The fourth-annual Uvalde’s Got Talent competition will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the John H. Harrell Auditorium at Uvalde High School. The proceeds from the event will go to the Class of 2015 for prom and senior farewell week.
This year’s competition started with 47 talented acts who auditioned in February. The first round of competition was competitive with many contestants putting forth their best effort to impress the show’s producer, John Juhasz.
Since the inception of the show in 2012, the number of people auditioning has increased greatly and the level of professionalism and hard work the producer has been seeing has improved. “The final round of this year’s competition will be a testament to the musical instruction we have going on in this area, and to the competitive events like this that push them all to excel if they want to keep up,” said Juhasz.
Dana Bielfeldt and Robert Curb were united in marriage on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Kindred Oaks in Georgetown. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jon Bielfeldt, uncle of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Peggy Bielfeldt of Knippa. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Curb of Salado. The bride was given in marriage by her family and escorted by her mother. The matron of honor was Courtney Friedman, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Pam Curb Stephens, sister of the groom, Isabel Necula, Heather Sams and Melissa Winn. The flower girls were Kurry and Reese Friedman, nieces of the bride.
Usually an adult who is highly accomplished in his or her profession is featured as the guest speaker at Uvalde Rotary Club luncheons, but on Feb. 19 three students spoke about their experiences at a recent leadership camp sponsored by Rotary. Uvalde High School students Joshua Laredo and Connor Zimmerman were selected by Rotary member Mark Lyon, UHS director of bands, to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) conference, held Jan. 16-19 at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels.
After a careful selection process, Rotary Club of Uvalde’s Reach For The Stars mentoring program has announced the names of six students who will be participating this year. Albert Acevedo, Gabriela Gonzalez, Bethany Hernandez, Joshua Laredo, Estrella De Luna and Merisa Maldonaldo, who are all students at Uvalde High School, were recently chosen by a committee of Reach For The Stars members based on their grades, conduct and positive attitudes. “This mentoring and scholarship program was created in Rotary Club of Uvalde three years ago as a project that could potentially help students to make right choices in life and provide them with opportunities that they would not have otherwise,” said Margaret Stypko, program coordinator.
Third-grade teacher Dorothy Smart of Sabinal was named a Woolls Intermediate Teacher of the Year for 2015. This award was presented Feb. 19 by the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce at their banquet for teachers and community members. The award show was hosted at the South Texas Regional Training Center. Each campus at the school receives an award for their faculty. Smart says that earning the award is a big honor since she has been working at the school for 17 years. This is the first year she has been named teacher of the year. Smart wants to thank everybody for helping her to achieve this award.
Jaxson Martinez and Jocelyn Ramos were the beneficiaries of $6,000 following a Feb. 28 car show to raise money for their medical expenses. The car show was organizedby West Main Body Shop, Miguel Carreon and Carol Hernandez. Carreon said with the help of sponsors the event raised just over $6,000, which will be split equally between the two children. Last year, Jaxson was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma and Jocelyn was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Lari Alejandro, illustrator and fine artist from Uvalde, is the El Progreso Memorial Library artist of the month for March. Alejandro’s body of work focuses on multimedia art. Her illustrations represent figurative, wildlife, anatomical, urban and landscape subject matters. Since graduating from college, Alejandro has been working as a freelance artist and designer. She even moved to Los Angeles where she worked on a project with animation company Reel FX. She created prop illustrations for the animated movie, “The Book of Life.”
Green Thumb Garden Club has announced residential and business Yard of the Month honorees for February. The residential Yard of the Month is 117 Weeping Willow, the residence of Leslie and Leah Dungo. “Their yard has beautiful beds of geraniums around their trees, making for a pleasing front yard,” said Sylvia Lent, Green Thumb Garden Club president..