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Thu
09
Jun

Medical Arts Clinic recognized for laboratory

   Bay City’s Medical Arts Clinic was recognized recently for its quality laboratory services.
   The clinic – Dr. Dane Simons, Dr. Andrew Sher, P.A. Juliane Zapalac and N.P. Kandace Steffek – has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization.

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Thu
09
Jun

TEA awards BCISD High Quality Pre-K grant

   Bay City ISD’s full-day Pre-Kindergarten Program has been awarded a grant by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). 
   The High Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program funds coming to BCISD will total approximately $120,000 over two years.
   “Bay City ISD committed back in 2011 to full-day pre-K for our youngest students,” said BCISD Superintendent Keith A. Brown.

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Thu
09
Jun

Texas Trio Classic entrants filled 9 days before deadline

Texas Trio Classic photos
Texas Trio Classic draws impressive crowds during its event at Matagorda Harbor.

   Entries for the charity fishing tournament Texas Trio Classic Friday and Saturday at Matagorda Harbor, June 10-11, were filled up nine days before deadline.
   “This is the first time ever and nine days before the tournament,” noted Chris Strecker, with the Trio Team.
   “Thanks to everyone who signed up early, our volunteers and sponsors,” Strecker reported on the tournament’s website June 1. “There is a lot of planning and prep work that goes into this. We do the best we can to throw a competitive, fair and fun tournament that has huge payouts.”
   While the entry list is filled, the Classic’s officials noted those who still wanted to participate – the online deadline was Thursday, June 9, - could enter the name on the tournament’s wait list.
   “Remember, first-come, first-serve, so put your name on early.”

Thu
09
Jun

"Bay City, Van Vleck graduations shared rain challenges" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
All graduations include moments like when Van Vleck seniors revel in tossing their caps.

   With the help of pump trucks from McAda Drilling Fluids, Inc. and many volunteers, over 235 Bay City High School seniors were able to graduate in Memorial Stadium, June 3.
   Van Vleck was in a similar situation and ended up moving their stage and graduate seating closer to the stands, while being partially on the track itself.
   Those 66 students were escorted arm-in-arm with their parents, guardians or family friends.
   Both schools considered holding commencement inside Bay City Junior High’s Keye Ingram auditorium as a fallback.
   Families and friends came prepared with everything from umbrellas and rain ponchos to hats and rain coats, just in case.
   A misty sort of drizzle ended in Bay City just before students made their walk on the field and had many faculty members wiping down chairs before anyone could sit.
   After that, everything went with their respective programs.

Thu
02
Jun

MRMC Auxiliary Scholarships awarded

Zahria Richardson-Battle, Bay City High School, and Zahria Dodds, Tidehaven High School, received Matagorda Regional Medical Center Auxiliary summer scholarships May 27. Pictured, from left, are: Auxiliary members Sue Lowery, Peggy Dodd, Zahria Richardson-Battle and Zahria Dodds, Doreen Bounds, Dot Wakefield and Pat Symmank. Not pictured is Sierra Matthews from Van Vleck.
Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard

Thu
02
Jun

Wharton flood

Contributed photo
LCRA Ranger Sgt Stephen Crow, assisting with Wharton flood operations Tuesday, brings a one month old to safety. Crow also is the Tidehaven school board president.

Thu
02
Jun

"VVHS to graduate 66" by: Jessica Shepard

   A total of 66 seniors will graduate from Van Vleck High School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Burl McKinney Stadium.
   The stadium is predicted to be packed with graduates’ friends, family members and peers.
   Valedictorian Sierra Matthews and Salutatorian Emily Thompson will be recognized and give speeches addressing their fellow classmates and the audience.
   Following Matthews and Thompson, Miranda Orsak, Ruth Gutowski, Brooke Zamora, Leah Hannah and Gracie Dupont round out the top 10 percent of the class.
   The class of 2016 received over $420,000 in scholarship awards.
   The graduates chose their motto from William Jennings Bryan, “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
   Their class song is “Photograph,” by Nickelback.
   This year’s class flower is the orange Snapdragon.

Thu
02
Jun

"Thompson’s goal physical therapy" by: Jessica Shepard

Emily Thompson

   Van Vleck High School’s class of 2016 Valedictorian is Emily Thompson.
   She is a National Honor Society member, the 2016 Rodeo Queen, treasurer of the junior fair board and Powerset vice president, among many other positions in community clubs and organizations.
   Thompson plans on attending Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue her major of kinesiology.
   “I chose this university, because of all of the traditions it holds, the environment, the small-town feel, and the academic success the college has,” said Thompson.
   “This university has the degree plan that I need to eventually pursue my career choice of physical therapy.”
   She’s shooting for a doctorate degree in physical therapy overall.

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Thu
02
Jun

"Matthews wants to become a physician" by: Jessica Shepard

Sierra Matthews

   Van Vleck High School’s class of 2016 Salutatorian is Sierra Matthews; who is also president of National Honor Society and Powerset, plus class president.
   Matthews plans on attending Southern Methodist University and majoring in biology and chemistry while on the pre-med track.
   “I chose these majors according to my interests and longing to want to participate in cancer research,” said Matthews.
   “I plan to get my medical doctorate.”
   She plans to rush in the spring and would also like to find clubs within her major and some that focus on community service and volunteer work.
   Currently, she balances a part-time job at Walgreens and many extra-curricular activities including playing basketball.

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Thu
02
Jun

"BCHS graduation Friday" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City High School’s commencement starts at 8 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Memorial Stadium.
   This year’s Valedictorian is Clayton Davis with Rahul Atodaria as Salutatorian; first and second of their class respectively.
   Both students will address their peers, friends, families and educators during the commencement ceremony.
   Following the Valedictorian and Salutatorian are: Miranda Georgeson, Nancy Rodriguez, Madison Kohnen, Shayla Dye, Katelynn Bruening, Haley Hartsfield, Carlignon Jones and Spencer MacLennan to round out the top ten.
   Overall the seniors earned about $1 million in scholarships and awards collectively.
   Graduates chose their class motto as: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door,” by Milton Berle.
   This year’s class flower is the Bluebonnet.
   The class song of 2016 is “Tattoos on this Town,” by Jason Aldean.
   Class colors are Blackcat blue and gold.

 

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