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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 24, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell (From left) Diana Humphrey, Grace Kline, Katie McPherson, Karli Gallops, Hannah Brame and Cameron Carter pose with their celebratory cake marking their final bridging ceremony as Girl Scouts. Missing from photo is Amber Keith who was called into work Saturday.

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(From left) Diana Humphrey, Grace Kline, Katie McPherson, Karli Gallops, Hannah Brame and Cameron Carter pose with their celebratory cake marking their final bridging ceremony as Girl Scouts. Missing from photo is Amber Keith who was called into work Saturday.

12-year Girl Scout troop holds final ceremony

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

SEVEN POINTS–A very special Girl Scout ceremony was held Saturday. It marked the 12th year and the final awards presentation for a troop of girls who grew up together in Girl Scouting and who are now embarking on life as adults.
Their leader through all 12 years, Trinidad resident Debra Kline spoke about the journey – its frustrations and its successes. “Sometimes, I wondered whether it would be worth it,” she said. “Today I know it was.”
Seven girls went through the final bridging ceremony, one of which was absent. Amber Keith was called in to work, suddenly.
“Amber has demonstrated a heart for her family and acts responsibly toward her family and we support and admire her for it,” Kline said.
In her freshman year of high school, Amber Keith lost her mother to cancer, the following year, her family’s home burned down. Through it all, her sister Girl Scouts stood by her side with help and encouragement.
“She is an over-comer and she didn’t miss a beat. She’s a true blue Girl Scout,” Kline said.
Amber Keith joined Troop 2810 six years ago and was awarded her College Artist merit badge, Gold Torch Award, Community Service Bar and 14 states patch, for the number of states she visited as a Girl Scout in her final senior year. Each girl also collected her “Sisters Forever” necklace, as a cherished momento.
The presentation was part of a very moving ceremony held at the Cedar Creek Bible Church in Seven Points.
The ceremony included a 30-minute PowerPoint slide show created by Juliette Girl Scout leader Melissa Jernigan, a flag presentation, Scouts Own, presentation of certificates of appreciation to strong supporters of the girls through the years and a bridging ceremony into adulthood.
During their years together from Brownies to Juniors, Cadettes, Senior and Ambassador scouting levels, the girls earned their Bronze and Silver awards, along with numerous merit badges. One member, Grace Kline, earned the highest award offered in this her final year – the Gold Award. Her project focused on conservation and included mounting a community presentation at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center last August, titled Conservation Invasion.
Through the two years she prepared the various elements of the award, she gained from being mentored by several adults in her area of interest.
“We honor their latest efforts in Girl Scouting,” assistant leader Tracy McPherson said. “This is not an ending but rather a jumping off point, and this world is going to be such a better place because of them.”
Girl Scouting is all about making the world a better place and about leadership. Six of the seven girls have graduated from high school. The youngest troop member, Hannah Brame, joined just two years ago. She is a junior this year. “Girl Scouting has given me great memories,” Brame said.
“We’ve experience so much together,” leader Debra Kline said, “we could write a book. Girl Scouting offers almost an endless variety of experiences. Camping and cookies are only two, as there is international friendship, science, dance, service, fitness,

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 24, 2014

Monitor Photo/James Robertson Kemp senior Jesus Perez finished 10th at the state 2A cross country meet last year. He predicts a better finish this year due to consistent training.

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Kemp senior Jesus Perez finished 10th at the state 2A cross country meet last year. He predicts a better finish this year due to consistent training.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

KEMP-Kemp senior Jesus Perez proved himself as one of the premier long distance runners in the Cedar Creek Lake area last year.
“JP,” as he is affectionately called by peers and coaches, consistently topped the leaderboards with the best times, even beating out individual runners at cross country powerhouse Eustace.
Perez won a close district race before having some knee problems and running what he calls a “poor regional race,” finishing seventh with a time of 17:13:80. The finish was good enough to qualify him for the state meet, which is the race Perez was saving his energy for to be in top form.
“I was feeling very horrible in the regional race,” Perez said. “So I made the decision to just hold onto my position in regional and just place for the state meet.”
He ran an “amazing race” at state, finishing with a 16:42 clip, good enough for 10th place.
Perez has been working hard to improve his times and gain a place on a university cross country team. He credits the techniques and advice given to him at Baylor and University of Dallas summer camps for improving his times.
“I’m surpassing what I did last year by far,” he said. “I’m already running better because of my increased mileage and better training.”
Perez sites sleep, nutrition, stretching and workouts among the most important things for a long distance athlete. “You don’t want to just be ready for the first race,” he said. “You want to be ready for the last race.”
To get ready for the last race, Perez begins his training with a base mileage, gradually increasing it as the months roll on, adding hills about a month into the season and eventually starts sprinting to be at his peak for the state tournament in November.
Perez hopes to attend a Division 1 university after his days at Kemp are done. “I’m talking with some schools and trying to get in,” he said. The frontrunner for his college picks is Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. “It’s a great running school,” he added.
Perez is confident in himself individually, but also believes in his team.
“I think we are going to surprise a lot of people in the new district,” he said. “We will have a good chance to win it.”

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Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 24, 2014

Courtesy Photo Tournament volunteers and organizers (from left) Tenny Roche, Kitty Whitted, Sandy Ward, Joy Simmons, Sydney Busch, Barbara Austin and Cathy English.

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Tournament volunteers and organizers (from left) Tenny Roche, Kitty Whitted, Sandy Ward, Joy Simmons, Sydney Busch, Barbara Austin and Cathy English.


Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Bridge team players Gail Belton and Marianna Ziegler were the first place winning team at the 36th Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at Cedar Creek Lake Bridge Luncheon fundraiser at the Cedar Creek Country Club Aug. 14.
The luncheon netted $1,300 for the clinic.
The players had coffee and doughnuts upon arrival, then were served lunch prepared by the club’s chef and cupcakes, courtesy of Dot Irwin for dessert.
The first 18 winning teams choose from many prizes and for any slam bid and made, the team received a prize.
Tournament volunteers and organizers were Joy Simmons, Kitty Whitted, Sandy Ward, Barbara Austin, Cathy English and Tenny Roche.
Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is a non-profit organization that has spayed or neutered more than 31,000 animals since it began 12 years ago.
They help low-income families be responsible pet owners by offering low-cost spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations.
For information, to make an appointment or volunteer, call (903) 887-7387.
Tax deductible donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 5455, Mabank 75147.