Guest Speakers Series

Simon Purnell

Simon Purnell, is a criminal defense lawyer, practicing primarily in the Corpus Christi area courts. He is admitted to the Bar in Texas, New York and Illinois, the federal courts of the southern, western and eastern districts of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court Federal Court of Appeals. Born and raised in Venezuela by British parents, he moved to the United States in 1991 to complete his studies. Upon completing law school, he was an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas. Subsequently, he went into private practice in Corpus Christi and is currently the sole proprietor of the Purnell Law Firm defending the accused in both federal and state courts as a court appointed and retained attorney. .


Lt Col Chad M. Hivnor

Lt Col Chad M. Hivnor, a Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes is the treatment of wounded warriors and  in the care of scars was our Guest Speaker for the High School Activity last night.

Dr. Hivnor graduated from the US Air Force Academy and received his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. One of the nation’s foremost laser experts in the country was just awarded the Paul Myers Award (US Air Force physician who has made the most significant contribution to the continued good health of the men and women of the Air Force).

He discussed the topic of “Leadership” with the young fellows.  He broached the fact that Leadership is synonym with Character and as such, one of the most important aspect of Leadership is Unity of Life (school, church, job, family).  “Magnanimity and humility define a leader” said Dr. Hivnor as he emphasized that leadership is a lifelong pursuit that requires constant action since the opposite, inaction is equivalent to lukewarmness in our faith and therefore very detrimental to all we undertake. “Do not be afraid to act and make a mistake.  Leadership is within the reaches of everyone!”

A very tight water-polo game followed afterwards by pizza and ice-cream made it a great Saturday for the young folks.


James Royals

James Royals,from Chevy Chase, Maryland, will wing as a naval aviator September 13, 2013 and fly multi-engine carrier based aircraft out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia. He’s the 6th of 8 children and graduated from The Heights in 2007. He went on to graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2011 with a B.S. in English and started flight school September 2011.

James came a couple of weeks ago all the way from Corpus Christi to give a talk to High School fellows on “What it takes to join the Navy!” The audience was clearly engaged and very entertained listening to James talk about his first solo flight, life on Campus and his new assignment.

Many of the young men asked James about the process to enroll in the Academy to which he happily obliged.

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