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25
May

Roberson signs with TAMU Kingsville

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
In photo at right, Bay City Ladycat track state finalistTaylor Roberson, center front, signs a scholarship with Texas A&M Kingsville at ceremonies Tuesday at BCHS. Front row, from left, are: Roshondra Roberson, Taylor Roberson and Montra' Roberson. Back row, from left, are: Ladycat Head Track Coach Zerrick Vriseno, TJ Roberson, Tyler Roberson, Taveon Roberson, Blackcat Track Head Coach Lance Herring and BCISD AD Lupe Florez.

Thu
25
May

Van Vleck High School's Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Van Vleck Salutatorian Mehgan Orsak, left, and Van Vleck Valedictorian Mary McReynolds. 

Van Vleck Valedictorian 
Mary McReynolds
   Mary McReynolds is the Valedictorian of Van Vleck High School’s Class of 2017.
   McReynolds is the daughter of Thomas and Kristen McReynolds and younger sister of Claire McReynolds.
   She plans on attending the University of Houston and majoring in dance.
   “I chose UH because I love the campus and the vibe there,” she added.
   “I chose dance as my major because it is what I have found a passion for. I want to contribute something to this world and feel that I would make the best contribution of myself through doing something that I love and I am excited about doing each day. That something is dance for me.”
   McReynolds is aiming for her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and has been accepted into the Honors College already.
   “I have been accepted into the Honors College and will be taking courses and doing extra activities through the extended curriculum,” she said.

Thu
25
May

Tidehaven High School Class of 2017 Valdeictorian, Salutatorian

Tidehaven Valedictorian Jordan Rickaway

Tidehaven Valedictorian Jordan Rickaway
   Tidehaven High School’s class of 2017 Valedictorian is Jordan Rickaway; who is also a National Honor Society member and received many scholarships to pursue her education.
   She is the daughter of Kevin and Cathy Rickaway and has a younger sibling, Taylor Rickaway.
   Rickaway plans on attending the University of Texas at Austin and majoring in biology.
    “It has been my dream since I joined the Longhorn Kids Club to be a Longhorn,” said Rickaway
   “Now my dream is coming true!”
   She has chosen majoring in biology in order to pursue a career in the medical field in hopes of becoming an oncologist.
   Rickaway plans on joining Women in Medicine and the Health Careers Mentorship Program in college.
   “I’ve already been accepted in the Freshman Research Initiative,” she added.

Thu
25
May

Bay City High School's Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Bay City High School’s Class of 2017 Valedictorian Dawson Friesenhan, left, will join Salutatorian Mansi Pandya at the Texas A&M University in the fall. They will give their speeches at the graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Memorial Stadium.

Bay City Valedictorian 
Dawson Friesenhahn
   Bay City High School’s class of 2017 Valedictorian is Dawson Friesenhahn; a National Honor Society member who was active in several areas in high school, capped by receiving many scholarships to pursue his continuing education.
   He is the son of Darren and Natalie Friesenhahn and has two younger siblings, Julianne and Grant Friesenhahn.
   Friesenhahn plans on attending Texas A&M University (TAMU) and majoring in electrical engineering with hopes in getting his master’s degree.
    “I chose TAMU because it is one of the premiere engineering schools in the nation and it is rich with tradition,” he added.
   “Electrical engineering is my major because I love tearing into things and trying to understand electronics.”
   He is also joining the TAMU Corps of Cadets.
   Friesenhahn is motivated by Mars and all the work that it will take to get a human to set foot on the red planet.

Thu
25
May

Cherry pre-K top 5 early childhood programs

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   Representatives from Cherry Elementary accepted a $5,000 check from H-E-B for placing in the top-five in Texas in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards for Cherry’s early childhood program. 
   Accepting the award May 7 at the Hilton Austin Hotel were Cherry Principal Merideth Dodd, and pre-K teachers Diana Shindler, Abbigail Davis, Epfania Gomez and Gina Smith.
   H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas. 
   The awards celebrate public school professionals whose leadership and dedication inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. 
   Cherry Elementary’s top-five finalist recognition was for their Early Childhood program. 

Thu
25
May

LCRA board OKs business, capital plans for fiscal 2018

   AUSTIN – The LCRA Board of Directors recently approved an $885 million business plan for fiscal year 2018 and also approved $383 million for capital spending in the fiscal year for energy, water and public service projects to support a growing region.
   The business plan furthers LCRA’s commitment to its mission of enhancing the lives of Texans.
   LCRA, which manages the six Highland Lakes and the lower Colorado River, is making significant investments to increase regional water supplies and plans about $101 million in capital spending for water projects in FY 2018.
   Two of the Highland Lakes – lakes Buchanan and Travis – are LCRA’s water supply reservoirs for the region, providing drinking water for more than 1 million people and water to industries, businesses, the environment and agriculture in the lower Colorado River basin.

Thu
25
May

Tenaris preps hot rolling mill for final testing

Tenaris photo
“This is a major milestone which requires extensive testing to make sure the hot rolling mill is ready to make pipe.” 

 Tenaris is preparing the hot rolling mill at TenarisBayCity for final testing before its startup which will give the seamless mill the capability to produce pipe. 
   “We are making sure all the equipment installed, the systems and processes are operating as designed and specified,” said Giuseppe Randazzo, Operations Director at TenarisBayCity. 
   “This is a major milestone which requires extensive testing to make sure the hot rolling mill is ready to make pipe.” 
   The hot rolling mill is the area of the plant that transforms solid steel bars into pipes. 
   About 13,000 tons of equipment is installed in this section of the plant, which includes equipment critical to the manufacturing process such as the bar cutting area, rotary hearth furnace, the piercer, the Premium Quality Finishing (PQF) mill, induction coils, the stretch reducing mill and cooling bed for the pipes, among other components. 

Thu
18
May

"JEC discovers big demand for Internet service" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Jackson Electric Cooperative new office complex and warehouse on Texas 35 will be open in June. 

Jackson Electric Cooperative (JEC) is stepping up its mission to better serve its members. 
   JEC is about to open a new 22,000-square-foot office and warehouse complex on nearly 30 acres off Texas 35 between Bay City and Van Vleck. 
   JEC’s site will house one of the coop’s newest technology services for its estimated 8,000 electric members served by the Bay City division - “smart meters.” 
   “If members have an outage or significant voltage change, the meters will alert JEC,” said General Manager Jim Coleman. 
   “It’s a complete two-way system,” Jim says, adding the meters will enable JEC to help customers by pinpointing areas of high electric usage and how they might identify problems that are wasting energy. 
   Internet services are a major addition to JEC services in the Bay City center. 

Thu
18
May

"Tidehaven trustees give all teachers $3,000 salary boost by: Jessica Shepard

  Tidehaven trustees approved a $3,000 increase in pay for all teachers. 
   “The trustees took a very strong stand and raised the teachers’ salary scale,” said TISD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Siegrist. 
   “It was very important to the trustees that we try to be as competitive as possible with the area schools. Also, the trustees were so excited about our preliminary STAAR scores.” 
   The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) are a series of state-mandated standardized tests used in Texas public primary and secondary schools to assess a student’s achievements and knowledge learned in that grade level. 
   The state average in fifth-grade reading is 71 percent and Markham Elementary fifth-graders sit at 79 percent. 
   “Those students are eight points above the state average and Blessing fifth grade was slightly below the state average at 68 percent,” added Siegrist. 

Thu
18
May

SBA honors Stuart Lynn as 2017 Person of Year

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SBA Person of the Year Stuart Lynn, front center, and his employees.

   The U.S. Small Business Administration honored Stuart A. Lynn as the 2017 Houston District Person of the Year at SBA’s Small Business Awards Luncheon, Expo and Exporting Forum in Houston, Thursday, May 11. 
   Among those attending were members of Bay City Community Development Corporation and representatives of Prosperity Bank in Bay City. 
   Stuart is founder and CEO of Lynn & Associates Engineering and Windstorm in Bay City. 
   They are a design and consulting engineering firm that provides civil engineering, structural engineering, windstorm services, drafting, foundation plans, house plans, and elevation certification.  
   “Lynn & Associates prides itself on offering high quality, personable, and timely services,” according to the SBA. 
   Lynn & Associates, LLC is solely owned by Stuart Lynn and has been in operation for over six years. The company currently employs 19 employees at four locations.   

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