Most college students look forward to the much-needed time-off during summer vacation, but one former Wildcat spent his summer on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Fabens High School graduate Rodrigo Estrada interned at the White House this summer in the Executive Office of the President as he helped develop and executive domestic policy.
“No two days were the same at the White House and I never knew who I’d bump into on my way to the office, whether it be cabinet secretaries or the vice president himself,” Estrada said.
“As an intern, I conducted research on labor policy, quantified the effectiveness of recent reforms, drafted memoranda, and generated reports to better inform policy-making. It was a fast-paced environment, but everyone was always willing to lend a helping hand,” Estrada said.
Rodrigo recalls many discussions in Mr. Flores’ AP History class that fueled his passion for politics and offers advice for students who want to become involved in the political world.
“At such a polarized and divided moment in our nation’s history, it is imperative that we actively engage those with whom we share differences of opinion in an attempt to build bridges of understanding and not wall ourselves off in intransigence. Be open to a diversity of views and engage your community through service and advocacy whenever you are afforded the opportunity, no matter how small.”
Estrada attends the University of Chicago and is pursuing a degree in economics.
In one of the region’s classic high school football rivalries, the Clint Lions made the eight-mile-drive down Texas 20 to Amador Villalobos Jr. Athletic Complex to take on Fabens Wildcats.
As of recent years, the Lions have had the upper hand on the Wildcats, but with a game that has ramifications years after the last whistle has blown, both teams bring their ‘A’ Games for this match up.
Our very own Andres Acosta was there as the Wildcats got the upper hand in this yearly rivalry, and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’
Western Technical College has announced the recipients of the 2017 Cotton Valley Scholarships.
Alan Sanchez Aguirre and Bryan Saucedo, both 2017 graduates from Fabens High School, will receive $25,000 in scholarships towards tuition, books, uniforms, laptops, and Matco tools at Western Tech.
“It is rewarding for us at Western Tech to be able to give the gift of education to well-deserving students like Alan and Bryan,” said Brad Kuykendall, Chief Executive Officer of Western Tech.
“We also applaud the efforts of Texas State Board of Education District 1 Representative, Georgina Cecilia Perez, who plays such a critical role advocating for long-term education. We look forward to the bright futures Alan and Bryan have as they start their careers at Western Tech,” Kuykendall added.
A scholarship presentation was held earlier this month at Western Tech where the students received their awards from the Cotton Valley Scholars of the Rural Schools Education Program & Scholarship Foundation.
Both Alan and Bryan are enrolled in the Associates of Occupational Studies in Diesel Mechanics program.
The Fabens Alumni Association’s 2016 FAA Fall Fiesta to benefit Fabens ISD scholarships and grants is set to return this weekend.
Officials say the fiesta is set for Saturday, October 15, at the Lower Valley Lions Club Little League Field (16151 North Loop) Festivities include food, drinks, and games for all ages.
Gates will open at 2 p.m., opening ceremonies will be at 3:30 p.m., followed by performances including the Fabens Folklorico, under the direction of Rosemary Contreras-Olivas and Santiago and Susan Chavez, dance music by Sonido with DJ Robert Sepulveda and featured performers, Tito Lujan and The Texas 20 Band.
Profits from the fiesta will help to fund the FAA scholarships for graduating Fabens High School students and grants to campuses within the Fabens Independent School District.
Since its inception in 2007, the FAA has contributed more than $44,000 in scholarships and grants to the Fabens ISD.
The 10th annual battle for the ‘Cotton Bowl Trophy’ between Clint and Fabens ended up as most rivalry games in this series do: a classic battle to the end, with the Lions edging out the Wildcats 24 to 22.
While it may have been a “Tale of Two Halves,” that only tells half the story. As most games in this five-decade-plus rivalry, the Wildcats squandered a 16-3 halftime lead, allowing 21 unanswered points from Clint, only to have a fighting chance in the game’s final minutes failing to tie the game on a two-point conversion.
The Wildcats jumped to a two-score halftime lead, primarily off of Clint mistakes. The first score on a safety and then extended a nine to three lead on a fumbler recovered for a 40-yard touchdown.
Clint, a team well-known for running the ball, tried a different approach in the first half of the game by passing on first and second down, but turned to their running game which helped them score 21 unanswered points in the second half for the definite lead.
“I’m proud of them, they came back after the half when we were down two scores,” Clint Head Coach Rosvel Martinez said. “It showed a lot of character and that’s what you ask for. Big win, not just because it was Fabens, a rival, but it’s our first district game so it kind of puts us in a good seat.”
The workhorse behind that comeback win for the Lions was senior running back Jesus Almanza, who finished the night with 244 yards and three touchdowns.
It was a 75-yard touchdown run by Almanza, with less than a minute left in the third quarter, that gave the Lions their first lead of the game after trailing for nearly three quarters of play.
“The line was doing pretty good, but they were aggressive at the beginning, but somehow we pulled it off,” Almanza said. “We started believing in ourselves again, started playing Clint-Lion football like we’re used to.”
“We were trying to throw a little bit, trying to spread them out, they’re defensive scheme was pretty good,” Matinez said. “At halftime we said, let’s go back to what we know how to do, what we do best is running the ball and that’s what we did and came out on top.”
Clint held a 24-16 lead with under five minutes to play, but a rare pass attempt was intercepted by the Wildcats, who scored a touchdown with 2 minutes left in the game. Fabens failed to tie the game on the ensuing two-point attempt.
“We were just trying to put them away and just not a very smart call on my end,” Clint offensive coordinator, John Wilson said. “It’s one of those plays that if it works, you’re a genius, if it doesn’t you’re a knucklehead. I shouldn’t have put ourselves in that spot…Fabens is a heck of a team, they fought hard and it’s always like that when they play us.”
The Lions would hold on to the two-point lead and improve their record to 4-3 as the head into their bye week. Fabens will now face Mountain View to continue District 2-4A play; Fabens drops to a 1-6 mark overall.
Regardless of the win-loss records, anytime the teams get together, the result is memorable.
“It’s always special against Fabens, but it’s a district win, we move on and have to get ready for Mountain View [after bye week],” Wilson said. “It’s always nice when you get Fabens, it’s a good rivalry. I’m proud of our kids, they played their tails off.”
Dallas vs Washington, Boston vs. New York, Texas vs. Oklahoma. And then there’s Clint vs. Fabens. As intense as any rivalry out there and Friday night’s game was no exception. Our own Andres Acosta was at the game and gives you his view of the contest in this edition of ‘A Story in Six Pics’