Delores West, a 30-year resident of the Sabinal area, is the El Progreso Library Artist of the Month for March 2014. West is a 71-year-old painter and drawer who grew up in Donna, Texas, but spent most of her life traveling with her husband, who worked in oil, and their six children. West is self-taught and participates in workshops whenever possible. She enjoys painting with other artists and with her friends in the Uvalde Visual Arts League.
Uvalde High School sophomore Meaghan Gorby ventures into the field of art in a variety of ways. Gorby moved to Uvalde this year from the small town of Chester. It didn’t take her long to find her way to the community art gallery. She likes to visit once a month, hoping the gallery has received new works for her to enjoy.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by John Juhasz, event coordinator of Uvalde’s Got Talent.
The fourth annual Uvalde’s Got Talent area-wide talent show will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the UHS Auditorium. The cost of admission is only $5 at the door. Contestants have made it to the finals of the contest and will compete for first, second or third place trophies in three categories and three age groups.
The Uvalde High School/Southwest Texas Junior College dual credit cosmetology students won big at the District 11 Skills USA competition held Feb. 7-8 in San Antonio and have qualified for State. Cheryl Hammer, cosmetology sponsor, said that she is incredibly proud of her girls and is glad they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. “We often hear ‘Where’s Uvalde?’ because we are a little school, among the big schools in the San Antonio school district,” Hammer said.
Uvalde High School seniors have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of younger students in the district. These seniors belong to UHS leadership classes. The leadership program involves student assignments to Flores Elementary School, where the upper-level students tutor younger students in various classrooms or provide other assistance to the teachers.
The 48th-annual Sahawe Dancers Winter Ceremonials will begin tomorrow evening with a 7 p.m. performance, followed by 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances on Saturday. The same performance schedule is set for Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. The ceremonials will be held in Weston Hall of First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of North High and West Oak streets.
Geneva Sue Beavers, more affectionately known as “Aunt Sue,” by her family, is celebrating her 100th birthday today. Friends and family from all over the state and from as far away as Arkansas are flying in to commemorate this special day. Beavers was born in 1914, south of Uvalde on Old Pearsall Road, which was known back then as the Leona Ditch community.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Jennifer Durán, Uvalde High School journalism teacher.
The art of Uvalde High School senior Charles Ligocky was unveiled in an exhibit at the Falcon Art Gallery in Del Rio on Feb. 7. Ligocky’s work will be displayed all month in an exhibit at the gallery. The exhibit, titled “The Impractical Judgment of Emotion,” features 12 major pieces and a binder of small pieces, ranging from letter-size to nearly wall-size creations.
Texans love football and for those who can’t see the Super Bowl live, creating their own big game can be just as exciting. Claire Dillard, youth leader for First United Methodist Church, said that for the past decade youngsters from the First Baptist and First United Methodist churches have faced off in a flag football game on Super Bowl Sunday.
When it comes to addressing the state’s most pressing issues, sometimes it benefits to take in the opinions of young, fresh minds. This was the thinking when 70 high school students in Pioneers Youth Leadership and five Pioneers alumni serving as counselors in the program participated in the Pioneers State Leadership Forum in Austin on Jan. 22- 23.