South Plains College Awards May 2017
Jaycee Caldwell – Student Government President and Outstanding Campus Ambassador
Eric Fabila – Student Government Treasurer
Tharon Woodard – Intramural Sports Male MVP
Dr. Jeremy Dewbre, D.D.S., 2005 graduate of Idalou HS, finished his residency and now practicing dentistry in Oklahoma City
Class of 1966 50th year reunion – September 8, 2016
Bradley Adkins – World Class Athlete Olympics 2016
Idalou Alumni Honored as Mr. and Ms. LCU
Andrea Fultz (bottom left) and Aaron Peralez (bottom right) were honored recently as
Mr. and Ms. Lubbock Christian University
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Ranch Horse Team Captures Fifth National Championship
Idalou Alumni Justin Stanton, member
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Taylor Kirk, 2010 Idalou graduate, was recently named February 2015 "Aggie of the Month" for Texas Tech University Agricultural Sciences Department.
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Congratulations to Abilou Kirk Amundson, 2006 Idalou graduate, receiving an award from UMC recently.
Abilou (Kirk) Amundson, a 2006 graduation of Idalou High School, was recently recognized by University Medical Center’s All Star-Shining Star award. She was nominated by her supervisor, Jennifer Guiterrez and here is what she said about Abilou: “As a supervisor, I’m often fielding requests for time off. This year, Abilou was in charge of covering Christmas. When she approached me in my office with a question about Christmas, I thought she was going to bring up a conflict. She said she had this great opportunity to work on Christmas this year, and wanted to give the patients gifts. She asked if there were any restrictions on what she could give them. This blew me away. In 18 years of employment, I’ve never had this type of request from an employee covering Christmas…a holiday that most view as a day we deserve to be off. She met the patients, evaluated them, and gave them a beautiful Christmas gift. There have been other wonderful employees on my team who have given gifts to certain patients at Christmastime, but never have I witnessed an employee make such personal gifts for every patient on her list, and have such excitement about being able to give presents to these. I’ve covered Christmas myself and did not enter into it with the type of joy and love that Abilou displayed. It was heartwarming to say the least. Her patients and their families were truly moved by her acts of kindness.”
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Idalou 2005 graduate Dayna (Stanton) McCutchin is shown in this Big 12 Women’s Basketball Campus Tour video featuring the new Performance Fueling Center. Dayna is a Sports Dietician for Texas Tech Athletics, and the daughter of Idalou Elementary Pre-K Teacher Beverley Stanton.
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Update
Texas Tech Merket Alumni Building 9-16-14
our own Idalou alumni Chelsea Shields was one of the speakers
She is a member of the Presidential Student panel
pictured here are former Idalou Elementary principal Southern Bush, Chelsea Shields, and Jenni Lofton Idalou HS Counselor
Class of 1964 Reunion - Lubbock, TX 6-28-14
Bradley Adkins - Texas Tech's Student Athlete Spotlight 4-22-14
By Taylor Fortney Big 12 Campus Correspondent
There’s no place like home.
That is what the Texas Tech Red Raider track team will be thinking in just under four weeks, when they host the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Lubbock, Texas.
Perhaps this statement rings true for no one more than West Texas native, and Texas Tech high jumper, Bradley Adkins. Adkins is from Idalou, Texas, less than 20 minutes from Lubbock, where the Red Raiders call home.
Adkins goes into the conference meet riding a wave of success that has propelled him to the top of the national rankings in the high jump.
“It has been a good year,” Adkins said. “Coach and I had a few things from the year before we had wanted to fix and adjust. We hit practice pretty hard this year and managed to fix a few of those things.”
The results have shown. After advancing to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman, Bradley soared to new heights in his sophomore campaign. Adkins finished fifth at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, making him just the fifth Texas Tech athlete in school history to earn All-American status in the high jump.
“It has helped a lot,” Adkins said. “I’ve stuck to the system, and what he has been telling me. It has really come together, and I’ve started to put up some higher jumps, and hopefully just keep it going at this point.”
Adkins isn’t resting on his recent success. Despite clearing his outdoor career-best of 7-feet 3 inches and clearing an indoor school record with a jump of 7-feet, 3.75 inches at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Adkins is looking to higher goals.
“Obviously I want to continue to have success, get some more All-American honors under my belt, and improve that school record,” Adkins said. “Maybe get up to those top collegiate spots. There is a couple 7’ 7” jumps up there, and I want to be one of those guys within these next couple of years.”
But Adkins sights aren’t set on just the collegiate level.
“I want to be one of those top guys in not just the NCAA,” Adkins said. “Having a chance to do something maybe on a bigger status, and maybe making a United States team or something along those lines. But obviously, I just want to continue this success and be the best high jumper that I can be.”
Adkins is well on his way to accomplishing that goal. Driven by a fire only competitors know, Adkins is satisfied with nothing short of first place.
“Being a competitor, your goal is never to get second,” Adkins said. “Being a competitor, I want to go out and win, whether that is competing in practice or a meet.”
And while the internal fire burns for Adkins, he points to teammate JaCorian Duffield for continued motivation. Adkins and Duffield own the indoor school record of 7’-3.75”, taking down a mark that stood for 30-years prior their stellar indoor campaign.
The two high jumpers went on to be the first duo from the same program to finish in the top-5 of the NCAA Indoor Championships in 15 years.
“We really push each other,” Adkins said. “We can make a competition out of just about anything you can think of, from acceleration to jumping in practice to non-track stuff. But we come to practice everyday and try to push each other and make each other better, and it has been a key part of our success.”
Each meet the two battle it out, consistently pushing the other to new heights, and always finishing on the podium together.
“In a sense of him maybe beating me, that just motivates me more to go and get better that next week,” Adkins said. “We can have a really good practice, go out to the next meet, and try to beat him the next time. It’s about being that tough competitor and never settling for less than the best. That is a big part of why we have been successful, because we aren’t complacent with second place. We try to battle out for first because no one wants to lose.”
The Texas Tech track and field program will continue with that mindset as they look forward to the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Championships, hosted by the Red Raiders and Lady Raiders this year in Lubbock.
And for Adkins, a home meet is right where he wants to be.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Adkins said. “It is a huge honor to put on a Texas Tech uniform and compete in front of a huge home crowd and in front of my friends and family, and I am just so blessed to have that opportunity.”
While all Texas Tech athletes appreciate the home field advantage, it will be a particularly warm crowd for Adkins.
“I will be competing in pretty much my hometown,” Adkins said. “So my parents are going to be there, and we’re hoping to draw a pretty big crowd and just having the home field advantage. And that just motivates me that much more, to do something big in front of everyone I grew up with and around, and having them there to witness that. Hopefully I can turn in a big performance in front of everyone.”
Adkins will look to capitalize on the home field advantage May 16th-18th. When he does, he will be surrounded by friends and family that have supported him since his first meet.
There really is no place like home.
Randal Guinn ran in the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.
Story from KCBD: 24-year-old Randal Guinn ran the race, over 26 miles, in 3 hours and 19 minutes. Today's Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi, ran a time of 2 hours and 8 minutes. Guinn woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get to the race, which started at 10 a.m. He says the security increase was obvious, with security officers stationed all along the course. Before the race began, Guinn took part in a moment of silence to honor last year's bombing victims. He says everyone around him was friendly and in high spirits, and the fans reflected the Boston strong slogan. "There was like an extra boost of energy for me," he said. "The fans would really get you pumped up when you would run through, and when I was down or tired, it was like an extra surge of energy."
Julie Williams Idalou Class of 2013, and daughter of 4th grade teacher Ann Williams, spent the week of November 15, 2013 in Louisville KY, representing Texas as well as Idalou. She was 1 of 5 girls chosen to run for Miss American Angus. These 5 ladies are the top 5 scholarship winners in the nation for the American Angus Auxiliary. The contest consists of a personal interview, a written test and a speech.
Class of 1983 Reunion June 20, 2013
Front Row: Butch Lancaster, Scott Harmon, Lelia Layton Taylor, Kim Barton Smith, Michael Tullos, Tonya Sherrod Railsback
Second Row: Monica Foster Sewell, Julie Everitt Dowdy, Amy Neill Greenfield, Mindy Phipps Mitchell, Lynn Moore Thiel, Clay Baker
Third Row: Randy Robertson, Scott Marshall, Patrick Railsback, Edward Vega
Class of 1960 Reunion June 8, 2013
Front Row: Donald Cave, Stephen Qualls, Perry Don Holder, John Newton, Cora Sue Ward Howard
Back Row: Don Foreman, Linda Cave, Bubber DeBusk, Norma Price Coventry, Mimi Thedford Looper, Eugenia Respondek
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The Idalou rural high school was built in 1922 and completely remodeled in 1936. This was the only rural high school building on the South Plains to have a Radio and Public Address system installed. Loud speakers were placed in all classrooms of both high and ward schools as well as a microphone and loud speaker in the gymnasium. Besides the regular subjects, three years of Homemaking, Bookkeeping and Typing, Vocational Agriculture and Physical Education were added to its curriculum.
Traces of Texas - photo of First Baptist Church 1920's
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