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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Valles to participate in San Diego marathon

Bobby Valles, of Odessa, a former Pecos resident and Pecos Fire Department volunteer, and now a firefighter and paramedic with the Odessa Fire Department will head out to San Diego, Calif., for the "Suzuki" Rock and Roll Marathon, June 2.

Valles participated in the 26 miles marathon in Austin, in December 2001 and Dallas White Rock in February of this year.

He crossed the finish line at four hours and eight minutes in the Dallas marathon. About 70,000 or more participants are expected in the San Diego, 26 miles marathon.

His wife Josie and three children will accompany him to San Diego.

He is the son of Jesse and Sophia Baeza of Pecos.

Pecos students bring home honors

The top three winners, based on overall competition performances, at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin's May 3 Regional Spanish Language Fair are Best Overall Elementary School, South Elementary School of Midland; Best Overall Junior High School, Academy at Ector in Odessa; and Best Overall High School, Denver City High School.

The three schools took home large trophies for their success in demonstrating Spanish Language mastery in various competitions. Medals, ribbons and scholarships were also awarded at the University's fair set to be an annual spring event.

Teachers were awarded the prizes for their classes in the group activities (puppet shows/skits, and songs). In the individual competitions the students were awarded the prizes.

Nearly 400 students from Texas and New Mexico competed in puppet shows/skits, songs, poetry/prose, extemporaneous reading, and in a spelling bee. The focus of the competition was mastery in the Spanish Language.

Eight area high school seniors earning $500 scholarships to UTPB were Daisy Chavez and Miriam Dominguez, both of Pecos High School; and Azucena Rodriguez of Crane High School; Yazmin Morales, Nanci Marquez, Myrna Judith Mendoza, Maria Zamudio, and Ereida Vasquez, all of the Career Center.

In the poetry/prose competition, in the secondary level II, first place tie: Marisela Marez, of Pecos High School and Iris Baeza of Pecos High School; second place _three-way tie: Maria Alvarado, and Mayra Navarette, and Kenny Torres, all of the Career Center, and third place, Cristian Garcia of the Career Center.

Pecos students also placed in the spelling bee, secondary level II. Iris Baeza of Pecos High School placed first and Yolanda Salgado, Career Center, placed second.

Teachers directing winning students in the individual competitions (poetry/prose, extemporaneous reading, and the spelling bee) were Rita Loera, (Crockett), Irene Garcia (South), Susan Hernandez (Pease), Linda Gonzales (Travis), Emilia Vigil (Travis), Sylvia Garcia (Career Center), Rudy Jurado (Pecos High School), Carlos Montoya (Career Center), Joel Melendez (Denver City High School), Griselda Montes (Murry Fly), Elva Davila (De Zavala), Albert Anaya (De Zavala), Sophie Valles (Gale Pond Alamo), Eduwina Galindo and Santiago (both of Academy at Ector), Patricia Fuentez-Wood (Crane High School), Socorro Sutton (Dowling Elementary School), and Mary Reyes (St. Ann's School of Midland).

The fair was conducted by UTPB faculty and staff, Associate Professor Ana Leon, Associate Professor Susan Lara, Professor Rhina Toruno, Assistant Professor Dawn Sherwood and Julia Del Bosque. Students in the Title VII Bilingual Education program also assisted.

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