Mayor Laura Hill Wins Southlake Chamber Citizen of the Year Award

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce named Mayor Laura Hill the Chamber Citizen of the Year during the 2018 Chamber Awards Banquet “Bollywood Nights.”

According to the Chamber, the award is given annually to the Southlake citizen whose unparalleled efforts and service make the City of Southlake a better place for everyone.

“When you think about the definition of a Citizen of the Year, our very own Mayor Laura Hill is the perfect example,” said Cheryl Fairbanks, Chairperson of the Southlake Chamber Board of Directors. “Mayor Hill is business friendly and has opened new avenues for the business community.”

The Mayor called the evening “An amazing evening of friendship, celebrating the Southlake business community and its spirit of giving. While last night was an Awards Banquet, it was really more of a recognition of Southlake and the common goals we share. The Southlake business community is constantly called upon to make donations, offer free services and support with cash. Their generosity is vital to a healthy community.”

A Southlake resident since Southlake since 1997, Mayor Hill has a long history of passionately serving her community. Starting in 2004, she has been involved in City leadership and a strong supporter of future leaders. From the creation of SPARK (Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids) and SASO (Scholars and Athletes Serving Others) to the creation of SKIL (Southlake Kids Interested In Leadership), the Mayor’s passion for students serving their community has offered many tremendous the opportunities for hundreds of Southlake children and teens.

The Mayor also hosts the popular “Meet the Mayor” events. The events are designed to introduce residents to different Southlake businesses that are often unique to the community.

Mayor Hill is the co-owner of Downey Publishing and Texas Ice Cream. She is the founder and executor for the Downey Art for Education Trust, Advisory Board & Past Board Chair for the Recovery Resource Council of Tarrant County and an Advisory Board Member, Texas State Dyslexia Licensing Committee.

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Dragon Baseball Wins Third State Championship

The 2018 Dragon Baseball team has officially added their team to the Carroll history books joining the 1982 and the 2002 baseball state champion teams. The Dragons defeated the Rattlers from San Antonio Reagan on Saturday to clinch the school’s third state championship in baseball and it’s first in 16 years.

From the first at-bat on Saturday, it was obvious that the Dragons were here to finish the job that they fell just short of last season. An errant throw on a routine groundball pulled the Rattlers first baseman off the bag causing a hard collision with Dragon leadoff hitter Cade Bell. Later in the first, Will Quillen drove in two runs on a bases-clearing triple that started the offensive explosion. The Dragons went on to score five more runs through the first five innings.

Kyle Warden took the mound in the championship game after Nicco Cole threw a gem the night before to get the Dragons to the trophy match. Warden was spectacular throughout the entire game. He worked out of two potential jams in the middle of the game, and his only blemish came late in the game once the game was all but finished. Adam Stephenson came in to close the game out for the Dragons. His lone strikeout of the game clinched the game and the championship for the Dragons.

Kyle Warden was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award. The one-two punch of Nicco Cole and Kyle Warden proved deadly all season long for Dragon opponents. The two combined for a 21-1 record overall and a spotless undefeated record in the playoffs.

Nicco Cole, Kyle Warden, Cade Bell, Jorge Figueroa, and Nik Millsap were all named to the All-Tournament team.

(Photo Credit: Devon Messinger, KDGN)

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Family Empowerment Center Wins Pro Bono Award

For the second consecutive year, the South Campus Family Empowerment Center has been honored by the Tarrant County Bar Association for its aid in providing help for those who most need it and who most deserve it – Armed Forces veterans and their families.

The Bar’s Pro Bono Award in the category of community partner was presented to Tarrant County College by Elizabeth Banda, the association’s communications director. Provost Elva LeBlanc accepted on behalf of the College and was accompanied by President Peter Jordan and by Nicole Minor, director of Campus and Community

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Jonathan Perez Wins TACHE Award

Jonathan Perez thought something was “kind of weird” late last year when a colleague asked for a copy of his résumé.  He was persistent enough in asking questions to finally extract the information that he was going to be nominated for an award – the Distinguished Community College Staff Award presented by the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE).

So, it wasn’t a complete surprise when, in January, he received notice that he had, indeed, been selected to receive the award at the organization’s conference in late February.

“I’m excited. I’m nervous.

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City worker wins equipment Roadeo competition

Kevin Stone, senior equipment operator in the city’s Transportation & Public Works Department, won the inaugural Texas Public Works Association Roadeo competition.

The victory came with a certificate and a silver belt buckle, plus a trip in August to Kansas City to compete in the National Equipment Roadeo held by the American Public Works Association.

In addition to the equipment competition, the TPWA Public Workshop provides educational sessions and an opportunity to network with other public works professionals.

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Dragon Wrestling Wins District; Eyes Regional Meet

This past weekend, the Dragon Wrestling team took part in the District 4-6A District Tournament. The top four placers in each weight class get an invite to the regional tournament that will be held on February 23 -24 in Haltom City.

The Dragon Wrestlers performed outstandingly on the mat and will be sending multiple wrestlers to compete in regionals. The boy’s team ended up earning the overall team District 4-6A Championship.

Lady Dragon Regional Qualifiers:

Claire Kennedy – 2nd Place

Nelly Sobh – 2nd Place

Gabby Kilpatrick – 3rd Place

Kylie Lostetter – 3rd Place

Dragon Wrestling Regional Qualifiers:

Cameron Haddock – 1st Place District Champion

Jake Johnson – 1st Place District Champions

Jacob Doddridge – 1st Place District Champion

Owen Holloway – 2nd Place

Nate Harkins – 2nd Place

Quentin Bunten – 2nd Place

Gage Vincent – 3rd Place

Austin Hallenbeck – 3rd Place

Christian Walsh – 3rd Place

Ryan Dooley – 3rd Place

Cade Duval – 3rd Place

Blake Gaskill – 4th Place

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Walnut Grove Student Wins Area Spelling Bee

Nachtmusik (Ger.). Night-music. A serenade

That’s the word that sealed the victory for Walnut Grove Elementary School fourth-grader Satya Menon in the Area 14 Spelling Bee. Meton competed against over 20 other students recently in the event held at Cross Timbers Middle School in Grapevine.

The twenty round event, Menon faced a little bit of adversity and bounced back. When judges questioned one of the spellings she had delivered, she assured them that she had spelled the word ‘gazpacho’ with a ‘Z’. The judges reviewed the tape and ruled in her favor. According to her teacher, Donna Clarrissimeaux, Satya displayed exactly what a Walnut Grove Dragon is through her handling of a tough situation.

“She really showed resiliency in that moment and proved that when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” Clarrissmeaux stated. “Satya reached down within and had to pull herself back together to not only keep going but to win the spelling bee.”

Menon was not the only Dragon to show off their spelling skills in the area bee. Dawson Middle School student Armin Amin finished third overall in the Area Bee. For Carroll ISD to place two in the top three in the area is a great accomplishment.

Menon will advance to the Regional Bee at TCU on March 1, where she will compete for a spot in the Texas State Spelling Bee.

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Prof. Sosa Wins Chancellor’s Award

For a good indicator of why Thomas Sosa received the 2017 Northwest Campus Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Teaching, stop by his office a few minutes after one of his biology classes concludes.

He’s with a student, and they’re discussing sugars. Another student waits outside. She’s confused on the types of biochemical covalence. Before she can get her turn, however, a third student shows up. This time the topic will be DNA.

“I try to be available,” Sosa said. “Science is hard. It’s almost a foreign language. I know what it is to be an undergraduate. I was there not too

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TCC Southeast Wins Toro Dash Trophy

Once again the Southeast Campus participated in the Toro Dash.  “Coppola’s Team”, for the 5th year in a row took home the Campus Participation Trophy with more than 80 people  registered to  walk or run.

This year psychology instructor, Jose Velarde, ran in a monkey costume with some of his students!  He said, “You have to have fun, you know!” The campus does a lot to promote the event by offering  wellness courses and promoting “Blue Zone” initiatives.

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Fort Worth wins 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the City of Fort Worth with a 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award as a leader in water conservation efforts. Fort Worth was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference last week. It was one of six cities nationwide to receive an Excellence Award in promoting the WaterSense Program, which helps residents use water more efficiently.

More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders and organizations partner with WaterSense. Only a select few, however, are recognized each year for their significant program contributions. This is the second Excellence Award received by the Fort Worth Water Department.

Fort Worth has engaged residents in a variety of programs to save water, such as the SmartFlush toilet program, which distributed more than 2,400 high-efficiency toilets in 2016, saving more than 15,241,708 gallons. In addition, Fort Worth offered more than 233 WaterSense-labeled showerheads at community events free to residents.

Since 2006, Fort Worth and other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save 1.5 trillion gallons of water, more than the amount of water used by all households in California for a year. In addition to water savings, WaterSense-labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 212 billion kilowatt hours since the program began in 2006 — enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 19.4 million homes.

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