By Alton Porter
CROCKETT – Crockett High School administrators continued a new tradition they started in March, recognizing 10 graduating seniors who have been accepted for enrollment at universities colleges and a vocational school.
Crockett Independent School District Superintendent John Emerich and CHS Principal Deborah Revels recognized the college-bound students at the second installment of the school’s recently established scholastic signing day ceremony held in the Andrew J. Hopkins Activity Center dome on the school’s campus Wednesday, May 26.
The students, who have been accepted into universities, colleges and the vocational school, will graduate along with the rest of the members of their CHS Class of 2021 at a commencement ceremony tomorrow.
The students and their university, college and vocational school choices, are: Sha’Driauna Hackett, Sam Houston State University; Jennefer Cruz, Angelina College; Aaliyah Trishel Price, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Adrianna Gayle Juares, Tyler Junior College; Alexis Cheyanne Goolsby, Angelina College; Carina Villegas Quintero, Sam Houston State University; Shatavia Rodgers, Tyler Junior College; Jacob Walker, Tyler Junior College; Rodrigo Hidalgo, Tulsa Welding School; and Jayron Daquon Wooten, Tulsa Welding School.
“I started this and got this going this year and Mrs. Revels thought this was a great idea,” said Emerich.
“So many times, we have a signing day for someone who’s going to play sports at college, and we do this type of an event. But we don’t do really anything for all those other kids that are going to college, and in my mind, that is just as big a deal as ‘I’m going to college to play football or basketball or whatever it is.’”
Emerich added, “So, we came up with this idea to do this (scholastic) signing day. We’re going to treat it just like you’re signing that letter of intent to go play athletics there. But you’re signing that letter to go and get your college degree.
Emerich continued, “I told the other group (that was recognized on March 10) this: any of you that want to go get a degree and come back and teach, I will guarantee you a job. If you haven’t thought about exactly what you want to do yet, consider teaching. And you’re always welcome to Crockett if you’re a Crockett student. If you get that degree, that’s a standing offer that I’m making to all of you.”
Emerich recalled “When I went to community college, I had no idea what I wanted to do when everyone said, ‘it’s okay; you’ll figure it out by the time you get done with your first two years.’ I got done with my first two years, and I still had no clue what I wanted to do in life.”
“Anyway, whatever you go to do, we wish you success, and we hope that you’ll be successful, and don’t forget about Crockett. Crockett’s a good place to be, especially when you come back, and you want to be here. Congratulations to all of you,” Emerlich told the students.
Revels said, “This is an exciting time for us, and I want all of our kids really to go to college or vocational school. So, we want to make sure we’re preparing them.” Photos of all the students are showcased on the CHS’ web page, Revels said.
Revels told the Courier, “We want to toot our little horn because we are very proud of them.
They’re excellent students. I can see them really being successful in their colleges. They’ve worked really hard and they’re ready. I think they’re prepared.”
About CHS, Revels said, “I want Crockett to know that this is the school to be at. We offer the college courses. We offer certifications. This is where you need to bring your kids. Things are happening here.”