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“Where’s the beef? “

At this year’s Funtier Days Cook off Melvin Lawrence was the go-to guy for the answer to that question.

The Circle C Cattlewomen sponsor the Coleman County Champion Brisket in conjunction with the Santa Anna’s statewide cooking competition. And these local women ranchers and cattle raisers are not content with just providing the prize, but also perform the enviable task of judging and selecting the winner. Tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

The Cattlewomen, who have sponsored the prize for several years, give special recognition to the contestant from Coleman County with the best beef brisket. After repeated samplings and tough deliberation over eleven sumptuous entries, the panel of Cattlewomen selected local celebrity Melvin Lawrence’s tray as best-of–the-best.

Shown here holding the three-foot tall trophy provided by the Cattlewomen, who were represented by member Ellen West, Lawrence also took home the $200 prize for his efforts.


THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH OF SANTA ANNA, TEXAS INVITES FAMILIES TO BABYLON: DANIEL’S COURAGE IN CAPTIVITY

A summer family event called BABYLON will be hosted at the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH from JUNE 4 - JUNE 8*. Families step back in time to Babylon, exploring Daniel’s adventures as a captive in a foreign land. Kids and adults (Yes, parents can come too!) participate in a memorable Bible-times Marketplace, win prizes, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Daniel, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through God Sightings. Each day closes with Celebration—a time of worship in song that gets everyone involved!

Kids and adults at Babylon will join more than a million participants reaching out to needy kids through a hands-on mission project called Operation Kid-to-Kid, in which families will raise money for mosquito nets to protect children from malaria.

*Babylon will run from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM each day. The Kids Program for Parents will be on Saturday, JUNE 9 at 10:00-11:00 AM with refreshments following the program.

BEAT THE REGISTRATION RUSH!
Come to EARLY Registration - SUNDAY, JUNE 3, from 4:00-6:00 PM
142 CR 106, at the Church on Santa Anna Mountain!


Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club


The Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club officers for 2012- 2014: Front L-R:
Twyla Wallace- secretary, Alma Graves- Sunshine Back L-R: Pat Alexander – Publicity, Jan Altom – Program Chairman, and Glenna Grimsley – Treasurer.
Not pictured Delores Phillips – President and Priscilla Cantwell – Vice President.

The Heart of Texas Porcelain Art Club meets the fourth Saturday of each month Sept thru May at the Santa Anna Fire Hall, Santa Anna. Our meetings consist of a porcelain art demo and luncheon followed by a business meeting. Are you interested in the art of porcelain painting? We would love for you to join us! For more information contact Pat Alexander 325.203.4804 or email: pat@ilovechinapainting.com


Santa Anna Cemetery Receives Texas Historic Cemetery Marker

Santa Anna, TX—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Santa Anna Cemetery as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors the Santa Anna Cemetery as an important and educational part of local history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event was held on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 at the Santa Anna Cemetery. The marker was sponsored by the Santa Anna Foundation in Cooperation with the Santa Anna Cemetery Association. The Santa Anna Foundation is an organization formed to promote economic and historic development , as well as award scholarships to graduating Seniors of Santa Anna High School in cooperation with the Santa Anna Ex-Students Association. Officers of the Santa Anna Foundation are Rod Musick - Executive Director, James Pelton - President, Montie Guthrie III - Secretary, John Hensley - Treasurer, Tom Guthrie, and Chris Cheaney. Santa Anna Cemetery Association Board Members are James Pelton - President, Denise Montgomery - First Vice President, Oma Dean Horner - Second Vice President, Coyita Bowker - Secretary/Treasurer, John Pearce, Wanda Campbell, and Lane Guthrie.

Marker donors are Joe and Thelma Barnes, Nordine Brandon, Wanda Campbell, Rob and Sharon Cheaney, Nita Hicks, David Karthauser, Jasper McClellan, F. B. McDonald, Fred Oakes, James and Cindy Pelton, James and Delores Perry, Robert and Maggie Robinett, Beverly Sealy, John P. Tyson, the Santa Anna Cemetery Association, and The Santa Anna Foundation.

A three member color guard, consisting of Brandon Beloate, Darrell Woodcox, and Martin Quinonez from the Texas Army National Guard, 36th Infantry Division, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, FSC 111th Engineer Brigade, presented the colors. An invocation was given by Marvin Hale Pastor of Northside Baptist Church of Santa Anna.


Photo courtesy Tex Wright - Have Camera in Texas

Coleman County Judge Joe Watson, Mayor of Santa Anna Harold Fahrlander, Coleman County Historic Chairman Olivia Delosantos, and Past Coleman County Historic Chairman Tex Wright were recognized, as well as guests from the McCullough County Historic Commission.

Gerron Hite from San Angelo, a retired Texas Historic Commission, History Programs Division, Historic Cemetery Program, Cemetery Preservation Coordinator and Historic Architect spoke about the THC Historic Texas Cemetery Program.


Photo courtesy Tex Wright - Have Camera in Texas

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.

A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age. Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic. The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at 512/463-5853 or visiting the web site at www.thc.state.tx.us.


Photo courtesy Tex Wright - Have Camera in Texas

The marker reads:

SANTA ANNA CEMETERY

WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SANTA FE RAILROAD IN 1886, THE TOWN OF SANTA ANNA GREW RAPIDLY AND DEVELOPED AS A CATTLE SHIPPING POINT. ACCORDING TO ORAL HISTORY, W.C. BROOKS WAS THE FIRST PERSON BURIED IN THE SANTA ANNA CEMETERY BEFORE THE RAILROAD WAS COMPLETED, ALTHOUGH NO GRAVE MARKER IS PRESENT. MR. BROOKS’ SON, LEWIS BROOKS, GAVE THE FIRST SECTION OF LAND FOR THE CEMETERY FOR HIS BURIAL. THE OLDEST DATED MONUMENT BELONGS TO SIXTEEN YEAR-OLD MARY E. ASHLEY (1869-1885). L.V. STOCKARD (1858-1923), THE FIRST RAILROAD STATION AGENT OF SANTA ANNA, IS ALSO BURIED AT THIS SITE, ALONG WITH HIS WIFE, CORA (WILLETT) STOCKARD (1860-1907). OTHER NOTABLE BURIALS INCLUDE TEXAS RANGER AND COUNTY SHERIFF JOHN R. BANISTER (1854-1918) AND HIS WIFE, EMMA D. BANISTER (1871-1956), AS WELL AS FELLOW TEXAS RANGER, JOHN BENICKE BACHMAN (1820-1906).

THE LANDSCAPE OF THE SANTA ANNA CEMETERY IS TRADITIONAL WITH CONCRETE, FIELDSTONE, GRANITE, AND SANDSTONE GRAVE MARKERS WITH A VARIETY OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL TREES, SHRUBS, AND GROUNDCOVER. THIS HISTORIC BURIAL GROUND IS HOME TO TWENTY EIGHT KNOWN CIVIL WAR VETERANS WITH THE OLDEST BELONGING TO GEORGE WILLIAMS (1848-1897) OF THE TENNESSEE CAVALRY CSA. ADDITIONALLY, GRAVES MARK THE BURIALS OF VETERANS FROM THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR, WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II, THE KOREAN WAR, AND THE VIETNAM WAR. FRATERNAL SECTIONS OF THE CEMETERY REPRESENT BURIALS OF FREE MASONS, MEMBERS OF THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS, WOODMEN OF THE WORLD, AND MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR. THE SANTA ANNA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION FORMED IN 1943 AND CONTINUES TO CARE FOR THE CEMETERY WITH VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS AND EVENTS.

HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERY – 2009

There are three types of Texas Historical Markers. Subject markers are posted solely for public education awareness and awarded more frequently than the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL), which is a legal designation for historic structures and comes with a measure of protection. Unlike subject markers, the RTHL must also meet a third criterion--architectural integrity. Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) markers identify cemeteries which have obtained the HTC designation and whose histories have been researched in detail.

Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with approximately 15,000 markers. Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews more than 300 marker applications each year.

The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. The agency administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas.


2012-2013 SANTA ANNA JUNIOR HIGH CHEERLEADERS


From left to right: Breanna Michon, Bianca Enriquez, Sabra King, Braegan Glasscock, Jaylie Jones, Delaynee Absher


Funtier Days Results

Under 12 Cake Bake Off
1st Madison Wise $ 50.00
2nd Makayla Wise $ 35.00
3rd Madilyn Ellerbe $25.00

Home made Pie Contest
1st Delma Blair 75.00 Pineapple Cream
2nd Amanda Ellerbe 50.00 Apple Praline Pie
3rd Tracy Bnuker 35.00 Millionare Pie

Ice Cream Freeze Off
1st Linda Lawrence $250.00 Strawberry Banna Pecan
2nd Amanda Wise $150.00 Strawberry
3rd. Amanda Crossley $ 100.00 3 Muskateers


18th Annual World Championship Bison Cookoff is on the Books

The still, damp early morning air was thick with the sweet wood smoke of thirty-three barbecue pits in Santa Anna last Saturday. Teams of cookers from across Texas grilled everything from chicken to buffalo brisket before the awards ceremony wrapped up the World Championship Bison Cook-off by giving out $4500 in prize money late Saturday afternoon.

A buffalo sculpture trophy and $500 First Place Bison Brisket money went to Zanna Anderson’s team Bayou Pub Grub from Lake Brownwood, edging out Colby Caton’s No Butts Barbecue from Abilene. Caton made the trip up to the awards table in every category, earning him the Overall Championship of $200 and an invitation to the National Finals Cook-off in Kansas City.

Local wood-burners Tim Perry of Young Guns, James Pelton of Ole Buds, Jesse Magee of Just Us, Kevin Morris of Two Bros, and Melvin Lawrence all took home place certificates. Lawrence also took home local bragging rights for best brisket in the county. Circle C Cattlewomen of Coleman County sponsors the 3-foot tall trophy and $200 prize money for Best Beef Brisket in Coleman County. The Young Guns were smokin’ hot Saturday as they placed second in ribs, fourth in bison, and eighth in chicken.

Several familiar faces made the walk to the winner’s table more than once. Scott Evans of Brady placed in all four events. Mike Fraley from Rising Star finished in the top names in three categories, as did Bernie Phillips from Midkiff, John Naumann of Bruceville, Matt Hansen from Sweetwater, and Dickie Cooper of Stamford—winning outright both Ribs and Chicken categories. Roddy Kuenstler of Stamford and Pee Wee Croft of Brownwood placed twice.

The large crowd benefited from the efforts of some of the best cookers in the Southwest, passing through a serving line under the Armory oaks for a plate lunch of barbecued buffalo and all the trimmings. All around, Gary James Memorial Park played host to everything from arts and crafts vendors to horseshoe pitching and beach volleyball.

Winners are listed below:
++++++++++++++++++++
5-19-12 World Championship Bison Cookoff, Santa Anna, TX
Judging coordinator: Teresa Fraley 33 teams

BISON
1. Zanna Anderson, Bayou Pub Grub, Lake Brownwood
2. Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene
3. Bernie Phillips, Midkiff Mafia, Midkiff
4. Tim Perry, Young Guns, Santa Anna
5. Roddy Kuenstler, Stamford
6. Melvin Lawrence, Coleman
7. Matt Hansen, Sweet Heat , Brady
8. Bruce Bowen, Surfin’ Cowboy, Coleman
10. John Naumann, Little Big John, Bruceville

BEEF BRISKET
1. Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene
2. Roddy Kuenstler, Stamford
3. Mike Fraley, Smokin’ Horns, Rising Star
4. Bernie Phillips, Midkiff Mafia, Midkiff
5. John Naumann, Little Big John, Bruceville
6. Matt Hansen, Sweet Heat , Brady
7. James Evans, Lonesome Dove, Rising Star
8. Zanna Anderson, Bayou Pub Grub, Lake Brownwood
9. Kevin Morris, Two Bros, Santa Anna

CHICKEN
1. Dickie Cooper, Cooper and Company, Stamford
2. Bernie Phillips, Midkiff Mafia, Midkiff
3. James Pelton, Ole’ Buds, Santa Anna
4. John Naumann, Little Big John, Bruceville
5. Jesse Magee, Just Us, Santa Anna
6. Scott Evans, Lonesome Dove, Rising Star
7. Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene
8. Tim Perry, Young Guns, Santa Anna
9. Mike Fraley, Smokin’ Horns, Rising Star
10. Pee Wee Croft, Lucky Penny 2, Brownwood

RIBS
1. Dickie Cooper, Cooper and Company, Stamford
2. Tim Perry, Young Guns, Santa Anna
3. Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene
4. Mike Fraley, Smokin’ Horns, Rising Star
5. Bernie Phillips, Midkiff Mafia, Midkiff
6. Zanna Anderson, Bayou Pub Grub, Lake Brownwood
7. Scott Evans, Lonesome Dove, Rising Star
8. Pee Wee Croft, Lucky Penny 2, Brownwood
9. Tom Puckett, Brownwood
10. Matt Hansen, Sweet Heat , Brady

Overall Champion: Colby Caton, No Butts, Abilene


Picture courtesy Tex Wright, Have Camera in Texas (left to right):
Zanna Anderson (with trophy), Lake Brownwood, 1st place Bison
Colby Caton, 1st place beef brisket and overall points champion
Dickie Cooper, 1st place ribs and 1st place chicken


Santa Anna Cemetery Receives Texas Historic Cemetery Marker

The Santa Anna Foundation, in cooperation with the Santa Anna Cemetery Association, has received a Texas Historic Cemetery marker from the Texas Historic Commission for the Santa Anna Cemetery. Weather permitting; the marker will be dedicated on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 2012 at 10:00AM at the gate of the Cemetery located on FM 1176 South. Everyone interested is invited to attend.

The Santa Anna Foundation is an organization formed to promote historic and economic development in Santa Anna, as well as scholastic achievement by awarding scholarships to graduating SAHS Seniors in partnership with the Santa Anna Ex Students Association.

The Santa Anna Cemetery received Texas Historic Cemetery designation two years ago after the application process was completed by Santa Anna Foundation President, James Pelton, who is also President of the Santa Anna Cemetery Association. The designation is prerequisite of the marker application, which was approved earlier this year.

Donations were accepted by the Foundation to help cover the $1600.00 marker cost since it was not funded by the state and several were also interested in participating financially in the project. By Texas Historic Commission policy, donors cannot be listed on the marker but will be recognized during the marker dedication ceremony.

Officers of the Santa Anna Foundation are Rod Musick - Executive Director, James Pelton - President , Montie Guthrie III - Secretary, John Hensley - Treasurer, Tom Guthrie, and Chris Cheaney.

Santa Anna Cemetery Association Board members are James Pelton - President, Denise Montgomery - First Vice President, Oma Dean Horner - Second Vice President, Coyita Bowker - Secretary Treasurer, John Pearce, Wanda Campbell, and Lane Guthrie.


Second Funtier Days 5K Triples in Participation

Overcast skies and 65 degree temperatures meant conditions were amazing for Santa Anna Funtier Days 5K run-walk held on Saturday, May 19. The 41 hardy souls who lined up to take on the course were experienced runners, eager beginners, and dedicated walkers. A man from Oklahoma placed third in his category and fourth overall pushing his son in a racing stroller.

The flat course followed Farm-to-Market 1176 to the south of Santa Anna, then doubled back to complete the 1.3 miles. While there was some "manure-vering" that needed to be done where cattle trailers recently passed, the course was easily followed. Event volunteers did an incredible job considering that only a handful was available to help. The amazing recent weather, coupled with good old fashioned hard work really made this run memorable.

Event Organizers extent special thanks to the sponsors:
The Body Shop Gym
Hensley Family Health Clinic
Screen Art Graphics

And to the volunteer helpers:
Teri Edmiston
Brandi McIver
Micah McIver
Johanna Gordon
Rhett Guthrie

Race Results by time:

1. Woody Bartell 21:43
2. Thomas John 22:02
3. Nate Salazar 23:33
4. Luke Kerr/Patrick Kerr 24:09
5. Luis Gutierrez 24:18
6. Leah Lee 25:46
7. Ray Hurtado 26:59
8. Maegan Hurtado 27:07
9. Hannah Hartman 27:29
10. Monica Jimenez 28:22
11. Theron Parson 30:30
12. Gloria Allen 30:33
13. Ashley Storm 30:51
14. Daisy Gutierrez 31:21
15. Laken Herrord 32:08
16. Kristi Herrod 32:12
17. Tammy Jo Turner 32:29
18. Krista Johnson 32:31
19. John Johnson 33:32
20. Steve Lara 33:42
21. Amie Rosalez 35:01
22. Kelton Parson 35:27
23. Silas Lara 36:57
24. Marin Guthrie 36:59
25. Yvonne Perez 37:37
26. Glenda Smith 38:12
27. Tallye Harris 38:24
28. Troya Harris 38:25
29. Leslie Patterson 39:10
30. Jean Young 39:53
31. Emily Nash 40:22
32. Kim Short 41:26
33. Lanell Parson 42:58
34. Carla Edwards 43:06
35. Lori Arp 43:08
36. Elizabeth Patterson 43:58
37. Mateo Lara 45:04
38. Linda Perez 45:45
39. Jordan Perez 46:09
40. Amanda Lowells 49:00
41. Johanna Lara 53:52

Results by category:

Female 15 and under
1. Marin Guthrie
2. Tallye Harris
3. Leslie Patterson

Male 15 and under
1. Woody Bartell
2. Silas Lara
3. Mateo Lara

Female 16-37
1. Leah Lee
2. Maegan Hurtado
3. Hannah Hartman

Male 16-37
1. Thomas John
2. Nate Salazar
3. Patrick & Luke Kerr

Female 38 and up
1. Gloria Allen
2. Tammy Jo Turner
3. Krista Johnson

Male 38 and up
1. John Johnson
2. Steve Lara


Honors for Santa Anna Students

The National Financial Capability Challenge is an awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States. It incentivizes educators to teach the basics of personal finance to their students by rewarding students, educators, schools, and states for their participation and their successes. Educators and top-scoring students receive award certificates, and schools and states with the highest participation rates earn special distinction.

The National Financial Capability Challenge was created by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Education, based on a recommendation of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. The Council wanted to recognize the important work of educators in providing financial capability education to young people at a critical point in their lives. The Challenge encourages young people and their parents to increase their knowledge of and involvement in financial topics, so that they are better prepared for the future. 2012 Statistics for Texas

State average score: 64.86% (69% nationally)

Number of participating students in the state: 3323 (80,024 nationally)

Number of perfect scores: 16 (583 nationally)

Number of students who scored in the top 20% (Including perfect scores): 517 (18,518 nationally)

Number of participating public (NCES) schools in the state: 51 (1,525 nationally)

Number of participating educators in the state: 79 (2,074 nationally)
Santa Anna HS Scores: Average score for SAHS students: 76%
National average score: 69%
SAHS Top 20% Students:
Lauren Denis
Amber Musick
Instructor: Phillis Morris


Santa Anna Prepares for World Championship Bison Cookoff May 18-19

Annually on the third weekend in May, this year on the 19th, cookers from all over the Lone Star State test their recipes and their reputations-- not just on beef or chicken or pork but on BUFFALO. That’s right, the famous Funtier Days World Championship Bison Cookoff brings fifty of the best cookers from all over the Southwest to Santa Anna, Texas—no, not the Mexican general but the Comanche war chief whose people used the twin peaks above the town to scout the surrounding plains for the mighty creatures that sustained them.

Those same twin peaks served as visual guides for Texas Rangers trailing the Comanche Indians who tracked the great herds of buffalo that once roamed “short-grass country.” In the heart of the Texas Forts Trail, Santa Anna’s peaks were also the historic training ground for the Comanches’ most elite warriors—the Dog Soldiers.

Celebrating this unique history, the first Bison cook-off was created by the Santa Anna Historical Development Organization in 1994, hosting 18 cookers. The most recent event hosted an even 48 cookers, so points earned counted toward the Kansas City Nationals and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational cook-offs.

Bison is naturally flavorful and tender and can be prepared much the same as beef. The meat is naturally leaner, since buffalo are typically grass-fattened and not fed in a feedlot. Comparing bison to beef, the numbers are impressive: 2.4 grams of fat to 9.28, 143 calories to 211, and 82 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 grams of cooked lean meat to 86 for beef.

The Texas Bison Association Board of Directors also sanctions the judging of the bison cook-off, encouraging cookers to treat bison meat as a specialty, not just a common beef brisket. Winners’ secrets make for some delicious meat.

Don’t miss this chance to taste Texas’ history—and live a little of it in the here and now. Come join us on the third weekend in May!


Funtier Day 5K Fun Run

Funtier Day is just about here. Before you enjoy the festivities, why not join us in the 5K Fun Run? The run starts at 8 AM near the armory. The pavement course is flat so it is great for first-time runners. Food and water will be provided after the race. Those who pre-register will also receive a goodie bag and a t-shirt. Registration is $15 per participant. Kids and walkers welcome. No pets or strollers, please.

For additional information and to register visit http://www.santaannatex.org/Funtier/funtier.html. You can also pick up a form at The Body Shop in Santa Anna or register online at: http://www.active.com/running/santa-anna-tx/santa-anna-5k-funtier-fun-run-2012. Registration closes May 13th.


FM 1176 Closed During Santa Anna Funtier Days 5K Run on Saturday, May 19th

On Saturday, May 19th, part of FM 1176 will be temporarily closed for the Santa Anna Funtier Days 5K Fun Run. The run will start at the intersection of Bannister and Ave C, heading south to Bowie Ave. The runners will take a left on Bowie, following FM 1176 for about 1.4 miles. Then the runners will turn around and follow the same route back. All public access to the race route will be closed from 7:30AM-9:30AM.

If you are interested in running the race, you can register starting at 7AM the morning of the race, at Funtier Square, in Santa Anna. The cost is $15 per runner.

Thanks for your cooperation,

Santa Anna Park and Armory Committee


Ready to Play

Santa Anna Park and Armory Committee volunteers prep the park for this weekend’s big Funtier Day party. Volunteers are shown here preparing the sand volleyball court for the tournament. Approximately a dozen individuals spent Tuesday after work picking up, cleaning up, and sprucing up the area. The group has had all the playground equipment, fences, and picnic tables refurbished and painted this spring. A big time will be had by all!


Santa Anna Park and Armory Committee
Notice of Closing of Road

When the Bannister Street railroad crossing was closed in 1998, the city of Santa Anna formally closed the section of road from Bannister Street around to the intersection of Houston and South Santa Fe. It is no longer open to through traffic. Barricades have been placed to warn drivers not to proceed as it is no longer a public street. The map shows in black the area in reference.


2012-2013 Santa Anna Varsity Cheerleaders

The 2012-2013 Santa Anna Mountaineer Varsity Cheerleaders are Hannah Hartman, Kourtney Guerrero, Courtlyn Lishka, Jessica Robertson (Mascot), Heather Wetsel, Destiny Davis and Kynedi Bradley.


Spring Accomplishments

Submitted by Coach David Garcia

South of Abilene and East of San Angelo, you will run into a small town with a gas station, a couple of family restaurants, and two traffic lights. The people are hard working and as nice as could be.

During the summer days, kids flock to a friend's pool, and during winter, they bundle up to stay warm.

In the fall, the lights at the small, 6-Man football field welcome the visiting teams and give them direction on where to go to find the field. The gym is old, but is still considered the "new" gym and it is packed for home basketball games. Family, friends, and students cheer on for their teams as they compete against the opposing teams that step foot into the gym for volleyball and basketball.

Christmas break comes around and the kids and teachers alike are excited and ready for a much needed break, but there is something around the corner. SPRING.

This past spring, students, teachers, coaches, families, friends, community members, dogs, cats, and even the pet parrot saw something happen to the small school in the small community. The town grew with every passing day. The population stayed the same, but the town grew in pride, and it was a true showcase for the entire Big Country.

The girl's basketball team advanced deep into the play-offs once again, and claimed the Regional Quarter Final Championship. In only its second year, the softball team was crowned the 2012 Bi-District Champions. The tennis team produced several regional qualifiers. Track had an amazing stand with 5 freshman competitors, a Jr. boy, and a lone junior girl who received a third place metal at the state competition.

It didn’t stop there. The Academic One Act play team advanced, and advanced, and advanced, and gained the support of an entire school. The complete UIL Academic team showed unity as over 60% of the participants advanced to the next level. But there is more. The mighty band earned sweepstakes and put on a great show at their spring concert with a standing room only crowd.

Spring also brings graduation. There are a handful of students that are ready to walk across the stage and turn the page to their next chapter in life. They have the support of the school and town. They leave behind not sadness nor regrets, but memories and achievements. The town and school wish them the best of luck with the new world they will face head on.

The flowers are in bloom. The temperature is starting to rise. Spring showers are doing the best they can before they get defeated by the summer heat. But through it all, one thing remains. This amazing town, the people, the school, they all remain. Spring. I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in Santa Anna, Tx.


SAHS Lady Mountaineer Hannah Hartman Claims Bronze at State

Contributed

The morning sun broke through soggy overcast Austin skies Friday morning just in time for the beginning of the 1-A girls state pole vault competition. As the announcer called each of the nine competitors by name and school she raised her hand, saluting the crowd. Last called, and smallest of the group, SAHS Lady Mountaineer Hannah Hartman waved to the cheering spectators.

But when the winners stepped up onto the stands only ninety minutes later, slight little Hannah Hartman mounted the third place podium. Two short years after picking up a vaulting pole for the first time, Hartman proved to the world that she was a state-class pole-vaulter.

Six of the nine girls went out in short order. Then Hartman and her two main competitors all cleared the bar at ten feet. At ten feet six inches, a height Hartman cleared to win third at regional, she failed to clear the bar on her first attempt. On her second attempt, the wet track and water in the vaulting box caused Hartman to tumble wildly to the right of the box, drawing a red flag from the official---a “miss”. A rattled Hartman stepped onto the approach track for her last attempt and missed on her final try. The girls from Evant and Water Valley each cleared ten-nine, but failed to clear any higher.

An all-around athlete, Hartman is varsity volleyball setter, competed at the national level in gymnastics, and placed eighth in 100 meter hurdles and fifth in 300 meter hurdles at Regional this year. An academic star also, Hannah is a member of National Honor Society at SAHS.


Santa Anna Band Concert

If you have only heard the Mountaineer Band play at pep rallies and games, you don't know what you're missing!

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30, in our auditorium, our talented kids will treat you to some fun stuff!

Rock Around the Clock

My Girl

Pirates of the Carribean

Beatles medley: Hey Jude, Ticket to Ride, Get Back

Gershwin medley: Strike Up the Band, Summertime, Rhapsody in Blue (the United Airlines commercial)

Disney themes: Mickey Mouse, It's a Small World, Pirates Life for Me

These tunes are very elaborate, and show off some serious musical abilities!

And the 6th graders play several tunes; you will be convinced they've been playing more than 9 months!

The whole thing will run one hour or less. Please come if you can!


SANTA ANNA ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEE ELECTION RESULTS

2 AT LARGE POSITIONS

DENISE MONTGOMERY 80

RAY JONES 64

MIKE PRITCHARD 61


Hannah Hartman Takes 3rd Place at State

Congratulations to Lady Mountaineer Hannah Hartman Receiving a Bronze Medal for Third Place at State Track & Field in the Pole Vault. Great Job Hannah, We are Proud of You!


Santa Anna students recieve American History awards from Woodmen of the World

Woodmen of the World presented American History awards to two Santa Anna High School students currently studying American History. The awards were given to Junior student Dakota Enriquez and 8th grade student Maria Juarez.

They are pictured with Roland Nicholas of the Woodmen of the World.




Santa Anna Student's Receive Academic Awards

Santa Anna High School recently presented the Delta Omicron Cup and the Phillips Cup to the highest ranking boy and girl in grades 7-9. Presentation of the the Delta Omicrom cup went to Jaylie Jones. This award is given to the highest ranking girl in grades 7-9 for the current school year. It had previously been awarded to Genia Jones for the last two years the sister of Jaylie. Presentation of the Phillips cup went to 9th grade student Slater Isbell. This award is given to the highest ranking boy in grades 7- 9 for the current school year.


(Pictured is Principal Mr. Robinett with 7th grade student Jaylie Jones)


(Pictured is Principal Mr. Robinett with 9th grade student Slater Isbell)


Rainfall

I had one inch in the rain gauge from the rains last weekend and added another inch over Thursday night May 10th.

Praise the Lord for the wonderful thirst quenching rains and cooler temperatures.


Lady Mountaineer Hannah Hartman Send Off

Send Off Thursday morning at 9AM for Lady Mountaineer Hannah Hartman who will be competing in Austin at State Competition in Pole Vault on Friday Morning at 9am. Send off will begin in SAHS Gym Parking Lot then proceed through downtown Santa Anna. Good Luck Hannah!


Awards Day

The annual awards ceremony for grades 7-11 will be held Thursday, May 10, at 1: 00 PM in the high school auditorium. This year’s ceremony will have special recognition for the eighth graders. Everybody is invited to attend.


Lady Mountaineer Softball

From Coach Garcia: Routed. Beaten. Flat-Lined. Those were all words used to describe by media outlets how we were against Haskell. My words...we fell. As soon as we fell, we picked each other up. There were no tears, no regrets, and no giving up. There was motivation, determination, and excitement. We may have lost the series, but we won. We won due to the fact that the team is different than this time last year. The girls have matured as a team and it showed during the season. I think that our softball program is going to grow and only get better. We are losing one senior (Aspyn King), but we are gaining her little sister (Kynedi Bradley). The next few years are going to be great for Santa Anna Softball. I would like to personally thank Aspny, Kindsey, Christina, Jennifer, Kourtney, Shelbi, Genia, Destiny, Caitlyn, Courtlyn, Taylor, and Jordan. They are a great team. Thank you to all the administration, faculty and staff, students, community, and the family and friends that came out to support the Mountaineers on their historic journey. A huge thank you to santaannanews.com and the great things that have done for us.

All District Awards and Achievements

All District Honorable Mention
Freshman-Jordan Deleon
Sophomore-Destiny Clements

All District 2nd Team
Junior-Kourtney Guerrero
Sophomore-Courtlyn Lishka

All District 1st Team
Senior- Aspyn King
Junior- Kindsey Holland
Sophomore-Genia Jones
Freshman-Taylor Hogue

District 2 1A Defensive Player of the Year
Junior-Kindsey Holland

District 2 1A Pitcher of the Year
National Max Preps Team Player of the Year
Max Preps Texas Top 10 Pitchers of the Year
Max Preps National Top 100 Pitchers of the Year
Sophomore-Genia Jones

See you at the game.....Next season


Lady Mountaineer Softball Send Off

Lady Mountaineer Softball Send Off Friday 3:30pm Downtown Santa Anna. Wear your black & gold, bring your signs & show your Mountaineer Spirit. Good Luck Lady Mountaineers! We are proud of you!


Lady Mountaineer Hanna Hartman Vaults into State Competition

Speed, strength, agility, body awareness and control, together with a sometimes disturbing fearlessness, are the characteristics of that special group of athletes called pole vaulters. On a Saturday that saw temperatures soar into the “parboil” range, Santa Anna Mountaineer pole vaulter Hannah Hartman found just the right combination of those qualities and turned in one of the best performances of her career.

A junior at SAHS, Hannah began vaulting only last year, but she has progressed rapidly. With a career best of eleven feet, Hartman was a contender from the outset.

When the winners took the stands late Saturday night, the announcer called the winning heights: third, ten feet, six inches; second, ten feet, six inches; first, ten feet six inches. Hartman took the third place based on number of misses.

While only the top two vaulters in each Region advance to State competition, Hartman’s vault of ten-six was the best third place vault in the state, so she will advance to Austin on a “wild card.” Based on the entire season’s performances, she is seeded number one.


Lady Mountaineer Softball

Friday's Lady Mountaineer softball game will be played live on the radio. Abilene's Country Radio Station, Big Country 97.1, has informed Coach Garcia and Santa Anna that this Friday's Area Playoff game against Haskell will be live on the radio. First pitch is set for 6pm, Friday May 4th. You can find the game on Abilene's Best Big Country FM97.1 or AM1400. Can't get it on the dial? Not a problem. Tune in on the internet at www.kvrp.com and click on streaming audio FM97.1 on the upper right hand corner.


Lady Mountaineer Softball

The Santa Anna Mountaineer Softball team are Bi-District Champs. The Mountaineers traveled to Big Lake on Monday to face the Van Horn Eagles and came home with a 13-1 victory. The girls were accurate on defense, and devastating with their bats. Coach Garcia was once again very aggressive with the base running giving almost every girl the green light to steal. They stole and stole often. Sophomore Genia Jones controlled the pace of the game on the mound only allowing one hit through 5 innings. She also lead the team in hits for the night's game. Kindsey Reyes was a wall behind the plate and very aggressive throwing down girls on 1st and 2nd base. From the get go, the girls Never Gave Up, nor did they let up.

From Coach Garcia: I am a very proud coach right now. Many parents, teachers, and members of the community came to congratulate me, but all the credit goes to the girls. These girls are amazing and have learned many things in our season. They have learned to be a team. They have learned that hard work, team work, and an NGU attitude will go a long way, not just on the field, but also in life. All of the wins in a season would not add up to the remarkable leaps they have made in their attitude. The girls deserve to be in this spot, they have earned it.

On Haskell: I hear they are a good team, but that is what I heard about Van Horn, and our girls took care of business. If we focus on the things we need to get done, we will be fine. I believe in these girls and they believe in themselves. With that being said.....See you at the game.

Game information:
Best of 3 Series vs Haskell
Dates and Times
Friday, May 4th @6pm
Saturday, May 5th @ 10am and 12pm (if needed)
Location: Jim Ned


Central Texas Conservative Groups Team Up To Form
Central Texas Constitution Alliance (CTxCA)

Several conservative groups in Central Texas have joined together and created the Central Texas Constitution Alliance (CTxCA). The purpose of the Alliance is to represent the voices of small constitutionally oriented Central Texas organizations that otherwise would have their voices overshadowed by the influence of larger metropolitan areas within the state. The mission of CTxCA is to educate, energize and inspire all citizens to promote the values of individual liberty, limited government and fiscal responsibility – at all levels of government; local, state, and national.

The founding members of CTxCA include the Fredericksburg Tea Party (Gillespie County); the Highland Lakes Tea Party (Portions of Burnet and Llano Counties); the Mason Tea Party (Mason County); the San Angelo Tea Party (Tom Greene County); and the Spicewood Tea Party (Burnet County). Leaders of all of these conservative groups have been working for months to define the right structure which would support CTxCA’s mission while at the same time retaining each group’s independence, autonomy and individual leadership.

Founder and coordinator Bill Hussey, Llano, Texas, reports that while CTxCA is neither a non-profit nor a PAC its organizational structure and membership base allow the Alliance to accomplish its mission as a single cohesive unit. As each group retains its own unique identity, autonomy and control, they individually decide to participate, or not, in any sanctioned initiative sponsored and conducted by the Alliance.

The Alliance Leaders agree that there is power and strength in numbers! CTxCA expects to grow by combining efforts and resources in Central Texas. Members will reach out to encourage and expand its number of members and increase the number of conservatives in the Texas Legislature and the Republican Party.

Central Texas Constitution Alliance consists of 30 counties in Central Texas, from the North (Eastland), South (Medina), East (Burnet) and West (Crockett) and invites all conservative groups in those areas to consider becoming part of the Alliance. Conservative organizations interested in finding out more about the Central Texas Constitution Alliance may contact any of the current member groups by going to our website www.ctxca.org, selecting a member organization and requesting information. Sponsorship from an existing member group will be required to become part of the Alliance. Contact bill.hussey@ctxca.com.

The challenges our Country faces are real – If we are to reclaim our Nation, we must reclaim our History and our Constitution.


Cattle Trail

The GREAT WESTERN CATTLE TRAIL ASSOCIATION (GWCTA), Texas Branch, just held their Spring meeting in Alice, TX. The group promotes the history of the trail that passed through Coleman and Coleman County and they also encourage history-based travel up and down the trail.

Paul Noack, president of the Texas Chapter of the GWCTA called and said that the Texas Chapter is planning to have its June 6th meeting in Coleman. Tentatively, they are looking at a meeting room at Hidalgo’s. Their meetings usually begin at 11 a.m., recess for lunch at noon, and end by 3 or 4 p.m.

This is an opportunity to both share Coleman County’s rich Western history and to generate more tourism dollars for County businesses.

All interested people in the area are invited to attend and take part in the effort enjoyed by folks between Brownsville and Doan's Crossing on the Red River.

If you are interested in attending, contact Mary Griffis ASAP at the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce 325-625-2163 / chamber@colemantexas.org so that she can get a head count.

For more info on the GWCTA, visit www.TheGreatWesternTrail.com


Lady Mountaineer Softball

Santa Anna Mountaineer Softball has started. The girls are selling Softball T-Shirts for $15. If you are interested in ordering a softball t-shirt, please contact one of the softball girls, or Coach Garcia. For more information on this year's team, please go to www.maxpreps.com and search for Santa Anna.


SANTA ANNA FEATURED IN REGIONAL GUIDE

Santa Anna is one of 42 communities featured in the 2012 Texas Midwest Guide. The 17th edition of the annual publication is now in circulation and showcases quality of life and points of interest in the region. Participation in the regional marketing guide is sponsored by the Santa Anna Economic Development Corporation.

The Texas Midwest Guide includes community information, attractions, recreation, lodging, regional calendar of events, unique shopping and dining opportunities and much more information about the Texas Midwest region. Distribution of 70,000 copies goes to Texas Travel Information Centers along the State’s borders, chambers of commerce, CVBs, hotels & motels and advertisers throughout the region.

An online turn-the-page version of the guide is at texasmidwestguide.org. All websites on community pages and ad spaces have hot links from the online version.

For more information about Texas Midwest Community Network, visit the website www.texasmidwest.org


Mountaineer Super Store

The Lady Mountaineer Softball team welcomes the Mountaineer Super Store, GOLD RUSH. You can purchase anything and everything Mountaineer. Items include: hats, caps, shirts, shorts, wind suits, hoodies, and more. Show off your school and community spirit with GOLD RUSH. Find us on the web @ gtmteamstore.com/samathletics.

Editor's Note: The site was very slow to load for me but worth the wait... for some really nice Mountaineer Gear!



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