Reese Education Center graduates 20 students
Twenty students graduated from Reese Education Center on Dec. 20 in the Frenship Performing Arts Center.
David Vroonland, superintendent of the Frenship Independent School District, congratulated the students on graduating from high school, but said they now must choose what to do next.
After reading the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken,” Vroonland said as students choose a road to take, they should find a path leading to their passion — the same advice he gave to his own son a year ago when he was about to graduate high school.
“To find that passion, you need to spend some time reflecting on what you really love,” Vroonland said.
He advised the young graduates not to get sidetracked from their path, to seek perfection in order to capture excellence and to place the needs of others before their own.
Reese graduates also watched a video message from their teachers.
“I hope this is one of many milestones you’ll accomplish in your life,” Ted Bryant, a Reese social studies teacher, said to graduates in the video.
Deana Lewis, an electives teacher, encouraged students to “make good choices and make us proud.”
Larry Holland, a member of the Wolfforth Lions Club, announced Reese graduate Sabrina Martinez as the winner of a $500 Vision Scholarship.
Martinez is the first of her family to graduate from high school, and will be the first to attend college when she starts taking classes at South Plains College.
In attending Reese, Martinez was able to compress four years of high school into two years.
“I had dropped out in ’09,” she said. “I had made a mistake and ended up coming back.”
Now she is looking forward to studying biology in college.
“Oh, there’s so much,” Martinez said of her future as her family members crowded around her vying for hugs.
Holland said he hopes the scholarship puts a fire in Martinez’s heart to help her succeed.
Another graduate, Sarah Baker, said she always knew she would graduate. Baker said she will be studying to be a fashion photographer at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
“I knew I was going to be right here,” she said as she stood in front of the stage at the Performing Arts Center. “Reese was the best decision I ever made.”
Sueli Parra said her time at Reese went by quickly, and she only occasionally wondered if she would make it to graduation. Graduating “means a lot to me and my family,” she said while clutching a trio of bouquets from well-wishers.
Parra hopes to study elementary education and will attend South Plains College.
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