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Congratulations, Graduates!

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Posted by Joyce Rhyne on 15 Jun 17 - 0 Comments
Seth Bubenik

Seth Bubenik

Seth, son of Michael and Dawn Bubenik of Seadrift, graduated from Calhoun High School as a Texas Scholar and member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Seth was a member of the National Honor Society and the Varsity Baseball Team (2 years).. Seth has been accepted to Texas A&M University in College Station and plans to pursue a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Kayne Carriles

Kayne Carriles

Kayne, son of Kacie Skalak and Gilbert and Julie Carriles, graduated from Calhoun High School as a Texas Scholar. He plans to attend Victoria College in the fall to study to become a Process Operator.

McKenzie Stringo

McKenzie Stringo

McKenzie, daughter of Roxie Stringo and Marc and Brandy Stringo, graduated from Calhoun High School, winning many awards and scholarships. From her hometown of Port O’Connor, she received scholarships from the Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce, Port O’Connor PTO-Naomi Albrecht, Port O’Connor Community Service Club, Christopher Ragusin P.O.C. Grand Slam, and Hoopers Bar and Grill/Tolbert Chili Group Scholarship. She also received a Scholarship from Collin Community College, Calhoun Sports Medicine, CHS Class of 1981 Memorial, and Port Lavaca Art Guild. She was also awarded an Advanced Art award in Fine Arts and an Economics award in Social Studies.

Gage Daniel

Gage Daniel

Gage Daniel, son of Mark and Anne Daniel of Seadrift, graduated from Calhoun High School as an Honor Student and a Texas Scholar.

He was a 3-year Varsity Football and Basketball player and MVP Defense Football Player – 2017. In July, Gage with start the Process Technology Classes with Formosa.

Caitlin Carter

Caitlin Carter

Caitlin, daughter of Chuck and Brenda Carter of Port O’Connor, graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a double minor in Environmental Geosciences and Geographic Information Science and Technology. She will be continuing her education at Texas A&M to pursue a Master of Science in Energy degree next fall.

Will Ragusin

Will Ragusin

CHS Class of 2017, Texas Scholar
Will plans to attend Victoria College in the fall to continue to pursue a career in the electrical field. His strong suit has always been math. He is a state licensed apprentice electrician and has worked for his dad Willie Ragusin (POC Electric, LLC) for 2 two years. His hobbies include making custom knives, drawing, hunting, fishing & playing basketball. Will is the son of Willie & Dawn Ragusin and grandson to Billy & Margaret Ragusin of Port O’Connor. Fun Fact: This class was the last and the smallest group to attend 6th grade at Port O’Connor Elementary School – From Mrs. Brenda Smith’s PreK Class to the graduating Class of 2017 Calhoun High School. Thank you teachers, family & friends for being a part of it all!
CONGRATULATIONS, 2017 CHS GRADUATES!
May God Bless You All & guide your paths.
Willie & Dawn Ragusin

Ric Clifton

Ric Clifton

Ric is a Calhoun High School Graduate and the son of Mike and Beverly Clifton of Port O Connor. Ric is the 3rd son in a family of 4 boys and enjoys his family life immensely. Ric is a Christian and has dedicated his life to Jesus Christ under the pastoring of the late Rev David Ennis. Ric participated in Cub Scouts and received the coveted Arrow of Light Award. He enjoyed Boy Scouts and was a member of the Karankawa Lodge Order of the Arrow. Active and athletic, Ric has participated in many sports from YMCA soccer to Calhoun Little League, Calhoun Youth Football and CHS football. Ric enjoys the outdoors and is gregarious fisherman and hunter. Ric has committed to the United States Army. After service to his country he plans to enjoy the hunting and fishing life on a nice retirement ranch in Texas!

Halie Watkins

Halie Watkins

Calhoun High School graduate Halie Watkins, was among 18 graduates of Victoria College’s Law Enforcement Academy Basic Peace Officer Certification Class honored during a graduation ceremony on May 18 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in Victoria.

Trevor Williamson

Trevor Williamson

Trevor, son of Richard and Stacie Williamson, of Seadrift, graduated from Calhoun High School. Earlier this year, he graduated from Sea Academy, earning his Captain’s license.

Tyler Allan Anderson

Tyler Allan Anderson

Tyler, son of Henry and Judy Anderson of Port O’Connor, graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Dallas on Friday, May 12, 2017. He earned a Master of Science in Finance from the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Quentin Henderson

Quentin Henderson

Quentin Henderson, the Texas A&M University at Galveston student with the highest grade point average tolls the bell Saturday May 13, 2017 at the end of the commencement ceremony. Quentin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Offshore and Coastal Systems Engineering . He is the son of Alan and Sheree (Key) Henderson of Seadrift, Texas and a former 2012 graduate of Calhoun High School.

Sportsman Scholarship Winners

The Sportsman Scholarship is proud to announce the winners for 2017. There were many applicants for financial aid in the quest to afford college expenses in these competitive times.

The winners are: Taylor Carter, Hailey Whitaker, Meghan Wehmeyer, Seth Bubenik, Salvador Padilla, and Jackson Nunley.

Congratulations and Good Luck in your future endeavors.

Service Club Scholarships

The Port O’Connor Service Club is proud to announce the recipients of our 2017 scholarships.

 Johnathan Pitonyak

Johnathan Pitonyak

Johnathan Pitonyak received a scholarship. He will return to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas the Fall semester to complete his prerequisites before transferring to Texas A&M to finish his Business of AG degree. Johnathan is a hard worker, maintaining a job while studying and even completing online classes this summer. Congratulations Johnathan! You make us hometown proud!

McKenzie ‘Kenzie’ Stringo

McKenzie ‘Kenzie’ Stringo

McKenzie ‘Kenzie’ Stringo received a scholarship upon graduation from Calhoun High. She will be attending Collin Community College in Plano, TX for 2 years before transferring to University of North Texas in Denton. She will pursue a degree in Animation and Illustration. Kenzie dreams of working for Disney, Pixar or Cartoon Network someday. If you have not seen her art, you are missing out. Her work is beautiful and her style is delightful. Check out her work on Facebook. She grew up right here and POC and we can’t wait to say we knew her when at the opening of her first big show!

Port O’Connor Fireworks – July 1

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FIREWORKS GRAND FINALE SPONSOR Thank you, COASTAL BEND MARINE!

FIREWORKS GRAND FINALE SPONSOR
Thank you, COASTAL BEND MARINE!

Bill Tigrett, accepts a Fireworks Sky Rocket Sponsorship donation from JOHN’S FIREWORKS SUPER STORE for the 4th of July Fireworks show. John’s Fireworks Super Store is the only indoor fireworks store in POC.

Bill Tigrett, accepts a Fireworks Sky Rocket Sponsorship donation from JOHN’S FIREWORKS SUPER STORE for the 4th of July Fireworks show. John’s Fireworks Super Store is the only indoor fireworks store in POC.

Annual 4th of July BBQ Fundraiser

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Port O’Connor Volunteer Fire Department Annual 4th of July Fundraiser
SATURDAY, JULY 1st, 2017
11 AM – 2 PM
JOIN US AT THE POC FIRE STATION!

BBQ- Silent Auction-Raffle

Donation: $10/raffle ticket
For your chance to win:
Rtic Cooler
Lews Reel
Stoeger 3500 12 gauge Shotgun

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED @ FIRST NATIONAL BANK- PORT O’CONNOR BRANCH
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Fishing Warrior’s Weekend By Ken Waters

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Warrior’s Weekend Fishermen Left to right: Bryan Chandler – Deck Hand, Doug Shreve, Martin Herrera, Kenny Waters – Boat Captain

Warrior’s Weekend Fishermen
Left to right: Bryan Chandler – Deck Hand, Doug Shreve, Martin Herrera, Kenny Waters – Boat Captain

I want to share with you a picture of our fishing group. Fishing was a bit tough but we had a great time. I want to tell you how amazing these guys were. One of the hero’s (Doug Shreve) all he talked about was wanting to catch a red fish. Both of the guys never stopped fishing until it was time to go in, but Doug hasn’t caught a red fish yet. It was getting late and I said it’s time to go, and he said, “one more cast.” I said, “heck yea,” and all of a sudden he start yelling, “I got the big one, get the net.” The rest of us dropped what we were doing to make sure he got it in the boat.

Well, is was a red alright, but it was about 19” long. He ask what the size it had to be and I told him 20”. He said to throw it back so that it could grow and he hoped that some child would catch this fish for his or her first red fish.

So he came back to the dock empty handed, but he has a fishing story that he could tell his wife and kids. I told the guys if it makes the Dolphin Talk, I would mail him the paper.

This was their first Warrior’s Weekend. We met their families at dinner, traded stories and exchanged contact information. What a great weekend!

Warrior’s Weekend XI A Big Success

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Boats line up to take Warriors fishing on Warrior’s Weekend. -photo by Pat Hatcher

Boats line up to take Warriors fishing on Warrior’s Weekend. -photo by Pat Hatcher

Thanks to all who donated, bought raffle tickets and volunteered, over 600 wounded heroes from the Global War on Terrorism enjoyed a time they will not soon forget in Port O’Connor on 19-21 May. Over 300 boats and their captains/deck hands waited on the heroes the morning of May 20th to give these heroes a great time on the waters around Port O’Connor and they had the “time of their lives”.

Beginning with the fish fry on Friday night put on by Russell Hofer and his crew, the weekend kicked off. Even though many of them are tired from a day of travel, Keith Goebel and his crew, mostly from Cuero, put on a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament for them and they loved it. They were up again early Saturday morning and had breakfast put on by the POC churches, led by Pastor Erny of the Fisherman’s Chapel. The heroes did not lack for “chow”.

If you were down at Froggie’s to see the weigh-in, you would have seen the great catches by the heroes. There were many large redfish, trout—one was 28”—and a variety of all other species. They had a ball.

As many of you know by now, this is the first year we actually had the heroes send us their paperwork to show they were actually wounded in combat. Although, when you work with the large number we do, some are going to view their wounds as combat related when others might not, we tried very hard to work our system and bring those very worthy. There are many challenges putting something like this together and pulling it off, but our board and volunteers do a great job.

I think the sand sculpture is still up and will be for a while, so go enjoy it as we are already working on Warrior’s Weekend XII. For whatever part you had in making WWXI a success, thank you on behalf of our heroes. As long as they love coming and our donors/volunteers keep backing us, we’ll keep doing it.

Ron Kocian, President Warrior’s Weekend
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Boat captains from POC, nearby towns and towns much further away gave their time, talent and expertise, equipment, fuel and boat time to allow close to 750 visiting veteran heroes to feel the tug and know the thrill of both the big and the little bite. From the biggest catch winner to the guppy loving guy pictured here, they all reported having a great time on the water and tons of fun catching whatever. It was an extraordinary experience and a first-time fishing for many of the weekend guests. The therapeutic benefits for some of those wounded warriors arriving from hospital therapy and recovery stays were incalculable. .
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Warriors-fish

Tour Guide

Lisa Dupree of Magnolia Beach is a Marine Mom with a son currently deployed. She has helped several years with Warriors Weekend, but had a new job this year added to many others. A bus driver transporting heroes to the fishing pier took her on as tour guide. The driver handed her a microphone and gave her free reign. She told our visitors how happy we were to have them, gave them a short tour of our little fishing village, and made them feel like special guests. She said it gave here the chance to personally connect to some of those service men and women and that it was the most fun she had all weekend.
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Boat Captain Becky Haynes, Mate Vietnam-era veteran Jake Afeman, Hero Zach and wife Misty

Boat Captain Becky Haynes, Mate Vietnam-era veteran Jake Afeman, Hero Zach and wife Misty

Flounder Gigging at Night

Local business woman Becky Haynes coordinated a special treat for some of the heroes attending WW2017 who needed to limit sun or heat exposure. She recruited almost 30 boat captains who took wounded warriors flounder gigging Friday and Saturday night. She arranged volunteers to clean fish when they returned and even had a small group of locals on hand to greet them and cheer them on as they departed about 9:00 PM.

Becky and her boat captain hosted a wounded hero named Zac and his wife Misty from Louisiana. This boat crew, several other boats and recruited friends put extreme effort into accommodating the needs of wounded warriors. This young hero was a triple amputee, losing both legs and one arm in an explosion. They loaded his wheelchair and adjusted seating, equipment and plans to ensure Zac was comfortable and able to fish. Both he and his wife caught fish and had a special time pictured here.

One of the volunteer captains was our own VFD Chief Nathan O’Neill pictured here. They had great success as you can see. Thanks to these special volunteers.
Nathan-O'Neill

Fish Cleaning Crew

Fish Cleaning Crew

Articles & Photos by Kelly Gee

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