancer in their lifetime. There may be many hardships in life, such as cancer, but it is the way that people come together and take a stand against it that truly makes a difference. Research is being done to one day find a cure, but for now we have hope to rely on and the support from all those who show that they truly care, which is truly an accomplishment on its own.

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Submitted By Melinda Cox pril was National Distracted Driving month. We all have a responsibility to be smart, safe drivers and to encourage others to do the same. Miss San Antonio, Brooklyn Dippo, is determined to get this message out to as many drivers and passengers as possible. In fact, her platform for her reign as Miss San Antonio is distracted driving awareness. “One of the greatest perks of being Miss San Antonio is that I am invited to speak at schools around the city about my platform,” said Ms. Dippo. “My platform is distracted driving awareness and I use the acronym PRNDLL (usually used in driving school to represent gear shifts) to encourage middle schoolers and high schoolers to ‘Practice Responsible, Non-distracted Driving for the Love of Life.’ They are in the transition from being passengers to being drivers and they have to learn that they no longer have the freedom to do anything they want to on the road, they now have to focus.” Ms. Dippo believes this message needs to start early and be reinforced on a constant basis. She also believes it is not enough for just drivers to hear her distracted driving message. Dippo believes it’s up to everyone to make safe driving decisions. Drivers and passengers must make safe driving choices each and every time they get behind the wheel or in the car. With that in mind, she has developed a distracted driving program and message for adult drivers, teen drivers and their passengers. She has worked with youth groups, organizations, schools and the SAPD to get this message out to the community. She recently shared her important message with students at Johnson High School during the Teen Driving Safety Event held on campus in February. “At elementary schools, I teach students to ‘DRIVE SAFE, NOT SILLY,’” Dippo explained. “It is important for kids to know that it is okay to remind their parents about safe driving and not to drive distracted while they are in the car. I even tell teenagers that they need to remind their friends when they are driving around to keep focused on the road. A passenger has almost as much responsibility as the driver in regards to distractions. A passenger should avoid distracting the driver so yelling, playing loud music, constantly changing the music, or asking the driver to do anything so that he or she has stop looking at the road is a ‘RED


Brooklyn Dippo, Miss San Antonio, with Police Chief McManus.

LIGHT.’ Meanwhile, offering to reply to a text message or phone call, helping the driver with directions, or doing a task so the driver doesn’t have to is a ‘GREEN LIGHT.’” Everyone has a responsibility to make driving safer for all drivers on the road. In Texas, we need the ability to travel by car, but we also need to understand and appreciate the importance of safety while driving. Texas ranks in the Top 10 for the states with the most auto accidents and auto accident fatalities. Dippo understands this reality and is working hard to share this knowledge and understanding with others. She knows that it is better to never develop unsafe driving habits and she understands the power of a message from the exact group who needs to practice and pass it along the most. “Cars provide us not only with convenience but also incredible opportunities by letting us travel around quickly,” said Dippo. “Rather than appreciating the act of driving, however, this generation of Americans has begun to feel entitled to cars and driving. With this sense of entitlement comes a sense of invincibility, resulting in negligence on the road. Distracted driving has taken thousands of young lives in accidents that are entirely preventable. Distracted driving is an immediate problem in society that affects each and every person on the road. We have to confront this problem head on and educate future drivers to always keep their eyes and their minds on the road. There are virtues, like patience, that we need to reinforce to this generation of instant gratification. I am a part of youthful society and I have every resource to drive distracted but because I value my life and the lives of others I make the choice every day not to. I am Miss San Antonio, a student, a teenager, and a driver, and I Practice Responsible, Non-distracted Driving for the Love of Life.”

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The Claudia Taylor Johnson High School band, colorguard, and twirlers.

Submitted By Deborah Leach he award-winning Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School band was selected to march in the 125th Rose Parade, on January 1, 2014. This year’s parade theme, “Dreams Come True” is appropriate for the Jaguar Band, one of only 18 outstanding bands selected to participate in the 5.5 mile parade. Under the direction of Jarrett Lipman, Alan Sharps, Manuel Maldonado, and Daryl Permberton, the Jaguar Band has developed a reputation for quality, innovation and excitement. “Our band will be seen by millions of viewers in close to 200 countries,” Director Lipman said. “It is the largest audience they will ever have. It is truly an honor to be selected.” Johnson, the newest high school in the North East Independent School District, has only been in existence for five years, yet it has garnered state and national recognition for its band program. The 240 member band was a UIL State Marching Band finalist in 2010 and 2012 and Bands of America Grand National eighth place Finalist in 2011. Johnson placed first in the Area E 5A Honor Band Contest and fifth in the state. “I congratulate the Johnson High School Band for this wonderful accomplishment,” Mayor Juliàn Castro said. “The entire city will be proud to see them represent San Antonio on such a big stage.” Known as America’s New Year Celebration, the annual Rose Parade features spectacular floral floats completely covered with natural materials. Approximately 700,000 spectators line the parade route, while tens of millions watch television coverage in close to 200 countries and territories.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association selected bands based on a variety of criteria, including musicianship, marching ability, uniqueness and entertainment value. As the only Texas band selected for this honor in 2014, the Jaguar Band is proud to represent Johnson High School, the city of San Antonio and the state of Texas at this global event. Johnson is only the third high school band from San Antonio in the last 50 years to receive this honor, following the Winston Churchill High School Band in 2005 and John Marshall High School band in 1977. Pasadena Tournament of Roses® President R. Scott Jenkins and his wife, Cindy, visited Johnson High School March 3-6 to formally welcome the band as a participant and to present the Jaguar Band with the traditional Rose Parade Flag. The band hosted a special fundraising event at the Spring Hill Event Center on March 4, 2013, when Mayor Julian Castro welcomed the couple to San Antonio. The Johnson Jazz Band entertained the crowd. On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 the Jaguar Band had alumni and community members joined together for a Pep Rally and “Meet and Greet” after school from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Mr. Jenkins signed and autographed Rose Parade Posters, the band played, and the colorguard, twirlers and drumline performed. To read about the band’s accomplishments, upcoming fundraisers, or to make a donation, visit www. For more information about the Tournament of Roses® please visit the official website at

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create unique folk art paintings. In first grade, BBES students recently celebrated the 99th birthday of Dr. Seuss by painting his famous “Cat in the Hat.” All the works of art by the students of Bill Brown Elementary have been a job well done and a reflection on what they have been learning.


who make beautifully textured paper with strips of bark from Amate trees. The Otomi use this paper to make highly decorative paintings that usually include birds, flowers, animals or scenes from everyday life. Students used their knowledge about a native art of Mexico and drawing from their imagination using texture and color to

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Johnson Band Makes A Difference And Entertains

Johnson Students help support the San Antonio Food Bank to fight against hunger.

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he Johnson Band strives to live up to the Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School legacy of helping out and giving back to the community. On March 24, 2013, the Johnson Band teamed up with the HEB Plus Store at Hwy. 281 and Evans Rd. to support the San Antonio Food Bank efforts to fight hunger and feed hope in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas! The local community and the Johnson band family came together to “Stuff the Johnson Jaguar Band Trailer” with food donations. Last summer, the Johnson band students delivered 800 pounds of food that they donated for the Food Bank during Summer Band Camp. This time around, the band students reached out to the community to

fill the Johnson band trailer with nutritious donations. Students arrived with a giving spirit and encouraged donations from HEB shoppers. They were thrilled to see the red barrels and huge bins fill up with food and collected 3,533 pounds of food and $735 in cash donations. Eric Cooper, President/ CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, came out to support the effort and was excited to see the teenagers giving back to their community. He noted, “It is always great to have the support of our community, but it is particularly refreshing to have youth join our efforts to contribute to the 58,000 individuals we feed each week.” The Jaguar Band is in constant motion and was busy preparing to perform its awardwinning show “Eve” at the Battle of Flowers Band Festival at Comalander Stadium that occurred on April 25, 2013. The Johnson

Band was one of 3 “Feature Bands” selected to give a special performance at the popular fiesta event. As you search for additional great entertainment, the School of Rock has teamed up with the Johnson Band to perform its Epic Rock Show on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Johnson High School Auditorium. Come out and enjoy the Epic Rock Show and the Johnson Jazz Band from 7-9 p.m. Please visit or for ticket information. For more information about upcoming events or to make a donation toward the Johnson band’s upcoming trip to perform at The Rose Parade®, please visit www.

Got Hackers? SOBA Learns To Reduce Risk

By Kalyn Stralow he Stone Oak Business Association welcomed guest speaker Larry Hurtado of Digital Defense for the March networking meeting. SOBA members gathered for the luncheon at Franklin Park Sonterra on Tuesday, March 26. A delicious spread of sandwiches, homemade chips, pasta salad and cheesecake awaited attending members and guests upon arrival at Franklin Park. Larry Hurtado, CEO and founder of Digital Defense since 1999, is a subjectmatter expert on the topic of digital security. He was invited to speak to SOBA members on the topic of “Reducing Risk To Maximize Your Business,” giving insight on how companies can protect themselves from the security risks that threaten their business. From network security and accessibility of credit card data to the physical security of their facilities, businesses face multiple security risks on daily basis. Hurtado opened the meeting by sharing some surprising – and concerning – statistics. The query that topped searches for subjects of popular gossip fodder (i.e. Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian) was for the phrase “how to hack,” with more than 45.5 million queries in the last year. For comparison purposes, “Justin Bieber” was searched 30.4 million times. Hurtado went on to share the common security risks that are prevalent in both small and large businesses, as well as steps that a company can take in order to minimize and protect against those risks. Reducing business risk is an important aspect of

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Johnson State Champions, National Silver Medalists

Local Harp Players Prepare For Recital

The Johnson High School Winterguard.

Students pictured working with Mrs. Keene are Alyson Isabella Lorente and Sage Adams joined with their harp Lippincott (Reagan HS) & Katie Doderer (Churchill HS). teacher, Alice Spero Keene at Las Lomas Elementary.

Submitted By Jarrett Lipman, Director Of Bands ongratulations to the Winterguard, who medaled for the first time since the school has been open at the WGI World Championships in April in Dayton, Ohio. Under the Direction of Darryl Pemberton, the guard placed 2nd overall in the Scholastic Open Class, with a score of 94.95, only .35 out of 1st place, and bringing home the first National Silver Medal as a five year old program! After being named the Houston and Dallas Regional Champions this year, the guard headed into the weekend in great shape, and placed at the top of the pack of the over 45 Scholastic Open guards qualifying for nationals. The guard delivered three amazing performances through the course of prelims, semis and finals and performed


to a full house Saturday afternoon as the last guard on in finals. Winterguard International (WGI) is the National/International circuit for Winterguard in the world that oversees all local and state circuits, as well as circuits in Japan, Germany and the UK. This weekend marks Johnson’s third trip to Dayton to compete, the last two trips the guard placed ninth in finals overall. Texas had a strong showing at nationals this year with guards from Friendswood, The Woodlands, Spring, Dawson, Judson and several others attending. In addition, the weekend before, the Johnson Winterguard took home their first State Championship, placing first in the Scholastic Open Class at the Texas Colorguard Circuit (TCGC) Championships in College Station, Texas! The guard scored

Submitted By Alice S. Keene rofessional harpist Alice Spero Keene will present her harp students in a spring recital on May 30. The class of 15 students will perform harp solos and harp ensemble compositions. Ms. Keene has been active teaching in the NEISD, NISD, and Alamo Heights school districts since her arrival to the San Antonio area in 2008. The private studio encompasses students from beginner to advanced levels. A guest harpist performance major at University of North Texas along with former student


Sonja Westberg (who is a Reagan High School graduate) will also perform at this recital. In addition to preparing for the recital, the young musicians under Ms. Keene’s tutelage enjoy opportunities to share their love of music and the harp with others. The upcoming recital on May 30 will be held at Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Orchestra Rehearsal Room at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information about the spring recital, visit

90.10, and took home the gold medal in their class. The guard had been undefeated in their season this year in the State of Texas. Both of these accomplishments are testament to the hard work and dedication of

the guard members and instructors, as well as the incredible support from the Johnson High School and North East Independent School District Administration. Way go to guard!

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