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GROVETON EX-STUDENT NEWS - October 9, 2014

By: Martha Harrison Mericle
GHS Class of 1972

We have received one submission to date for the "Where Are They Today?" section of our upcoming Smoke Signal newspaper. The 8th grade journalism class is working hard to produce a quality paper for our enjoyment. Advertising space is limited as Darlene Thompson Pyle, Class of 1950, Life Member L-527, has worked very hard to secure ads. The newly hired teachers have submitted a brief bio and a picture to the paper. Most of the Hall of Fame inductees have submitted their pictures and bios and the paper is coming together nicely. Copies of the Smoke Signal will be in the Groveton News during the week of Homecoming.

If you would like to subscribe to the Groveton News, you can go online and subscribe and pay for your subscription by visiting this site: https://fs16.formsite.com/gfaith/form719909135/secure_index.html.
Our college pick of the week is Chase Brooks. Chase writes: "Hello, my name is Chase Brooks, and I recently finished my second semester at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. I am the recipient of the Mildred Barnett Smith Honorary Scholarship. I am currently enrolled in the Mustang CAT Think Big Program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. I enjoyed my second semester of classes and learned new hydraulic skills that I was able to use in my second internship class when I returned to work in February. I will attend OSUIT for two years and I will graduate with an Associate's Degree in Diesel Mechanics. I plan on returning to the area to continue working at the Lufkin Mustang CAT store.

I am thankful that the Groveton Ex-Students Association has scholarships available to students to help them with the financial burden of college.

This money will help me to attain my goal of becoming a diesel mechanic. Sincerely, Chase Brooks"
Please let us know if your class is planning an organized reunion during Homecoming 2014! So far, the 40's and 50's will meet Friday after the game and Saturday at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. If your class is having a get together, let us know and we will mention it in the paper. Just send an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post your activity to Groveton Ex-Students Association – Texas on Facebook.

This is a closed group so if your name is not on the current roster, you will need to also send a message to Martha Harrison Mericle stating the time you or your spouse attended GHS.

Current students or parents of students are not considered Ex-Students. We also accept former teaching staff as members. Regular membership to the Association is $10 bi-annually or $50 Lifetime. Spouses are eligible to become members also.

Membership monies are used to fund the operating expenses of the organization.

Reagan King chosen for Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C.

TRINITY, TEXAS – Trinity High School Junior Reagan King is no stranger to winning academic honors. She is currently ranked first in her class of 76 students with a 5.0 grade-point average.

Reagan KingReagan KingReagan is a member of the National Beta Club, Vice-President of Student Council at T.H.S.; Vice-President of the local chapter of Health Occupations Students of America and President of Trinity Area 4-H. Reagan is actively involved in multiple UIL events and has gone to regional UIL the past 2 years. She is a member of FFA, Choir and founder of the Media Club at Trinity H.S. Reagan is a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She was a student leader for the Trinity ISD Summer Book Club and she has volunteered over 50 hours at the public library. Reagan has also volunteered countless hours as a tutor at her school and in her community. She was a member of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra as a violinist and she is an avid pianist. Reagan enjoys writing short stories and poetry and hopes to one day publish a book.

Most recently, Reagan was nominated by Misty Coleman, LVN and chosen by Dr. Connie Mariano, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. in November. Reagan was chosen to represent Trinity High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

Reagan "believes that the path to success can be found by broadening one's horizons and constantly looking for new experiences".

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream. By attending the event, they will have access to more resources that will help them reach their goals.

After graduation, Reagan plans to pursue a degree in Biochemistry. She is also interested in the Forensic Science field.

During the three-day Congress, Reagan will join students from across the country to listen to Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research. Ivy League and top medical school deans will give the students advice about what to expect in medical school. The event will also feature testimonies of patients who are living medical miracles. Students will be able to learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

"This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially," said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. "Focused, bright and determined students like Reagan are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her."