The Eldorado High School chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE ) won the Outstanding Chapter Award at the Teach Tomorrow Summit held Feb. 17-19 in San Antonio by the Texas Association of Future Educators.
Robin Hibbs earned awards for being a 2013 TAFE Storybook Creation state finalist and a 2013 TAFE Keynote Speech state finalist. Hibbs’ support staff included Kaitlyn Lindsey, T.J. Hudson, Megan Powell and Kaci Bales. They assisted her as she dressed in costume and waited to perform at state.
Alexis Garcia served as the State Historian. She was on stage throughout the summit, making presentations  in front of a crowd of 1,700 of her peers from across the state. During that time, she greeted San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer, and Teach Like a Rock Star speaker Hal Bowman.
TAFE sponsor Mrs. Case notes that in the month of February Alexis had the opportunity to have her picture taken at the state capital with Governor Rick Perry and shake hands with San Antonio’s youngest mayor, Julian Castro.
Alexis also represented her peers at the TAFE state board or directors meeting. Afterward, board members; Jamie Kujawa, of Houston Eisenhower High School and Principal Bruce Cunningham of Smyer ISD, President of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, each told Mrs. Case how impressed they were with Alexis and the questions she posed at the meeting.
Other EHS students participating included Domingo Garcia who earned a ribbon for the “Learning to Read to Pre-K Students” project. Also, Hagen Porras received a ribbon for the local chapter’s Yearbook while Madison Albin kept everyone organized and on time. Meanwhile, Mrs. Susie McAlpine was in charge of transportation. Pete Case also accompanied the group.

Kathryn Shipman, daughter of Gary and Luann Shipman, was the grand prize winner in the Youth Clothing Division at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Creative Arts Contest.
Shipman won two Best of Shows, seven 1st Place, seven 2nd Place, six 3rd Place, and one 4th Place ribbon.  She accumulated enough points to in the Youth Clothing Division earn her a new sewing machine.
Shipman placed Best In Show in the Dresses and Decorative Garments. Her seven first place ribbons  were in the Accessories, Skirts, Dresses, Blouses, Wool/Mohair, Hair Accessories and Decorative Garments divisions.

ELDORADO — Buff Whitten, Co-op Manager, announced this week the names of winners of an essay contest, sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative. Area youths whose winning essay qualified them for an expense-paid Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. are Madison Albin and Ryan Espinosa of Eldorado High School. This year’s essay topic was “Renewable Energy’s Role in Tomorrow’s Energy Supply. “
Madison is the daughter of Kim and Eddie Albin. She is a junior and participates in tennis and UIL Academics. She is also a member of the Mighty Eagle Band and the National Honor Society.
Ryan is the son of Raymond and Lavonne Espinosa. He is a senior at Eldorado High School. He participates in tennis, one-act play and is working part time. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council.
The idea for the Government-in-Action Youth Tour sprang from a suggestion by then-Senator and future President Lyndon Johnson that electric cooperatives send young people to the capital to “see what the flag stands for”.
Youth Tour participates will enjoy the best of Washington, D.C., touring the Smithsonian Institute, Mount Vernon, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Ford’s Theater, the FBI building, the White House, the Supreme Court and many other famous sites. They will also be visiting their Congressman’s office and the House of Representatives and the Senate.
They will be among 100 young people from all over Texas participating in the tour of the nation’s capital city, June 13th-21st. Almost 1500 young people from cooperatives across the U.S. are expected to participate in this year’s tour.

IT’S A WINDING ROAD — Large tubes were erected last week for the county’s new “Splashtactular” water slide as a concrete foundation was poured for the new swimming pool concession stand. The rest of the slide will be completed at a later date. Meanwhile work has begun on the adjacent county park with soil being removed for the playscape foundations and walking paths. Construction is said to be on schedule so the pool and park may open on Memorial Day weekend.                                                      — PHOTO BY KATHY MANKIN

The Plateau Underground Water Conservation & Supply District board of directors met Friday, March 1st at the Schleicher County Annex, with directors Ronnie Sauer, Ray Ballew, and Cindy Cawley in attendance. Three well permit applications were approved by the board including Gary Gibson’s application for an irrigation permit for a maximum annual production of 101 acre feet.

Building a water slide — Brandon Saul (L) and Kevin Gales (R) assemble an open-topped 42-inch water chute at the Schleicher County Swimming Pool. The men are employed by Water Park Company of Pennsylvania. When completed the chute will measure more than 97 feet but won’t appear that long because of its figure-eight design. When it’s operational, some 800-1,000 gallons of water will spill down the chute each minute, providing a wet and exciting ride down from the 14-foot tall tower at the heart of the slide known as the Splashtacular.                                                                                                                                        — PHOTO BY KATHY MANKIN