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Yam Royalty Crowned at Olympia Elementary

Judson Cantaté and

Sebastien Perform at

Converse City

Christmas Tree Lighting

The start of the Christmas season is such a big event in

most cities and towns across south Texas. It was no

different in the City of Converse and they put together a

warm event on a chilly, but beautiful evening.

The event started off with a good measure of holiday

music coupled with hot chocolate, hot coffee from the

local Starbucks and some delicious cookies to keep

everyone full of cheer. It led up to some great enter-

tainment. It started off with the Master of Ceremonies

JISD Communications Director Steve Linscomb intro-

ducing Converse Mayor Al Suarez who kicked off the

evening with thoughts about the season and the im-

portance of the tree lighting.

Judson High School Choir Director Kay Sherrill and

the Judson Cantaté lifted everyone’s spirits with lively

versions of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and

“Carol Of The Bell,” and several other holiday classics.

Then the ceremony took a decided Mariachi flavor. The

musical group “Las Altenas” who with their violins,

trumpet and guitars, grabbed the holiday atmosphere

with several selections before they backed up the star of

the show “El Charro de Oro” (the golden mariachi) Se-

bastien De La Cruz.

He started his perfor-

mance with Feliz

Navidad and ended

with “Santa Claus Is

Coming To Town” as

Mr. and Mrs. Santa

rode in together on a

Converse City Fire

Truck.

The Judson ISD Police Department wants to say thank

you and congratulations to everyone who participated

in this year's Canned Yam Drive. It was a great suc-

cess and many people benefitted from that generosi-

ty. Olympia Elementary took first place, Elolf Ele-

mentary was second and Kitty Hawk Middle School

was third.

These canned yams were used for the Raul Jimenez

Thanksgiving Dinner that feeds thousands of homeless

and underserved people at the downtown convention

center. 7,350 cans were collected...A new record.

Olympia Elementary gets so involved in this yearly

drive that they crown a Yam King and a Yam Queen

based on the number of canned yams they bring in for

the drive. 4th grader Victor Ortiz was crowned as

King and Evalyn Henson was named Queen.

Overall, Olympia brought in 2,706 cans of yams.

Judson Cantaté Performing in front of

Converse City Offices

Sebastien De La Cruz sang at

Converse City Tree Lighting

Principal Terri LeBleu with Yam King

Victor Ortiz and Yam Queen Evalyn

Henson