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  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 Tuesday afternoon.
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.
Seventh Grade
Art – Brendy Stradley-4th place, Taylor Stuart.
Editorial Writing – Autumn Osborne-1st place, Madison Clark, Halsey Shults.
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 Williamson.
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 Jan. 24.

Eighth Grade
Art – Desirae Carrasco-3rd place, Kathleen Wingard-6th place, Michael Gardner.
Editorial Writing – Sydney Keane-4th place, Sophia Rios, Landon Marshall.
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, Kourtney Holyfield.
Mathematics – Kourtney Holyfield, Xavier Escanlar, Brandon Hatfield. Team 2nd place.
Oral Reading – Maddie Banghart-1st place, Elizabeth Jolly-3rd place, Sydney Keane.
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 Holyfield.
Spelling – Dominique Henry-2nd place, Madison Strebeck-6th place, Ambrea Alofs. Team 1st place.

Band 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 Cafetorium.
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 Day!
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 break trip.
As usual, sponsor donations are greatly appreciated and volunteers are needed.

Reneé 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 Eustace.
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 locations.
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 her wheelchair.
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 home.
There were doorways to enlarge, shower doors to remove and carpet to pull out.
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 determination.
“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.

Come Adopt Us At
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 home.

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 new home.

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


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