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    Pioneer ‘95 percent complete’

    sharyland-logo-copy-1The only remaining items on Pioneer’s punch list are in the mechanical, electrical and engineering area, according to Jesse Muñiz, the director of maintenance.

    There was an issue with the chiller system installation that was discussed in executive session at the Feb. 17 meeting, but MEP Engineer Miles Ponder said that all the players involved in the MEP area are getting together this week to hash out the problem and it should be worked out within the next two weeks.

    “The chillers that are there have basically 1,800 tons of chiller capacity, but we’ve had some problems with keeping two of them online,” Ponder said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “We’ve got some commissioning work that needs to continue, some controls that need to have the proper sequences needed to operate it. So we’re almost there, but work remains.”

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    Rattler student earns international honor

    20150227 SISD Perfect-Score-AP-studentSharyland High School junior Sofia Cortez Padilla walked into her high school gym in spring 2014 to take her AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam unable to know she know she would soon join an elite group of students worldwide.

    She was nervous, Padilla said, and didn’t know where to sit. The gym was noisy and after the test began her equipment underwent technical difficulties, causing her to lag behind. But she got herself situated and trudged through.

    Not only did Padilla receive a score of 5 on the AP exam, the highest score possible, but she earned every possible point – a feat only 91 people in the world have achieved.

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    RGV Civil War Trail explores region’s history

    20150227 RGV Civil-War-Trail 2As the War Between the States separated the country in the 1800s, a smaller, lesser-known version of it played out in the Rio Grande Valley.

    “Really nobody in this area sort of bought into the Confederate argument, but they did buy into the idea of being left alone,” said Christopher Miller, a history professor at the University of Texas-Pan American. “Also, there were so many old disputes that divided families – they were called these clan disputes – that caused some people to stay loyal to the Union.

    “It was a civil war in the worst possible sense – cousins against cousins, brothers against brothers.”

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    Shary High feeds hundreds

    20150220 SISD LEO-club 6232Each classroom at Sharyland High was challenged to a single task ­– fill one grocery bag with food.

    In one week, the Rattler community filled more than 110 bags and accumulated more than 1,600 items, which were donated Mission Food Pantry. That donation fed 300 families in the Mission area.

    But this deed might not have been done had it not been for the school Leo Club. The nonprofit student organization developed the Share the Love campaign as a way to give back to the community when they felt there was a lull in food drives.

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    Musical Varlack siblings make it to state

    20150227 MISSION Singing-Varlack-familyMission resident Cherish Varlack was one of three students at McAllen High to sing with the Texas Music Educators Association all-state choir – it's the highest honor a Texas music student can achieve.

    Varlack, a senior who sings alto, made it to state the two years prior, but this year was different. This year her brothers were there with her. Adriel, a junior who sings bass, and Japheth, a sophomore who sings bass 2, were the only other McAllen High students to make the cut to state.

    And it's not surprising that the trio come from a musical household as their mom, Faith Varlack, said the Varlacks’ musical experience began in the womb. Their parents, Gerald and Faith, met while in choir together at Lee University. Their grandmother, Faye Cline, is a music teacher who pushed the three to learn to play the piano.

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    More Articles...

    1. Clean sweep: Patriots, Rattlers and Lobos win bi-district
    2. VSO presents Chorale Masterpiece Concert V
    3. Legal dispute over Pioneer High
    4. Bullfight at Santa Maria offers unexpected excitement
    5. Notice to political candidates
    6. Lady Patriots and Lady Rattlers claim bi-district titles
    7. March 14 exhibit open to all Valley artists
    8. Etiquette in tech: Students promote online safety
    9. Chiefs say AG’s asset forfeiture reform won’t affect them
    10. Muñoz aims to reinstate full-day pre-K
    11. Hidalgo County names engineer Raul Sesin to lead Drainage District
    12. Mayor raises objections to portable food sales within the city
    13. Smithsonian exhibit comes to UTPA Feb. 17
    14. Community called in superintendent search
    15. Sharyland ISD students celebrate 100th day of school
    16. Parade of Oranges transforms Conway Avene
    17. Sharyland Rattlers state ranked
    18. Newsboys perform at State Farm on Feb. 22
    19. Inspection stickers set to expire
    20. Mega Winter Texan Fiesta Planned in Mission

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