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LJISD to develop a ‘college-going’ community

LA-JOYA-LOGO_TNLA JOYA — The La Joya Independent School District’s top priority in 2012 is developing a community that has its entire graduating student body attend college. District leaders want to change the culture of the area to help students realize that college is possible for everyone.

“We want to make sure our whole district is working on a college-going culture,” said Superintendent Dr. Alda T. Benavides.

The school district already has one early college high school and is looking at expanding to give more students in the district the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree when they graduate from high school.

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MPD search for suspects, stolen car

IMG_0996MISSION — Authorities said two men shopping at a local Stripes convenience store last week took off with merchandise the store doesn’t carry – a customer’s vehicle. The Mission Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the men involved.

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Sharyland Angels

20111216_Shary-Angels_IMG_5452SISD administrators, students help district students in need of a Merry Christmas

MISSION — The “Sharyland Angels” became Santa’s helpers this week, delivering Christmas gifts to local children and families. Students and teachers at three elementary schools and administration in the Sharyland Independent School District participated in filling Christmas wish lists for students within the district.

In previous years, the district adopted needy families and children referred by the Salvation Army. Nelsa Palacios, one of the organizers and curriculum and instruction secretary, said they have really enjoyed working with the Salvation Army in past years but saw that there were students in their district that could use the help as well.

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Local dentists serve Guatemala mission

20111216_Dentists_02Seven local residents recently traveled to the highlands of northern Guatemala on a charity mission to provide health care to hundreds of people who rarely, if ever, receive any medical care to speak of. As part of a medical and dental mission trip sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church in McAllen, this group of health professionals and their support staff spent six days providing urgently needed medical and dental care to impoverished men, women and children in the Santa Cruz del Quiche area of Guatemala.

McAllen dentist, Dr. Lorena Rojas and her husband, Jorge Rojas III were among those that embarked on this Guatemalan mission trip in October. Others who made the trip were Valley residents Dr. Argelia Douglas (physician), J.B. Townsend (dental assistant), Dr. Suman Balajelin (dentist), James Chase (surgical nurse), Norma Jessulat (post op nurse) and Houston resident Dr. Sandra Carrier (dentist).

“We’re doing God’s work. I feel as if it’s our responsibility as Christians to not just sit and watch others do,” said Lorena Rojas. “We don’t have to go that far, you can serve your neighbor or the person across the street but for us the call was there and that’s why we’re going there.”

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Mission Boy Scout constructs flagpole for Eagle Scout project

20111216_JUAN-DIEGO-ACADEMY_EPG_0059MISSION — A freshmen at Juan Diego Academy looked at his campus, fresh with new buildings and a tennis court but sensed the grounds were lacking.

The school needed a flagpole to show its civic and school pride, said 14-year-old Alan Guerra.

A member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Boy Scout Troop No. 80 who is nearing the coveted ranking of Eagle Scout, Alan realized his mission to help him reach the one of the scout’s highest honors.

Last week, Alan presented his project to his 17 classmates and the school’s board members who helped get the school built and open this year.

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Juarez-Lincoln folklorico receives national recognition

20111216_HannsLA JOYA — Juarez-Lincoln High School Senior Hanss Mujica was selected as a 2012 Young Arts National Finalist. More than 5,000 seniors from across the country apply annually to the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, or Young Arts Foundation.·

Students who participated in fine arts may send a video recording showcasing their talent for the chance to be recognized nationally through a series of conferences. Only three percent of these participants are selected to attend a conference in Miami for one week in January.

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Volunteers build a home for Peñitas family in time for Christmas

20111209_Volunteers_build_home_1PEÑITAS — After living in a travel trailer for years sharing beds and sleeping on the floor, the De La Rosa-Perez family will spend its first Christmas in a home that was built by volunteers in one week.

The effort, which brought together Buckner International and Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas, allowed the family to see its dream of becoming homeowners much sooner than the 10 years Juan Perez estimated it would take him to build his family a home.

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St. Paul’s Christmas Elves spread joy to children with special needs

20111209_SISD_special-Ed_Xmas07MISSION — Christmas spirit was high among the children from the Sharyland Independent School District who were guests of St. Paul’s Catholic Church’s Altar Society on Tuesday for a special Christmas celebration. 

A blow-up merry-go-round featuring Santa’s reindeer and Christmas music playing in the background added to the sense of festivities.

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