More than a dozen strong, the Trojans proudly displayed not only their colors but their recognition of the importance of good governance, civic responsibility and leadership. James Madison High School
is prestigious and notorious for its alumnae whose presence has been felt across many arenas including Sports, Music, Politics, Journalism and law, producing names such as Stanley Marcus, Aaron Spelling, Dave Stallworth, and elected president of the National Medical Association, Dr. Michael A. Lenior. In addition to its historic importance and academic excellence, James Madison High boasts a 2013 James Madison High School Trojan Boys Basketball team which has amassed a record of 29 wins and five losses. With great pride Dallas County Commissioner’s Court, by the direction of Commissioner John Wiley Price, congratulated the team and its leadership on its successful bid to become UIL 3-A Champs for the 2012-2013 season.
Photo #1 (L-R): Dr. Tarron Richardson, DeSoto City Manager; Tennell Atkins, Dallas Deputy Mayor ProTem, Dallas County Commissioners John Wiley Price and Dr. Theresa Daniel; Carl O. Sherman, DeSoto Mayor; Patricia Ledbetter, DeSoto City Councilmember Place 2 | Photo #2 (L-R): Podium, Scott Fleming, CEO DeSoto Economic Development Corp.; DeSoto Mayor Carl Sherman | Front Row (L-R): Claude Spivey, State Rep. Yvonne Davis’ office, Dallas County Commissioners Dr. Theresa Daniel and John Wiley Price; Patricia Ledbetter, DeSoto City Councilmember Place 2; Curtistene McCo2wan, DeSoto City Councilmember Place 6; Tennell Atkins, Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. | Photo #3 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Far R
… the cold, windy day at the ribbon cutting last Friday, March 22nd marking the newly reconstructed section of Danieldale Road in DeSoto did not diminish the spirit of celebration in this accomplishment that took City/County participation. Both Mayor Sherman and County Commissioner Price gave thanks to all partners, including the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation, and particularly the City of Dallas in light of the fact that the reconstruction was technically City of Dallas property and everyone reached through loopholes to make it happen. The reconstruction section of Danieldale road east of Hampton Road constitutes a main thoroughfare to DeSoto’s Eagle Industrial park and will positively impact mobility in and around the park and drive economic growth. Officials point to this development as a case study in municipalities coming together for mutual growth opportunities; as a result of that effort the $6 million dollar construction was completed in record time.
Photo #1: Commissioner Theresa Daniel; Photo #2 (L to R): Mr. John Gonzales representing Adelfa Botello Callejo; Myrtis Ophelia Evans and Vivian Anderson Castleberry
… Adelfa Botello Callejo, Vivian Anderson Castleberry, and Myrtis Ophelia Evans. Ms. Callejo was ill and was represented in Commissioners Court by Mr. John Gonzales were all acknowledged today for Women’s History Month. In an impassioned resolution Commissioner Daniel marked this moment as one dedicated to these three women’s contributions specifically, stating: “We honor the work of Ms. Adelfa Botello Callejo, an attorney, entrepreneur, and leader within the Hispanic community, a civil rights advocate in Dallas County… and the first Hispanic woman to receive a degree from SMU Dedman School of Law where the Leadership Latino Studies Institute is named in her honor; Ms. Vivian Anderson Castleberry who co-founded the first women’s shelter in Dallas, Texas, The Family Place, as a safe haven for women and children of abuse … and the first female editor of the Dallas Times Herald. An author and advocate of moral and social reform, Castleberry continues to inspire a generation of women and men, in particular through the Castleberry Peace Institute; and finally Ms. Myrtis Ophelia Evans, dedicated to ensuring the rights of citizens to vote and be involved in the political process. Over the past 45 years, she has served … with former Dallas County Judge Garry Weber, U.S. Congressman Martin Frost, and currently, Texas State Senator Royce West … as a trusted public servant and grass roots organizer, she continues to educate, train and model ethical leadership in the democratic process.”
The three honorees gave their remarks and words of gratitude and the words of Adelfa Callejo, given through her representative, Gonzalez, on the “nothingness of the word ‘impossible’” were received with great applause.
Photo #1: 13-yr-old Xavier Newman, current DeSoto Mayor Carl Sherman; Photo #2: Commissioner John Wiley Price
… Mr. Xavier Newman an honor student with a 98% attendance record and 3.5 grade point average. As his parents stood behind Newman, the current Mayor of Desoto Carl Sherman announced with great pride that the Desoto Independent School District has made it their mission to prepare students academically but also as problem solvers, critical thinkers and for leadership. So it was proclaimed that today the City of DeSoto would welcome the service of their new Mayor for A Day. Mayor Sherman chuckled as he read passages from Newman’s submission essay where he’d informed the Mayor that “he may be making changes and one day give Mayor Sherman a run for his money.”