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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 being $25,000.

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.

Christmas Future

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 son walking.

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.


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

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.

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