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December 7th, 2010
San Marcos CISD students and teachers take honors at VFW competiton


Left to right: San Marcos High School Principal Michelle Darling, Junior Auxiliary member Lynda Brundin, honored teacher Marina Alcantar , SMHS  junior and first place winner Maximiliano Hernandez, and SMHS teacher/advisor Adam Wagner.


Eighty-seven secondary students from local public and private schools took part in Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3413’s Annual Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests, 54 of which were from San Marcos CISD.

The Patriot’s Pen is a written essay contest and the Voice of Democracy is a recorded essay submitted on CD.

Goodnight Middle School brought 32 participants under the guidance of Cheryl Blake and Taylor Hardy. Miller Middle School and San Marcos High School (SMHS) had 22 students with the guidance of Judy Uzzel, with one student from SMHS advised by Adam Wagner.

Taking first place honors in the Voice of Democracy competition was SMHS junior Maximiliano Hernandez, who submitted a written essay and a vocal recording of the essay. According to Post Commander Dave Adams,  Hernandez will now advance to district level competition.

In the Patriot’s Pen top 12 was Goodnight Middle School’s Ismael Sosa, who took fourth place, and Kaylie E. Edward, who earned tenth place. Miller Middle School’s winners included Erica L. Silva in sixth place, William Mayhew in eighth place and Peyton Kimberlyn Bonner, who tied with another student for eleventh place. The essays of Sosa and Silva advance to district level competiton.

Two San Marcos CISD teachers were honored with National Citizenship Education Awards for grades K-12.

Crockett Elementary’s Angela Rowe was nominated by Principal Rick LaBuhn for the honor.  She will be sponsored by the Geronimo post as she advances to district level competition.

Marina Alcantar, an SMHS Advanced Placement English teacher, was nominated by Junior Auxiliary member and SMHS student Lynda Brundin.  Alcantar will be sponsored by VFW Post 3413 as she advances to the district level.

120610goodnightvfwGoodnight student participants holding their certificates. Front, left to right: Melanie Warner, Andrea Garcia, Gabby Silguero. Back, left to right: Ryan Rodriguez, Tristan Velasquez, Eric Villalpando, Ismael Sosa and sponsor Cheryl Blake.


Angela Rowe of Crockett Elementary (left), who will advance to district competition, with Post Commander Dave Adams

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