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Apple Publishes App Created by Clarke Middle School Students

Seventh and eighth grade students at Captain Walter E. Clarke Middle School designed, illustrated and voiced a mobile app that has been published and copyrighted by Apple Inc.

Elements and Principles of Art is the first mobile app of its kind to be published in the app store, according to Apple. The educational tool allows users to learn about art-making components, such as balance, rhythm, contrast, unity, pattern, movement and emphasis, and incorporate them into their own illustrations.

Samuel Saucedo, visual arts teacher at Clarke Middle school, said his students worked hard on the project to ensure it met required guidelines, quality and functionality.

“I am really proud of my students,” Saucedo said. “To have their drawings, voices and designs published is exciting. There are so many things you can do when you combine art and technology, and this will surely open many doors for them.”

The young app developers now are setting their sights on how to improve and update their app. Their goal is to create art appreciation awareness through digital curriculum that can be used worldwide.

“It’s an honor to know that we were part of this because it will help other kids,” said Yedsenery Espinoza, a seventh grader at Clarke Middle School. “They will read the definition of the element and when they see our drawings they will say ‘oh, that’s what it’s supposed to look like.’”

Another student, Jessica Perez, said the experience has built her desire to succeed.

“I never thought something I contributed to would be this successful,” she said. “I want to keep drawing and see where it leads. I did accomplish helping create an app. What makes me think I can’t do something bigger?”

Proud parent Stephanie Michele, said that when her daughter mentioned the app she didn’t think much of it, until she received news that it was published.

“I think it’s amazing that my daughter’s art piece can be viewed by people in different countries,” Michele said. “There are some things I didn’t know about art elements until I downloaded the app. It’s pretty cool that it teaches me, too, and will let them be in touch with people from other countries.”

The free app is available in the App Store for iOS devices. Click here to download Elements and Principles of Art.

Rancher fights, wins to get land back from BLM

Fighting for truth, justice and the Texas way. Sounds like a job for Superman! And the Man of Steel answered the call. But he wasn’t wearing blue tights and a red cape.

Adorned in jeans, boots and a cowboy hat, this superhero took on a government juggernaut, mired in its rules and regulations, in a battle over private property rights. His name is Tommy Henderson.

Tommy didn’t flex mighty muscles to win a battle over the rights to his land. He used a shrewd mind. A willingness to cooperate. And the tenacity of a bulldog to achieve his goal: reclaim 94 acres he lost to the federal government in the 1980s.

That land was awarded to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in a dispute between Tommy and an Oklahoma neighbor. The case revolved around changes in the course of the Red River and its boundaries. Thus ensued a three-decade-long battle to get the land back.

It involved legal skirmishes. Courtroom battles. Hard feelings. But then things changed. Texas Farm Bureau engaged. The BLM entered into meaningful negotiations. Solutions were explored. And a fix was found.

Henderson reclaimed his land through a process called “color of title.” Land and tax payments he made in the past were counted as payments already made to determine the buyback of the disputed property.

This solution sets a precedent for others along the Red River with similar stories. BLM’s Steve Tryon encourages landowners to visit their office before they file an application. BLM will lay out the steps, the timing and the calendaring and make sure assigned staff is there to help.

There are other options as well.

Texas Farm Bureau and Congressman Mac Thornberry’s office are working on a Congressional fix for other landowners affected by land disputes on the Red River. The legislation will affirm property rights and ensure other landowners don’t have to endure Tommy’s problems.

It’s all immense satisfaction for this Red River farmer and rancher. He reclaimed land his family originally settled in the 1860s. He’s putting that land to good use. And he’s plowed ground for other landowners with clouded title issues to do the same.

He saw a sea of change in the attitude of a government agency he had been at odds with for years. A spirit of cooperation. A willingness to find solutions. And a fix for his land.

Truth, justice and the Texas way. They always win out in the end.

A super job by a Superman. Congratulations, Tommy!

Author:   – Director of Publications, Texas Farm Bureau

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