New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Michelle Cousin of New Braunfels served as camp director for the bock country homesteader camp at Philmont, the national Boy Scout Camp. Cousin and program counselor Richard Whitt display Philmont’s homesteader cabin built in the 1800s and preserved in its natural state.
The New Braunfels Extension of St Philip’s College graduated acies* from Its vocational nursing program July 3.
Tbs graduates are, from left, bottom row, Adriene Wong, Denise Phillips, Jeanne Aultfather, Rebecca Cates, Paula Nowak; middle, Detoree Saldivar, Sonia Martinez, Michael Huff, Kara Blakowsky, Melissa Lopez; top, Chris Bailey, Susan Schlameus, Audra Irwin, Michael Mendoza, Eddie Morales, Joel Kay
Texas Industries Hunter Cement Plant recently hosted a pit stop end supper for the Winston Solar Team challenge. More than IOO people were involved in the five-day, 400-mile race from Dallas to San Antonio. The Solar Team Challenge is designed exclusively for high school students.
Carrie Bretzke, daughter of Samuel and Carol Bretzke of New Braunfels, graduated in May from Southwest Texas State University. She earned a bachelors degree in music performance.
Bretzke spent the summer in Rome, Italy, singing with the Opera Festival di Roma. She sang the role of Sister Genevieve in the opera Suor Angelica by Puccini. She will be attending, and has been granted a full tuition scholarship to, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque to attain a masters in m,usic.
Biune* Mat*, a graduate of New Braunfels High School, is on the second semester Dean’s Honor Roll at Central College. Mata, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Mata from New Braunfels, is a freshman music major.
To be on the Dean's Honor Roll, a student must have a 3.30 to 4.00 grade point average.
Cary Wuest, principal of Weiderstein Elementary in Schertz-Cibolo-Umversal City Independent School Distrcit, recently was named president of District 13 for the Texas Elementary Principals and Superv isors Association.
Wuest and his fellow officers from the 20 TE PSA districts across the state were installed at the association’s annual Leadership Conference, conducted this year in July in San Antonio. “Much of TEPSA’s strength comes from the service of our state and district leaders,” said Executive Director Sandi Borden, “so we’re excited to have Gary lend his talent and experience”
Wuest received his bachelor’s from Southwest Texas State University and his master’s from Texas A&M, Kingsville.
Jeff Eldridge, a Smithson Valley High School senior, showed the grand champion steer at the Kerrville Hill Country Extravaganza in late July. The show had more than 250 entries, and it was the third time in a row that Eldridge won grand champion honors.
He traveled to College Station the last weekend in July to attend the Saddle and Sirloin Prospect Show sponsored by Texas A&M University. Eldridge walked away with the grand champion steer award again.
Eldridge represents the Bulverde 4-H Club and the Comal County Livestock 4-H Club.
He is the son of Dan and Josie Eldridge of Spring Branch.
Reyn* Herevi* of New Braunfels has enrolled in the electronics engineering technology program at ITT Technical Institute, 4242 Piedras Dr. E., Suite IOO San Antonio, Texas.
The eight-quarter program, which begins Sept. 8, will help Herevia toward an entry-level position in electronics engineenng technology.
Jason Hewitt of New Braunfels has been accepted to the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science for the 1907 fall semester. He is the son of Barbara and Grog Hewitt.
The academy, created by the Texas Legislature in 1087, is an early college’admissions program at the
University of North Texas that gives girted students a chance to complete their first two years of college w hile earning a high school diploma.
Hewitt recently completed his sophomore year at Canyon High School. As a TAMS student, he will live in a UNT residence hall and take regular UNT classes taught by fulltime faculty. He should be ready for his junior year of college when he graduates from the academy in 1000.
The academy admits up to 200 new students each year Selection is based on Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, academic records from seventh through loth grades, an academy mathematics diagnostic test, a student essay, demonstrated interest in science and mathematics, teacher recommendations, a personal interview and parental support and commitment.
Hew att is one of two students from New Braunfels who have been accepted to TAMS for fall semester 1007.
St*cy Stratemann graduated magna cum laude from Rice University on May IO with a bachelor of arts degree.
She completed a double major in biology and English.
Family members attending the graduation were parents, Dr. and Mrs. Martin Stratemann; grandmother, Oleta Gattis; and brother, Scott Stratemann, who is beginning his second year of dental school in San Antonio.
While at Rice University, Stratemann was secretary of Phi Lambda Upsilon (an honorary chemistry society), freshman and senior Lovett College representative of the Rice Pre-Medical Society and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She was also active in the BSM, serving as local missions coordinator, as student missions coordinator and as a Bible study leader.
She volunteered as a tutor in Houston’s Fifth Ward.
During her senior year at Rice, Stratemann worked at Baylor College of Medicine in the neurology department.
Stratemann began her first year at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas on Aug. 15.
SIK graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1993 as valedictorian.
MADD battles complacency
By ROBIN ESTRIN
Associated Press Writer
BOSTON (AP) — When Donna Kelley’s best friend was killed by a 19-ytfar-old drunken driver, she did what thousands of people have done to channel her grief and rage. She formed a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
But 12 years later, the chapter is closing today — and not because the drunkeo-dnvmg problem is solved ie Dalton, the town whet* the chapter is based.
“For us, the interest just isn’t here anymore,” Kelley said. ‘‘Everybody says we're doing such a great job, but then in the next breath they say, ‘I don’t have time to help.’”
After years of huge success, changing attitudes and laws regarding drunken driving, MADD is losing chapters nationwide. Some claim MADD is a victim of its own success.
The organization’s pioneering tactics in grass roots action have shown other groups how to compete for America’s social conscience and spirit of volunteerism, drawing potential activists to other causes.
But a bigger problem appears to be the public's belief that the drunken-dnving problem, after a long history of neglect, is solved.
Far from it.
Nationwide statistics have been kept since 1982, the year California
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