Sunday, October 11, 2009






KHS band celebrates historic Div. I rating
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP—Wednesday night, the Yellowjacket Band returned to an impromptu hero’s parade to celebrate their history-making achievement of a superior Division 1 rating in marching band competition.
Though the concert band had achieved superior ratings before, this was a first for the Kemp High School marching band, director Jimmy Polk said.
To celebrate the historic achievement, early Thursday morning, Kemp mayor Matt Ganssle inked a proclamation, naming Thursday “Pride of Yellowjacket Band Day” in the city of Kemp.

Courtesy Photo/Alisa Laird
At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, KHS band students continue the celebration by piling on band director Jimmy Polk to mark the school’s first perfect Division I rating at the inaugural North East Texas Marching Invitational.

He read the proclamation to the 73-member band at its morning session Thursday.
The band performed a Blues Brothers-themed rendition at the inaugural North East Texas Marching Invitational held at the Texas A&M University at Commerce campus.
This is the first time all (three) judges have award the superior (1) rating to the Kemp High School Marching Band. The win was under the direction of drum major Matthew Wakeland and drum line captain Matt Betts.
The contest was a pre-UIL competition and drew a field of 15 high school bands.
Students participating in the historic achievement are:
Seniors–Lauren Torres, Jordan Shumway, Jessica Martinez, Matthew Wakeland, Chris Malone, Jay Addison, Todd Looney, Kevin DeSilva, Abraham Gonzalez, Clayton Sherbert, Tanner Stephens, Matthew Betts and Julian Hamilton.
Juniors–Celia Vaquera, Sydney Browne, Ashley Musketnuss, Hailey Stovall, Jasmyn Prince, Veronica Valentin, Kelly Cofer, Ramon Villanueva, Toni Old, Tyler Swanner, Leila Gower and Raymond Morris.
Sophomores–Jennifer Dickson, Megan Smith, Rhyan Pennington, Darcee Alphin, Hailey Houston, Sabrina Jewett, Kalee Weber, Cory Malone, Dayton Chambers, Caleb Murray, Patrick Renfro, Juan Montoya, Laura Laird, Jered Hulick, Luis Baeza, Bryan Szczerba, Christine Day, Bill Neighbors, Taylor Dunn and Kayleigh Hukill.
Freshmen–Emily Loper, Katy Mast, Jennifer Sparks, Estela Valles, Stormie Lambert, Meagan Powell, David Richardson, Kristen Rodriquez, Constance Wiggins, Kaylee Tyler, Christian Tyler, Hearther Rupe, Cody Milberger, Ben Addison, Rhiannon Johnson, Meagan Baker, Ben Dillon, Garrett Haley, Ryan House, Morghan Webb, Ashley King, Travis Bell, Sammy Clark, Codi Griffin, Tully Beck, Harley Hudspeth and Silas Shumway.
Many of the students have been under Polk’s instruction since the sixth grade. This is his second year as the high school band director, assisting him is Marc Christy.
“I am just so proud of these musicians. They really pulled it off,” Polk said.
So proud in fact he called his wife and several parents to inform them of the win and asked that they prepare a resounding welcome.
As a result, a police escort was waiting for them when they exited U.S. Highway 175 and parent lined Kemp city streets all the way to the school, cheering their children’s achievement.
They are “stoked and ready” for the next UIL competition at Mesquite Memorial Stadium, Wednesday, Oct. 21, Polk said.


Players compete for ‘Dig Pink’
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp and Eustace volleyball teams gathered Tuesday night to kick off the “Dig Pink” breast cancer awareness fund-raising drive.
Players from both schools will be competing to raise funds for breast cancer research, joining together with the National Volleyball Association and other schools across the nation.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Volleyball Association, with help from Kemp and Eustace players, is seeking to raise $1 million toward finding a cure for this deadly disease.
Both teams will meet again Friday, Oct. 23, in Eustace, Kemp head coach Peggy Swierc told the audience as varsity and sub-varsity players from both teams gathered on the new Kemp High School court.
At Eustace, the teams will have booths set up to hand out literature to the public, “with information we hope will help people to realize and take an active part in the battle,” Swierc added. “At that time, each school will present their donation to the Breast Cancer Society.”

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp and Eustace varsity and sub-varsity volleyball players gather Tuesday to kick off the "Dig Pink" fund-raising drive for breast cancer research. The drive will conclude with a special presentation and public awareness event when the two teams meet in Eustace for their second-round district match Friday, Oct. 23.

“We are planning to have an auction between matches that night, as well,” Eustace coach Chuck Powers noted.
One in four women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. More than 200,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 40,000 will die from the disease.
Breast cancer also occurs in men. Although male breast cancer is rare, more than 1,000 men will die from the disease this year.
A monthly breast self-examination is the first line of defense for women. It is vitally important for women to know how their breasts look and feel through self-exams, which should begin no later than age 20.
Although a lump in the breast is a common symptom, there are many breast cancer symptoms that don’t involve lumps, such as a sudden change in breast size, or a breast that is warm to the touch.
Many younger women feel they don’t need to do a self-exam because of their age, but breast cancer can strike women of any age. Just being female and growing older are proven risk factors, according to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Breast cancers in young women are typically more aggressive, and have lower survival rates, making early detection more important.
Mammography is not recommended for most women until age 40, which sometimes results in younger women not being diagnosed early enough.
Also, younger women often have thicker breast tissue, making a mammogram diagnosis difficult – another reason self-exams are so important.
A lump in the breast is not a certain sign of breast cancer. More than 80 percent of all lumps turn out to be benign or due to some other cause.
Having a history of breast cancer in the family is a known risk factor, but not having a history is no reason to believe breast cancer won’t strike.
No one yet knows why one woman might get breast cancer and another won’t.
For more information about breast cancer, check the websites,  or

KISD wants staff to ‘get up and move’
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Creating a healthy life-style has become both a goal and a challenge in today’s society, where often as not, “free time” is at a premium.
Kemp Independent School District has come up with an attractive solution – exercise classes, free to Kemp teachers and staff.
“We just believe a healthier life-style can possibly translate into less absenteeism for the faculty and staff,” Superintendent Dr. Peter Running explained.
“We are creating an opportunity for our staff to get up and move,” he added
The Jazzercise classes are taught by Karen Fate from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Monday, 24 Kemp teachers and staff members take advantage of the school district-sponsored Jazzercise class for a quick workout inside the Intermediate School gym.

This allows personnel to work out directly after getting off work, instead of having to go home, change and come back to a workout facility, Running said.
The reason for the effort to secure fitness classes is to promote wellness for students and teachers alike, he said.
He pointed out existing student programs and the past wellness program for the staff. That program encouraged them to move around more by awarding checks for those who had the most hours walking or other exercises.
At the same time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, yoga and Pilates classes are taught by Elian Bakke.
“I think yoga and Pilates are good for everyone, because it gives them stability and flexibility. That’s the essence of my class,” Bakke said.
The exercise system was developed in the early 20th Century by German-born Joseph Pilates.
Pilates called his method contrology (from control and the Greek term logia), because he believed his method uses the mind to control the muscles.
The program focuses on the core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and provide essential support for the spine.
“It is approachable for everybody, because it is not necessary to lose weight,” she said. “And if you have minor joint problems, do not hesitate to take part. It’s fun and easily modified.
“After the class, you feel both energized and relaxed at the same time,” Bakke added.

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