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Monday, March 2, 1998

Spencer to attend Washington forum

Rebecca E. Spencer, a junior at Incarnate Word High School
in San Antonio was nominated and selected by her instructors
to attend the National Leadership Forum on Defense,
Intelligence and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 17-22.

Along with a select group of peers from across the nation,
Rebecca will have the opportunity to participate in
discussions and debates addressing current issues and events
affecting the nation.

The National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence
and Diplomacy (NYLF/DID) is a professional conference. Forum
participants represent their schools and communities, as
well as the NYLF/DID, and are selected for their outstanding
qualities of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship.

During the Forum, students will have the opportunity to pose
questions to guest speakers, all of whom are individuals
faced with making important decisions on a variety of
National and International Security issues.

Rebecca is the daughter of Frank and Becky Spencer. She
plays tennis for the Incarnate Word High School Shamrocks
where she was the number one player in District competition
and qualified to compete in the TAPPS State competition.

Matta on duty in the Gulf

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ernest A. Matta, son of Ernest
H. and Alice Y. Matta of Pecos, is currently on a six-month
deployment to the Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier
USS George Washington.

Matta's ship recently set a commander, Naval Air Force U.S.
Atlantic fleet record for an aircraft carrier by scoring 94
on a maintenance and material management inspection. The
carrier also received the Silver anchor award for its
exceptional command retention. This is the fifth time in the
last seven years the carrier has been formally recognized
for retention efforts.

Aircraft carriers, like USS Geroge Washington are forward
deployed around the world to maintain a U.S. presence and
provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a
highly visible detterrent to would-be aggressors and, if
deterrence fails, offer the most versatile and powerful
weapons available.

The 1987 graduate of Pecos High School joined the Navy in
January of 1988.

Family honored during meeting

Pecos Rotary Club members met in an evening meeting on Feb.
19, honoring Mr. and Mrs. Louis Breuls De Ticken of Liege,

They are the parents of the current Pecos Rotary Exchange
Student, Vensent. The couple also have four other children.

Mr. Breuls De Tiecken is a professor of economics and a
hospital C.E.O. and his wife, Mireille, is a teacher in the
school system and teaches classic guitar.

After dinner, club president Dot Stafford presented a club
banner to the famiy and then as mayor of Pecos, she
presented the Breuls De Ticken's a key to the city of Pecos.

Markham named to Dean's list

Lucas D. Markham has been named to the Dean's Honor List at
Sul Ross State University for the Fall Semester, 1997.

Criteria for selection include enrolling as an undergraduate
student in Sul Ross State University for at least 12
semester hours and achieving a grade point average of at
least 3.30 during the semester.

Markham achieved a grade point average of 4.00.

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