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FIT4MOM BOERNE HAS EXPANDED TO FAIR OAKS RANCH with Stroller Strides classes. Franchise owner Jen Staats offers instruction at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Spring Creek United Methodist Church, 28970 Old Fredericksburg Road. Sessions began in September, affording mothers a workout that includes power walking and strength and body-toning exercises while manipulating the stroller in which their child or children recline. For more, call 337-344-8625 or visit boerne.fit4mom.com.

FRANK HAKSPIEL, A 1991 CLARK HIGH SCHOOL graduate, was awarded the Pillar of Fairness for 2017 by the Northside Education Foundation during a gala Sept. 21. Hakspiel left his native Colombia as a teen and enrolled at the Northside Independent School District campus. Later, he joined the Navy and served until suffering a life-threatening neck injury, officials said. He then worked as a government contractor and more, before eventually creating Fralo’s — a pizza restaurant and live-music venue — with his wife, Lori. NEF’s annual event is its largest fundraiser for NISD grants. From more than 100,000 alumni, six are chosen to represent character traits taught to students: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

CLARK HIGH SCHOOL’S TEXAS NOVICE CERTAMEN GROUP RECENTLY WAS NAMED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS IN THE LATIN QUIZ BOWL in Troy, Alabama, at the National Junior Classical League Convention. The winning team included Ester Ko, Guy Martin (alternate), Tony Rodriguez and Teddy Trakas. As well, the Texas Intermediate Certamen squad from Clark placed second nationally; members included Domenic Ferreris, Grace Johnson, Natalie Johnson (alternate) and Tim Reynolds, who also finished fifth overall in Academics Sweepstakes.

THE BOERNE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT HELD A RIBBON CUTTING AND OPEN HOUSE for its new administration center Sept. 26 in what used to be Fabra Elementary School, 235 W. Johns Road. Fabra relocated to a new, 90,000-square-foot campus in 2016, and work began on modifying the old facility, a BISD spokesman said. The revamped 82,000-square-foot building includes: a 100-seat boardroom, offices, the district’s technology hub, a professional development center for teachers, and the home to Boerne Academy, an alternative learning institution. The project came in at just under $12 million with construction costs absorbed by the 2016 bond issue, though some planning and design expenses were allocated from the 2013 bond, a spokesman said.

HANNA OLAUSSEN AND HER HORSE WON HORSEMANSHIP AND BRONZE AWARDS in Western Pleasure Level 2 and Level 3 at the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championship in Oklahoma City in September. Hanna is a freshman at TMI-The Episcopal School of Texas; her equine is named Wearin’ Only Moonlite, but also goes by Moonshine. They also were reserve world champions recently in Novice Youth Showmanship at the National Snaffle Bit Association World Show, and bronze winners in Youth Horsemanship.

RUMORS FAIR OAKS RANCH IS ERADICATING GOLF CARTS is nothing but “pure baloney,” according to Mayor Garry Manitzas in the Fair Oaks Ranch Gazette. He said the carts are part of the town’s culture and will continue to be included in city planning as a mode of transportation. Their use must comply with state laws and local safety regulations; anyone with suggestions can contact city staff or City Council at 210-698-0900.

EMMA CRESS, A FRESHMAN AT GENEVA SCHOOL OF BOERNE, ORGANIZED HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS for residents of Rockport and Port Aransas. She asked the school community to donate nonperishable food, water and school supplies to give to food banks in the coastal cities. “Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating effect on the communities of South and Southeast Texas. Many Geneva families, including my own, have friends and family in these communities and need our help,” Emma said in a release. Items were collected through Aug. 31.

SEVERAL GENEVA SCHOOL OF BOERNE STUDENTS PLACED AT THE FIRST DEBATE TOURNEY OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR at La Vernia Bear Brawl Debate Tournament Sept. 9. Senior Nick Patti and junior William Cone earned first place in public forum. Patti was named first overall speaker. In prose interpretation, junior Eleanor Galbreath reached the semifinals. The respective sophomore and freshman representatives, Phillip Ackermann and Connor Schaefer, and freshman duo Emma Cress and Lily Shrode, finished with wins in public forum. James Grover and Scott Milam coached the debaters.

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