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Bearcat State Champions Visit State Capitol on East Parker County Day

capitol visiti This year’s East Parker County Day at the State Capitol became an unforgettable experience for Aledo ISD students and a valuable opportunity for public school advocacy.

Aledo High School’s state champions from this school year were guest honorees for the day on Wednesday, March 20 and were joined in Austin by Aledo ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan K. Bohn and School Board Trustees. The special event included the opportunity to meet with State Representative Phil King and Senator Pat Fallon, both of whom represent the voters of Aledo ISD.

In addition to providing a unique experience of recognition for the state champions by the House of Representatives and Senate, it included an important opportunity for school officials, city and county officials, the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, and the Aledo Education Foundation Board to dialogue with legislators regarding issues related to public schools, local businesses and county needs.

“We were very grateful for the opportunity to have our students recognized by Representative King and Senator Fallon,” said Hoyt Harris, Aledo ISD School Board President. “This provided a tremendous educational and memorable experience for our students and helped shine the spotlight on public schools and East Parker County with the exceptional students and level of success we have in Aledo ISD. Our close partnerships with and support from the leadership in our county, cities, Chamber, and AEF allow us to all come together to advocate in a meaningful way for the needs of our community.

State lawmakers are in the midst of the 86th Legislative Session, which started on Jan. 8, 2019 and will conclude with the final day of regular session on May 17, 2019.

At the Capitol, school officials, including Dr. Bohn and Trustees Harris, Jessica Brown and Forrest Collins, officials from Parker County, Aledo, Willow Park, and Hudson Oaks, and members of the Aledo Education Foundation Board and East Parker Chamber of Commerce, met with state agency and legislative representatives on education, transportation, health care and water issues. These discussions allowed the partners of East Parker County to engage and advocate for needs of the schools and community, including issues related to growth and additional funding to support Aledo ISD.

The Aledo state champions who attended the event included members of the eight-time state title football team, former head coach and current Aledo ISD Athletic Director Steve Wood, assistant football coach Aaron Clark, cross country runner Graydon Morris and swimmer Elijah Sohn.

The highlight of the trip for the state champions was the special treatment by King and Fallon. Both honored the state champions by reading special resolutions acknowledging their accomplishments this year on the House and Senate floor, respectively. Part of the resolution included the mention of Aledo’s eighth state football title, which is tied for the most in state history. The Bearcats received applause from legislators and King and Fallon both posed for pictures with the Bearcats.

“It was great to spend time in Austin with Representative Phil King and Senator Pat Fallon,” said Justin Griffin, Aledo Education Foundation President. “We know that they are listening to the needs of East Parker County and Aledo ISD and look forward to continuing to work with them to make sure that we protect our economic engine, which is Aledo ISD."

The final experience of the day for the Bearcat state champions was an invitation to visit the House floor for pictures and sit in the seats of state Representatives.

Aledo ISD’s Legislative Priorities, adopted by the Board of Trustees earlier this school year, drive the work of school officials with the District’s state legislative representatives. The District will continue throughout the 86th Legislative Session to partner with local county, municipal, business, and organizational partners to advocate for Aledo ISD students, staff and the community.

"What an awesome experience to celebrate the success of Aledo schools, Aledo Bearcats, and the businesses of Parker County at our great State Capitol,” said Craig Bagley, Chairman of the Board, East Parker County Chamber of Commerce. “My sincerest gratitude goes out to Representative Phil King, Senator Pat Fallon, and all of the others who worked hard to make this event happen."