Erika Espinosa and Zach Seaman are Rotary Students of the Month for January. Erika is the daughter of Armando Jr. and Ofelia Espinosa. She is president of FCCLA, treasurer of Interact and Drum Major of the band. She also is a member of POWERSET, NHS, Scrub's Club, TAFE, and Harmonie Club Valentine Sweetheart candidate. After graduation, Erika plans to attend Wharton County Junior College and transfer to a university to earn a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Zach is the son of Greg and Sherri Seaman. He is involved in varsity basketball, track, WIT, NJH, and band. After high school, Zach plans to attend college to pursue a business degree.
On November 16, 2017, we had a recruiter from the TSTC campus present to six different groups at the High School Campus. He provided information on the 10 different TSTC campus locations in TX, along with information on various career paths offered at these various campuses. Many of the different classes in the various CTE areas attended one of the sessions offered that day. Frank Orozco was excellent as a presenter and provided many examples and situations that offered our students insight and knowledge about life and opportunities at TSTC.
PHS NHS Bell Ringers recently collected $937 from generous Lowes’ customers and employees to benefit Palacios’ Operation Santa Claus. Senior NHS members Montserrat Garcia, Alysha Jasek, Priscilla Nguyen and Garrison Kelly were some of the 37 students who solicited donations and provided holiday sounds during the first week of December.
On Friday, November 10th, Palacios POWER SET traveled to College Station, Texas to visit Essentium Materials and Texas A&M University. Essentium Materials is a multi-faceted company that is, “…passionate about developing new and better materials and changing the business paradigm for high-tech companies.” They not only produce filament for 3-D printing, but they have also created the Fusebox, “The first step in the FlashFuse™ process is attaching a Fusebox™ to a printer. With this addition the printer is now compatible with FlashFuse™ Filament, making isotropric prints possible on any FuseBox™ enabled platform.” As a company committed to helping those in need, they use their materials and machines to produce high-quality, low-cost prosthetics for patients. POWER SET members toured their facilities and met with Blake and Elisa Tiepel, the President and COO respectively, of the company. After leaving Essentium, POWER SET traveled to the campus of Texas A&M University where they created magnetic slime with graduate students in the Chemistry department, and then attended a Nursing School presentation for future students geared specifically towards current high school students.
On Monday, October 30th, WIT (Workforce Industry Training) of Palacios High School had its first induction. This being the first year to have an induction, WIT inducted its 23 returning members from last year as well as 16 new members for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a total of 39 members which is the largest the organization has ever been. Mr. Thomas Castanon, graduate of PHS, WIT Alumni, and a senior at Texas A&M University Kingsville was our guest speaker for the evening. Back row – L-R – Timothy Kessler, Tyson Nguyen, David Cruz, Zach Seaman, Javier Figirova, Clayton Stuhrenberg, Jackson Engel, Jamie Gatica, Matthew Aparicio Middle Row – L-R – Daniel Castanon, Trey Durio, Salvador Carrillo, Erin Claudon, Noah Zamarripa, Katy Brown, Jonathan Segovia, Morgan Segovia, Daniel Zamora, Samantha Hernandez, Joe Pena, Elizabeth Mancera, Steven Phan, Justin Vu, Jesus Mancera, Brenda Mancera, Jordan Nguyen Front Row – L-R – Kean Tran, Alysha Jasek, Jannifer Le, Hannah Tran, Allisa Loftin, Shelby Wilson, Hailey Fuentes, Alyssa Acosta, Alondra Rubio, Samantha Garcia Not Pictures – Elizabeth Ortiz, Lanae Tucker, Brooke Carpenter
The Palacios High School National Honor Society chapter inducted 22 new members at their annual induction ceremony Monday, October 23. These new members join the current members bringing the chapter’s total membership to 37 outstanding students. Front row from left: Kayla Vu, Hannah Tran, Kaitlyn Marroquin, Shelby Wilson, Dorothy Nguyen, and Samantha Garcia. Middle row from left: Justin Vu, Samantha Hernandez, Lanae Tucker, Katie Nguyen, Jordan Nguyen, Kelsey Marroquin, and Salvador Carrillo. Back row from left: Noah Zamarripa, Timothy Kessler, Jackson Engel, Garrison Kelley, Maria Muniz, Daniel Castanon, Maria Hurtado, Brooke Vandenbergh, and Matthew Aparicio.
Effective November 1, 2017 the Palacios ISD Tax Office will no longer be mailing tax receipts unless you enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.
On Thursday, October 12th, Palacios POWER SET visited the South Texas Project to tour the training facility, simulator, and resevoir, as well as meet with their mentors. POWER SET members are mentored by professional women who work in a variety of fields and departments at STP. L to R, Back row: Carmen Serrato, Chelsea Campbell, Karla Goytia, Maria Hurtado, Brooke Vandenbergh, Avery Kubecka, Quynh Nguyen, Mai Nguyen, Rachel White, Lili Vu, Tamara Perez, Christina Peterson, Jessica Muniz, Bailey Grones L to R, Middle Row: Olivia Filip, Sarah Tran, Katie Nguyen, Kayla Vu, Summer Brandstatt, Maria Muniz, Priscilla Nguyen, Dorothy Nguyen, Montserrat Garcia, Lisa Nguyen, Lupita Mancera, Kaitlynn Marroquin, Erika Espinosa Front Row, L to R (STP Mentors): Michelle Smith, Ashley Toth, Fatima Yilmaz, Wendy Brost, Courtney Cortez, Elizabeth Castanon, Brenda Verbeck, Kathy VanDaalen