New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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being able to live on my own.”
What saved Saulle’s life that night was his physical fitness, which also has enabled him to quickly progress in his recovery. Nearly nine months later, he’s up and about — thanks to his physical stamina and a will to recover.
Although he’s not fully healed, you could never tell Dustfai was at death's doorstep There are a few small scars — one from the trachea tube, another from the broken rib, and another on his side.
“They said the two reasons I was able to survive the accident was because I was young and because I was in shape," he said.
That he’s been able to do that is a miracle. Yet the 18-year-old misses the sports he’ll likely never be able to play
again. Baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball and volleyball — Saulie was active in all of them at Saint Mary’s Hall High School in San Antonio. Though his doctors have prohibited him from playing contact sports, the senior still competes by throwing the discus for the track team.
“I’ve played a sport every season since I’ve been in high school,” he said, adding he feels somewhat of a void because he gets home so early in the afternoons.
After the wreck, Saulle was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he languished in the intensive care unit for three weeks, including one week in a coma.
"The doctors said I'd be in a coma for six months,’’ he said. “But when I woke up, I was essentially a vegetable.”
When he did wake up, his baseball coach asked I)ustin
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which hand signals meant what on the diamond. When the coach saw his player able to relay all of them back, Dustin’s mother, Cheryl, knew her son was on the way back.
Dustin had to learn everything all over again — eating, walking, and especially talking. He spent another month at Global Rehab in San Antonio before coming home in early August. He was able to start school again, albeit slowly-
“The more I do things, the more I get better at doing them,” he said. "With my injury, about 50 percent of recovery happens in the first six months, with the other coming in the next 18 months.”
Back at St. Mary’s Hall, his athletic trainer helped Dustin hone his hand-to-eye coordination and motor skills. The teachers helped speed his academic progress to the point where he’s going to graduate on schedule.
“They started me out with one period and I worked my way up,” he said. "That’s why I was really lucky in going to a
private school. They were able to do a lot of private accommodations for me that public school could not.”
lonathan Hades is the upper school headmaster at St. Mary’s Hall who helped Dustin get his academic legs back.
"I was just asked to give a recent example of the core values at our school in action, and Dustin was the answer,” Hades said. "The way this community rallied around him after his accident is one of the most inspiring and touching things I’ve seen in my 17-year career.
"He’s well-loved by his peers and the faculty here, and a great athlete. Hordes of kids here went to the waiting room to see how he was doing... he blew through milestones in his recovery. It went from if he’d be able to survive, to how much brain damage he would have, to now — being able to graduate with his peers in May and being accepted to college.”
Cheryl Saulle is proud of her son’s recovery.
“For me, it was like seeing
his first 18 years go by,” his mom said. "Within six months, I got to see him grow up all over again.”
Dustin, who wants to major in environmental science and minor in business, is now looking at colleges — Florida international, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Texas State University. He’s been accepted at F1U, but he has until May to decide on the others.
“He did all of his college applications on his own," his mom said. “It’s amazing how hard he’s worked through everything — speech, physical therapy. He works one thing out and then goes on to the next thing.”
Dustin still misses sports. "This year is so odd — I’m used to playing so many sports, but now I have all this extra time,” he said. “It makes me miss playing sports more. It’s always been a part of me but it feels weird without it.” For Cheryl and Scott Saulle, it’s about having their only son alive.
“Everything is going 100 percent,” Cheryl said. "The doctors say he’s a miracle.”
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reporters the cruise missile assault was the “leading edge” of a coalition campaign dubbed Operation Odyssey Dawn. Its aim: prevent Moam-mar Gadhafi’s forces from inflicting more violence on civilians — particularly in and around the rebel stronghold of Benghazi — and degrading the Iibyan military’s ability to contest a no-fly zone.
A chief target of Saturday’s cruise missile attack was Iibya’s SA-5 surface-to-air missiles, which are considered a moderate threat to some allied aircraft. Libya’s overall air defenses are based on older Soviet technology but Gortney called them capable and a
potential threat to allied aircraft.
Also targeted: early warning radars and unspecified communications facilities, Gortney said. The U.S. military has extensive recent experience in such combat missions; U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft repeatedly attacked Iraq’s air defenses during the 1990s while enforcing a no-fly zone over Iraq’s Kurdish north.
Cruise missiles are the weapon of first choice in such campaigns; they do not put pilots at risk, and they use navigational technologies that provide good precision.
The first Tomahawk cruise missiles struck at 3 p.m. EDT, Gortney said, after a one-hour flight from the U.S. and British vessels on station in the Mediterranean.
The U.S. has at least 11 naval vessels in the Mediterranean, including three submarines, two destroyers, two amphibious warfare ships and the USS Mount Whitney, a command -and-control vessel that is the flagship of the Navy’s 6th Fleet. Also in the area are Navy P-3 and EP-3 surveillance aircraft, officials said.
Gortney said it would take as long as 12 hours to assess the effectiveness of Saturday’s strikes. Then a high-altitude Global Hawk unmanned surveillance plane would overfly the target areas to get a more precise view, the admiral said. He would not say how long the attacks on Libyan air defenses would last, but he stressed that Saturday’s assault with cruise missiles was the first phase of a multi-stage mission.
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outlines a laundry list of measures — with combined costs totaling some $26.8 million annually — that would be taken to keep the springs flowing, at least minimally even during the worst drought, to ensure the survival of the endangered species.
Endangered species in the Comal and San Marcos springs include the Comal Springs dryopid beetle, the Comal Springs riffle beetle, the fountain darter, Peck’s cave ampbipod, the San Marcos salamander, the San Marcos gambusia, the Texas blind salamander and Texas wild rice, all of which depend directly on spring water in or discharged from the Edwards Aquifer.
EARIP issues facing city council include such things as minimum Comal Springs flows during drought; whether EARIP projects and programs to protect species should be built or conducted in Landa Lake; whether the city will seek to become a holder of the Incidental Take Permit; what the city’s role might be in funding the EARIP plan; whether city staff should contribute time to EARIP matters; and the city’s role in administering contracts for EARIP programs in New Braunfels.
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details of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam, which begins its run next year.
“She will continue the discussion on STAAR testing. In the past, she has talked about how it will affect the high school level. In this presentation she will focus on the elementary and middle schools, and what those campuses will be doing to prepare for the STAAR testing,” Ferguson said.
Schools will receive their final ratings under the Texas Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test this fall. The first ratings under STAAR won’t be issued until after the 2012-13 school year.
“We’re just trying to share as much information about this new test so that no one is caught off-guard,” Mon-tero said.
Other agenda items include:
• Considering accepting a $4,000 donation by the Jack and Sally Turpin Foundation to OakRun Middle School.
• Considering approving the Textbook Committee’s requisition recommendations for 2011.
• Approving an consent agenda that includes extending the contract for the NBISD auditor, approving an update for the Texas Association of School Boards’ Localized Policy Manual, and approving amendments to this year’s general fund budget.
• Discussion and possible election of one of two candidates to the Education Service Center Region XIII board of directors.
• Hear reports on the state of the 2011-12 budget, technology fund expenditures, and consider approving $250,000 in Education Center Annex renovations paid through the 2010 bond project.