Turtle Cadets Earn Trophies

Image: Jocelyne Crisostomo from Hillsboro, Instructor Roger Sam of Italy and Daniel Goates of West brought home the trophies to show the hard work and dedication these two 5 years olds and Mr. Sam have accomplished.

On March 25th, students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School, located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas for almost 21 years, traveled to Giddings, Texas to compete in an invitational Unified tournament. Two students from the Turtle Cadet program at the Hillsboro UTKD School competed.

Hinz Wins State NRA Challenge

Image: Texas State YHEC Champion

Hunter Hinz, freshman at Italy High School, was named the Texas State Champion at the National Rifle Association’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge. This event could be called the decathlon for outdoorsmen as it includes proficiency in archery, shotgun, muzzle loading, rifle, wildlife identification, hunting safety trail, orienteering and a hunter’s responsibility exam.

Rocklin Ginnett earns Black Belt

Image: Rocklin Ginnett with Master Charles Kight, Luis and Grand Master BuKwon Park, co founder of Unified Tae Kwon Do.

On September 13, 2013 Rocklin along with his dad and mom came to visit the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro. After participating in a few free classes Rocklin decided martial arts was for him.

Support Zain Byers and his Austin College teammates Saturday in Waxahachie @ 6pm

Image: Show your support for 2014 Italy High School graduate #50 NG Zain “Zilla” Byers and his Austin College Kangaroo teammates who will be taking on the SAGU Lions at Waxahachie’s Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium on Saturday, September 24. Kickoff set for 6:00 p.m.

Hey, Gladiator Fans! Support 2014 Italy HS graduate #50 NG Zain “Zilla” Byers as he and his Austin College Kangaroo teammates take on the SAGU Lions at Waxahachie’s Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium on Saturday, September 24. Kickoff set for 6:00 p.m. Also, the Gladiator 1st-2nd Grade flag football team will compete in an exhibition contest at halftime featuring local talent and coaches.

Tae Kwon Do Students Compete in Tournament

Image: Pictured are Roger Sam, Turtle Cadet Instructor,  a program for 3, 4 and 5 year old children, Analy Salas, Juan Salas, Joana Salas, and Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School.

On May 14th, some students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm Hillsboro, Texas competed in an invitational tournament in Austin, Texas. Among the students who competed were Juan Salas and two of his daughters from Frost, Texas. Juan returned home with two first place trophies, one in patterns and one in sparring. Analy and Joana returned home with trophies as well.

Michael Bryant earns Black Belt

Image: Pictured are Master Charles Kight, Michael and Grand Master BuKwon Park.

On November 30, 2012 Michael along with his mom and dad, came to visit the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro. After participating in a few free classes Michael decided martial arts was for him. He has competed in many tournaments and has come home with many first place trophies.

Turtle Cadet program returns

Image: Pictured below are 5 Turtle Cadets and Travis Tinney 2nd Degree Black Belt and Turtle Cadet instructor.   Students below are Harmony McKnight-Whitney, Triston Klanika-Waco,  Dominick Benitez-Hillsboro, Christian McKnight-Whitney and Noah Hayes-Italy.

The Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas is proud to announce that the Turtle Cadet Program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds has returned. This is a wonderful program to assist the little ones to learn balance, coordination, follow instructions and build self-confidence while having a great time.

Local Equestrians Ride to Victory

Image: Sadie Hinz and Plaudits Handsome Lad won Champion Hunter Hack and Champion English Rider, Reserve Champion Western Rider and Reserve Champion Pony at Halter.

Local equestrians earned top honors in the Ellis County Equine Association Buckle Series horse shows. They were recently honored with buckles, bracelets and bridles for their achievements at the year-end awards banquet held at the J Bar C Cowboy Church in Palmer.

Academic Achievement Trophies awarded to Italy ISD Students

Image: Nick Sam, attends Italy ISD and has earned his first, 3 foot trophy after earning two 4 foot trophies in the past years.
Pictured is Master Charles Kight, chief instructor of the Hillsboro TKD school, Nick and Grand Master Park co-founder of Unified TKD.

Academic Achievement Awards were awarded at the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School at the June grading. For the past 19 years the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W. Elm Hillsboro, Texas has awarded many students, who are excelled in both martial arts as well as academics with a 3 and 4 foot trophy.

Hinz wins State 4H Round Up

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Hunter Hinz, age 13 and student at Italy Junior High, won first place on June 9, 2015, at the Texas State 4-H Round Up in the Intermediate Compound Aided division of the invitational archery contest. Over 4,000 4-Her’s gathered at Texas A&M University to compete in various qualifying and invitational contests for a wide variety of 4-H projects. This was the inaugural year for Texas 4-H to host an archery competition at State 4-H Round Up.

Ellis County Silver Spurs wins big in San Antonio

Image: Silver Spurs 4-H “Green Team” comprised of Alyssa Ingram, Margaret Manning, Paige Tillis and Jacob Ingram won first place junior horse judging team at the San Antonio Stock Show.

Members of the Silver Spurs 4-H Club successfully represented Ellis County at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in Skillathon, Quiz Bowl and Horse Judging contests on February 19th-February 21 and brought home many awards.

Students test for new belts

Image: Pictured are the following students, Masters and instructors.
Top row:  Master Charles Kight-Hillsboro, Jennifer Procopio-Italy, Kevin Devers-4th Degree Black Belt-West,  Michael Russell-Italy, Mario Perez, Black Belt-Milford, Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Roger Sam-Italy, Master Kevin Kight-Lorena, Grand Master Park-Houston, and
David Jones-Malone.
Second  Row:  Rocklin Ginnett-Italy, Nick Sam-Black Belt-Italy, Antonio Procopio-Italy, and Jacob Young-Hubbard

On November 22, 2014 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School tested for new belts. These students were required to preform two patterns, break boards and spar while being tested by a panel of Masters. On hand for the grading were Grand Master Park-9th Degree Black Belt and co-founder of Unified Tae Kwon Do from Houston, Texas, Master Charles Kight-4th Degree Black Belt and chief instructor of the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School for over 18 years, Master Kevin Kight-5th Degree Black Belt from Lorena, Texas and Kevin Devers-4th Degree Black Belt from West, Texas.

Nick Sam tests for Black Belt

Image: Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the Hillsboro TKD School, Nick and Grand Master Park-co founder of Unified from Las Vegas, Nevada.

On January 2, 2012 a young man entered the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro along with his mother and father, Maria and Roger Sam. The family was from Italy, Texas.

Italy ISD students to compete in Special Olympics Bowling

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Several Italy ISD students will have a big send off bright and early Tuesday morning (October 28, 2014). These students will be competing in the Special Olympics Bowling event at USA Bowl in Dallas. The send off will be at 8:00am at the Italy High School campus. Come join in with the student body as they send these Gladiators off to represent Italy.

Procopio family of Italy brings home trophies

Image: Pictured is Master Charles Kight, Chief Instructor for 18 years, Antonio Procopio with his 1st place trophy and Jennifer with her 2nd place trophy.

On September 20th, 54 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro traveled to Giddings, Texas to compete in an invitational Tae Kwon Do tournament. There were several students from Italy who attended this tournament but this picture is a mom and son who enjoy Tae Kwon Do for several reasons including a great activity a son and mom can participate in together, great exercise, while helping with focus and helps in building self-esteem.

Italy’s Nick Sam earns 4 foot trophy

Image: Pictured is Master Charles Kight, chief instructor of the Hillsboro TKD school, Nick and Grand Master Park co-founder of Unified TKD.

Academic Achievement Awards were recently awarded at the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School’s June grading. For the past 18 years the Hillsboro TKD School located at 125 W. Elm Hillsboro, Texas has awarded many students, who are excelled in both martial arts as well as academics, 3 and 4 foot trophies.

Rocklin Ginnett earns 3 foot trophy

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Academic Achievement Awards were recently awarded at the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School’s June grading. Rocklin attends Italy ISD and has earned his first 3 foot trophy.

Hunter Hinz shoots straight

Image: Hunter Hinz takes aim at a 3D target during the Ellis County 4-H Shooting Sports 3D Tournament in Waxahachie.

Italy Junior High School’s Hunter Hinz, age 12, is proving to be a master marksman in archery as he won back to back 4-H tournaments in 3D archery over the past two weekends. Hinz competes in the intermediate, ages 11 to 13, compound aided division of the sport.

Lone Star Cyclists host 29th year of Tour d’Italia bike ride centered in Italy

Image: City of Italy’s mayor, James Hobbs, welcomes a cyclist from Tyler to our fair city for the 29th Annual 2014 Tour d’Italia Bicycle race that set an event record with 1,175 cyclists participating from around the country.

With the tire pressure checked, the chains well oiled and the water bottles filled, 1,175 Tour d’Italia bike riders set a new participation record this past Saturday while touring parts of Ellis, Hill and Navarro Counties. Hosted by Lone Star Cylclists, club president, David Shuford, was presented a golden key to the City of Italy by Mayor James Hobbs.

Italy and Milford students compete in Tae Kwon Do tournament

Image: Pictured top row:  Mario Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Amy Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Michael Russell-Italy.  Bottom Row;  Rocklin Ginnett-Italy and Nick Sam-Italy.  Two students were not pictured Javier and Michael Gonzalez.

On March 1st, 2014, 68 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas traveled to Giddings to compete in an invitational Tae Kwon Do tournament. These students competed in sparring as well as patterns. Seven of these students were from Italy or Milford area.

Ellis County Youth 4H Archery Tournament results

Image: Group shot of ALL shooters and coaches

The Shooting Sports 4-H Club of Ellis County hosted a successful youth archery tournament on February 22 at the Ellis County Expo in Waxahachie. A total of 109 archers from 17 counties competed to see who could result in the highest marking scores.

Italy students compete in San Antonio

Image: Pictured here: Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the school,  Javier Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez, Michael Russell, and Nick Sam all of Italy and Danny Smith-Sparring Instructor and David Jones-Instructor.

Students, several from Italy, traveled to San Antonio to compete in an invitational tournament hosted by Kim’s Academy in San Antonio. These students were from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas. Four of these students returned home with trophies they earned in patterns as well as sparring.

UIL Realignments

UIL football and basketball realignments were released this morning. 2014-2016 alignments for Italy, Avalon and Milford are as follows:

Italy student selected for Most Improved

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On September 14th, 2013 students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School-125 W. Elm Street-Hillsboro, Texas tested for new belts. After the grading Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the school selected students he felt had made the most improvement since the last grading.

Ellis County Equine Association Presents Awards

Image: Gentry Rogers of Milford and her pony Santee Grand were in the Top 5 of ECEA’s English and Western Divisions in the 11 & Under age category.

There were many happy faces and shiny cowboy boots on October 19, as competitors in the Ellis County Equine Association gathered for their year-end banquet at the Grasshopper Ranch in Palmer to receive a menagerie of custom made awards in honor of their hard work to win championships throughout the 2013 ECEA horse show season.

Italy students compete in Tae Kwon Do Tournament

Image: Pictured are some of these students from the Italy area. Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the school, Nick Sam-Italy, Rocklin Ginnett-Italy. Michael Gonzales-Italy and Michael Russell-Italy, Isamar and Mario Perez-Black Belts from Milford were not available for the picture.

On October 12th, 2013, forty-four students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School participated in an invitational Unified Tae Kwon Do Tournament in Giddings, Texas. Students performed patterns and also sparring with a chance to win 2-trophies.

Hillsboro Tae Kwon Do students test for new belts

Image: Pictured below top row:  Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor, Mario Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Amy Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Jacob Garcia-Hillsboro, D’Ann Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, John Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Kathryn Ekness-Hillsboro, Dana Bennett-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Jacob Jean-2nd Degree Black Belt-Blum, Kevin Devers-3rd Degree-West, Travis Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro,  Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Ross Gilcrease-Black Belt-Hillsboro, David Jones-Black Belt and Instructor-Malone, and Danny Smith-Black Belt and Sparring Instructor.
Second Row:  Hunter Smith-Black Belt-Whitney, Esteban Ramirez-Hillsboro, William West-Black Belt-Whitney, Alex Lopez-Hillsboro, Jacob Young-Hubbard, Keaton Pustejovsky-Abbott, Clayton Tribble-West, Jacob Divin-West, Jayson Orr-Hillsboro, Maddie Strickling-Whitney, Tanner Marak-West, Rogelio Montes-Hillsboro, Ruben Montes-Hillsboro, Grand Master Park-Las Vegas, Nevada and Master Jeff Wiles-Round Rock.
Third Row:  Caleb Girard-Hillsboro, Michael Russell-Italy, Joaquin Trejo-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Patrick Runyon-Itasca, Brayden Hodges-Hillsboro, Michael Gonzalez-Italy, Katheryn Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Elizabeth Moore-Black Belt-Abbott, J.D. Bennett-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Thomas Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Michael Smith-Grandview, and Luis Rodriguez-Hillsboro.
Bottom Row:  Miguel DeLuna-Hillsboro, Miguel Fuentes Jr.-Hillsboro, Xanden Stewart-Hillsboro,  Alejandro Sanchez-Hillsboro, Ryan Riojas-Hillsboro, Roy Gallardo Jr.-Hillsboro, Adam Riojas-Hillsboro, Bailey Armstrong-Waco and Nick Sam-Italy.

On Saturday, September 14th, students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School-125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas tested for new belts. This testing included students from Italy and Milford — Nick Sam, Michael Gonzalez, Michael Russell of Italy; Mario Perez and Isamar Perez both of Milford.