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On The Cover: Dads & GradsABy Kathi Holzschuherhhhhh, June. The month of Dadsa federal holiday until 1972, during Nixon’s re-election period.Graduations, however, happen all month, and the tradition dates back to the 12th century. The ceremonies have morphed from hours of speeches and prayer in churches to quick stadium turnarounds.Did you know that graduation was initially intended only for Universitystudents?Whether Dad or Grad, they deserve tobe acknowledged and celebrated, and that is what June is about-celebrating. Celebrate the fathers, celebrate the efforts of the scholars, and celebrate the summer. Enjoy!and Grads!Father’s Day is June 19th thisyear. But did you know that it took fifty years for Father’s Day to be an accepted date on the U.S. calendar? The idea met with much resistance in Congress, even though several presidents embraced the concept. As a result, it wasn’t officially recognized asBest Dad Ever!BMy A n a s t a s i a S m a l lThe Month Of Dads & GradsCongratulations, Graduate, Landon Harding!SLubmitted By Carl Hardingandon Harding, O’Connor High School – Class of 2022, is looking forward to the futureafter graduation. His parents, Jodie & Carl Harding, are excited and proud beyond measure in the man he has become and the future that he has ahead of him.Landon has enjoyed his time at OC with his many close friends, some of whom he has known since attending Kuentz Elementary School. He also enjoyed playing football for Coach Malesky and his coaches on the gridiron and will miss the excitement of playing on Friday and Saturday nights under the lights.Landon has received the New Arkansan Non-Resident Tuition Award scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas. But after considering his many options after graduation, he has decided to start out going to school at Blinn College studying Construction Science with the option of further pursuing his education at a four-year school later.Congratulations, Graduate, Caroline Buchhorn!CSubmitted By Laura Buchhornaroline Buchhorn is a 2022 graduate of Sandra Day O’Connor High School. Caroline is the Co-Captain of the O’Connor Goldusters Dance Team, a member of the National Honor Society and an Altar Server at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Helotes.Caroline studied dance at Collective Dance Artistry for eight years, including most of her high school years. Her dance and leadership experience have led her to earning a staff position at Crowd Pleasers Dance where she will assist with team camps, competitions and choreography.Caroline is attending the University of Texas at Austin as a Biology major with the goal of preparing for a career in the medical field. Caroline is excited to continue dancing in college by starting her rookie year on the University of Texas Dance Team. Go Horns!y dad has always been such a good dad to my family. He has taken care of us from thebeginning and worked 7 days a week to provide for us. He always fixes whatever is broken and makes his family a priority.Whenmymomgotdiagnosedwithbreast cancer in 2014, he worked overtime to pay the medical bills as well as homeschooling all 8 of us siblings. He always makes us laugh and because of his hard work, allows us to travel and make memories as a family. We are all grateful for our dad and I hope for this article to let him know how much I andmy siblings appreciate all his hard work and dedication to his family and raising us right!My Husband Is An Incredible Fathery Courtney BrewerBOur boys, ages 8, 10 & 22, are incredibly lucky to have my husband as their dad! He placespriority on leading our family, with God at the forefront, is actively involved as their basketball coach & is truly vested in connecting with them on their level. Thank you, Chad for being an incredible Father to our kids & for making life fun! We love you!Dad Spreads Kindness With Students & Homeat school and at home. His daughters, so young, are in constant need of his time, and he is more than happy to provide them with attention and love, even after a challenging day at school. He is able to regroup after work by taking a little time to practice his guitar, play drums, then, he’s back at it and ready to make dinner for his two girls. Over dinner they talk about their day, laugh and plan for the next day. He is always there for them. He’s a special and terrific dad!ubmitted By Marisela AndradeSThis single dad is so special to his two daughters, as well as to his students at Harmony School ofInnovation! Mr. Erik Gonzalez, a special education teacher at HSI-SA, finds comfort in having his daughters with him at work each day. His daughters, Mia, a 5th grader and Bella, a 2nd grader, have the privilege to drive to school with dad, walk onto campus with dad and drive home with dad each day! When you’re in elementary school, it doesn’t get much better than that!The truth is that Mr. Gonzalez is special to the school, where he works, because in many ways he is like a dad to his students. He exercises a tremendous amount of patience, he cares for them, he’s a great listener, is respected by his peers, his principal and his students just love him!It’s hard not to like a man who is able to practice patience and spread kindness6www.heloteshighlights.comGrads - continued on page 8 June 2022

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