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A select group of San Marcos CISD students were treated to lunch and recognitions on May 21, 2008, by the San Marcos chapter of the SERTOMA club, as a result of their writing and oratory efforts. SERTOMA stands for three very important words: SERvice TO MAnkind. Their primary service project is assisting the more than 50 million people with speech, hearing, and language disorders. The local San Marcos chapter has been providing service to mankind annually for over ten years by sponsoring an annual essay contest among San Marcos CISD students with speech, hearing, and/or language disorders. The winners from each campus receive well-deserved recognition, a certificate, a check for $25, and a luncheon for students, their parents, and their campus mentors. The top elementary and secondary winners receive an additional check for $50.

The 2008 campus winners were:

o Justin Martinez and Connor Graves of Crockett Elementary School,
o Angel Patlan of Travis Elementary School,
o Tiffany Solis and Amanda Lieber of Goodnight Junior High School, and
o Amber Allen and Leslie Blagg of San Marcos High School.

Connor Graves was selected as the District Elementary winner, and Amanda Lieber earned District Secondary winner status.

Elementary students wrote on the 2008 theme of “I am thankful for (insert)…I can show it by (insert).” The essays ran the gambit of being thankful for parents, teachers, pets, food, new schools, etc. and demonstrating thankfulness by good behavior, hugs, and helping others.

Secondary students wrote were given the challenge of what they would like to see available in their community to help teenagers, and the group chose the topic of a local Teen Center. The group essays targeted a Teen Center as a source for safe recreation, exercise, competitions, dances and age-appropriate music, big screen TV and a movie library, and snacks.

Amber Allen thought many community events targeted younger kids and families, and even older citizens, but that there were few events focused on teens. She also thought that the community could better recognize teenagers who do good things for their town and perform community service.

By IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer – San Marcos CISD

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Photos by Iris Campbell

Group Photo (left to right)

Back row: Amber Allen, Amanda Lieber, Tiffany Solis, Leslie Blagg

Front row: Angel Patlan, Justin Martinez,

Connor Graves

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