ORANGE — Ex-student, Mrs. Wanda Simar, from the class of 1950 gives back to her alma mater. St. Mary Catholic School could not be more honored to display the new altar clothes made by Mrs. Simar recently. Simar did not hesitate when asked for her sewing expertise in making new altar clothes for the school. Simar says she enjoyed her time here at St. Mary and has many fond memories. She loved all the rituals and processions, especially the Holy Thursday procession throughout the church. The altar boys started the procession with the girls all dressed in white following them and strewing real flower petals on the aisle. Father was next with the monstrance under a canopy carried by four altar boys. When asked what was her least favorite memory, she replied that she loved to talk and some-times got in trouble for it. She was smart, so she finished her work quickly…then she would talk. All except one of her teachers were Dominican Sisters – who were all very strict. All the younger students used to think that “The Nuns” as they used to call them, were from a different planet. Her favorite subject was math. They had daily Mass and in order to receive communion, you had to fast from midnight until after Mass. This meant no breakfast so they would bring thermoses filled with hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls to eat after-wards. At Mass, everything was in Latin, and the altar boy responded – not the people in the pews like today. She has three children who all went to St. Mary. Her husband, Roy, she met in second grade, and they were what you would call, “Childhood Sweethearts.” She believes that the biggest change between students at St. Mary now and then is the children have more freedom today. When Mrs. Simar attended St Mary, students always did what the nuns said; you would never say “no”, it was just unheard of!
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VHS Interact Club installs new officers
The Vidor High School Interact officers for the 2014-2015 school year are, from second at left to right: President Taylor Frazier, Vice President Tiffany Charleston, Secretary Madison Marino and Treasurer Mallory Gray. They are pictured with Rotary Assistant District Governor Bobby Simon of Nederland. Interact is a Rotary affiliate.
LCJH drill team secures awards at Galveston contest
The Little Cypress Junior High Golden Dazzler Dance Team attended American Dance/Drill Team camp in Galveston, Texas from June 24 to June 26.
KVLU radio adds new programming
Lamar University public radio 91.3 KVLU has announced the acquisition of two programs new to the station’s Saturday afternoon schedule.
Daleo, McNeil receive Catholic Daughters of America scholarships
Two local high school students have been selected as recipients of an annual scholarship award from a local organization.
LSC-O to resume ACE program
Due to the demand for highly qualified teachers who have received face-to-face instruction by highly experienced master teachers, the Alternative Certification for Educators Program, the ACE program, at Lamar State College–Orange will restart in fall 2014 on a limited basis.
Intrigued by robotics, student heads to Austin
Marissa Gray, student at Community Christian School and a FIRST Robotics FRC 5287 team member was accepted to First Bytes at UT in Austin.
Killgo shares info with Friends of the Library
Dr. Jay Killgo, Superintendent of Schools for the Vidor Independent School District, was the guest speaker at the Vidor Friends of the Library meeting this past week. Killgo discussed goals for the upcoming year for Vidor ISD and shared success stories, such as improved test scores and student achievement.
VISD offers fun summer camp events
Boys in Vidor ISD Community Education’s summer basketball camp had a great time this past week learning skills and drills. Other camps, which are open to anyone, not just Vidor residents, this summer are cooking, animals, princess camp, pirates, girls’ volleyball, drama, arts and crafts, science, soccer, and running. For more information, call 409-951-9700.
WO-C CISD announces Summer Feeding Program
The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District’s Summer Feeding program is in operation now at two locations: West Orange-Stark Elementary and West Orange-Stark High School.
Orange County sees rise in homeless students
Homeless is a word that conjures images of people covered in dirt, rags and sleeping in a cardboard box, if they are fortunate enough to find one.
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