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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A NEW BRAUNFELS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AWARDS NBI3D photo NBI8D photo NBI8D photo Front row from left are Rachel Valedez Laura Wong Andrea Front row from left are Jennifer Quiroz Gabrtella DeLaCerda Front row from left are Angela Saad Renee Famsworth Olivia Meredith Peters and Margarita Ayala Back row from left are Qranados and Amy KohlenbUrg Back row from left are Michael Andy Kraft Joseph Richardson Clay Coleman Anna Sandoval Kendel Edgar Zamora Chris Millett and Matt Aurora and Amy Morton Lagunas and Trey Daum Back row from left are Geoffrey Hangartner David Brandt Elizabeth Ninneman Lauren Gaskamp and Kyle Kraft NBISD photo Front row from left are Kristen Bowden Ashley Michael Janae Front row from left are Kaye Smith Lerrin Biggers Laura NBISD photo Davis Angela Reininger Back row from left are Jamie Vaughan Biljana Veljanovska Jennifer Dolle Audrey Gonzales Crystal Gonzales Boutwell and Crystal Clark Back row from left are Whitney Garvens April Wiedenfield Bryndy Zaeske Deseree Boyd and Christina Moore NBISD photo Front row from left are Alejandro Rodriguez Lacey Raclla Cara Doherty and Sarah Weber Back row from left are Meghan Tjemagel Tamsen Smith Blaine Laubach Ismael Gonzales and Tami Scholl 1A NBISD photo Front row from left are Khaled El Dorry Eric Seott Wilson and Joel Gonzales Back row from left are Nick Skalomenos and Elizabeth Lawson NBISD photo Frontrow froitoleft are Nick Skalomenos Chad8alge Tyler Hollmig and Clay Coleman Back row from left are Adam Levine Cody Chapman Reggie Ormond and Cody Erben 1A ical confidentiality the district declined in April to discuss the problems or how many if any additional staff members may be involved Were working closely with affected CIS Principal Maggie Hanna said in late April If anybody feels they were affected were deal ing with it Were concerned Were doing every thing we can to make sure the school is a healthy About a dozen or so students used each of the closed rooms and usually for less than two hours each day Hanna said That was echoed Wednesday by assistant to the superintendent Nancy Cobb None of those children were exposed to the extent the staff Cobb told CISD trustees After discovering the mold problem the dis 1A trict engaged a consultant to conduct air quality tests at CIS Varying levels of a nontoxic type of mold were found in 19 classrooms officials said Only two of them which will require repairs that include replacing damaged wall board and other work were closed while the remainder were cleaned by a contractor that specializes in dealing with moisturerelated problems Subsequent testing shows us we dont have any airborne mold since the Linnartz told the board Wednesday Linnartz said checks at two other district schools built by thearchitect and contractor responsible for the CIS renovations turned up no trace of mold either Both schools will be looked at further he said is ready to begin work on Monday if a contract is signed today Linnartz said The contract will be conditional pending approval of district legal counsel and possible fur ther negotiations with Linnartz said Copies of the proposed contract have been provided to attorneys for the CIS renovations contractor and architect I think they realize they have some respon sibility for the problems we face with the build Linnartz told the board Linnartz said the consultant would investi gate to determine as well as who was responsible with an eye toward recovering costs incurred by the district Doherty said she would miss the teachers things she did with her friends and football games in the winter Theres nothing like a high school football she said Doherty plans to major hi ani mal science this fall at LSU but Spanish is her prime passion Its scary but she said I am excited about the opportunity to meet new Both Dohertys mother and father Claudette Phair and Michael Doherty describe their daughter as curious and interest ed in everything She likes to learn new things and Michael Doherty said Shes warm with people she knows and to those she doesnt Her parents never pressured her to be valedictorian and are proud of her achievement We encouraged Michael Doherty said We didnt have an idea that she was first in me class until after her sophomore year We worked with her and a coun selor for her to take the courses beet for Phair said she wanted her daughter to do her best Cara never really worked for she said It just happened for her Shes a well rounded person and student Shes excited about all phases of life I want her to continue to be her own person and to stay con scientious and close to Doherty is not the first in her family to be valedictorian Her father and grandmother were valedictorians of high school classes Her grandfather was salutatorian of his high school Saad said she hoped Doherty continued to express herself in a positive way Cara is a very passionate per son about things she said Shell Doherty described Saad as a hard worker without being stu dious She knows what she wants and how to get Doherty said Shes a good person and will always be successful in Stifldj oiughjif of Rajaind Tf Adla Saad said salutatorian was not a goal for her it was some thing that just happened Its been great to have fun for four years and receive this hon she said Im going to miss the ability to procrastinate You cant do that in Saad plans to attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut and major in biology Although her mother is nervous about sending her daughter across the country she is proud and excited for Im very proud of she said She takes on any task no matter how hard it is Shes the center of the house We depend on her a Saads family moved to the United States from Lebanon when she was a child She had to learn to speak English to catch up with her clasamatef Through he years she attended sometimes working to pay the ecausehen couldnt afford it to learn to share and be a team member I want her to get a good education so she can contribute back to the community She is a successful person in life and a role model for a lot of Both Doherty and Saad agreed they wanted to pass along the same message to class mates Continue to dp what you want to do but make sure youre happy in what youre Saad said Doherty advises her classmates to remember who they are and not to change for other people Bom plan to be busy this mer Tm going to be working this Saad said Doherty will catch an airplane at 5 Saturday for a trip to Honduras Im going down there with a team of veterinarians to do ser vice she said Im going to be working as an interpreter People come here visitors or people on holidays and they enjoy it they compliment he said There are restaurants but this is a quaint other restaurants and cafes dont The restaurants closing was news to both restaurant staff and regular customers who stopped by Wednesday afternoon We were just walking by and saw the said Pete and Geor gia Williams regular customers since 1994 Lauer told regulars the news of the restaurants closing one by one as they dropped in for lunch or for a drink Wednesday afternoon They were all quite upset Lauer said The general reaction was shock People have been thanking me for providing good service and good food for He said the hardest part about closing the restaurant would be missing his regular repeat cus tomers have made up about 80 percent of the restaurants business and the staff But Lauer said he looked at closing his successful business now as the right move at the right time I would rather close when were doing he said Im going out on top and I think have a posi tive reputation Lauer said ongoing problems with staffing was one contributing factor to his decision to close Itls extremely difficult to find dependability and reliability he said Part of it is the economic situation in down lack of draw and tourist traffic downtown I think the restaurant is going to be a tremendous loss for down town New Braunfels I think the restaurant contributed to the suc cess of downtown by having a reg ular loyal customer base coming Even so Lauer said he believed the area has seen some success in recent years I think downtown has grown and continues to grow and contin ues to he said something different But Ive very public safety Then Ill be back to work for operation of the Lauer said he two months off to decide his next career move MeanUme he wants to find igomeflfle tft tmy or ing which baa s luxury apartment I would like to find someone who will take over operation of the actual he said Anyone interested in buying or leasing the building and restaurant can contact Lauer at 6063450 Lauer said the building was con structed in 1929 and many resi dents might remember the building as the Dean Office Supply and Liquor Store The first floor of the building was converted to a restaurant in he Lauer said the restaurant was in financial trouble when he bought it eight years ago Weve been operating at a prof he said I think weve been a success Fifty percent of restau rants go out of business during the first year and 70 percent during the second year I think we did pretty Lauer credited that to good food and good service something regu lar customers dont dispute Its a very comfortable said Pete Williams who visits the place with Georgia twice a week You could be comfortable here no matter how you dress or if you have all your kids with you It has good food a great place for lunch or Georgia said We used to get up on Saturday morning and we live in the neighborhood so we would walk down here for breakfast And if Mark wasnt open we would want to The Plaza Diner was one of the few restaurants open for breakfast on Sunday mornings Lauer said The restaurants closing also will mean a big change for Plaza Diner employees who found out about the closing the last day of business Twentyone year old Ester Joy Ramirez who has worked at the restaurant two years said news of the restaurant1 closing was an emotional moment for employees just she said I learned a lot here The staff was realty Ramirez said her parents were missionaries and traveled frequent ly and working at the restaurant prt9 wore TiVg family to There are times when he can be she said with a smile on her at the djnw for the part nine months said Mark was well liked out if he said He1 mygwndpainNewMeiuea
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