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Thursday, March 22, 2001

Former Pecosite part of special choir

PECOS, March 22, 2001 - Briana Sutlive, formerly of Pecos, has been named a charter member of Celebration Singers, a recently formed district-wide choir in the United Independent School District in Laredo.

The 28-member choir is composed of fourth through sixth grade students from the 21 elementary schools and seven middle schools in the UISD. Members of the Celebration Singers are required to be active members of the honors choirs at their individual schools. They were chosen by audition. The schools have choirs for each grade level. The honors choir members are chosen from the grade-level choirs in each school. Celebration Singers consists, therefore, of the best singers from each elementary and middle school in the UISD.

Briana, the granddaughter of Manuel and Hortencia De La Garza of Pecos and daughter of Chuck and Maby Sutlive (formerly of Pecos) is a 10-year-old fifth grade student at Finley Elementary. She has been a choir member at Finley since 1997 and has been an honors choir member at the school the last three years.

According to Danny Harold Dixon, founding conductor of Celebration Singers, the group was created, "to foster a lifelong commitment to the arts, especially singing. It is the goal of this ensemble to perform at a level that is consistent to the performance level of professional children's choirs."

Briana and the other members of Celebration Singers performed with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in December and held their first concert on Friday, Feb. 2. A second concert is scheduled for May.

In addition to his duties with Celebration Singers, Dixon is the bass section leader for the Laredo Philharmonic Chorale, and is the music teacher at Perez Elementary in Laredo.

Pushing children puts them at risk

PECOS, March 22, 2001 - Most children who play sports have fun, get exercise and learn important social values as cooperation and teamwork. But parents who push their children too hard put them at risk for physical and psychological problems.

"Parents naturally want their kids to succeed," said Dr. Albert Hergenroeder, chief of adolescent and sports medicine at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. "My sense is many children are being pushed harder than ever, and more young athletes are sustaining overuse injuries."
Young athletes tend to have problems with the legs, shoulders and elbows. For example, overuse of bone can lead to a stress fracture. Overuse of the knee can lead to patella femoral pain, an overuse of muscles, tendons and/or cartilage, Hergenroeder said.

Some children also may suffer from psychological problems leading to or caused by a lack of self-esteem because they aren't living up to their parents' expectations.

Females are particularly at risk for a condition known as the "female athlete traid": disordered eating, absent or infrequent menstrual periods and osteoporsis.

Hergenroeder attributes many sports-related injuries to the increase in children training in just one sport.

"Children should be allowed and encouraged to play different sports," he said. "Younger children shouldn't play sports every day. Daily practice is too much before middle school, and even then may be too often."

In Hergenroeder's opinion, grade-school children should participate in two practices and one game per week, while middle-school students can practice one additional time per week.

Parents should recognize children's complaints about persistent aches and pains, loss of enjoyment, worsening performance and unwillingness to practice as signs of potential burnout.

"Parents don't have to hold back children who are talented and enjoy playing sports," Hergenroeder said. "They just need to make sure the kids play sports for fun, not to please mom, dad or coach. Parents should encourage their children, but not push them too hard."

For more information on Texas Children's Sports Medicine Center, call 832-824-3660 or visit

Enchilada plate sale set

PECOS, March 22, 2001 - An Enchilada Plate Sale is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Friday, March 30, at the Santa Rosa Hall.

A choice of three red or green enchiladas, rice, beans and salad for only $3.50.

For orders call 445-2302.

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