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By ISMAEL MARTINEZ
Uvalde, Texas, Jan. 26 – The exact year escapes my memory, but I remember waiting outside the Uvalde Police Department waiting for a police officer to pick me up for a ride along.
The officer who drove up was a young kid right out of the academy, the rookie’s name: Nano Rendon.
Now fast forward to 2017, where on Saturday morning (Jan 21) I received a text from a mutual friend with a photo of Nano standing on Pennsylvania Avenue. The text was to notify me he had been chosen to work security detail for the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C.
If someone told me back then that a kid from Uvalde, Texas would be part of the ceremony that would inaugurate Donald Trump as our 45th President, I would have had a good laugh.
Long ago have been the days since Rendon patrolled the streets of Uvalde. Lately, he spends his days riding in a patrol car marked SAPD as in the San Antonio Police Department.
Rendon is a 2005 graduate of the Southwest Texas Junior College Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy. Immediately after graduating, he joined the Uvalde Police Department where he worked until 2007.
In late 2007, he was accepted to the San Antonio Police Department Police Academy where he graduated in May of 2008. Rendon currently serves on the DWI task force with the SAPD.
According to Rendon, the process to be part of the inauguration began last July, when he submitted his request letter.
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Plans are underway, and entry deadlines have been announced for the yearly creative arts contest.
Rules and entry form are available at www.swtjc.edu. The entry deadline for literary and visual arts is 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 23. ENTRY FORM
Cash prizes, trophies, and medals will be awarded in the annual event, which attracts thousands of art, photography and writing entries from across the region.
Trophies and medals will be awarded to first through fourth place in all age groups and categories. Judges will also select an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group. Cash prizes of $20 will be presented to overall winners.
Age divisions will be the same as last year and will include: Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, college and community.
The SWTJC Arts and Sciences Division and the SWTJC Public Information Office coordinate the annual event.
“The college has a strong commitment to supporting and promoting the creative arts, and we look forward to another year of outstanding entries,” said Cheryl Sanchez, dean of the college of liberal arts.
Sanchez encourages all area English and language arts teachers in public and private schools, as well as home school teachers, to have their students to enter the contest.
“We know the demands on teachers are enormous, but this doesn’t have to be work written specifically for the contest,” Sanchez said. “I encourage teachers to get their top writers to submit entries from their best efforts during the school year, even if they were turned in last fall.”