Society

Making a difference

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

Dominique Messer— state champion! Dominique is a state champion in the triple jump and a state champion in the 400-meter dash. Two events, two gold medals and one great finish to an incredible high school career.

Along with all state honors in football and basketball, Dominique will always be a state champion, but that does not define who he is. While this is a highlight in his life, it is not the highlight of his life. He will go on to bigger and better things.

I have no doubt he will become successful at whatever endeavors he pursues in the future and I suspect he will go on to become a great husband and father some day, which are the true highlights in life. Character and integrity are two words that can be used to describe Dominique and the members of the class of 2013. Great things are coming their way.

Once again, our slate of activities has been very full. We had our high school sports banquet this past Tuesday evening. It was great to recognize our student athletes and their accomplishments this year. We are very blessed to have a group of coaches and student athletes who do things the right way and make us proud of the way they represent Milano.

On Wednesday, our National Honor Society held their induction ceremony. There is not a more meaningful organization a high school student can belong to than NHS. To become a member of NHS, a student must have proven himself or herself academically, demonstrated leadership skills, documented community service and maintained a high level of character.

Also on Wednesday, we held a junior high athletic awards ceremony. It was great to see our young athletes at their awards ceremony. The future of our athletic program looks bright.

The FFA banquet was held Thursday evening. It was an excellent awards ceremony. We have a lot of students active in our FFA chapter. Our vocational agriculture program teaches students a wide array of useful skills and fosters future careers in many students. The FFA is a great organization that fosters public speaking skills and leadership abilities in students. All of our students looked great at their prom Saturday night. It was a very elegant affair and our students and staff had a great time. It’s always nice seeing our students dressed in formal attire.

Our school board election was held Saturday and all of our incumbents won reelection. Congratulations to Carl Blake, Lynette Taylor and Dewey Steinbecker on winning reelection to three year terms. Congratulations as well to Shawn Walton who was unopposed in the special election for an unexpired two year term.

I also want to say “thank you” to Lynn Martin. While Mrs. Martin came up a little short in the board election, I appreciate her willingness to serve and her commitment and dedication she displays in various ways to the children of Milano ISD. Whether it is helping to organize and run the Milano Opry, which benefits our seniors in the form of scholarships, or helping out in concession stands at various events, Mrs. Martin is always helping. Her latest project she undertook involves the golf tournament this Saturday. I asked her if she would be willing to assist and she gladly spearheaded the project. The end result will be additional scholarships being given to deserving seniors. Thank you, Lynn Martin.

Coming up on Saturday is our inaugural golf tournament. This tournament will raise funds to provide scholarships to deserving seniors. As I’m sure you are aware, the cost of college has skyrocketed over the past several years and any scholarship a student receives to help offset the cost is greatly appreciated by the student and their parents. Come on out to the Rockdale Country Club and support our students. It promises to be a fun time with a barbecue lunch and awards ceremony.

The “Wizard of Oz” is coming. On Friday evening we are hosting a family movie night and we will be showing “The Wizard of Oz” in the high school cafetorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. A concession stand will be available. The price is right, admission is free, so bring the family out and enjoy this classic for the first time or the 100th time—it’s always great.


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