H.R. No. 1591

WHEREAS, Nydia Alonzo has demonstrated outstanding inventiveness and initiative in her instruction of second graders at Leo Marcell Elementary School in Mission, Texas; and WHEREAS, In the course of teaching her students about their home state, she has led them in cooking chili, the state dish, for an open house during Texas Public School Week, and growing jalapeños, the state pepper, in their classroom; she has also acquainted them with the legend of the bluebonnet, the state flower, and with the fact that the Valley's Texas Red Grapefruit is the state fruit; and WHEREAS, While pondering the variety of official state symbols, it occurred to her students that Texas did not have an official state snack; they decided this position of honor rightfully belonged to the tortilla chip, a standard snack in Texas but uncommon fare in other states, as some students had discovered first-hand on their travels; and WHEREAS, Realizing what a wonderful opportunity her students' interest presented, Mrs. Alonzo encouraged them to take the matter of the tortilla chip to their state representative; on April 16, 2002, the class e-mailed State Representative Kino Flores requesting that he propose adding the tortilla chip to the list of official state symbols; from the time of that e-mail, Mrs. Alonzo stayed in close communication with the representative and his staff to monitor progress on her students' petition; and WHEREAS, The idea of recognizing the tortilla chip evolved further, and when the 78th Texas Legislature convened in 2003, HCR 16 was introduced to make tortilla chips and salsa the official state snack; at the appropriate time, Mrs. Alonzo and her class traveled to the Capitol to testify in its favor; the measure subsequently passed both houses with no opposition; and WHEREAS, The young students who had the good fortune to find themselves in Mrs. Alonzo's classroom gained invaluable experience in the workings of representative government, and Texans will soon be able to boast of a new state symbol, thanks to the inspiration of these youngsters and the creative and dedicated efforts of their exceptional teacher; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature hereby honor Nydia Alonzo for her contributions to designating tortilla chips and salsa as the official state snack of Texas and extend to her sincere best wishes for continued success in all her endeavors; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mrs. Alonzo as an expression of high esteem by the Texas House of Representatives. Flores ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 1591 was adopted by the House on May 30, 2003, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House