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Chamber mixer at Yoko’s Sushi

MISSION – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly mixer on June 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Yoko’s Sushi Bar. Yoko’s is located at 122 South Shary Rd., in Mission.

The mixers are an opportunity for networking and meeting new and existing chamber members. There is no cost to attend these events.

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SHS FCCLA boasts state champion teams at Dallas Leadership Conference

20120622 Sharyland FCCLA State ChampionsSharyland High School students took top honors in the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) event competition at the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference in Dallas. Three of Sharyland’s teams were named state champions and will advance to the national competition in July.

Taking first place as a team in Chapter Showcase Manual, senior, were Andrea Salazar, Marifer Valdez and Laila Kalaf. State champion Environmental Ambassador senior team members were Genoveva Jaimes, Jackie Luke and Edeliz Perez. State champs in Parliamentary Procedure, senior team, wereMaria E. Garza, Myriam Garza, Natalia Gonzalez, Anthony Jimenez, Sylvia Ponce, Marisa Rodriguez, Isaac Rosales and Carlos Valdez.

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TEA approves Mission Collegiate High School plan

Mission-Collegiate-High-School-crestMISSION — The Texas Education Agency (TEA) notified Mission Consolidated Independent School District officials that its application for an Early College High School has been approved. District officials have given the new school the name, Mission Collegiate High School.

“This is great news for the Mission CISD school community,” said Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez. “We have been working closely with our partners at South Texas College in developing this new school for over a year. While we knew our application to TEA was strong, you never know until the official word is given.”

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Local businesses enlist community support for troops overseas

OperationInterdependence-Logo small The Progress Times has joined forces with the Mission Chamber of Commerce and Mission area businesses to boost Mission’s participation in the Operation Interdependence Campaign. The campaign aims to provide each of the nearly 325,000 deployed troops around the world with something from home every month to boost morale.

Local residents are encouraged to support the troops by donating goody bags (C-rats®) or monetary donations to be used for shipping costs to send these items overseas. Letters from children and youth groups are especially encouraged, as at least one letter or child’s drawing is needed for every goody bag. Boys and Girls Clubs, Scout troops, school groups, church groups and other organizations are invited to assist with the project with their letters or goody bags.

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Camp gives youth tools to manage diabetes

20120614 Camp Energy lg-37-featureMISSION — Last week, the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association (RGVDA) held a three-day, two-night youth camp on a privately owned ranch north of Mission with swimming, hiking, archery, canoeing, dancing, wildlife photography, arts and crafts among other fun and educational activities for the campers and it was all free of charge for the participants.

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About Operation Interdependence

OperationInterdependence-Logo small OI’S Civilian-to-Military Delivery System®

The cornerstone of the OI Civilian-to-Military Delivery System® is the Civilian Ration® (called C-rat®). Designed for delivery to the frontlines, C-rats are individual quart-sized baggies that contain a personal note from a caring civilian at home and a few items such as snacks, games and personal care products. The most important part of the C-rat is the letter from a person who has never met that Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman, but takes the time to write his or her expressions of care and concern.

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UTPA hosts two graduate school information sessions

UTPA-LogoConsidering graduate school? Don’t miss one of two information sessions offered Friday June 22 by the University of Texas-Pan American.

Hosted by UTPA’s Office of Graduate Studies, the two-hour sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the McAllen Teaching Site located at 1800 S. Main St., Suite 1100 (near La Plaza Mall) in McAllen. The sessions are free and open to the public.

“The University offers 56 master’s degrees, three doctoral degrees and two cooperative doctoral programs. These sessions are a perfect opportunity for anyone seeking to further their education or advancing their careers,” said Stephanie Ozuna, UTPA graduate recruiter.

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Honored for perfect attendance since kindergarten

20120618 SISD Gabriela-GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez, a 6th grader at Jessie L. Jensen Elementary, has never missed a day of school since she started kindergarten. She was determined as a Pre-K student that it was important for her to attend school every single day.

Her parents, Noe and Leticia Gonzalez, said they never pushed their daughter to take attendance so seriously. It was Gabriela’s commitment and determination to attend school every single day.

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