Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 2, 2001 Page: 1 of 6
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August 02, 2001
88th Year, No. 29
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I.C.S. 2001 Graduates
The 2001 graduates of Immaculate Conception School are pictured with Father Amador Garza and Principal
Angelina Karpinski. Pictured are, front 1-r, Jeronimo Morin, Salutatorian Stella Benavides, Valedictorian
Jennilee Garza, Salutatorian Lynnette Garcia, Cristina Salazar, Rosa Alanis, and Wendy Martinez; top row,
Cesar Gutierrez, Karen Rivas, Stephany Saenz, Keirsten Sanchez, Alejandro Bazan, and Seoniara Correa. Their
homeroom teacher was Ruby Urbina.
ICS Commencement Mass
celebrates students' gifts
"Friends forever" was the theme
for the2001 Immaculate Conception
School Commencement Exercises
held on May 28, 2001, at
Immaculate Conception Church.
Father Amador Garza and Father
Faustin Boleli led the mass.
Following the processional
through raised swords of the Saber
Guard of the JROTC of Rio Grande
City High School,
•the welcome was given by Stella
Benavides. The I.C.S. Choir, under
the direction of Melissa Reyna
assisted by I idel Salazar, led the
entrance hymn, "Gathered As One."
Jennilee Ann Garza and
Lynnette Rae Garcia led the liturgy
of the Word with the First Reading
from Acts 19, the responsorial
psalm from Psalm 26, and the
gospel acclamation John 14:16.
l ather Amador's homily focused
on the special gifts of each of the
prospective graduates. He praised
the students and encouraged them to
never stop asking questions and
learning. "We are never alone
because of the way God made us.
Use your gifts to influence others,"
he encouraged. "We are all going to
miss each one of you, but we're
proud of you. Allow God to be
proud of you. You were God's
Stella, a generous person, gives
110% in all her efforts.
Jeronimo, lauded for his grace in
action, has athletic gifts Wendy
conies to us in silence, j a"d
observant, and full of artistic talent.
Alejandro has the nicest sniile,
which others need, and hands with
the gift of fixing things.
Lynnette was praised for her gifts
of perseverance and determination.
She can motivate others to keep
going. Rosa was given the talent of
music. Music is an incredible thing,
which needs to be shared with
others. Keirsten has the gift of
acting and is sure to win an Oscar
someday. She is encouraged to use
her gift to bring others closer to
Cristina, soft-spoken and ver\
sweet, represents the feminine face
of God. She can soften people's
hearts. Stephany has a beautiful
heart and can clean the hearts of
others. Cesar loves life and has an
analytical mind. Perhaps he'll be a
RGC High graduates receive
over $800,000 in scholarships
(RfiCCISD News Release)
The Rio Grande City High School
College & Career Advisor and
Counseling department ate proud to
announce that graduating seniors re-
ceived over $X(K),(KM) in National,
State, Corporate and Local scholar-
ships. The recipients are as follows:
I"EA Honor Graduate Certificate-
Venessa Pena. College Board Na-
tional Hispanic Scholar Award
Linda Gonzalez. Ford Salute to
I (location -Luisana Barrera,
Rogelio Benitez, Rosbel Cruz, Ana
Alicia Elizondo, Sarah Falcon,
Mayra Lopez, Venessa Pena, and
Juan Ramirez. Gloria & Joseph
Mattera National Scholarship for
Migrants- Lilliana Zarate.
President's Student Service Chal-
lenge Scholarship- Eiric Smith, and
Mark Urbina. Ronald McDonald
HACER Scholarship Gem a
Lope/.. Texas Music Educator's
Association Scholarship Rosbel
«. ru/. Texas Medical Association of
Young Physician's Section Rural
Scholarship- Venessa Pena. Tech-
Prep Scholarship- Cristina Rivera.
REGION I BESTT Conference
Scholarship Leslie Montalvo. Re-
gion XV TMEA Music Scholar-
ship Rosbel Cru/. RGCCISD &
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Maria
E. Alaffa, Rogelio Benitez. Ana A
Elizondo, Mary L. Flores. Mayra
Lopez, Maribel Medrano, Andrew
Bazan, Rosbel Cruz, Maria R
Flores, Victor H. Gonzalez,
Geraldine Lopez, and liiana
Rodriguez. Liberty Solutions
Scholarship- Luisana Barrera, Vit
ginia Cantu, Karen Garcia, Carlos
Gutierrez, Juanida Lopez, Krystal
Macias, Juan Ramirez, Cristina
Rivera, Christina Schwartz, and Eric
Smith Robert C. Byrd Honors
Scholarship- Venessa Pena. Society
of Hispanic Professional Engi-
neers Foundation Eric J. Smith.
Wal-Mart Associate Scholarship
Angelita Morado, Alejandro
Rodriguez, Everlyn Labrada, Lisa
Carillo, Reyvan Flores, Flor
Morado, and Ramiro Regalado.
Early Graduation Tuition Scholar-
ship- Lamar Bazan, Lidia Carillo.
Kasandra Garcia, Yaranel Garcia,
Aracely Garza, Erika Guerra, Myra
Leal, Yadira Loredo, Dalia Maria
Rios, Yadia Rivas, Adela Rocha, San
Juanita Rodriguez, Ricardo Ruiz,
Guadalupe Toscano, Rosa Uribe. and
Leticia Villarreal. Florida State Uni-
versity Linda Gonzalez The Uni-
versity of Texas at Austin
President's Achievement Award
Tier I Gema Lope/. The University
of Texas at Austin President's
Achievement Award Tier II Ana A.
Two motions fail for lack of second
RGC aldermen take no
action on Chamber issues
great mathematician or philosopher.
Seomara was thanked for
accepting others as they are. "Your
smile makes other people melt "
Karen is a very thoughtful young
woman. "Jesus spent His life
thinking of others. I know you will
imitate Him " Jennilee, stately and
dignified, is a builder of bridges, a
Father Amador concluded. "Sons
and daughters of God, continue to
build bridges, using your talents
and intellect to make peace and to
bring people together."
Principal Mrs. Angelina
Karpinski conferred the completion
of the graduation requirements by
the students and awarded the
certificates and graduation gifts.
Prayers of the faithful were led
by Karen Rivas, Keirsten Sanchez,
Stephany Saenz, Cristina Salazar,
Cesar Gutierrez, and Alejandro
Bazan. The presentation of gifts
was conducted by Rosa Alan is,
Seomara Correa, Wendy Martinez,
and Jeronimo Morin.
Graduation addresses were
delivered b> Salutatorians Stella
(See CELEBRATES, Page 6)
Elizondo, Melissa Falcon, Jesus
Garcia, and Christian Urbina. The
University of Texas at Austin
President's Achievement Award
Tier III- Selina Saenz. Connie
Garza Griffith Scholarship ( The
Ex-Student's Association)- Ana A.
Elizondo.UT National Hispanic
Scholarship- Linda Gonzalez. UT
Austin Preview Program Ana A.
Eli/ondo, Gema Lopez, and Chris-
tian Urbina The University of
Texas-Pan American University
Scholars Rogelio Benitez and
Venessa Pena Jones Academic
Scholarship Luisana Barrera,
Rogelio Benitez, Therese M.
Calderon, and Ana A. Elizondo. SOS
Excellence Scholarship Luisana
Barrera General Motors/EEOC
Scholar- Michelle Cantu, Gladys
Garcia, Selina Saenz, and Eliza Vela.
Wal-Mart Endowed Scholarhip-
Lucia Salinas Southwestern Bell
Foundation Scholarship Mayra
I ope/. Rockwell Endowed Schol-
arship Clarissa Salinas. Engineer-
ing Scholarship- Rogelio Benitez.
Campus Assistance Migrant Pro-
gram Scholarship Mann Chapa,
Mary L Flores, Mayra Lopez, David
Lopez, Angelita Morado, Alfonso
Rodriguez. Alejandro Rodriguez.
Santiago Vela, Lilliana Zarate. and
(See RECEIVE, Page 4)
By KENNETH ROBERTS
At their regular monthly meeting
on Wednesday night, July 25, the
Rio Grande City Board of Aldermen
took no action on a proposed
contract with the Rio Grande City
Chamber of Commerce, with a
motion calling for the city to
contract with the Chamber for use
of hotel tax revenues failing due to
lack of a second.
The motion was made by
Alderman Ricardo Gutierrez that the
city contract with the Chamber for
use of hotel tax revenues, but the
motion failed for lack of a second.
Both of the other aldermen that
were present, Lauro Lopez and Juan
DeLuna, declined to second the
motion. Mayor Baldemar Garza was
present, but can only vote in the
event of a tic. A motion approving
the Chamber budget for hotel lax
revenues also failed due to lack of a
Both the City Administrator and
city attorney recommended that the
aldermen approve the issues
pertaining to the Chamber.
Alderman Lopez contended that
the motion was not seconded due to
the absence of two aldermen and the
city's Financial Officer. He insisted
that additional evaluation of the
proposed arrangement is needed.
Alderman Gutierrez expressed
County departments and other
public agencies located at the Starr
County Courthouse will have new
phone numbers starting on July 30,
Departments del condado y otras
agencias publicas que se encucntran
en las casa de cortc del Condado
Starr, tendran nuevos numeros de
telefono comensando el dia 30 de
The new telephone numbers arc
as follows: Starr County Judge,
487-8015; District Attorney's
Office. 487-8635; 381st District
Court, 487-8669; District Clerk's
Office, 487-8482; County
Auditor's Office, 487-8095;
County Treasurer's Office, 487-
8 106; County License Plate
Office, 487-8068; County Clerk's
Officc 487-8047; County Tax
Office, 487-8 139: Juvenile
Probation Office, 487-85 12;
229th District Court Office, 487-
8497; County Personnel Office,
487-8554; County Attorney's
disappointment and offered his
opinion that the lack of action may
have been politically motivated.
Both Chamber Executive Director
Hector Solis and Chamber President
Billy Canales expressed
disappointment with the lack of
action, insisting that essential
projects and operations will be
City Administrator Leonardo
Olivares commented Monday
afternoon, "I don't know why they
chose not to. I did recommend it
and I stand by that recommendation.
I'm hoping we can still resolve this
matter. I'm optimistic the matter
can be taken care of."
Olivares led off discussion of the
issue by stating, "If the city
allocates funds, the city can approve
budgeted expenditures of the
funding from the city from hotel
occupancy taxes. This is
permissible under state law."
"We're focused on the
expenditures from Oct. 1, 2000 to
Sept. 30, 2001," added the
administrator. "Originally it was
$25,000. It was later amended to
Gutierrez then offered a motion
approving the contract, but no
second was offered. Olivares
declared, "All this is is an attempt
to comply with state law. You can
Jclegat. management to the
Chamber.'' He later explained, "The
law requires a contract, and approval
by the city of that portion of the
Chamber's budge'. The city has the
option of spending the money itself
At the meeting, Olivares stated it
was his understanding that a city
ordinance would be violated if the
arrangement was not approved. On
Monday, however, he indicated that
there was no local ordinance
pertaining to the issue.
DeLuna argued, "We've been
violating the lav/ for three years.
Why now?" Garza responded, "You
should be careful about making
these kinds of statements."
Olivares !>clared, "It's the first
time we've used hotel revenues for
this purpose. The previous contract
did not involve hotel funds."
When asked, city attorney Rene
Montalvo stated, "I recommend
approval." The motion died when
Lopez and DeLuna still declined to
offer a second.
Gutierrez offered a motion that
the Chamber's budget for city hotel
tax revenues be approved, but that
motion also failed due to lack of a
Lopez insisted on Monday, "It
didn't pass because (City Secretary )
Holly (Guerrero) wasn't there. Mrs.
(Mary) Barrera (the Financial
Officcr) wasn't there, and two of the
aldermen weren't there. We had
questions about some of the
f inancial considerations and other
issues. Righf now 'he city is short
of money. I didn't think it was fair
for just a coupie of people to make
the decisions a! the meeting."
(See ALDERMEN, Page 6)
Schedule of events for
Starr County Discovery Day
CACST Starr Count)' Discovery
Day will take place this Saturday,
August 4, 2001, at Rio Grande City
High School. Admission to
Discovery Day is free. Events that
day will include: Children's Poster
Contest, Youth Science Fair,
Remote Control Airplane Air
Show, Car, Truck, and Motorcycle
Show, Wilderness/Nature Exhibit.
FFA demonstration, and a number
of other exhibits. Visitors can
register to win a door prize.
To participate in Discovery Day,
call (956) 487-2585, ext. 208.
Schedule of Events
Friday. August 3rd
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.:
ADMITTING OF SCIENCE
POSTERS AND SCIENCE
PROJECTS at the RGC High
Saturday. August 4th
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.:
ADMITTING OF SCIENCE
POSTERS AND SCIENCE
PROJECTS at the RGC High
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Judginj of
posters and projects.
12:00 noon: Car. truck, and
motorcycle entries for the Auto
Show will begin being admitted.
Autos will be on display until
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: U.S. Border
Patrol Helicopter will be on
display. Tentative and Pending
2:30 p.m.: Remote Control
Airplane Air Show.
2:00 p.m. - Sundown: Posters,
projects, and indoor exhibits will be
on display at the cafeteria.
Organizations and businesses will
also offer presentations
4:45 p.m .- Awards Presentation
5:00 p.m. - Remote Control Air
Show at the Starr County Airport
8:30 p.m. - All posters and projects
must be picked up by this time.
RGCHS cheerleaders perform at Roque Guerra pep rally
Several junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders from Rio Grande City High School performed at the rccent
TAAS pep rail) it Roque Guerra Jr. Elementary School. They pranced, kicked, and chr red They
encouraged all 800 students at Roque Guerra to "Kick the TAAS" and "Stay in School." Their sponsor is
Miss Noelia Mendietta
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