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Monday, July 16, 2001

Rodriguez to participate in leadership conference

Jessica Rodriguez, class of 2002, at Pecos High School, has been selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) on Medicine and Health Care, an extraordinary leadership development program for outstanding high school students.

While attending the NSLC, Rodriguez will have the opportunity to study, experience, and develop the skills and traits that define and identify a leader.

Rodriguez has been a member of the volleyball team for three years, one year on the varsity team; a member of the basketball team for three years, two on the varsity squad; ran track for three years on the varsity team; played on the softball varsity squad for three years; band for three years; was listed on Who's Who Among American High School Students and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class.

She is the daughter of Jaime and Diana Rodriguez of Pecos and has one brother, Jayme Lee Rodriguez.

This summer, approximately 200 gifted high school students from across the United States and from 35 countries around the world will find themselves immersed in a learning environment unlike any they have ever experienced. These young leaders return to their schools with increased potential and newly developed abilities that will help them make a positive difference in their communities.

During the conference, students attend special workshops and classes where they study the "distinctions of leadership." Special guest speakers (that in 2000 included The Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice and The Honorable Attorney General Janet Reno) add a sense of reality and bring current national and international issues to life.

The students also may tour prestigious institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the American Red Cross.

Through participation in this extraordinary six day program, students develop their abilities to think on their feet, to engage in critical analysis, and to communicate effectively _ skills that will serve them well as leaders in high school, college, and throughout their lives. The NSLC mission is to identify and recognize outstanding young leaders from around the world, and to provide them with a unique learning environment that encourages not only academic achievement, but also diversity, cooperation, and social responsibility.

"Students develop a sense of independence and responsibility," said Dr. Paul M. Linsek, the NSLC Director of Academics and former Assistant Dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. "They leave with a true feeling of accomplishment and confidence in their ability to handle the challenges that lie ahead."

The NSLC also offers leadership conferences on "Law and Advocacy," "International Diplomacy," and "Mastering Leadership."

For additional program information, interested students can visit or contact the NSLC at 1-800-994-NSLC (6752).

Sonnen retires from Selective Service

Christina Sonnen recently retired from 20 years in the Selective Service System.

She served in the local Board 101, counties that include representatives from Reeves, Loving, Ward, Winkler Pecos.

Sonnen served as chairperson of the Board on three different terms. "It has truly been an enriching experience and a privilege to be on the board. I firmly believe in the system and know it works for our nation's defense," she said.

As a tribute to the dedication of service a special meeting was held along with a luncheon on Saturday, May 19, at the Hilton Midland and Towers Hotel.

Sonnen had previously been presented with a 20-year certificate. A distinguished medal was presented her at the luncheon by State Director, Retired Colonel Claude Hempel.

Some interesting factors of the Selective Service System is that it is our third tier of defense. Fairness of a future draft depends on having all eligible men register. Texas is 48th in the nation for registration compliance (77 percent) of 19-year-old men. Federal law states that men 18 through 25 years of age must register to qualify for federal student aid (to include Pell Grants), job training, federal employment, and citizenship, if an immigrant.

Texas law requires men to be registered to qualify for state student aid and state employment. If a man does not register before reaching the age of 26, he can no longer register and could permanently lose these benefits because he is in violation of the law. IF convicted, failure to register is a felony, subject to a fine of $250,000 and a five year prison sentence.

Registering could be the key to a young man's future. "We want to ensure that all men are aware of the requirements to register so they will not lose important benefits now or later in life, please register, it's the law," said Sonnen.

OC's orientation scheduled to start

New student college orientation and registration for the Fall 2001 Semester at Odessa College is beginning later this month.

Sessions scheduled are: at 1 p.m., on Monday, July 23, with the reservation deadline set for next Tuesday, July 17; at 5 p.m. on July 23 with a reservation deadline, July 17; and at 5 p.m. on Aug. 23, with a reservation deadline, Aug. 7.

To reserve a seat for one of these sessions, call 445-5535.

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