Saturday, November 24, 2007

mary delgado

The morning after Mary Delgado and Byron Velvick were labeled a success couple on Brad Womack's 'The Bachelor: After the Final Rose,' Delgado was arrested for assaulting Velvick.

Velvick and Delgado appeared on 'The Bachelor' as an example of success after Brad Womack rejected both of his final women. The couple said they planned to get married in November and claimed they were very happy.

Apparently something went very wrong the next morning as Delgado was arrested and charged with domestic battery at 12:30 am at Pinellas County Jail. She was released later that afternoon. The 40-year-old hit her fiancé's face, cutting his upper lip.

Velvick proposed to Delgado in season six if 'The Bachelor.' Byron and Mary have been engaged for two years and have delayed their wedding plans several times.

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Full moon must be out. Or there's something in the water.

Seems as though everyone's breaking up these days.

The top stories on celebrity gossip Web site TMZ on Friday were:

• Hulk Hogan's wife files for divorce. Am I the only one disappointed by this? Those two seemed like they had a really strong bond and healthy marriage whenever I watched "Hogan Knows Best" (yes, I did just admit that out loud). Are they just another couple who fell victim to a reality show or could they not overcome the stress of their son's car crash in August that left a passenger critically injured?

• Mary Delgado, fiancee to "Bachelor" Byron Velvick from season six of the ABC show, was arrested late Wednesday on domestic battery charges. She is alleged to have punched her beloved in the face, causing his lip to bleed.

Ah, love. It makes us do crazy things.
Deuce the Chihuahua is just a pup, but Deborah Delgado says his little paws can burn up the track.

"Some people take their kids to sporting events; we bring our dogs to dog agility," Delgado said.

The first-ever Gulf Coast Chihuahua Association "Agility Trial" is a challenge course for dogs of all breeds and their owners, too. Some dogs fly at lightning speed, while others prefer to admire the surroundings.

"It all comes back with the relationship to your dog," dog trainer Mary Welpton said.

Which proves not just any old pooch can strut their stuff on the arena floor.

"It takes a lot of time and dedication and repetition. The dogs like routine, so a lot of repetition over and over and over, and eventually they catch on," Deborah Delgado.

Even if you can't get your dog to 'sit', trainers say there's still hope. Just show your dog plenty of love and be persistent, and eventually, they'll come around.

And sometimes, it's the owners that need a little extra practice.

"Even though most of the times I'm the one that makes mistakes, he doesn't know. He just come off the course, wags his tail; I give him a treat; I give him a big kiss, and we wait for the next class," Delgado said.

For a poodle like Happy Go Lucky, every run is a win, especially when it ends with a treat.

"Whenever she does really, really well, we jackpot with hot dogs," Welpton said.

Participants traveled from Vermont, Georgia and the Gulf Coast states. Only three teams were from Mississippi, but Delgado hopes that number grows next year.
St. Dominic School in Garden City pat themselves on the back during an assembly Monday, where they heard their school had won a Governor's Achievement Award. The award went to 75 Kansas schools with high Kansas State Assessment Scores and good attendance or graduation rates.
St. Dominic School and Pierceville-Plymell Elementary School received the Governor's Achievement Award, students at both schools learned this week. The award program was created last year to recognize schools with the highest performances on math and reading Kansas State Assessments.

Trina Delgado, principal of Catholic Schools of Garden City, broke the good news to her St. Dominic students and staff Monday afternoon at a school-wide assembly.

"Everyone gets a star, because you're all superstars," she told them, holding up a box of star-shaped cookies from Herb's Carry Out. All received the cookies at the end of the day.

Delgado said the award was for everyone, even though state assessments aren't administered until students reach third grade. School-wide attendance also is a factor in the achievement award, and staff help lay the groundwork in the early grades for third grade and beyond, she said.

At St. Dominic, 98.9 percent of students tested attained scores of at least "meets standard" on the reading assessment, and all reached scores of at least "meets standard" on math tests. The school's attendance rate last year was 97.9 percent.

Delgado credited a strong staff, hard-working students and involved parents with facilitating the success.

She said the private school works under different circumstances than Garden City's public schools, and that presents a few challenges.

Unlike public schools, St. Dominic, St. Mary and the five other schools in the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City don't receive state funding. They receive some money from the federal government, but they mostly are supported by private donations and tuition, according to Ann Depperschmidt, superintendent of the diocese.

The private schools also have a lot of instruction to fit in the day, Delgado said. Discussion of religion is integrated into the other subjects, and students go to Mass twice a week, she said.

To be accredited, private schools in Kansas must achieve the same requirements as public schools on Kansas State Assessments.

Garden City's public school district uses various programs and interventions to help increase test scores, but Pierceville-Plymell Principal Martha Darter said she thinks it's the school's teachers -- from kindergarten on -- that make the difference.

Teachers work with students individually and in small groups, focusing on how they can "stretch" children's abilities, she said. That goes for those who are on the borderline of proficiency, but also those who already achieve high scores, she said.

Darter said she asks each student to set a goal for improvement, with the idea that individual gains will help the whole school improve. Those who reach their goals have privileges like throwing a pie in the principal's face, she said.

All 85 of Pierceville-Plymell's students last year scored at least "meets standard" on both reading and math Kansas State Assessments. The school's attendance rate was 95.3 percent.

Despite the success, Darter said the pressure's on now for the 2008 assessments administered in a few months.

"As soon as we saw the scores last year, we said, 'OK, what are we going to do to stay there?'" she said.

The Governor's Achievement Award went to 44 elementary schools, 12 middle/junior high schools and 19 high schools. St. Dominic and Pierceville-Plymell were the only recipients in The Telegram's coverage area.

Last year, Wichita County High School in Leoti received the award


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