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DPISD confirms student death

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A Deer Park student died Thursday night  at a local hospital. Multiple Deer Park ISD officials have confirmed the female student attended the North Campus.

Matt Lucas, DPISD director of communications, said via email that the students' classmates were told about her death Friday morning and counselors were on hand for assistance.

"Deer Park ISD's staff, students and community are united in sympathy for the family, and friends of the student. It's heartbreaking to hear such tragic news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family," Lucas said.


DPHS choir places 67 at region

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The DPHS Choral Department recently competed in the Region Choir auditions. More than 1,000 students representing 24 schools attended the audition. Deer Park had 67 students selected for the region choir. Thirty singers placed in the Mixed choir meaning they will advance to the next round of auditions held on Dec. 3.

DPHS Orchestra students qualify for All-Region orchestra

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Thirteen members of the Deer Park High School orchestra qualified for the All-Region orchestra. Four more were invited to tryout for All-State at recent auditions. file photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Members of the Deer Park orchestra program competed in the All-Region tryouts. Nine DPHS orchestra members were selected to All-Region and 4 others were certified to try out for the All-State orchestra. DPHS All-Region musicians are Desiree Sanchez, Heather Allen, Kara Dean, Laura Shea, Zack Hickerson, Kennedy Castillo, Emily White, Angelica Colon, and Sarah Brock. Students certified to try out for All-State are Daphne Martin, Lori Alfano, Kevin Bombard, and Aaron Vazquez.

CPA: Let's talk this over and who the police call

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CPA member Jenny Coats (front) prepares to enter a room as Jeff Jamail and Julie Muniz receive additional instruction. Deer Park SWAT team officers showed CPA members simple tactics at last weekend's class. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Editor's note: This is the ninth installment of a series on the Deer Park Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Editor/Publisher Bobby Vasquez is a member of the academy.
Every little now and then, a situation develops that requires more than a patrol officers' regular training, tactics and weapons. When citizens need help, we call 9-1-1. When police officers need help, they call the SWAT team.
Although they are rarely activated, the Deer Park Police Department maintains a team of five-to-10 officers for its Special Weapons and Tactics team. Sgt. Joe Cooper and Officer Doug Nettles talked to us about their weapons, training and how different items are used in different situations. They even brought some weapons and gear to show us.
While there are a lot of good police officers in DPPD, not all of them would make good SWAT team members, Cooper said. Getting on the team is difficult, and they may sound a bit "clique-ish," but there is a good reason.
If there is a history of disharmony between two officers, it could jeopardize the safety of the team, citizens, suspects and the successful completion of their assignments. Even though it's possible to let bygones be bygones, if a past argument is in the back of someone's mind, then it's still in their mind.

Auto tech students give Boy Scouts a taste of college life

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Boy Scouts from local troops 199 and 268 from the Sam Houston Area Council recently visited San Jacinto College Central to earn credit on their automotive maintenance merit badges. Toyota technicians from local Toyota dealers and Toyota automotive technology students from the College served as volunteer mentors to the scouts, providing valuable hands-on demonstrations in the College’s state-of-the-art automotive training center.

Weather pushes back annual SJCF tournament

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Due to inclement weather predicted for the Houston area on Thursday, the San Jacinto College Foundation 14th Annual Golf Tournament, with guest host Andy Pettitte, has been postponed to Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course.

Pettitte played baseball at San Jacinto College in 1991, and is a member of the New York Yankees. San Jacinto College congratulates him on his return to the World Series, and for setting the record for most wins in the Major League Baseball postseason. “Andy and his family have been a great friend and supporter of the College and Foundation for many years,” said Susan Arscott, vice president of resource development at San Jacinto College. “We wish him and the Yankees the best of luck in the World Series.”
Monies raised from this event are dedicated to student scholarships. To date, the San Jacinto College Foundation golf tournament has raised more than $892,000. In fact, for the 2008-09 academic year, the Foundation awarded over 600 scholarships totaling more than $265,000.

San Jacinto College instructor donates highest valued auction item for student scholarships

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Carl Rentz believes in giving away items he has no use for, like a $50,000 Texans VIP Suite Weekend package. The suite package, which he recently won in a lottery, will be auctioned to raise money for student scholarships at the 14th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament.
Rentz, a ballroom dance instructor with San Jacinto College, originally bought his lotto ticket in hopes of winning prizes like a Texans T-shirt, but never expected the elaborate travel package created for one lucky winner and 13 guests.

Annual carnival scares up for all Halloween night

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A community Halloween tradition continues next week at the 36th annual Deer Park Halloween Carnival. The carnival takes place Halloween night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center.
“After all these years, it’s grown into something that the citizens really look forward to,” said Brad Harrington, recreation specialist in parks and rec. “People remember coming to this as a kid and now they bring their kids to it.”

College’s research director named ‘Boss of the Year’

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George F. González, Jr., director of research and institutional effectiveness for San Jacinto College, was recently named “Boss of the Year” by the College’s chapter of the Association of Educational Office Professionals. Members of his staff in the College’s research office nominated González for the award.

CPA: Catching up with speeders and every breath you take

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CPA members Julie Smith and Larry Scurlock use a laser to gauge speeds of drivers on Center Street. Photo by Bobby Vasquez

Editor’s note: This is part eight of a series covering the Deer Park Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Editor/Publisher Bobby Vasquez is a participant in the academy.

Deer Park Police Officer Campbell Aurelius is a pretty nice guy. It's safe to say he's well liked by those who personally know him. But, if you're running stop signs or speeding through the streets of Deer Park, he's a guy you are probably going to meet, even if you don't want to. All Deer Park police officers can execute traffic stops. Through his assignment to the traffic division, Aurelius is the only patrol officer who does it on a full-time basis.

College’s new HR exec has extensive business and industry experience

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TRNCAKStephen Trncak was named vice chancellor of human resources, replacing James Fowler, who retired Aug. 31 after 41 years as an instructor and administrator. Trncak comes to San Jacinto College with extensive experience in the field.

As vice president for human resources at Merisol USA LLC, a position he held for the past 14 years, Trncak was accountable for the creation and articulation of the company’s human resources strategic plan, which he accomplished through the introduction of strategic alignment around the company purpose, values, talent development, culture creation, organizational structure, technology, process designs, performance metrics, accountability, and communications.

Trncak has also held human resources management positions with Merichem Company, Panhandle Eastern Corporation, and Dixilyn-Field Drilling Company, through which he has gained a broad-based understanding of human resources issues and developments.

In all, he has more than 25 years of human resources experience in the chemical, drilling and natural gas industries.