Mack earns degree from Texas State

Mack Mack SAN MARCOS–Amber Roxanne Mack graduated from Texas State University at San Marcos on Dec. 18. She ea r ned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with teacher certification and a minor in Coaching Athletics.

She is a 2005 Temple High School graduate and the daugther of Hamilton and Kathy Mack of Temple. She is also the granddaughter of the late Hinton Mack and late Flora Mack & the late Domingo Juarez, Sr. and Julia Juarez, all of Rockdale.

Area students on TSU Distinguished List

STEPHEN V ILLE–Tarleton State University has released the Distinguished Students list for the Fall 2009 semester. Students on the list include freshman and sophomore students who have a minimum 3.25 grade point ratio (GPR) and no grade lower than a ‘C,’ and juniors and seniors who have a minimum 3.5 GPR with no grade lower than a ‘C.’ All must be in good standing with the university.

Area students making the list include:

Buckholts–Melissa-Ann Limmer.

Caldwell–Meagan Svec, Candace Stifflemire.

Lexington–Katie Hoelscher.

Milano–Misti Schulz.

Rockdale–Clay Thornton, Willie Boyd.

Thorndale–Kaleigh Page.

Trustee to hold AEIS hearing Thursday

A hearing for public discussion of Rockdale ISD’s Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) is set for 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at the central administration building, prior to the January board meeting, according to Penny Curry, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Information will be provided regarding the 2008-09 district and campus performance profiles, comparable improvement, future performance objectives and district and campus improvement plans. All parents and community members are urged to attend.

Thorndale debators attend Baylor tourney

Thorndale High School debate team members Ethan White and Hank Stolte attended the Baylor University Round Robin Tournament over the weekend, according to Lisa Moreland, THS debate sponsor.

This was an invitation-only event and only four teams in Texas were chosen to attend. Thorndale was the only 1A school there.

“The round robin gives the kids a chance to debate other teams and learn from graduate debaters. This tournament is also used as a recruitment tool for Baylor,” Moreland said. “The university has quite a few full ride scholarships to give out each year. Both boys did very well in the round robin, earning high speaker points.”

Local Scout heading up school book drive

Justin Ferguson, 18, is heading up an effort to collect books for a local school and in the process earn his Eagle Scout rank.

Ferguson said that in order to earn the rank he must organize and carry out a service project. He is doing so by holding a book drive on Saturday, Jan. 23 and 30 with drop off locations at Walmart in Rockdale, Brookshire Brothers in Cameron and Milano Elementary School.

Books collected are for a local school’s library, Ferguson said. Donations are to be for reading levels Pre-K through high school, with a high demand for the Pre-K level readings. For more information, contact Ferguson at

Annuals for ‘09-10 on sale starting Jan. 25

Beginning Jan. 25–29, The Lair staff will be selling high school and elementary books for the 2009-10 school year, according to spokesperson Linda King. These books are full color, and will be on sale for the lowest price of the year. High school books (grades 6-12) will be on sale for $40 and elementary books (grades K-5) will be on sale for $20.

If you choose to buy both books, you will receive a $5 discount, with the total for both books coming to $55, King said.

We are excited about the look of the ’09 yearbook, and we hope everyone will order their books at this early and cheaper price, she added. Make plans now to order your 2009 book(s) so you won’t miss out on the “Caught in the Shuffle” edition of The Lair.

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