Mabank Junior High students win
medals at UIL meet
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank Junior High seventh- and eighth-graders picked up six team
first places and eight individual first-place medals out of 30 separate
competitions at an area UIL academic meet in Greenville Jan. 24.
Team sponsors/coaches announced the competition results and handed out
medals and place ribbons during a special assembly in the MJH gym
Mabank students were matched against students from Forney (two schools),
Greenville, Terrell and Royse City in 15 different activities, including
art, editorial writing, maps/charts/graphs, number sense, calculator
applications, science, impromptu speaking, mathematics, oral reading,
social studies, dictionary skills, listening, modern oratory, ready
writing and spelling.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Junior High seventh graders received two team first places
and three individual first places at an area UIL academic meet in
Greenville Jan. 24.
Art – Brendy Stradley-4th place, Taylor Stuart.
Editorial Writing – Autumn Osborne-1st place, Madison Clark, Halsey
Maps/Graphs/Charts – LeeAnn Blaylock-6th place, Alyssa Phillips, Emily
Matt. Team 3rd place.
Number Sense – Andrew Parry-3rd place, Kassie Lander-4th place, Joseph
Parry-6th place. Team 1st place.
Science I – Jacob Smith-2nd place, Cameron Kelley-6th place, Reawna
Corrente. Team 3rd place.
Calculator Applications – Preston Hale-3rd place, Kassie Lander-6th
place, Rachel French. Team 1st place.
Impromptu Speaking – Rebecca Kelley-2nd place, Brendy Stradley-5th
place, Hunter Strebeck-6th place.
Mathematics – Kassie Lander-6th place, Taylor Henning, Andrew Parry.
Team 2nd place.
Oral Reading – LeeAnn Blaylock-6th place, Taryn Pool, Rachel French.
Social Studies – Hayley Canales-5th place, Zachary Morris-6th place,
Taylor Stuart. Team 2nd place.
Dictionary Skills – Cameron Kelley-3rd place, Alyssa Phillips-5th place,
Rebecca Kelley-6th place. Team 2nd place.
Listening – Hayley Canales-1st place, Rebecca Kelley, Emily Matt.
Modern Oratory – LeeAnn Blaylock-2nd place, Jacob Smith-4th place,
Taylor Henning-5th place.
Ready Writing – LeeAnn Blaylock-1st place, Grace Kline-2nd place, Kayla
Spelling – Brooke Heizer, Monica Mills, Taylor Stuart. Team 3rd place.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Junior High eighth graders received four team first places and
five individual first places at an area UIL academic meet in Greenville
Art – Desirae Carrasco-3rd place, Kathleen Wingard-6th place, Michael
Editorial Writing – Sydney Keane-4th place, Sophia Rios, Landon
Maps/Graphs/Charts – Lauren Huffaker-4th place, Colleen Cousins-5th
place, Mike Adams. Team 2nd place.
Number Sense – Xavier Escanlar-1st place, Sydney Pottorf-4th place,
Brandon Hatfield. Team 2nd place.
Science II – Timothy Glasscock-3rd place, Rance Thorn, Jeremy Owens.
Team 1st place.
Calculator Applications – Xavier Escanlar, Sydney Pottorf, Chelsea
McKee. Team 3rd place.
Impromptu Speaking – Landon Marshall-3rd place, Michael Gardner,
Mathematics – Kourtney Holyfield, Xavier Escanlar, Brandon Hatfield.
Team 2nd place.
Oral Reading – Maddie Banghart-1st place, Elizabeth Jolly-3rd place,
Social Studies – Dreyton Munden-1st place, Nathan Schauer-4th place,
Sydney Yaws. Team 1st place.
Dictionary Skills – Sydney Keane-1st place, Rachael Whitley-6th place,
Brooke Atkinson. Team 2nd place.
Listening – Kaitlyn Holyfield-2nd place, Daniel Welch-2nd place, Timothy
Glasscock-5th place. Team 1st place.
Modern Oratory – Hannah Thai-1st place, Desirae Carrasco-3rd place,
Elizabeth Jolly-4th place.
Ready Writing – Kaitlyn Holyfield-2nd place, Taylor Daunt, Kourtney
Spelling – Dominique Henry-2nd place, Madison Strebeck-6th place, Ambrea
Alofs. Team 1st place.
Boosters set Valentine breakfast at KHS
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–The Kemp Band Boosters will be serving a Valentine’s Day pancake
breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb 14, at the Kemp High School
A silent auction will be held, featuring baskets of love created by the
band students and items from local sponsors. Other fund-raising
activities will be held.
Breakfast will feature heart-shaped pancakes, plus sausage or bacon,
along with juice or coffee for $5.
Everyone is invited, especially those who tend to forget Valentine’s
We’ll be furnishing all but the serving in bed, so come on out to help
our boosters and high school band students raise funds for their spring
As usual, sponsor donations are greatly appreciated and volunteers are
Templeton fund-raiser set Valentine’s Day
Special to The Monitor
EUSTACE–A Valentine’s dinner fund-raiser for Reneé Templeton will be
held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the First Baptist Church of
The menu will include pork tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, green
bean casserole, dessert, coffee and tea.
Tickets are $10 per person.
Those interested in attending may call (903) 340-5326 for ticket
The Reneé Templeton Hope fund has been established at Prosperity Bank
(formerly Franklin Bank).
All of us have different views on life, but most of us have never had
the view that Renee’ Templeton now has.
In September, while helping her husband, Rusty, cut down a tree,
Templeton was injured when the tree fell on her.
Her back was broken at T-12, severing her spinal cord and leaving her
paralyzed from the waist down. Her view is now from a seated position in
She had surgery soon after the accident and spent months in
rehabilitation at Baylor in Dallas and the Olympic Center in Tyler.
Her therapists all agree that she has progressed at an incredible rate
and is ahead of schedule in the grand scheme of rehab.
There are things that you can’t rehab for.
The Templeton’s built a home in Eustace in 2003 with all the things they
had always wanted in their home.
A large kitchen with double ovens, a jacuzzi tub, a large walk-in
shower, a fireplace and a large den with room for a big, soft sofa.
They still have all those things, but those are the very things that
Renee’ finds impossible to use.
There were many modifications that had to be made just so she could come
There were doorways to enlarge, shower doors to remove and carpet to
Faith Construction of Eustace sent crews who donated their labor to make
sure all of this was completed.
“We could have never done it without the help of Paul and his crews,”
Templeton said. “They were a great blessing to our family,” he added.
She has always been an avid cook. She and her friend, Sharon Strickland,
began a catering business in 2003.
They have catered events for as few as 10 and as many as 400.
“My kitchen is what I miss most. Being able to get in there and bake a
cake or make a casserole whenever I want,” Templeton said.
Although her cabinets have been rearranged so that the most used items
are in the lower cabinets, there are still obstacles. “She can put a pan
on the stove, but she can’t see over in it to see if it is boiling or
not,” Strickland said.
Transportation is a trick too. The wheelchair that Templeton uses will
not fit into the trunk of their Toyota Camry without some work.
The wheels, arms, cushion and wheelie bars have to be removed so that
the chair can fold and fit into the trunk.
This requires someone being there with her wherever she goes.
“You lose your independence,” Templeton said. “Before the accident, if I
decided to go to the grocery store to pick-up a few things, I just did
it without any hesitation. Now, I have to make sure there is someone to
help me. That is a big deal,” she added.
There is assistance available for people with these types of injuries.
The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) helps
people get the devices and aids that are needed for their lives to
return to “normal,” as much as possible.
The short term things-transfer boards, shower chairs, and wheelchairs
are not too long in coming.
The bigger things, like transportation, a van for example can take 18-24
months to secure.
“There are things, every day, that we realize need to be modified and
purchased to help her with this transition,” Rusty Templeton said.
“But the funds are sometimes not there,” he added.
To help the family with expenses, friends planned a breakfast in
September and are now planning a Valentine’s dinner for them.
“We really want to help them with anything we can, Strickland said.
“Templeton is an incredible person and has shown great strength and
“We are hosting this dinner to help raise the money they need to get a
van, so that she can get some of her independence back,” she said.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at