Representatives of Skills USA Student Group meet with Representative Alonzo Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center – Law Magnet School – Dallas
AUSTIN, TX – On Monday, during Skills USA Day at the Capitol & Mock Legislative Session, student representatives from the national Skills USA program – Dallas affiliate [Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center – Law Magnet School – Dallas ] met with Rep. Alonzo to discuss the importance of Career & Technical Education, and what the program meant to each of them personally. After a Press Conference in the Speaker’s Committee Room, members of the organization visited Capitol Offices, including Rep. Alonzo’s. Rep. Alonzo gave students a ‘pep talk’ on how proud he was of each of them, and the value he places on encouraging all of them to graduate high school and continue their studies in college. The group was led by Criminal Justice Instructor at Townview, Mr. Severo Perez, who is also the Sponsor of Skills USA club at Townview.
After their visit, Rep. Alonzo entertained the group to lunch and took pictures with students in front of the Texas Peace Officers Memorial which is located in the NE grounds of the Capitol. Erected in 1999 by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement in cooperation with the State Preservation Board., the memorial was authorized by the 71st Legislature in 1989 to honor law enforcement officers and corrections personnel whose lives have been lost in the line of duty since August 5, 1823, the date when Stephen F. Austin commissioned the first Texas Peace Officers, the first ten Texas Rangers.
In an interesting chain of events during the visit, Mr. Perez informed Rep. Alonzo and his staff, that his DPS partner Russel Boyd (who was killed while in the line on duty) was among the names engraved on the memorial. Before his teaching career at Townview, Mr. Perez was a DPS patrol officer for a number of years.