Reese graduate accelerates education after major accident
Anthony “Big Tony” Solis walked across the stage for graduation from
Reese Education Center a year earlier than expected.
When he was 15 years old, he was told he would never walk again.
Solis was riding with two other students from Frenship High School on Sept. 14, 2011, when they wrecked near a fire station on Milwaukee Avenue near 19th Street.
“I remember driving down Milwaukee, going pretty fast,” he said. He passed out after the crash, and woke up to find himself surrounded by firefighters.
Solis had been in the back seat, and he was ejected from the pickup. He said he broke his neck in the crash.
All three boys in the vehicle survived. Isiah Washington, another passenger in the truck, also graduated from Reese last week. The driver, Ivan Uribe, is a student at FHS, Solis said.
“We’re three lucky guys,” Solis said.
He took inspiration from his experience recovering.
“I wasn’t spared for no reason,” he said.
For two months, Solis studied at home while he recovered. When he went to Reese Education Center, he said his goal was to simply catch up to his classmates in the class of 2014.
But because of his experiences, he said he decided to get a jump on life and finish high school early.
Solis plans to start classes at South Plains College in the fall to major in commercial music. He hopes to open a small recording studio.
He is already performing as “Big Tony,” and will be an opening act for “Lil’ Flip” in an upcoming performance in Floydada.
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