Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Guerra to attend poetry convention in Nevada
This fall a Pecos seventh grade student has the chance to attend the Seventh
Annual Poetry Convention in Reno, Nevada after submitting a piece of poetry
to the Famous Poets Society poetry contest.
RJ Guerra, 12, read about the poetry contest in the Pecos Enterprise
and decided to enter a piece of poetry called "Christmas Future", that
he had written during the school year.
"First I wrote it for a school project, then I decided to submit it
to see what I'd get," he said.
After a few weeks, RJ's mother, Grace said that he got quite a surprise
in the mail on day.
"He got a letter back saying that he was invited to the convention in
Reno," she said.
At the convention, which will be held on September 16-18, RJ will be
honored as a Famous Poet for 2001 and be presented with the Prometheus
Muse of Fire Trophy as well as a 2001 Poet of the Year Medallion.
RJ also has a chance to win the $50,000 contest with the grand prize
RJ's mother said that RJ has been writing since he was young and has
a talent for it.
"He's been doing it since third grade," she said. "He likes it."
RJ also loves science and hopes to either be a scientist or a doctor
"to make money."
RJ said that writing poetry may be just one of his hobbies along with
his love for hunting, fishing and swimming.
RJ's mother said that she and her husband, Ramiro, are very proud of
RJ and she is amazed at how talented he is as a writer.
"He (wrote it) in about 30 minutes," she said. "It made us cry the first
time we read it."
RJ said that he though his poem just might be good after showing it
to his father.
"It made my dad cry and that's a big deal," he said.
RJ and his family will be holding fund-raisers to help for the expenses
of the trip.
Once at the convention, RJ said that he is not worried about winning
any of the cash prizes he is just proud to have been invited.
"Just being there is good enough," he said.
As I dress up as Santa in my house, I wonder how long my son will
believe in Santa.
As I slip on my gloves, it reminds me of the first time I saw my
son in my hands.
As I slip on my suit, it reminds me of the first time I saw my son
going to school.
As I slip on the boots, it reminds me of the first time I saw my
As I slip on my beard, it reminds me how we will grow old together.
That night I went into his room to place his presents under his tree,
he awoke and asked me if I was Santa I said yes.
He said if I was really Santa what size of shoe did he wear?
I said size seven, he said I was right.
He gave me a hug and went back to sleep.
All this I remember because my father did this for me.
_ RJ GUERRA
OC offers classes at Pecos center
During the 2001 fall semester, Odessa College is offering 31 classes in
Pecos at the Pecos Technical Training Center.
Registration will be at the Pecos Center Monday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. and 3-7:30 p.m. Classes start Monday, Aug. 27.
To speed up the registration process, new students are urged to submit
an application for admission prior to registration. Applications are available
from the Pecos Technical Training Center, in the OC catalog, and from the
OC Admissions Office and Web site.
A wide variety of classes are available, including art, computer systems,
math, history, welding and many others. The OC Fall 2001 Credit Class Schedule
provides a complete list of courses and is available at the Pecos Center
and online via OC's Web site.
Odessa College also offers a number of classes over the Internet. Students
registering for these courses should have technology sufficient to access
the World Wide Web.
Students may arrange to pay tuition with a short-term loan, allowing
scheduled payments throughout the semester. Loans include a $15 fee and
require a 10 percent down payment.
Students who have completed at least 15 semester hours at OC may apply
for federal loans. Scholarships, state and federal grants, and college
work-study also are available. Students are encouraged to apply early for
these programs. Funds for some programs do not become available until later
in the semester.
Proof of Texas residency for 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment
is required at registration to qualify for Texas resident tuition rates.
New students must furnish an official transcript and may be required
to provide TASP scores depending on course requirements. All transfer students
must furnish an official transcript and TASP scores.
For more information, call the Pecos Technical Training Center at 445-5535
or visit the OC Web site at www.odessa.edu.
Parent orientation planned
Pecos Kindergarten will be having "Parent Orientation," from 5-7 p.m.,
Thursday, Aug. 16.
All parents are invited to come and tour the school, meet the teachers
and the new principal, Cindy Duke.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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