Utopia celebrating Veterans Day at high school

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The annual Veterans Day observance will be held at the Utopia High School gym on Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program will be led by the members of the Thomas A. Richey chapter of the National Honor Society and will feature the participation of many students who look forward each year to honoring our veterans. 

It is important for the students to realize the sacrifices  made by all veterans and to feel a sense of patriotism as they perform for them. Every veteran is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Everyone present will be blessed and leave with renewed pride in our veterans and our students. 

Hattie Barham
The 2022 Utopia varsity volleyball team includes (left to right) Kylie Bomer, Haley Perez, Lilly Moore, Bella Bownds, Kinsley Cox, Hallie Moore, Chloe Chamness, Megan Cole and Jayci Barfield.


The Utopia Lady Buffs volleyball team had a very successful season this fall finishing  district 31-A competition in second place. They played Nordheim for the bi-district championship and beat the ladies in three games. They met Tilden in Devine on Nov. 3  where they were defeated, to close out the season.

Seniors on this 2022 team include Kylie Bomer, Bella Bownds and Hailey Perez. Several first timers made significant contributions to the team this year as well. Chad Chamness coached the ladies during this fun season and lots of faithful fans followed them offering encouragement from the stands. 


Utopia FFA members, under the leadership of Megan Fullen, have been on the road competing in many of the contests that extend classroom learning. 

At a recent contest held at Palo Alto College in San Antonio Rodrigo Rios placed third in Spanish creed speaking. The  junior FFA quiz team of Max Feller, Alexis Long, Augustus Black, Cheyanne Westbrook, Riley Nunn and Rios placed fifth.

The senior quiz team of Addison Burgin, Brayden Long, Kinsley Cox, Hallie Moore, Cora Dean, and Chloe Matocha placed ninth.  The students, all decked out in their FFA blue jackets, are enjoying these competitions and have been representing our community well. The speaking skills developed in FFA can provide a lifetime of benefit.  

Around Town

The Fall Festival, sponsored by the Buffalo Backers and the Utopia School, was a great success. The circus themed parade may have just been the best one ever. Karen and Roy Heideman served as parade marshals. Karen has worked as business manager for the Utopia School for 30 years. Roy is retired from his superintendent position at the Lost Maples State Natural Area and both are very involved in all community projects.  

The senior cakes get more beautiful each year and bidders had great fun with the help of auctioneer Wyatt McBride. 

The weekend ended with the great white-out of Utopia’s Main Street, but teenage trash pickers were on the job early Monday morning to help clean up their handiwork. With the price of bathroom tissue it seems some parents might have sent bags for recycling.  Without the usual after Halloween rain the paper was in fine condition and appeared to be of high quality. None of that cheap stuff that easily breaks for the seasoned wrappers of our community.

Johnny Cazares, who was seriously injured in a car wreck this summer, rides on a parade float with Nicole Duke as junior class favorites.

John Garafono drives parade marshals Karen and Roy Heideman during the Utopia school Fall Festival parade down Main Street. The event was held Oct. 29.

Top lion tamer during the circus-themed Utopia school Fall Festival is Kinley McBeth, with canine Judy.