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TURNING POINTS are sometimes subtle. No one knows exactly when it started to happen, but everyone in town is now donning masks before they go in the post office. I’ve written before about my community’s lack of masks. In the Christmas note I sent six weeks ago, I told friends that the most dangerous thing I do is get my mail every day, because nobody wears a mask. Now, everyone wears a mask.
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Hemphill County Junior Livestock Show rolls into the ring

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Fifty-one FFA and 4-H students overcame pandemic res13rictions, quarantines, revised rules, adapted schedules, and a flagging economy to successfully compete in last weekend’s 2020 Hemphill County Junior Livestock Show and Sale, showing 81 animals. Only 51 animals went through the sale this year, compared to 57 in 2020 and 71 the year before that. Sales figures were roughly $62,800, with add-on money still coming in, compared to $65,700 last year.
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CMS Honor Roll 3rd Six Weeks

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“All A” Honor Roll Eighth Grade: Brooklyn Beedy, Jessa Bell, Arionna Black, Lilly Bradford, Landry Cantu, Paula Castaneda, Connor Cipollone, William Davis, Julian Dominguez, Mackenzie Flowers, Margaret Hanes, Jacob Hayes, Delaney Huntress, Tucker Landry, Konnar McClendon, Iris Mondragon, Lucas Moreno, Morgan Orrell, Cooper Powell, Avery Ratliff, Cole Walser. Seventh Grade: Brianna Antillon, Kylie Cavalier, Collier Cook, Daniel Jimenez, Sophia Mills, Kimora Morales, Sarahi Moreno, Rene Osornio, Giovani Perez, Sage Saenz, Tate Wilhelm.
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Rural students and higher education

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Reading the Chronicle of Higher Education on Jan. 6, I came across an advertising banner that gave me pause. It read, “A College Lifeline: Higher Education for incarcerated and rural students—and why it matters.” I downloaded this joint venture between Ascendium and the Chronicle of Higher Education. It provided some insight; however, the initial contrast between a felon and a person from a rural setting was startling to me. Charles Manson and Henry David Thoreau have similar needs and aspirations regarding educational aspirations? Profiling always misses the mark.
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West Texas A&M recruits for AmeriCorps program

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AUSTIN—Canyon’s West Texas A&M University is partnering with area high schools, community colleges, and other organizations to generate more career opportunities through the AmeriCorps program. WTAMU officials said collaboration with AmeriCorps will encourage young people to build skills and go on to become the next generation of leaders, in whatever capacity they choose.
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Emori Beattie earns BSN/RN from UCO

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Emori (Brewer) Beattie, Canadian High School Class of 2016, graduated summa cum laude with her BSN/RN from the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO is the top nursing school in Oklahoma, and very few out-of-state residents are accepted. Because of Emori’s 4.0 grade point and entry test scores, she was accepted in 2018. She attended OSU after graduating from Canadian High School in 2016, before starting UCO in August 2018. This year took special effort to finish because of COVID. Everything was different, but through hard work and perseverance, she graduated with top honors—one of only four in her class to graduate summa cum laude.
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Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship contest seeks applicants

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AUSTIN—Applications are now available for the 2021 Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship Contest, which recognizes Texas high school seniors who are taking an active role in litter prevention in their school or community. The contest is open to any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private, or home school, and planning to attend an accredited college or university in the fall 2021 semester. The contest will award a total of $9,000 in scholarships to three winners in May 2021. “We’re looking for students who are developing exciting and creative solutions to keep Texas litter-free,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator. “We aim to shine a spotlight on their innovations in the hope of inspiring other Texans to do their part to keep our state beautiful.” To enter the scholarship contest, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Applications must be received via online submission by 5 pm on March 31.