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Student Wins Kindle at Spring Break Hook Up

Thursday, April 10, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Kindle WinnerTyisha Cipriano is what one would call a “gym rat.”

Growing up in Santa Rosa, Cipriano’s father was a well-known and respected varsity basketball coach across the Valley. The tiny town west of Harlingen was also well-known for its basketball tradition so for Cipriano, learning to dribble a basketball came as easily as learning to walk.

Cipriano is currently a freshman at Texas State Technical College and recently attended a series of workshops provided by the Counseling Department at TSTC the week leading up to Spring Break.

Spring Break Hook Up consisted of several workshops educating on the consequences of Drunk Driving, the Dangers of Mexico and Safe Sex and STDs. The three workshops were conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department and the Valley AIDS Council.

Cipriano was one of many students to take advantage of the free workshops and was registered in a drawing. She won a Kindle Fire for attending the events.

“It was all very informative and very interesting,” Cipriano said. “I learned a lot from the presentations and I really liked them too. The prize was just an added bonus.”

Cipriano is in her second semester at TSTC and plans to major in either Sports Medicine or Sports Management. Her dream is to become a trainer for an NBA team after graduation.

Cipriano is currently enrolled in the Academic Core track of studies and plans to transfer after completing her basic courses of academics.

Basketball has been such a big part of her life growing up that Cipriano can’t see herself doing anything else.

Cipriano played basketball for the Lady Warriors as well as volleyball and golf.

But even before she stepped foot on the hardwood as a member of the Santa Rosa basketball team, Cipriano was already well indoctrinated into the world of basketball.

As a sixth grader, Cipriano accompanied her father to Austin when his team reached the Final Four. It was a bitter-sweet moment for the Ciprianos and Santa Rosa as they fell short of their ultimate goal.

But Cipriano said the lessons and values she learned through her involvement in sports has helped her succeed still today.

“I’ve been hanging out in a gym since I was three-years old,” Cipriano said. “Basketball and being part of a team prepared me to do my best in college and be ready for the real world.”

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