The Travelin' Girl
by Lonnie Flippen -
Valentine Senior, Jaci Garcia, travelled to Austin for the state UIL meet this past Friday, April 21st. Jaci was an alternate in Current Issues and Events and in order to have an opportunity to compete, she had to be there. As luck would have it, the top three regional competitors did make the trip, and as a result Jaci did not get to compete.
Jaci had been selected as an honorary page to State Representative Pancho Nevarez and arrived at the capitol at 8:00 AM Friday morning to serve in that capacity only to find that the Legislature was on recess and Representative Nevarez had returned home for the weekend. Jaci was still able to learn a few things about how the political process works at the state level. She participated in different activities throughout the morning while touring the annex of the state capitol.
Jaci returned home early Saturday morning to pack her bags for San Angelo and the regional golf tournament. Jaci is competing as a medallist out district 9A on Monday and Tuesday. She will return to school on Wednesday and then travel to Austin again on Friday to compete in the state history fair.
All of this "travel practice" will help her prepare for the trip of a lifetime that she and he sister, Jessie, along with Frances Sanchez will depart on early in June as members of the Valentine Travel Class. The girls, along with their sponsor, Mrs. Dawn Houy, will travel to Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii for several weeks in June.
Congratulations Jaci - you have made the school, the community, your parents, and teachers very proud of all you have accomplished during your high school career. We know that your future holds great things in store for you.