Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 23, Ed. 1 Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Page: 4 of 10
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DEADLINE 5 P.M. FRIDAY
Page 4 - Palacios Beacon - Wed., June 6, 2013
10 YEARS AGO-2003
The City by the Sea hosted more than two dozen traveling
Sharkette softball freshmen Leigh Ann Garcia was named
Dist. co-Newcomer of the Year and junior Hillary Hunt was
named to the First Team.
15 YEARS AGO-1998
By an overwhelming 95% to 5% margin, PISD voters
approved a $5-million bond issue for new construction and
additions to Centeral Elementary.
Residents appeared before the Palacios City Council to
complain about poor TV reception from Falcon Cable and
also about malfunctioning sewer pumps.
Palacios Shark sophomore Bruce Junek and senior Jeremy
Flores were named to the All-District baseball team.
20 YEARS AGO-1993
Dressed in their colorful replicas of authentic Indian outfits,
12-year old Matthew Weyarus Davila, and his 11-year old
sister, Yvonne Weyaus Davila, captured some of the top honors
at the 4th Intertribal Council of Houston Texas Champion-
ship Pow-Pow held recently at Traders Village in Houston.
25 YEARS AGO-1988
The Queen-Hamlin V.FW. Auxiliary won 11 trophies
during the Annual District 16 awards program held in Clute
35 YEARS AGO-1978
The class of 1928 of Palacios High School will be celebrat-
ing its 50th anniversary in the R.G. Herlin home.
John Louderback, principal at Central Elementary School
since July 1975, has been hired by the Matagorda ISD to serve
as principal of the Matagorda Elementary School.
45 YEARS AGO-1968
Steven Wallin received his Bachelor of Science degree
in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston
and Curtis Dan Miller received a Bachelor of Business Ad-
ministration at Texas Tech.
50 YEARS AGO-1963
Pauline White and Dr. J.C. White were installed Worthy
Matron and Patron of Palacios Chapter 125 Order of Eastern
Star in ceremonies.
The State Office of the Farmers Union appointed Jack
Stewart as organization director for the South Texas area.
55 YEARS AGO-1958
Lt. Wm. Lloyd Queen VFW Post was trying to locate every
veteran’s grave in the Palacios Cemetery so that it could be
Marking the completion of their new parsonage, the First
Baptist Church of Blessing observed a special Day of Dedi-
60 YEARS AGO-1953
F.A. Griffin attended the Southeast Texas Lions conven-
tion in Galveston.
Some 458 Future Homemakers of Area 3 and 10 were
encamped at the Baptist Encampment.
65 YEARS AGO-1948
Construction was underway on the new home for Mr. and
Mrs. H.C. Campbell on Highway 35.
Installation ceremonies were held for O.E.S. officers.
Clara Claybourn was Worthy Matron and John Lynch, Wor-
70 YEARS AGO-1943
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church was dedicated Sunday
with Archibishop R.E. Lucey presiding during the Solemn
75 YEARS AGO-1938
At the seventh grade graduation exercises, Rae Beth Stapp
and Buddy Linquist were awarded the American Legion
medals. The class had 38 boys and 36 girls.
80 YEARS AGO-1933
Closing exercises of the Palacios High School included
the baccalaureate sermon by Rev. Carroll B. Ray, the com-
mencement address of President Griffin of Victoria Junior
College and the alumni banquet.
85 YEARS AGO-1928
Miss Nora Hayes and Miss Victoria Elder sailed from
Galveston on the S.S. Algonquin for New York to spend the
summer in the north and east.
An exhausted carrier pigeon, bearing the number 168, was
found in the yard at the L.M. Maples home. It resumed flight
the next day going in a northeasterly direction.
90 YEARS AGO-1923
Charles A. Tolleson arrived at the home of his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Tolleson.
PHS Valedictorian Address
BY KATHERINE CANTU
PHS Class of 2013 Valedictorian
As English teacher David McCullough pointed out, “Across
the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating
about now from more than 37,000 high schools. That’s 37,000
valedictorians...37,000 class presidents... 92,000 harmoniz-
ing altos... 340,000 swaggering jocks.” Those startling facts
easily show that we are not special or extraordinary. While he
makes a valid argument, what he doesn’t acknowledge is that
the secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
Buried deep in the coast of Texas lies the true secrets to suc-
cess found among the community of Palacios. All of the most
important lessons we have learned thus far have all taken place
here in our little City by the Sea. These are the lessons that we
will take with us as we all embark on our separate journeys.
Our small tight-knit community has given us each the op-
portunity to shine in whatever we chose to do. Although we
may not be accustomed to the hustle and bustle of big cities,
we have gained the capability to become well-rounded human
beings. In larger schools it is not possible to be a star athlete in
every single sport or to be involved in every single organiza-
tion. In larger schools you have to pick and choose what you
want to do and be good at it in order to succeed. Here at PHS,
we have all had the opportunity to broaden our horizons. We
have been given the chance to show our strengths on the field,
in the classroom or on the stage.
We have had the opportunity to live a very sheltered life where
we have been treated as big fish in a small pond. Soon we will
be leaving our small pond and becoming part of the real world,
full of people who are also the big fishes in their small ponds.
The most important secret to success is to realize that we are
all small parts of a bigger picture. No matter what you decide
to do after today you are still an important part because each
of us brings something special to the table.
“Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are
graduating about now from more than 37,000 high schools.
That’s 37,000valedictorians... 37,000 class presidents... 92,000
harmonizing altos.. .340,000 swaggering jocks.” Tonight here
at Shark Stadium, 108 of the 3.2 million seniors of the class of
2013 are graduating. Each of us is taking with us the secrets
to success that only a small town like Palacios can offer. We
have been well prepared for our futures, and now it is time for
us to make a name for ourselves. I wish the best of luck to the
graduating class of 2013 in whatever piece of the bigger picture
you wish to fulfill.
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PHS Salutatorian Address
BY ARIANA GALVAN
PHS Class of 2013 Salutatorian
The last thirteen years have been a long and memorable
ride, so I want to take time to thank administration, teach-
ers, community members, and especially family for putting
up with us for this long. Four years ago, we were just wide
eyed freshmen anticipating this day to come. While the
last few months we’ve been counting down the days until
tonight, now it’s finally here we’re done, it’s over guys.
When I found out I was second in the class, I thought,
“Can I do the Salutatorian address as Sharky? I could stand
in front of our community and entertain them all night rather
than standing up here without the mask, the huge furry
head, and ultra large body.” But I soon accepted the fact
that it wouldn’t be the appropriate considering the occasion.
So, my next thought was “What am I going to say? What
should I tell everyone? Who am I to give wise words to my
classmates?” I’m just like everyone seated next to me, with
no more intelligence or years of life experience than they
have had. So tonight, all I can do is hand off what has been
given to me and what I have learned through the past years.
As I brainstormed on what to talk about, I read past salu-
tatorian speeches, and my first thought was “Man, how is
my speech going to be as good as theirs?” then I realized
that was my first mistake. By trying to make my speech
like others, it prevented me from fully being myself; one
life lesson I stand by. So to my classmates, learn who you
are and most importantly don’t let anyone put you down
because of it. I came across my sister’s salutatorian speech
and couldn’t help but phrase it any other way, “those that
reject you are not your enemies, but rather your motivation
to live with a stronger, independent spirit.” So don’t be
afraid to be yourself, the only time it’s okay to be someone
else is on Halloween - everyone loves free candy.
As I continued brainstorming, I remembered talking to
my mom as a freshman, explaining to her my views about
graduation. Overnight, we are thrown into the big bad scary
world, expected to just pick up on things and learn from
our mistakes. There is no book, app, or social media site
that will explain to us “how to be an adult.” We are solely
expected to just become one-and a good one at that. We
will be legit adults, scary isn’t it? Someone recently taught
me that every minute detail that happens in our lives is for
a reason. I had heard this many times throughout life, but
it took until now to truly believe it. What it means to me is
this: once you are able to examine a situation as a whole,
you’re able to pin point the repercussions and lessons that
better each and every one of us. So, our job is to go out
there and do great things that will even impress ourselves.
Each time you do something, challenge yourself to do better,
and to continue outdoing yourself. Whether your career is
as a doctor, a plumber, a secretary, or the president, I wish
that all of you are able to make your dreams become reality.
It’s sad to think that we’re all going to go off into the
world to do great things without each other, but we will
always have our roots, from this little oE town, from this
campus, and from the morals and values of our families, to
rely upon for direction. But it’s exciting as well, because
now you are not so and so’s son or daughter. This step
signifies your chance to start life with a clean slate. So go
out into the world and leave your mark upon it, as only
you are meant to do. Exceed your expectations and make
And oh, I hope that I run into some of you at Maricela’s
on the weekends.
What message are we sending...
First of all, I want to assure readers that I appreciate all of
the time and effort that went into the Memorial Day Kick-Ball
event that was held on Saturday. It was wonderful to see
so many young people enjoying themselves combined with
hearing about the real reason for our nation commemorating
our military heroes past and present.
However, I have a concern about the message we are send-
ing when a prayer and an explanation of the U.S. holiday are
done completely in Spanish with no interpretation.
Daniel 2:43b says “the people will mix with one another
but will not hold together. Our young people are being
given a message of separation rather than of unity and it is
encouraged by adults in this community. This is “One Na-
tion Under God” and we can’t even celebrate a U.S. holiday
in one city in one language.
I know that if I were to be in Mexico, Vietnam, Germany,
or any other non-English speaking nation for one of their
national holidays, I would not hear a prayer or speech in
English, and would not expect to.
Please, let us start being an example to our children of
a unified community no matter our background or race or
Thank you Mayor Sardelich...
Just a note to say Thank you to the Palacios VFW for
the excellent and very moving Memorial Day Ceremony
at the Palacios Cemetery. I also want to Thank Mayor
Sardelich and Judge McDonald for being there. Mayor
Sardelich is very concerned about and Proud of our Vet-
erans and it shows .
Just wish the Mayor of Bay City Could have been at
the excellent ceremony at the Cedarvale Cemetary.
MSG USA (Retired)
We support Mr Kocurek...
We were pleased to see that Mr. Kocurek’s work as
Acting City Manager was recognized during the Public
Comment portion of the City Council Meeting with the
recommendation brought forward that the ‘Acting’ title
be eliminated. We are writing to support this recommen-
Since being appointed over one year ago as ‘Acting
City Manager’, Mr. Kocurek has exhibited the profes-
sional skill sets required of a city manager. For example:
he immediately stepped in and prepared the city budget
for council approval; kept the council and citizens in-
formed of the progress of all funded construction proj-
ects; and effectively managed the activities of the city
departments. His strong two-way communication skills,
particularly listening, are invaluable.
Thanks Mr. Kocurek, we know you will continue to
provide professional services to our community in what-
ever role you hold in the future.
Don and Patricia Loving
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“Ethan Blake of Dripping
Springs, Texas has been
named the 2013 Valedic-
torian of Katherine Anne
Porter School in Wimber-
ley, Texas. At age 16, he is
the youngest Valedictorian
in the history of the school.
Ethan is the son of Trent and
Susie Blake and the grand-
son of Charles and Judy
Teller of Bonham, Roger
and Barbara Blake of Pear-
land, and Benny and Joan
Quattlebaum of Palacios.
In addition to being ac-
tively involved with his school’s Student Achievement Commit-
tee and National Honor Society, Ethan served as the Assistant
Administrator for the school computer systems and worked
many volunteer hours with the local Lions club. Ethan will grad-
uate with almost 200 hours of community volunteer service.
Ethan will attend University of Texas at Austin this fall. He has
been admitted to the Aerospace Engineering program. He would
like to thank all of his grandparents for their love and support!”
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