CLARK HIGH SCHOOL CADETS TOOK PART IN VETERANS DAY FESTIVITIES across San Antonio. The Air Force JROTC spent the day supporting school and community events, with the color guard presenting the flag at Locke Hill Elementary School and two retirement communities, then finishing with a drill at Methodist Texsan Hospital.

NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS, SEMIFINALISTS AND COMMENDED SCHOLARS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED for the 63rd National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit semifinalists included Stephen McNierney of Clark High School. National Merit Commended Students are Sophia Abuabara, Joshua Daniel, Luke Fitzpatrick, Joseph Koch, Arik Liane, Caitlin Lorenz and Madeline Sykes of Clark. National Hispanic Scholar Finalists are Abuabara, Alexandria Garcia, Grayson Gillaspia, Joshua Mika, Abraham Reyna, Madeline Sykes, Eileen Gallegos, Jose Lopez, Antonio Paz, Alexandria Reyna and Abraham Reyna of Clark.

EXPANDING THE FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE, the International School of the Americas on the Lee High School campus and Trinity University recently hosted a second annual Math Festival, officials said. Described by educators as “an enrichment opportunity for ISA’s Mu Alpha Theta students and any other ISA student (wanting) to engage in deeper learning,” it was coordinated by teacher Catherine Sporer and North East Independent School District math specialist Ashley Taplin, along with Trinity professors Brian Miceli and Cabral Balreira. Students enjoyed a morning of hands-on math puzzles, games, strategy-building and rigorous problem-solving activities, officials said.

LOCAL STUDENTS TOOK TOP HONORS IN THE RECENT North East Independent School District Spanish Spelling Bee, held at MacArthur High School for elementary, middle and high school pupils. Among middle-school contenders, Lesli Rodriguez Trevino from Eisenhower Middle School came in second place. For high schoolers, Raymir Elena Briseno from Churchill won the top prize with the word “percance,” which means mishap. Students represented the district’s 15 bilingual schools. First-place winners will participate in the annual Education Service Center Region 20 Spanish Spelling Bee Feb. 3.

MAYOR RON NIRENBERG VISITED ISRAEL ON BEHALF OF THE SAN ANTONIO HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and the San Antonio Jewish Federation, in October. Joined by business and community leaders, the former District 8 councilman led a trade and cultural mission to the country in an effort to “deepen relationships with local leaders, align economic development opportunities in targeted industries, and strengthen cultural and educational ties” between San Antonio and Israel, according to city officials.

SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT recently conducted a disaster exercise to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements. The 2017 Triennial Emergency Airport Exercise was designed to prepare for airport disasters and mass casualty events, and it was conducted with more than 300 participants from agencies across the area — the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, the San Antonio Police Department, San Antonio Fire Department, the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office and Crime Lab, VIA Metropolitan Transit, Southwest Airlines, Joint Base San Antonio and the FBI.

A STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE NORTH SIDE has announced the relocation of his constituency office. The local headquarters for Lyle Larson, a Republican holding the Texas House District 122 seat, is now 16607 Blanco Road, Suite 1405. For more, call 210-405-5402 or email

COLONIES NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WELCOMED THE WORLD AT THE recent Parade of Nations. The annual march showcases the diversity of the Northside Independent School District campus, which has enrolled many refugee students in recent years, according to officials. Participants carrying their home country’s flag paraded around the school’s blacktop area while their national anthem was played. This year, 40 nations were represented, including Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Iraq and Thailand. Of Colonies North’s 740 students, 351 are English-language learners; 30 tongues are spoken at the school.

A CLARK GRADUATE IN THE NAVY IS PART OF THE U.S. EFFORT TO SUPPORT nuclear defense, a military spokesman said. Petty Officer 2nd Class Addison Perez, a 2006 grad, is serving at Strategic Communications Wing ONE at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. His mission stems from a 1961 Cold War order known as “Take Charge and Move Out.” Now known as TACAMO, personnel are assigned to provide a “survivable communication link” between decision-makers and the operators of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The sailor is a master-at-arms, part of the Navy’s law enforcement team providing security to “assets” essential to national security, the spokesman said.

NORTH SAN ANTONIO YOUNG MEN’S SERVICE LEAGUE recently organized the Ultimate Gift Project with area nonprofits. The league encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in the community and provides an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships, a spokeswoman said. The Ultimate Gift Project, which started in 2010, is an all-chapter charity event coordinated with United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and AVANCE-San Antonio to assist  the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program on the campus of the Fenley Family Center. As part of the gift, a United Way Born Learning Trail will be installed that will transform directional walkways into an “interactive learning and physical activity environment,” the spokeswoman said.

COUNTY LINE RESTAURANT RECENTLY DONATED THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF FOOD to help feed hungry residents, a spokeswoman said. The North Side eatery wrapped up the 17th year of its Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Live Music Series. The series benefits the San Antonio Food Bank, and this year the weekly concerts brought in more than $7,800 and nearly 2,400 pounds in food. The donation translates to nearly 63,000 meals. In 2015, the County Line was recognized by the Food Bank for its efforts in raising enough food to feed more than a million people since the series started.

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