Yam Royalty Crowned at Olympia Elementary
Judson Cantaté and
Sebastien Perform at
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
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
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