The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 7, 1990 Page: 1 of 8
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HIE HIU b'RANDE HERALD
Published weekly in Rio Grande City, Teiuu. every ThurKUy by The RiOGrande Publlihlng Co.
Vol. 80, No. 28, Thursday, June 7,1990
these seniors in the Rio Grande ( ity High School graduating class of 1990 are
pictured above walking southward on the Rattler Stadium track in preparation for
Friday night s commencement exercises. Close to 300 seniors graduated from kio
High I rtday night. (See picture of Valedictorian on page 7)
San Isidro Seniors
Members ol the San Isidro High
School senior class of 1989 were
awarded their diplomas in
commencement exercises held
Friday night at Ihe High School
0 Auditorium there.
A total of 26 seniors were
awarded their diplomas. A highlight
of the commencement was the
awarding of scholarships to
graduates by various organizations
A highlight of the evcniiv was
the valedictory address by Vicky
Lope/., who finished her high
school career with a grade average
# of 96.8000.
The salutatory address was
delivered by Nancy Garcia, who has
a cumulative grade average of
Senior Class President Joseph
Lope/ began the evening by leading
those attending in the Pledge of
Allegiance. The third ranking
student. Carmen Ruiz, gave the
invocation. Joseph Lope/, provided
words ol welcome to those
attending. The benediction was
delivered by Velinda Villarrcal, the
fourth ranking student.
High School Principal Hiiario
Alvarado, Jr.. and Counselor Irma
Garcia recognized the following
honor graduates: Frankic Alaniz,
Sara Alicia Alvarado, Rosario
Alvarez, Myrna De Los Santos,
Nancy L. Garcia, Virginia Lopez,
Mirosalva Requenez, Maria Del
Carmen Rui/. Stephanie Stuart,
Deborah Villarreal, and Velinda
The seniors listed below were
awarded scholarships by the
ALPHA OMEGA RHO- Frankic
Alaniz and Nancy Garcia. Presented
by Mrs. Elviia Garcia. H1LARIO
ALVARADO, SR. MEMORIAL
SCHOLARSHIP- Sara A.
Alvarado. Presented by Frank
S P E E R RANCH
SCHOLARSHIP- Frankic Alaniz,
Sara A. Alvarado, Myrna de los
Santos, Nancy Garcia, Vicky
Lopez, Carmen Ruiz, Deborah
Villarreal, and Velinda Villarreal.
Presented by Hiiario Alvarado, Jr.
(See SAN ISIDRO, Page 3)
Roma High Graduates
The Roma High School class ol
1990, the largest in the school s
history, graduated Friday mglu in
commencement exercises held at the
High School Gym.
In all likelihood, this was the last
senior class to graduate from the
current high school facility as the
new high school located north of
Roma is expected to be open and
operating by September.
The commencement was
highlighted by the addresses of
valedictorian Rebecca Garcia and
salutatorian Lazaro Abrego. Garcia
was introduced by honor student
Herlinda Garza, and Abrego was
introduced by honor student JoAnn
Jaime Canales and Sergio Garza
led the students in honoring the
flag. The national anthem ua, sung
by the Roma High School Choir,
under the direction of Mrs. Margot
Perez The choir was introduced by
honor student Jesus A Saenz.
Honor Student Claudia Barrera led
the Pledge of Allegiance, and Father
Roy Snipes, O M.I , led the
invocation. Father Snipes was
introduced by honor student Claudia
Greetings were given by scnioi
class president Gustavo Valcnciana,
who was introduced by honoi
student lvonnc E. Garcia. The
Roma High Choir sang the class
song "Wind Beneath My Wings"
after being introduced by honor
student Jose Manuel Garc ia
The theme of Rebecca Garcia's
valedictory address was "Wind
Beneath My Wings". The theme of
Lazaro Abrego's salutatory address
was "Touch The Sky ."
Roma 1SD Superintendent
Elcuterio Garza, Jr said, "To my
knowledge, this class (totaling 232
students) is the largest that has ever
graduated from Roma High. This
will also be the last class that will
graduate from this high school
Garza commented, "It's been a
very special and very good lour
years. You (the graduates) have
been yourselves and have
represented this school and
community well You have excelled
both academically and athletically "
The superintendent stressed,
Hopefully, the new high school
will be finished by the end of
August. We will have a new
stadium and a new football program
coming up. The new school will
have a capacity of 15CK) students."
Garza emphasized, "We have
saved enough money over the years
to pay lor this new high school
facility in cash
Principal Humberto Vasqucz told
the graduates, "It is from your class
that the future of our community
and country will be molded.
Without the determination of the
students, the support of the parents,
and the dedication of the teachers,
this night would not have been
A highlight of the
commencement activities was the
awarding of scholarships to
numerous graduating seniors. I he
seniors receiving scholarships are
listed below as follows:
Rebecca Garcia. This scholarship,
which was presented by
Superintendent Elcuterio Garza, Jr.,
will pay lor tuition at a state
supported university for one year.
ALPHA SIGMA PHI OF BETA
(See ROMA, Page 4)
Accused Gunmen To
Stand Trial Monday
In Duval County
Two men charged with attempted
capital murder in the shootings ol
two Starr County Sheriffs Deputies
in Roma will stand trial Monday,
June 11 in District Court in San
Rodolfo Garza, 26, of Mission
and Fduardo Espinosa Castellano, a
Mc\ican national, will both face
trial on two counts ol attempted
capital murder in the April 3
shootings ol Deputies Javier Garza
and Luis C'avasos after a high speed
pursuit through Roma. Both
deputies kere seriously injured but
swiftly recovered from iheir
Both Garza and Castellano will
also face trial on one count of
aggravated assault in the injurs of a
Rio High Graduates
The Rio Grande City High
School senior class of 1990,
numbering close to 300, were
awarded their diplomas in
commencement exercises Friday
night at Rattler Stadium.
A highlight of the
commencement exercises was the
awarding of scholarships to
numerous graduating seniors.
Senior Class President Robert
Garza was the master of
ceremonies. Senior Class
Vice-President Ray Ramos gave the
Peterson gave the benediction.
The colors were presented by the
Rio High School Future Farmers of
America, with senior class member
Laura Vela singing the Pledge of
Between the salutatory and
valedictory addresses, Mike Lopez
sang "We'll Never Say Goodbye".
In his salutatory address,
Faustino Benavidez, Jr., said,
"Education has always played a
vital part in my life. We arc not
afraid to face the future because we,
our teachcrs, and our parents have
worked hard to get us here."
Benavidez concluded, "I wish all
of you in the 1990 class wonderful
opportunities. I am sure that all of
you will succeed."
In her address, valedictorian
Leticia L.. Salinas said, "The mind
is a most powerful tool Success is
determined by the degree of energy
you place upon a purpose, and what
you do it for ai>d for whom you do
Salinas urged her fellow class
members to "be visionary; go as far
as you can go. Only you can make
your dreams come true. Never
forget your roots as you head for
She concluded, I foresee great
things for this class. Vision and
imagination have been the keys in
the roughly 3000 days of education
that we have experienced."
Superintendent Dr. Leobardo
Cano told the students, "You have
worked and studied, practiced and
played, and grown over these 12
years. We wish you the love ol
your family, ihe respect of your
fellow human beings, and the joy
of a productive life."
The senior class presented a gift
to their chief sponsor, tcachcr Mrs.
Noelia Vasqucz. The senior class
also presented a plaque of
appreciation to Senior Class
president Robert Garza.
Five retiring teachers and two
retiring paraprofcssionals were
honored for their lengthy service
with the district
Those honored were Guadalupe
Munoz, 37 years with the
RGCC1SD; Alicia Castancda, 32
years with the RGCCISD; Emma
T. Barrera, 39 years; Mary
Elizabeth Doyno, 33 years; Blanche
Trevino, 20 years.
The paraprofessionals honored
were Maria Luisa Arriaga, who has
12 years of experience; and
Of the approximately 300
students that graduated from Rio
Grande City High School for the
year 1989-90, 169 have been
accepted to a post-secondary school
of higher learning. A total of 155
have applied for federal Pell Grants,
loans and work study programs lor
a total of about $900,000 in
The post-secondary schools most
frequently attended by Rio High
students arc as follows: Incarnate
Word, Texas A&I University,
University of Texas at Austin,
University of Texas at Pan
American, Texas State Technical
Institute, Houston University,
Southwest Texas State, University
of Texas at San Antonio, Texas
A&M University, Laredo Jr.
College, Texas Southmosl College,
South Texas Vocational School,
C.B.M. McAllen, San Antonio
College of Medical and Dental
Assistants, Texas Voc. School,
A total of 110 local and college
scholarships have been distributed
to 65 total students for
The scholarships were based on
such criteria as academic exccllcncc,
standard test scores, financial need,
and interest in pursuit of
The students awarded sehul.irships
arc listed below as follows
ALPHA CHI EPSILON- Maria
Ncla Corona. Presented by Jose
OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN-
Leticia Lamar Salinas. Presented by
Mrs. Blanche Trevino.
AMERICAN LEG ION -
Francisco Barrera and Crisetda
Olivarcz. Presented by Ccsario
A.T.P.E.- Maria Sanchcz.
Presented by Joseph Scalc.
ALBERTA S. VELA- Sergio
Villcla and Rosario Benavidez.
Presented by Ms. Emma Cortez. and
Ms. Maria Del Pila Pena.
BAND BOOSTER- Jorge Pena
and Maria Ncla Corona. Presented
by Mrs. Felicia Garza.
BETA ALPHA BETA- Juan A.
Solis. Presented by Ms. Nadia
Lcticia Lamar Salinas and Jessica
(see K(;C, pa^e 6)
A clinic will be held
Saturday in Roma to
vaccinate pels against rabies
in the wake of 15 cases of
the deadly disease in Roma
thus far in 1990.
Veterinarian Dr. Roberto
S. Margo indicates that the
clinic will be held from 11
a.m. to noon in front ol
Ramirez Firestone in Roma.
One Dog, One Coyote
Confirmed As Rabid
The continuing rabies epidemic
resulted this past week in a coyote
north of Rio Grande City and a dog
in Roma being confirmed to have
been carriers of the deadly disease.
Veterinarian Dr. Roberto S.
Margo indicated that the head of a
coyote was sent to Austin on
Monday, May 28, with
confirmation of rabies taking place
on Wednesday, May 30.
Margo said, "The owner ol the
ranch, located 12 miles north ol
Rio Grande City, said that this
coyote was lighting with his dogs
in the yard. The owner said the
coyotc looked suspicious. At least
three dogs were fighting with the
coyote, but apparently were not
bitten. The dogs were rc-vaccinaicd,
and quarantined for 45 days."
Margo stressed that this case
proves that "this (the rabies
outbreak) is still rampant in the
On Monday, a dog in Roma was
confirmed to have been rabid.
Margo indicated that the head of the
animal was sent to Austin on
Friday, June 1.
Margo indicated that this dog was
seen roaming erratically
approximately one block north ol
U.S. Highway 83 close to the
entrance into Roma's business
Margo said that according to
Roma police, "the dog was
behaving erratically. They said he
was behaving viciously."
Margo warned that the rabies
outbreak continues to pose a grave
danger to the public safely. On the
positive side, he commented,"The
strays are being picked up. This
needs to be continued.
There have been 15 confirmed
cases of rabies in Roma in 1990
and 27 in Starr County. There have
been 59 confirmed ca'-cs since the
outbreak began in September 1988.
Roma pedestrian, Margarita
Trevino, in a three-car mishap as a
result ol the high speed pursuit
District Attorney Heriberto Silva
indicated that District Judge Rieardo
Garcia transferred the trial to Duval
County as tiie result of a change of
venue requested by the defendants'
attorneys. Silva expressed
opposition fo the change of venue
Garza and Castellano will be
represented by defense attorneys Joe
Chapa and Cornelius Marsh ol
Rodollo Garza was himself
wounded by gunfire in the incident,
vkhilc Castellano was hospuali/ed
as a result of rib injuries sustained
in the auto mishap.
I hese seniors in the Roma High School graduating class of 1990 are pictured
abo\e as the time draws closer Tor them to be awarded diplomas in Friday night's
commencement exercises at the High School Gym. The Class ol 1990 was the
largest graduating class in the school's history.
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Roberts, Kenneth. The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 7, 1990, newspaper, June 7, 1990; Edinburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth195240/m1/1/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.