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Posts published in “Day: January 12, 2010

MacArthur High earns Silver medal rating from U.S. News and World Report

Aldine ISD’s MacArthur Senior High School received a Silver medal rating from U.S. News and World Report in the magazine’s recent rating of America’s best high schools.

The Silver medal rating was based on the fact that MacArthur High had a college readiness index of at least 20 but was not ranked in the top 100 high schools nationally.

The magazine analyzed 21,786 public high schools in 48 states plus the District of Columbia. MacArthur High was one of 461 top-performing high schools nationwide to earn Silver medal status.

A year ago, MacArthur High earned Bronze medal status.

“We are proud of this accomplishment, and I want to commend our staff and students for all of their hard work,” said MacArthur Senior High principal Nancy Blackwell. “But, we can’t rest on our laurels and need to continue aiming for the next level.”

Census wants to count on you on April 1st

Job opportunities also available during count

NORTHEAST — Census workers have begun to talk in the community about the importance of this year’s count. A complete count of everyone brings more federal money into the area, they pointed out. Also, through June many jobs are available to the public to help with the count. You can apply for these by calling 1-866-861-2010 or visiting

2010 Census Facts

The US Census is conducted every 10 years as mandated by the Constitution. The census is a count of everyone living in the United States. This includes people of all age, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens.

Participation in the census is easy, important and safe, as data are used to reapportion congressional seats to states and assure proper district representation. Census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.

About the Form

One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Census forms will be delivered or mailed to households March 15-17; households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person. Census Day is April 1, 2010. Responses to the census form should include everyone at that address. Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) will be available to assist those unable to read or understand the census form. For those with visual impairments, the language assistance guide will be available in large print and Braille. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons who do not have access to Video Relay Service (VRS) can call the TDD number, 1-866-783-2010. In addition to these options, language assistance guides will be available in 59 languages at all QAC locations.

Eisenhower DT is one impressive “Guy”

Contributing Writer

Jay Guy is an impressive young man, on and off the football field.

When he’s on the football field, Guy is a one-man wrecking crew, but off it, he’s a loving and caring individual who cherishes giving back to his fellow man.

The 6-0, 300-pounder was a three-year started for the Eisenhower High football team and helped lead them to the playoffs three consecutive years. As a senior, Guy recorded 75 tackles, recovered 6 fumbles, and came up with 7 sacks. He was named first team all district by the District 19-5A head coaches two years running and was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year in 19-5A.

His solid senior season also earned him the distinction of being the Northeast News’ Defensive Player of the Year.

Guy, who will enroll at the University of Nebraska in January, is also a top-notch student. He is ranked 29th out of 580 fellow seniors and is in the top five percent of his class. He serves as vice president of the student council and volunteers at his church.

Eisenhower High head football coach Ray Evans has seen a lot of talented players in his 30-plus years as a coach and he says Guy is perhaps the best he’s ever coached.

“What stands out about Jay is that he’s an academic kid who loves football,” Evans said. “You don’t see too many big kids with his work habit. He never missed a weight (lifting) workout during the summer and never missed a practice.”

When Evans coached at Lamar High School, he had the good fortune to coach Cedric Jones, who later went onto the University of Oklahoma and in 1996 was the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft. Evans said Guy is even better than Jones.

Guy was recruited by Cal, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, and a number of Big 12 schools, but he chose Nebraska because he was impressed with the defensive scheme run by the Cornhuskers under the direction of head coach Bo Pellini.

“Nebraska is a good fit for me,” Guy said. “They have a great defensive staff and great academics. I really like Coach Pellini, and I felt comfortable with the players when I visited there.”

He also likes the fact that Husker players are expected to contribute in the community as well.

“Their players visit hospitals and things like that. That impressed me. I’m looking forward to contributing to the community as well,” said the soft-spoken senior.

One thing he’s not looking forward to are those Nebraska winters.

“I’m going to have to get used to that,” he said with a laugh. “But I’m looking forward to going there. I know I need to get stronger, bigger, and work on my speed since I’m moving to the next level. But I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

He’s also looking forward to following in the footsteps of defensive tackle Nhamukong Suh, who is considered the best defensive player of the last decade in college football.

“He’s leaving a big gap that has to be filled, and I hope I can fill it.”

Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. offers scholarship

Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. Community Center, 4700 Aldine Mail Route, will be awarding a $500 “Giving Back” College Scholarship to Lone Star College, along with a $100 bookstore voucher and a $100 Walmart gift card, for the 2010 summer or fall semesters. This scholarship is for people who want to make a difference in the lives of others as they walk their path to a better future.

Anyone qualified to apply, please come by the Center and get an application which must be submitted by Feb. 10, 2010.

Five finalists will be chosen by Feb. 16th. The finalists will then develop a Community Service Project plan which will be due by Mar. 1st. The submitted service project must be completed by April 15th. Scholarship winner will be announced at Aldine Y.O.U.T.H.’s 20th Anniversary Gala in May.

Other finalists will receive a $100 Walmart gift card. This scholarship was donated by Lone Star College for our Light of Hope program auction last month.

Kingwood AC and Heating owners, Kevin and Stephanie Marquard, bid the highest and then donated it back to Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. to award it to a person in our community. We thank them for this wonderful gift. For more information, call the Center at 281-449-4828.