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Tuesday, August 23, 2000

Host families sought

Educational Merit Foundation, a non-profit, Texas-based, student exchange organization is seeking volunteer host families for ten high school students from Europe.

These students, will arrive as soon as a host family is found for them to attend local public schools for one or two semesters and are eager to experience life in Texas. They speak English, have their own spending money, medical insurance and expect to share their host family daily life including household responsibilities.

It is not too late to decide to host an international student for the 2000-2001 school year. Interested host families are encouraged to apply immediately.

For more information visit our web page at or call Marie-Claude Dijoud at 952-495-3868 or 1-800-467-8363.

Ward helps design human mission

Jennifer Ward, of Balmorhea Texas was one of 25 Texas high school students who spent a week at the Johnson Space Center in Houston using their math and science skills to design a human mission to Mars.

Ward was nominated by State Senator Frank Madla to be a part of a unique educational experience, called the Texas Aerospace Scholars Program. The program is the result of a partnership between NASA - JSC and the State of Texas to encourage students to pursue engineering options in school.

After being nominated, Ward began the program with distance- and web-based learning experiences that culminated in a one-week long visit to JSC in Houston. Ward and her teammates used their imagination, coupled with math and science skills, to develop a plan for how humans will get to Mars and then learn to live and work on the planet's surface.

Their expertise came from a series of classroom sessions, field trips, hands-on projects, and assistance from JSC employee-mentors, provided them with insight into the challenges of living and working in a hostile environment.

For additional information on the Texas Aerospace Scholars Program, visit the web site at:

Tarango ends six-month deployment

Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Rafael G. Tarango, son of Esperanza Tarango, of Pecos, recently returned from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf while assigned to the amphibious transport ship USS Denver, home ported in San Diego.

Tarango's ship participated in several multi-national exercises including Eager Mace, Eastern Maverick and Sea Soldier. These exercises focused on developing friendship, trust and teamwork between coalition nations and increased their combined military readiness for contingency operations.

During the deployment, Tarango's ship participated in the peacekeeping and humanitarian operations of the international forces in East Timor, Indonesia. Denver's visit, board, search and seizure teams boarded five ships in support of U.N. sanctions against Iraq.

Tarango's ship visited cities in Australia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Quatar, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, where Sailors had the opportunity to shop, sightsee and enjoy the local culture and cuisine. Crewmembers also participated in community relations projects.

USS Denver supports amphibious operations using landing craft air cushions, which are specially-designed Hovercraft that travel above land and sea surfaces and deliver vehicles and equipment. The ship also has conventional landing craft and helicopters embarked, and is equipped with medical facilities staffed by Navy doctors, dentists, nurses and corpsmen.

Tarango, a 1983 graduate of Pecos High School, joined the Navy in September 1984.

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