Marshall optimists give thanks for November Young Texas |  lifestyles

Marshall optimists give thanks for November Young Texas | lifestyles

Marshall’s Noon Optimist Club met on November 2 at Hutchins Hall at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and 19 restaurants ate the Domino’s Pizza buffet. (We thank optimists Charles and Le Ila Dixon for their work on picking up pizza and dessert and happily Richard Magrell for making the salad.)

President Julie Brook asked optimist Rusty Rostenhaven to lead the prayer, after which she led the pledge of science and optimistic doctrine.

President Julie welcomed 12th-grade Marshall High School Chancellor Melanie Hudson and Associate Principal Nakina Bayliss and explained that 20 young Texans will be selected this year, two each month. At the end of the year, three young women and three young men will be randomly selected to receive $500 grants, which they may use in any way they choose.

She also welcomed Don Parrish of the Triple M Backpack Board, who came to warn of the effects of price inflation on the costs of weekend food packages for food-insecure MISD elementary school students.

Julie Brook optimist Alison Roberson introduced Young Texan for the month of November.

Alison’s favorite subjects are English and science, and her favorite teachers are instructor Janna Duck for Algebra 2, Kyleigh Lopez for English language arts, and Amber Williams and Skylyn Potts for biology. Her GPA is 5.228.

She enjoys all sports, especially softball and volleyball. In the latter, her team reached the playoffs for two consecutive years, thus making history! She also enjoys animal rehabilitation and rabbit care, and is an activist for Future Farmers of America. (She was especially excited to enter the rabbitry for a recent competition.) Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society.

Alison attends God’s Word services in Shreveport and supports their spread, and in Marshall she is active in the youth group at Friendship Baptist Church, where she enjoys going on missionary trips. At MHS, she is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Mathematics.

Her future plans are to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in Biology. She says, “Once I graduate, I will apply to attend veterinary school, and I hope one day to run my own rehabilitation practice.”

Optimist Lou Ella wondered if there was “a particular experience that piqued her interest in veterinary and animal care?” “Yes,” she said, “in our family we’ve always had tons of dogs. One of our family members had cancer, a dog named Buddy. Having that experience with him made me want to be able to fix that.”

Optimist Richard Magrell asked her to detail her plans for her “rehabilitation” exercise. “In Branson, Missouri, I was introduced to a program that takes care of injured wild animals to return them to their natural habitat or take long-term care if it is not possible to return them to the wild. My hope is to set up a mobile care unit that can go to areas that are not as well served as the Marshalls. by animal care professionals.

In a personal message to her parents, Mark and Carrie Roberson, she said, “Thank you so much for always pushing me to do my best in everything I do and never letting me give up! I couldn’t be who I am today without you!”

She then introduced Julie Brook optimist Eduardo Fajardo as Young Texan for the month of November.

Eduardo’s favorite subjects are math and lunch! Optimist Richard Magrell noted that this is the first time food service employees have been marked as favourite. “I really like eating,” Eduardo said.

His favorite teachers are Jessica Shaddix, who taught in the Department of Agriculture, and Kathy Rents, who taught him algebra in middle school. His GPA is 5.075.

He enjoys raising pigs, fishing and working with farming mechanics. “I also love spending time working on my truck, and I’m excited that we’ve made that happen on our forestry team.” “One of our team’s activities was identifying leaves and pine needles.” What is the length of short-leaved pine needles? asked Richard Magrell. “As long as my little finger,” replied Eduardo. “I also enjoy football [he plays safety] and the band [he plays the trombone]. “

Eduardo is active in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

His future plans are to attend Texas A&M University and be accepted into their engineering program. He hopes to become a civil engineer. This pursuit was inspired by his summer work on steel structures with his father, Misael, a construction company. “We often have to find solutions to problems caused by bad engineering, and I hope to become an engineer that causes fewer problems for people who are actually trying to follow their plans,” he says.

In a personal letter to his parents, Laura and Miguel Fajardo, he said, “Thank you mom and dad for everything you’ve done for me. He pushed me to do amazing things I didn’t know I could do. You shaped me into the person I am today. I love you!!” Note: Eduardo is a twin. “I’m a minute older!”

Chair Julie informed us about our participation in the FireAnt Festival. Optimist Michelle and her daughter Kayla (along with their dogs Monster, Bellatrix, and Luna Bug, along with Optimist Charles Dixon and his friend Mark Correro, were working at the kiosk. They had lottery tickets for sale,” she said, “and a Pumpkin Bag tossed that the kids They can play for prizes.” They highlighted our club’s activities with hands and Optimist bags filled with a cob, a blue “man” computer monitor ashtray, and an upbeat pen. When the draw was held at the end of that day, Zamir Rana was declared the winner.

Julie also reported about our participation in Buddy Power Promotions, Inc.’s fall festival. and the Marshall Regional Council on the Arts this past weekend. There were about 12 booths in total, optimists Michelle Fuller and Melissa Al Ahmadi were served in our offices. They had trick-or-treat candy, handed out flyers around the club, and played a ring-throwing witch hat game where kids could win gift bags, upbeat freebies, full-size candy bars, bubbles, chips and playgrounds.

On Saturday evening, more than 400 children came and ran out of everything they brought. Michelle and her daughter Kayla had to make more goodie bags before Sunday night when there were more than 150 kids. “The haunted hall on the top floor, where I was, saw about 350 people come in.”

President Julie presented pots of burnt orange autumn mums to the mums of young Texans, and Treasurer Michelle Fuller snapped a series of photos.

Several members of the club participated in an impromptu meeting with Melanie Hudson and Nakina Bayliss about reviving the Smile event at MHS in the spring. Optimist Rachel Hankins provided MHS leaders with copies of our report on the latest event in 2020, which took place before COVID shut down everything.

Don Parish introduced the club to the impact of inflation on the work of the Triple M Backpack program. The annual cost of weekend food (to see the child during times when school lunches and breakfasts are not available) was $150 when the program began in 2010 and has seen modest increases over the years since then. However, this year that cost has jumped to $350.

Club members shared literature and history about the program, and plans were made to come face-to-face together to share methods and mailing lists to communicate the need. MISD Backpack Count for the week of September 19 was: 40 vs. Price T. Young Elementary; 30 by William B. travis; 2 for Sam Houston; and 30 by David Crockett.

President Julie confirmed to Don that “the Marshall Society has always provided the gifts needed to meet the needs of children in the Backpack Program.”

Commenting on how great the meeting today was, one of the members said, “It was like having two meetings in one!” Don Parish, a first-time visitor, expressed his personal delight at hearing such “dazzling young men”.

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