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Monday, January 17, 2000

Scholarship deadline set

High School students with a grade point average of `B' or better and college students with a GPA of `B+' or better are eligible for a $1,000 college scholarship (U.S. citizens only). All requests for applications must include the following: student's name, permanent home address, city, state, zip code, name of current high school or college, approximate GPA, and year in school during the 1999-2000 academic year.

To receive an application, e-mail , paper mail Educational Communications Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 5012, Lake Forest, IL 60045-5012, or fax 847-295-3972. Requests must be received by March 16, 2000.

Applications will be fulfilled by mail only, on or about April 7, 2000. Two hundred and fifty winnes will be selected on the basis of academic performance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and some consideration for financial need. A total of $250,000 will be awarded.

Muniz, Garrett announce wedding plans

Mr. and Mrs. Esequiel Muniz of Saragosa, announce the engagement of their daughter Malisa Muniz, to George Garrett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nolen Garrett of Seabrook, Tx.

The bride elect, is a 1991 Balmorhea High School graduate, received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Sul Ross State University in 1995 and is currently employed in Houston with PG&E Energy Trading.

The groom is a 1994 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences. He is currently in his fourth year of his Doctorate of Optometry degree at the University of Houston College of Optometry. He will receive his degree in May.

The couple plan to wed on Feb. 12, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Saragosa.

They will reside in the Houston/San Antonio area.

Rayos selected officer of month

Rene Rayos has been selected as Correctional Officer of the Month for December 1999, at the Reeves County Detention Center.

He has been employed at the Reeves County Detention Center since May 4, 1998, as a Correctional Officer.

Rayos is the proud father of four children.

"He is a self-motivated individual and a great asset to the Custody Department and the institution," said RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.

Rayos is a highly responsible, dedicated and trustworthy individual, according to Franco.

"His performance during the period covered by this recommendation has been outstanding in all areas," said Franco. "Officer Rayos has been assigned to all pertinent custodial posts at the Reeves County Detention Center and continues to be an inspiration to our newer staff," he said.

"The staff at Reeves County Detention Center and I are extremely proud of Rene's contributions to Reeves County and to the detention center and we wish him the very best as he continues with his career," said Franco.

Jose, Emily favorite names for booming number

Texas residents had more babies in 1998 than in any other year since births were first recorded in the state in 1903, according to the Bureau of Vital Statistics at the Texas Department of Health (TDH). And those 342,1999 infants were more likely to be called Jose if a boy and Emily if a girl than by any other names.

These two names lead the list of the 10 most popular names for all Texas children born in 1998, the last year for which complete statistics are available. And htose names willlikely be around for a while. Overall life expectancy for a baby born in Texas in 1998 was 76.5 years. A male infant born that year could expect to live 73.5 years while a female infant's life expectancy was 79.5 years. Also, females had a higher life expectancy than male infants in all racial and ethnic groups.

Jose also heads the list of most popular names for Hispanic infants, with Jennifer the favorite for Hispanic girls. Both names were favored in 1997 as well. For African-American babies, the names Jordan and Jasmine were most often selected; for Anglo children, Jacob and Hannah, again the same as in 1997. The list is tabulated using the exact spelling of infant names listed on birth certificates.

The previous year, Jose also headed the favorite male life, while Ashley was at the top for all girls, followed by Emily at number two.

Most popular names for all babies born to Texas residents, 1998 include: for males, Jose, Jacob, Michael, Christopher, Joshua, Matthew, David, Brando, Jonathan and Daniel.

For females: Emily, Ashley, Alexis, Samantha, Sarah, Victoria, Hannah, Jessica, Jennifer and Madison.

Most popular names for Hispanic babies, for males, Jose, Juan, Luis, Jonathan, Jesus, Daniel, David, Christopher, Michael and Carlos. For females, Jennifer, Samantha, Ashley, Victoria, Maria, Alexis, Stephanie, Jessica, Alyssa and Vanessa.

Most popular names for African-American babies, for males, Jordan, Joshua, Christopher, Michael, Cameron, Anthony and Brandon, Christian, Darius, Isaiah and James. For females, Jasmine, Alexis, Tayor, Destiny, Brianna, Ashley, Kayla, Brittany, Jada and Diamond.

Most popular names for Anglo babies, (includes other and unknown race/ethnicity), for males, Jacob, Matthew, Michael, Joshua, William, Christopher, Austin, Tyler, James and Zachary. For females, Hannah, Emily, Madison, Sarah, Taylor, Lauren, Ashley, Alexis, Elizabeth and Samantha.

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