New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Three students in Sherry Metzger’s SAGE (gifted and talented) class at Bulverde Elementary swept the essay contest held by the Daughters of the Republic Alamo Heroes Chapter. The theme was ‘The Runaway Scrape.” From left, Michelle Belto won second, Richelle Trube took third, and Courtney Lairsey won first place.
Stephen Cheney of Smithson Valley High School won second place in spelling and vocabulary at the regional level and competed at the state contest of the University Interscholastic League academic contest. Emily Albrecht, also of Smithson Valley High, was an alternate to the state meet after winning fourth place in ready writing. UIL academic coordinator is Justine Rogers.
Students complete exchange in Italy
From left, Amber Geiger, Cristal Linden, Cappy Felger Adams, Dawn Hughes, Jessica Campros and Shawna Rogers of Smithson Valley High School stand in front of the Coliseum in Rome during their recent visit to Southern Italy.
BY KARI HUTCHISON CISD Public Information Officer
Massafra in Southern Italy was the destination for five Smithson Valley High School students and their teacher Cappy Felger Adams in early April.
Their two-week visit was the culmination of an exchange program between Institute Liceo Agrario de Mondelli in Massafra and Smithson Valley High.
“We were ambassadors for our country,” Adams said. ‘The exchange program allows us to open our minds and learn from each other.”
It was last Thanksgiving when students from Liceo spent three weeks at Smithson Valley. This time Amber Geiger, Cristal Lindell, Dawn Hughes, Jessica Campros and Shawna Rogers were able to see the Coliseum in Rome, the Vatican, live with Italian families and attend school at Liceo for eight days.
Liceo is an agrarian school so while the girls were there, they were exposed to agricultural topics.
I For example, they discussed the merits of organic farming as compared to industrialized farming and ; the ethical merits of genetically altering feed and animals.
‘The people were really nice and everyone tried to speak with us," said Hughes, who plans on studying
international business at Texas A & M at Corpus Christi.
Both Hughes and Rogers explained that the normal high school career in Italy is five years.
“Everyone gets along at the school too, there are no social cliques,” Rogers said.
The exchange program is conducted through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Adams conducted a similar exchange program with a Costa Rican school last year.
“I was most impressed with how advanced the elementary students are in Italy,” Adams said. “In first grade, they are writing in cursive and reading.”
She also described how the older students go to school six days a week but only until I p.m. each day because everyone, including the entire town, is encouraged to have lunch with their family and friends. Stores reopen at 3 p.m. and students do their homework from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
Valerie Sand, back right, a children’s counselor at the New Braunfels’ Women’s Center, accepted two “out of this world” quilts made by students in Elizabeth Adams’ third-grade class at Frazier Elementary. The quilts feature the moons, stars, spaceships and sun which were part of a space unit that the students studied this semester.
CISD Briefs —
Technology fair set for Saturday
The public is invited to visit the Technology Fair from I p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Canyon Intermediate School.
Students and teachers will be displaying about 40 technology-related projects they have produced during the school year. The district has upgraded its technology and provided extensive teacher training. It continues to incorporate the use of technology in the curriculum.
Someone attending the fair will be the lucky winner of a computer system provided by M & A Technology.
For information, call Glen Rogers, the district’s director of instructional technology, at 625-8081.
Final concerts scheduled
May means music throughout Comal County. Comal school district as students will be presenting their final conceits. The concerts are on the campus indicated unless otherwise noted:
• 7 p.m. Friday — Smithson Valley High Choir “Pops” Concert;
• 7 pun. Monday — Canyon Middle band concert at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre;
• 7 p.m. Tuesday — Arlon Seay Intermediate band concert;
• 7 p.m. Tuesday — Spring Branch Middle Choir “Pops” Concert; and
• 5:30 p.m. May 18 — Canyon Middle Choir Lasagna Supper/Pops Concert.
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Canyon High’s wind ensemble band took sweepstakes for the fifth straight year at the recent University Interscholastic League band contest. The band is directed by Walt Sparkman. The school’s symphonic band, under the direction of Mark Watley, also won sweepstakes. Seniors in the band are front row, from left, Sean Mooney, Robbie Chapa, Jamie Donahue and Heather Blankenship; and back row, from left, Mandy Garland, Jonathan Pliego, Erin Connor, Cerise Schlichting and Gloria Cantu.
Amanda Bundick, a junior at Canyon High, received the Editor’s Choice Award and Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from poetry.com and The International Library of Poetry. Her poem, “Without You,” was published on poetry.com and in the ILP’s The Brilliance of Night.”
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