The Sachse News (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 24, 2008 Page: 1 of 16
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Annual readers' poll returns for real - ballot on page 8A
Shining on the community, events and people of Sachse
© Copyright 2008 All rights resened.
Volume 3: Issue 52
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"It was an honor
to be a judge and also
a lot of fun to see the
Sachse Chamber President
Photos by Sheila K. Haynes
Flautist Justen Scott, a' e, enter-
tains and "Blue Men" Issai Siguenza,
Posh Siguenza and Mike Valentine
perform during the Sachse High School
talent con ition. Additional pho-
tographs page 6A.
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Students show-off talents
By Shiela K. Haynes
Talent abounds at Sachse High
School as proven by many enter-
taining performances in the third
annual student talent show on
From the big hair, smoke and
grinding guitar chords of the Late
Arrival Band that opened the show
to the lilting notes of Justen
Scott's flute solo to /ing La
Vida Loca" down to the off-beat
but rhythmic dance routine of the
"blue" men (Mike Valentine, Josh
Siguenza and Isaac Siguenza).
there was something for everyone
Judges Lynne Hinckley, Tina
Stelnick and Stephen Stanley
awarded the top prize to Andrew
Nguyen for his compelling perfor-
mance on the piano.
Mallory Porter took second for
her toe-tapping, good-time vocal
performance of "Let It Rip."
Third place went to funnyman
Jerran Duty, who had the audience
in stitches with his excellent
humor and perfect comic timing.
Country music fans also
enjoyed a performance by Taylor
Garrard, who sang a strong rendi-
tion of Tracy Lawrence's "You
Find Out Who Your Friends Are."
Other outstanding vocal presen-
tations were given by Andy Zapata
and Emily Facunla who took the
audience back in time with "Ain't
No Mountain High Enough."
Bluesy selections by Chanel
Dyson and Jesney Zechariah were
pleasing to the ear.
The students had fun with a
variety of rap routines. Ronchelle
Nelson, Livi King. Mallory Porter,
and Brianna Jones rapped out
"Take Me As I Am"
The Soldier Girls. Dominique
Walker, Jackie Pleasant, Robin
Williams, A.J. Jackson, Taylor
Price, Victoria Holloman, Shana
Brewer and Nica Cuffie, showed off
their dance skills to a rap medley.
Matt Redmond's lights routine
can hardly be described, but it was
fascinating to watch as the stage
was filled with the rapid move-
ment of colored lights in near
total darkness all set to music.
Many other outstanding per-
formers shared their gifts with an
appreciative and supportive audi-
"It was very apparent that all the
students that participated in the
recent annual talent contest at
Sachse High School worked very
hard to perfect their perfor-
mances." Sachse Chamber of
Commerce President Tina
Stelnicki said. "It was an honor for
me to be asked to judge this con-
test. It was also a lot of fun to see
the students perform."
By Patty Montagno
What do the titles "Thunder Over
Louisville," "Statue of Liberty,"
"Superbowl," "Las Vegas" and "Mt.
Rushmore" have to do with the Sachse
If you guessed fireworks show dis-
plays, you would be right. The
Council and staff are discussing host-
ing a fireworks extravaganza this July.
"During a conversation with Mayor
Mike Felix regarding quality of life
issues, he mentioned that there used to
be a Fourth of July fireworks display
sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance
that had to be cancelled due to insur-
ance concerns," City Manager Allen
"We discussed the possibility of the
city hosting such an event."
After research. Barnes said, it was
determined that the city could host a
fireworks display for the Fourth of
"I suggested that we have our fire-
works on July 3 because they would
not be in competition with long-estab-
lished shows in other cities and it
would give our citizens a kickoff to
the holiday," he said.
"The second reason is that the cost
of fireworks is approximately half if
the display is done on July 3."
The city then contacted Zambelli
Family Fireworks Company for infor-
mation and price quotes.
"Zambelli is considered to be the
'first family of fireworks' in the
United States," Barnes said.
"Each year Zambelli Fireworks
produces more than 3,500 shows with
Fourth of July celebrations accounting
for nearly half of the total.
"They put on small shows as well as
larger ones for Washington D.C. and
New York City."
The city received prices for three
See FIREWORKS page 3A
celebrates 30 years
By Patty Montagno
Members of the community cele-
brated the Wylie Chamber of
Commerce's 30th birthday Saturday at
More than 300 braved one of the
coldest nights of the season to attend
the birthday bash. To spotlight the
birthday Iheme the Oil Baron's
Ballroom was overflowing with bal-
loons, paper hats, confetti, brightly
w rapped presents and a giant birthday
One of the highlights of the cele-
bration was the awards ceremony hon-
oring local businesses and members of
Award recipients were Small
Business of the Year - Wylie Printing
& Office Supply, Donna Larson.
owner: Large Business of the Year -
Dallas Moving and Storage. Red
Byboth, owner; Ambassador of the
Year - Marcia Coker. Wylie ISD:
Citizen of the Year - Dr. John Fuller,
Wylie ISD superintendent: Chamber
Award of Merit - Ray Mullins, retired
State Farm Insurance Agent..
Wylie ISD also named its teachers
of the year. Secondary Teacher of the
Year was Angela Arp of Wylie East
High School and Elementary Teacher
of the Year was Kate Caballero of
Groves Elementary School.
The Wylie Downtown Merchants
Award went to Janice Martz of The
Wylie News and the Lions Community
Service Award was given to American
National Bank's Betty Poe
The city of Wylie recognized its
employee of the year Assistant Parks
5e<' BIRTH DAY page8A
'■ GISD school choice program starts
By Patty Montagno
The Garland Independent School
District is starting its annual 30-day
"Choice of School" period.
This year, elementary and sec-
ondary school students will have
two separate open enrollment peri-
ods, which are as follows:
Secondary Choice Period -
(Grades 5-11) - Jan. 29 through
Elementary Choice Period -
(Grades PreK-4 - Feb. 28 through
"GISD operates under a Freedom
of Choice plan which provides for a
30-day choice of school period dur-
ing which parents may choose what
school they would like their child to
attend." Sachse High School
Principal Steve Hammerle said.
"Parents are given the opportuni-
ty to make a first, second and third
school choice which the district tries
"Denial of school choice occurs
when there is overcrowding in the
selected school and/or the enroll-
ment would adversely affect the eth-
nic ratios at the school."
The GISD Freedom of Choice
Plan has the following two require-
ments. and are the only two reasons
a choice of school would be denied.
•All schools must conform to
court-established ethnicity ratios.
•School enrollment cannot
exceed the established capacities set
at each campus.
School officials said GISD is gov-
erned by a desegregation plan under
the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Under the provisions of the plan,
the district does not designate
school attendance areas during the
annual 30-day Choice of Schools
selection period, when parents or
students 18 years or older are
required to select the school that the
student would like to attend the fol-
If by the end of the choice period
the parent or 18-year old student has
not selected a school to attend, the
district will make a choice for the
Excluding seniors all students
entering GISD for the 2008-2009
school year must participate.
GISD has made some changes to
New. individual forms have been
developed for elementary and sec-
Officials said in the past, certain
schools have been overcrowded in
one or more grade levels, but not in
"If a family had more than one
child, there was a possibility that
one child might receive their first
choice but the other be assigned to
the second choice school,"
"To help the district make
See STUDENT page 3A
Photo b> Patty Montagno
Sachse High School Junior Matt Owen and SHS Principal Steve
Hammerle go over some of the new guidelines for the GISD
Choice of School program.
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Chamber coffee scheduled
Tne Sachse Chamber of Commerce is inviting the
community to attend a very special "Chairmen's
Choice" Community Coffee. The event will start at
8 a.m.this Friday in the Sachse Chrstian Cuurch fel-
SCC Board Chairman Pastor Hal Hinckley will be
serving coffee and bacon and eggs. The church is
located at 5005 Ben Davis Rd. For information call
the Chamber office at 972-496-1212.
SHS meeting called
Sachse High School is conducting a
Campus Improvement Team meeting at
6 p.m. Jan. 2 the SHS library.
SHS Princip 'eve Hammerle will
present the SHS icport card and answer
The CIT meeting is open to the pub-
lic. For information call Shane Putman
at 972-414-7450, ext 63020.
Baseball signups to start
The Sachse Sports Association w ill conduct sign-ups
for the 2008 baseball and Softball seasons from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Jan. 26 and from 2 to 4 p.m. on
Sunday Jan. 27 at City Hall. 5560 Highway 78. Boys
and girls ages 3 through 14 may sign up for baseball,
and girls ages 5 through 19 may sign up for slow pitch
Softball. For more information log onto www.league-
lineup.com/sachse or www.Ieaguelineup.com/sachse-
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