Hope everyone had a great Independence Day, even though most of the fireworks in the area have been canceled this year due to dry conditions. I recently met another kind of “shooting star” who, like many new graduates, is gearing up for new adventures this fall.
Cedar Creek High School’s Class of 2022 graduate Harlie Warren received the Catholic Life Insurance Scholarship at her annual branch meeting last month.
Warren is the daughter of Mark and Janet Warren, and granddaughter of Clayton and Wanda Hoffman of Rockne, Rick Kellison of Bastrop, Beva Carlisle of McDade, and the late Mark Warren Sr. She will attend Texas A&M University this fall, where she is enrolled in engineering school but is considering a retraining in physics on the astrophysics sector.
“I’ve always been fascinated by space and space exploration, and I want to contribute to that,” Warren said. “I hope to one day work at NASA and help bring humanity back into space and actively explore our solar system.”
In addition to the Catholic Life Scholarship, she was awarded the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Cougar Moats Memorial Scholarship, Bright and Shiny Carwash PTSA Scholarship, Rockne Knights of Columbus Scholarship, St. Anne’s Society Scholarship, Father Bernard Goertz. , the Texas A&M Tuition Help Scholarship, and the Bastrop County A&M Club Scholarship.
Warren is also an accomplished singer and was an active participant in her high school’s drama program, both as part of the cast and by making costumes for the shows.
We are so proud of this young woman and can’t wait to see what she accomplishes as she leaves her mark on the world, or in her case, the universe!
The fifth annual Herman Fest will take place this Saturday at Leon’s Country Store. In addition to music all day, the event will feature a silent auction starting at 2 p.m., a fried chicken and sausage meal at 4 p.m. and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. The meal is $13 a plate for fried chicken and homemade sausage, both made by the Meuth family of Meuth’s Place in Rockne and sides made by Melissa Meuth of C and G Catering.
The music will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the Trophy Husbands and Spare Parts, followed by Brandi Behlen at 4 p.m. and the Wyatt Ellis Band at 6 p.m. Hometown favorite Logan Tucker returns from Nashville to round out the music for the night, playing from 9 p.m. to midnight.
As well as a day of great music and food, the auctions help raise money for local friends in need and this year the event will benefit Buster Huckaby and Tabitha Osborn-Gilcrease.
Huckaby is a veteran who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in June 2020. The road to recovery has been long, including facial reconstructive surgery, skin grafts, multiple eye surgeries and ongoing physical therapy . He currently lives in a facility in Houston but will soon return to Bastrop to live in Argent Court. He needs help with his medical bills and living expenses to help him move to Bastrop where he will receive better care and be closer to his friends.
Osborn-Gilcrease is a cousin of Herman who recently lost her husband of only five months, Alvin Gilcrease, who was hospitalized and died after being hit by an 18-wheeler driving in the wrong lane. Alvin, who had been a dedicated lineman for over 18 years, had just started a new job and had no benefits yet, so Herman Fest helps Tabitha with medical bills and final expenses. For more information about Herman Fest, or to donate items for the silent or live auction, call 512-304-8379 or email [email protected]