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October 29th, 2008
SMA crowns king and queen; presents court at homecoming

SAN MARCOS, TX – Seniors Tabitha Mullins of Columbus, Georgia, and Isaac Espinoza of San Marcos were crowned as San Marcos Academy’s Homecoming Queen and King during a weekend of activities Oct. 24-25. Joining Tabitha on the Homecoming Court were senior Queen nominees Liz Banks of Austin; Amy Cope of Manvel; and Anastasia Parish of Colmesneil. Underclassmen who were elected as representatives to the court were juniors Maggie Boylan and Alyona Hansen, both of San Marcos, and Theresa Nealon of Austin; sophomores Lea Ann Nixon of Hobbs, New Mexico, and Georgia Rutledge of Brisbane, Australia; and freshmen Jenna Carter of San Antonio and Tiara Hansen of San Marcos.

The Court was presented at halftime during the Homecoming football game Oct. 25. Among the other events that day were the dedications of two trees on campus. The first was dedicated in honor of LTC Vic Schmidt, who retired in June of 2008 as the Academy’s 12th president. LTC Schmidt and his wife, Gloria, currently reside in San Antonio. The second tree was dedicated in honor of Mr. Bobby D. Dupree, Vice President for Development, who has worked at the Academy for 31 years.

Another dedication was held to mark the opening of the Nancy and Don Mafrige Fitness Center, a new $500,000 facility that houses weight and fitness equipment for students as well as office space for the coaching staff. The Mafriges, both 1955 graduates of the Academy, were on hand to cut the ribbon and respond to the words of acceptance and appreciation presented by representatives of the Academy Board of Trustees, administration, athletic department and student body.

A number of alumni reunion events were held during the Homecoming weekend, with more than 200 former students and graduates returning to campus. In addition to the alumni activities, the students enjoyed an outdoor pep rally and bonfire Oct. 24 and a Fall Festival at the Freeman Ranch following the football game Oct. 25.

San Marcos Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school committed to educating young men and women within a nurturing community based upon Christian values. The Academy offers a unique co-educational experience for both boarding and day students in the 7th through 12th grades. Founded in 1907, the Academy is now in its second century of operation. San Marcos Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).

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With Homecoming King Isaac Espinoza are members of the San Marcos Academy Homecoming Court: Liz Banks, Theresa Nealon, Tiara Hansen, Georgia Rutledge, Anastasia Parish, Alyona Hansen, Homecoming Queen Tabitha Mullins, Amy Cope, Maggie Boylan, Lea Ann Nixon and Jenna Carter. The Queen, King and their court were presented Oct. 25 at the Academy’s Homecoming football game. (photo by Don Anders)

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