Written by Staff
By Jess Paniszczyn
The Irving Elks’ Lodge rolled out the welcome mat for some very special guests on March 20. Every high school student named as Student of the Month during the past year was invited to dinner along with their family members, high school counselors and principals. The evening’s festivities recognized the outstanding achievements of some of the area’s brightest young minds and culminated in the announcement of the coveted Teenager of the Year Award.
“To even be considered for Teenager of the Year, students must have an extremely high SAT or ACT score,” said David Jordan, the Elks’ Youth Activities Chairman. “They also have to be active in school as members of several different groups, hold office positions, receive honors and all these things add up in a points system. They also have to be involved in extracurricular activities and hold offices in various programs.
“We give two scholarships for the Teenager of the Year away a year, one to a young man and one to a young lady. It is a four year scholarship for $1,000 a year,” Jordan said.
In the top 10 percent of his class, Adrian Burciaga of Irving High School plans to use his vocational grant to learn about diesel technology.
“I am planning to attend UTI to become an automotive diesel technician,” Burciaga said. “I am going to use this money to help me finish school, so I can be the first person in my family to get some kind of education and give the best I can to the world.
“I found out about this yesterday after school, and I was shocked. Once I came here, I felt so out of place. But I want people to know that a guy who may not be going to college or may not be very smart can win something. Because that is who I am right now, I’m not smart. I do good in school, and all that hard work paid off, because I won something.”
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:36
Written by Staff
By Jess Paniszczyn
Four teams battled for the distinct honor of being officially recognized as the strongest in the land during the Fire Truck Pull hosted by the Coppell Fire Department. Groups of muscle-bound citizens ranging from professional firefighters to the city’s fiercest librarians, as well as a physically fit crew from ULINE Shipping Supply Specialists took up the challenge by gathering in Wagon Wheel Park on March 22 to prove their might by pulling a fire truck 75 feet and in the process raising funds for Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society.
“I think there was a little tailwind out today,” Fire Chief Kevin Richardson said. “The trucks weigh 66,000 pounds roughly when loaded, so we need all the help we can get. It is a little intimidating, but you would be surprised what a group of 10 people can do.
“This is all about building teamwork, camaraderie and community spirit while having fun and raising money.”
Captain Eric Porter led the mighty musclemen of C-Shift to victory.
“This event was a great start, and I would like to see us build on it next year,” Porter said. “It is a great challenge and it’s fun. Not many people get to pull a fire truck everyday.”
In addition to their towering physiques, a little strategic planning may have played a role in their victory.
“We were out this morning for Channel 8 News, and we pulled it,” Porter said. “So we had an idea of what we needed to do to get started. We figured out when to turn and run and things like that. We had the advantage of experience along with brute strength.”
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:39
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By Amanda Casanova
Runners will have a chance to set new records this spring at Irving fun runs and races.
The GE Inaugural Irving-Las Colinas Marathon will take place on April 27 at T.W. Richardson Grove Park and Sam Houston Park. City leaders are hoping the event becomes an annual staple in the City’s calendar of events.
Nearly 1,500 runners and another 1,000 spectators are expected at the inaugural marathon, which will also include a 5K, 10K, half marathon and one mile fun run.
In a second new race this spring, Andrew Esparza, an Irving police officer who died in the line of duty, will be remembered in May at the Andrew Esparza Memorial 5K. The annual 5K and one mile fun run will take place on May 11 at 2223 Kinwest Parkway.
Esparza was killed in 2007 after his patrol car hydroplaned and crashed during a rain storm while he responded to assist another officer at an accident scene. He was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where he later died.
Proceeds from the run will benefit college scholarships for Irving Police Officers’ children and for Burleson High School students.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:20
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The Dallas Arboretum is planting a seed and asking North Texas youth to spread the message of National Public Gardens Day. Together with Rain Bird®, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), the Arboretum is sponsoring an essay contest for local 1st-8th graders aimed at exploring the various ways public gardens impact the community.
National Public Gardens Day is scheduled for May 10, and focuses on the importance of building sustainable environments through improved plant management and water conservation. The essay prompt, "Why is a Public Garden, like the Dallas Arboretum, Important for Dallas," will target three groups: 1st – 3rd graders, 4th – 6th graders and 7th – 8th graders.
One winner from each group will be chosen. The winning students will receive 20 passes to the Dallas Arboretum for their family and friends; a sprinkler system dedicated to their school from Rain Bird, for use in their own school garden, or a mutually agreeable public garden of their choosing; and recognition during an award ceremony at the Dallas Arboretum on May 10.
"Our mission has always been to build and maintain a public garden and arboretum which promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research," said Mary Brinegar, President and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum. "We are pleased to be among botanical gardens nationwide celebrating a commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship vital to people's appreciation and understanding of the irreplaceable value of plants."
"National Public Gardens Day will showcase the achievements and expertise provided by public gardens," said Casey Sclar, Executive Director of the APGA. "Public gardens play an increasingly important role in educating present and future generations while providing a low-cost, entertaining, and beautiful community." he added.
To submit an essay, students should visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/essaycontest and fill out the attached form. The 1st – 3rd graders are being asked to submit an essay of 50 words with a drawing, while 4th – 6th graders may submit a 100-word essay, and 7th-8th graders can submit a 250-word essay. Illustrations may also be included. Essays must be submitted online or by mail by 5 p.m. April 30.
Source: The Dallas Arboretum
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:19
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Community Fest returned to its traditional stomping ground, Senter Park Recreation Center, as cold, wet weather prevented an outdoor event on March 23. For the first time, the event had been scheduled to take place in Heritage Park and along Main Street in downtown Irving. Despite the last minute change, a number of people attended the annual event to meet local businesses, learn about City departments and enjoy children's activities.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:35
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