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Jimenez, Mario Thomas

Mario is the 18 year old son of Mario M. Jimenez, Jr. and Teresa Mills. He is the younger brother of Kimberly and the older brother of Bethany. His grandparents are Mario M. Jimenez, Sr. (deceased), Angelina Jimenez, Michael J. Sepich, and Laura Beth Sepich (deceased).
 
Mario began scouting in McAllen, TX as a Tiger Cub. After moving to Lubbock, he joined Pack 508 and from then on pursued scouting as not only a hobby but also a lifestyle. He loved the Pinewood Derby reaces, and in 2003 won first place! Also in 2003, Mario earned the Arrow of Light Award.
 
During his Jr. High years at J.T. Hutchinson and High School years at Lubbock High, Mario was on the Swim Team, and was involved in and competed in band, robotics, and UIL Math and Science where he won many awards. He graduated with honors from Lubbock High School in May 2010, and is currently attending South Plains College.
 
In 2003, Mario joined Troop 17 where he has been Patrol Leader twice, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Scribe. He attended Summer Camp at Lake Murray for many years, but also attended Camp Post and Camp Tres Ritos for many years as well. In 2005, he attended the National Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia as part of Troop 1839 of the South Plains Council. He was elected by troop members to be the News Reporter, and the Lubbock Avalanche Journal gave him his own column. Mario reported on the events of the troop each day in the column and gave live news reports on the 10:00 news occasionally. Mario got to see President George W. Bush speak as well! This was an amazing trip and something he will always remember! Life is a journey; three years ago Mario understood you can't go it alone, and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. He then began a new journey to seek and pursue God and to follow him with all that he is. He also started attending The Heights Fellowship and joined the Youth Group pastured by Jason Bishop. Mario loved going to Youth and it became a very active part of is life. Mario also believes he would not be where he is today if it were not for the intense descipline invested by Jason, and all the youth workers at The Heights! Mario also was given the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Tokyo, Japan with The Heights last summer. "It was a incredible experience just to see and be part of God's work to move through the Japanese hearts and lives. This trip will be one I will never forget," says Mario. Today, Mario persues Christ and believes he is called to become a Pastor.
 
WHen searching for a need in the community, Mario noticed United Blood Services needed help with landscaping. After their recent construction, they were left with empty plots around their building. Mario arranged with Stan King, the executive director, to allow him to fill the plots with nice rock and build a nice, new picnic table. This helped provide United Blood Services with landscaping which made the building look more attractive, and also gave workers a place to relax and take a break.
 
Mario would like to thank: first and foremost, his parents for all the hard work in raising him and giving him encouragement and guidance to continue throughout lif, to all the adults in troop 157 that helped him push forward and obtain his Eagle, giving him great leadership and encouragement, all the scouts that helped on his Eagle project, Grandpa Sepich who always was a model of how to live, and finally to Jason, Amanda, Toby, Kyle and Leigh Ann, and all those from the Heights who helped him grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.