The West News (West, Tex.), Vol. 107, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 22, 1997 Page: 1 of 16
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Trojans win Bi- district title
West High School seniors
Pages 12 & 13
Volume 107, No. 21
The West News
Celebrating 107ytars serving the West area
, 1997 Covering West, Abbott, Aquilla, Axtell, Birome, Chalk Bluff, Elm Mott, Ge old, Gholson, Hillsboro, Leroy, Malone, Penelope, Ross, Tokio, Tours, Waco and Whitney
West Church Memorial Day Service
The West Brethren Church will have its annual Memorial
Day Service at 2 p.m. this Sunday at its cemetery. In the
event of bad weather, the service will be at the church.
Promotion Ceremony at St. Mary's
St. Mary's School has scheduled its Eighth Grade Promotion
Ceremony at 7 p.m. May 26 in St. Mary's Catholic Church of
the Assumption. A Mass will be concelebrated by the Rev. Ed
Karasek and the Rev. Melvin Domak to be followed by the
presentation of diplomas and honor awards to the graduates.
Accordion group to meet May 27
The West Accordion Association has scheduled its next meet-
ing for 7 p.m. May 27 in the club room at West Fraternal
Auditorium. Those planning to attend are invited to enter
through the north side door. The public is invited to attend.
West schools to dismiss early
All West Independent School District schools are to dismiss
early today (Thursday) because of final exams. The schools
will dismiss under the following schedule: 2 p.m., West
Elementary School; 2:10 p.m., West High School; and 2:15
p.m., West Middle School.
RVOS Lodge 46 June 1 meeting
RVOS Lodge 46 has scheduled their Summer Social for June
1 at Cottonwood Hall. The hall opens at 11:30a.m. with lunch
at 1 p.m. Members are asked to bring pastries for desserts.
Fund-raiser for West girl planned
A Garage Sale to benefit a six-year-old West youth is planned
for May 30 - 31 in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church
in West. Six-year-old Mikaela Coleman is stricken with
Batten's Disease, a rare brain disease, and the fund-raiser
will be used to help defray medical expenses and also go to the
Battens Disease Support and Research Association. Those
wishing to dopate items for the garage sale are asked to
contact Mikaela's mother, Michelle Coleman at 826-4651.
Swimming lessons at MCC
"Operation Waterproof, swimming lessons at McLennan
Community College in Waco, will be conducted for West
students from 9:25 -10:35 a.hi. (Monday through Thursday)
June 2-12. Bus transportation will be provided from West
High School at 8:45 a.m. and returning at 11:15 a.m. The cost
for the lesson is $29 per student and $6 for the bus transpor-
tation. Children wishing to take the lessons must be at least
38 inches tall. Information forms are available at all West
schools and for further information, contact Jean Smith at
West VFW Post fund-raiser
West VFW Post 4819is currently sellingtickets on ten$l,000
bonds to be given away. There will be ten different drawings
and the tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any
West VFW member or at the VFW Post.
Marriage Class at Brethren Church
The West Brethren Church is offering a 13 week video series
on marriage beginningthe first week in June. The 30 minute
videos feature Dr. H. Norman Wright and other prominent
Christian teachers. Call Dr. Don Ketch am at the Brethren
Church for more information (826-4567 or 826-3146).
Examination registration at WISD
Examinations for acceleration are to be given for all West ISD
grade levels and subject areas for grades kindergarten through
12 during June 2-6. Registration forms an available at each
campus office and must be completed and returned to the
appropriate school campus by May 22. For further informa-
tion, call the school counselor at West High School, West
Middle School hr West Elementary School. —-
Little TVojan Cheer Camp registration
The West High School Varsity Cheerleaders are to host a
cheer camp for girls ages 4-13. The camp is from 9 a.m. - noon
June 9-13 in West High School's Trojan Gym. The camp cost
is $30 with the registration deadline on May 22. Forms are to
be sent home from school and for mon information, contact
Kathy Doherty at 826-3711 or 826-5855.
Summer registration for TAAS tests
Registration packets for the exit level TAAS and TEAMS
testa an available at the West High School's counselor's
office or in the West I8D Administration office. The testa an
to be given on July 15,16 and 17. Out-of-school examinees
who need the TAAS or TEAMS in order to complete their high
ffhopl diploma must complete a registration form and mail it
prior to June 18. Questions concerning the summer exit level
test should be directed to Kaye Younger at 826-3711 or Mary
Ann Marak at 8264728.
Ag boosters to sell barbecue chickens
The West Ag Booster Club is to sell barbecue chickens on
June 8 at the Ole Czech Smoke House in West beginning at
10 a.m. and continuing until all chickens an sold. To place an
order in advance, call 836-3296,826-3244 or 826-3809.
Ceremony set for 8 p
fit. in Trojan Gym
WHS seniors to graduate this Friday
One hundred and three West
High School seniors are candi-
dates for graduation during the
8 p.m. commencement ceremony
this Friday in the high school
Elizabeth Huse and Kristen
Cinek an the top two graduat-
ing seniors in the class. Eliza-
beth is the Class Valedictorian
with a weighted grade point av-
erage of 102.10. Kristen is the
Class Salutatorian and her
weighted average is 101.82.
Elizabeth, the daughter of Ron
and Brenda Huse, plans to at-
tend Baylor University this fall
and mqjor in Electrical Engineer-
During her senior year, the
class valedictorian served as Key
Club President, student council
repmsentative, National Honor
Society Secmtary, along with
being a member of the Junior
Historians and FBLA.
She also competed in Spelling
(vocabulary), Mathematics and
Current Events in the Univer-
sity Interscholastic Literary
meet and received high school
departmental awards in Pre-
Calculus and AP Economics.
Elizabeth was also a statisti-
cian for the volleyball and girls'
basketball teams. She was an
office aide at West Elementary
Kristen's parents are Frank
and Janette Cinek. She also
plans to attend Baylor Univer-
sity and mcgor in Electrical En-
As a senior, she slices as the
Senior Class Preside it National
Honor Society Via President,
and Key Club Via President.
She is alsoamembe of the Jun-
ior Historians, Rnitt lgCluband
Kristen played fci- the Lady
Trojan volleyball tee n |this year
and was recognizedc l the Span-
ish Club's honor ro
departmental awar< s
for Microcomputer plications
She received sclic
from Temple Inland
letic Booster Club,
PTA Junior Catholic D;
ofAmerica and Insure -sbfTexas.
The West High Sc uni Band,
under the direction
Ray, is scheduled to
music for the Procesliobal with
Senior Michelle Kls is to give
Kristen Cinek then v
Welcome followed b]
of the West chapter c : i
V est Ath-
it vide the
tary Order of the Pui >1^ Heart.
The senior elate prei dfent pre-
sents the Class Keyftp Junior
Class President Kath:
Marak are to mai
tion and West High f
cipal Danny Brodbi
present the Mac Gran Scholar-
ships. Dr. Larry Spt :s is to
present the Hazel Mq gomery
West Middle Schoo Eighth Graders to graduate Thursday
West ISD Board of Trustees
President Harry Marak is then
to present the National Merit
Scholars and Principal Brodbeck
is to present the Senior of the
Laurie Sykora is to sing Wind
Beneath My Wings accompanied
by Kareene Julian.
Elizabeth Huse is then to give
the Valedictorian Address and
Kristen Cinek is to follow with
the Salutatorian Address. Ben-
jamin Ranzinger is then to show
the Senior Video. The Principal
is then to certify the class.
There will also be the recogni-
tion of the 37 honor graduates.
The honor grads, other than the
top two seniors, are Katherine
Allen, Casey Bates, Jamie
Brooke Bryan, Erika Chisolm,
Daniel Croll, Dena Dennis,
Stephanie Farmer, Melanie
Grellhesl, Amy Gremminger,
Ann Hutyra, William Jaska,
Jamie Kallus, Rebecca Kingrey,
Jonathan Kubala, Erin Long,
Heather Manning, Chad Marak,
John Matus, Michael Mellgren,
Natalie Nemec, Doug Nors,
Joanna Pareya, Shana
Podsednik, Amanda Pursley,
Julie Ryno, Kerinne Schroeder,
John Simcik, Travis Snokhous,
Valerie Snokhous, David
Stinson, Elizabeth Straten, Amy
Sulak, DougThompson, Johanna
Sulak and Rachel Williams.
Twenty West seniors are to
receive advanced high school di-
Valedictorian Elizabeth Huse (left) and Salutatorian Kristen
Cinek are the top graduating seniors at West High School
plomas with honors. The stu-
dents are Casey Bates, Kristen
Cinek, Daniel Croll, Melanie
Grellhesl, Amy Gremminger,
Elizabeth Huse, Ann Hutyra,
Jonathan Kubala, Erin Long,
Heather Manning, Chad Marak,
John Matus, Joanna Pareya,
Kerinne Schroeder, John Simcik,
Valerie Snokhous, Amy Sulak,
Johanna Sulak, Erin Vendetti
and Rachel Williams.
Other West seniors scheduled
to receive advanced diplomas are
Tim Adair, Katherine Allen,
Jamie Brooke Biyan, Nichole
Please turn to page two for more
on WH8 graduation.
One hundred and thirteen
West Middle School eighth grad-
ers are scheduled to participate
in the school's Promotion Pro-
gram at 7 p.m. today (Thursday)
in the West High School gymna-
Jennifer Perry, the daughter
of Michael and Bernice Perry, is
the class valedictorian. The class
salutatorian is Wendy M.
Kubala.She is the daughter of
Edward and Helen Kubala.
Other West eighth grade
honor graduates are Georgia
Jung, Vicki Kostecka, Kevin
Polansky, Melanie Carlile, Cody
Sulak, Sarah Petter, Ernesto
Perez, Andrew Soukup, Lana
Hunt, Rachel Franke, Rachel
Kostecka, Ben Green, Ronny
Polansky, Tonya Kolar, Michelle
Kaska, Lena Barnes, Jessica
Adair, Lacey Hykel, Amanda
Rejcek, Justin Miller, Kimberly
Filer, Eddie Middlebrook,
Natalie Otto, Kevin Hlavenka,
Lenard McHargue, Zachary
Burtchell, Marco Ranzinger,
Christina Manning, Chris
Kubacak, Ricky Thomason,
Tiffany Grantham, Zachary
Vanek, Kira Vogt, Shawn Kalina,
Joey Kolar and Joseph Nors.
The Middle School Seventh
Grade Band will provide music
for the Processional and Reces-
sional. Vicki Kostecka is to give
the Invocation and Wendy
Kubala is to give the Welcome.
West Middle School Principal
Harvey Siems is to present the
class and also recognize the honor
graduates and their parents.
West ISD Superintendent
Jack Crain is to present the
eighth graders with their certifi-
cates. WMS Counselor Michele
Marak is to present awards. Jen-
nifer Perry is to give the Fare-
well and Georgia Jung will give
P«ul* Veeelka Krystal Sparks
Penelope graduation program
scheduled for this Friday
Graduation ceremonies for
both Penelope High School and
Junior High School are sched-
uled for 8 p.m. this Friday in the
new Penelope School building.
Nine Penelope seniors are to
graduate with Paula Veeelka the
class valedictorian. She is the
daughter ofMr. and Mrs. Joseph
Veeelka and has an academic
average of99.67 with a weighted
average of 103.302.
of Mr. and Mrs. Billy C. Sparks,
is the class salutatorian She has
an academic aveage of 98.624
and a weighted average of
Fourteen eighth graders are
also to participate in graduation.
Aleisha Kelley, the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kelley, is vale-
dictorian with an academic av-
enge of 93.792. Lindsey Dudik
is Oe salutatorian with an aca-
demic average of88.354. She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
for West slaying
Convicted killer Clifton Eugene Belyeu was executed on
May 16 in Huntsville for fatally shooting and stabbing a
West woman on Dec. 10,1985.
The 38-year-old Belyeu died at 6:22 p.m. after receiving
a lethal iivjection. His execution came over 11 years after he
was convicted in the shooting death of Melodie Bolton, the
wife of West resident Jerre! Bolton. He and Ernest Ray
Moore were convicted of shooting and subbing Mrs. Bolton
after she surprised them when they were burgisrixing her
home near Tokio.
Items from the Bolton home were found at Beiyeu’s
Cleburne home *oon alter the killing A McLennan County
jury took only $6 minutes to convict the Cleburne man
during his trial in Waco.
Moore pleaded guilty and received * lift sentence. He
testified that Belyeu killed Mrs. Bolton during the robbery.
Attorney’s for Belyeu had exhausted aU legal appeal
Belyeu had worked asa painter and had apreviouetwo-
j year prison tarm for robbery. He was paroled in 1979 after
oaths in jail.
wame tha 11th am executed in Texas thi
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