Pecos Country History
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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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,
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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