Student earns degree through perserverance


Juan Zamora (left) is presented his certificate of Graduation by Scherry Scarborough of the Reese Education Center.

Juan Zamora was presented with a high school diploma Aug. 11 by the Frenship Independent School District Board of Education at the start of its board meeting. Zamora had taken the state math test five times before receiving word earlier that same day that he had passed and would receive his diploma. Zamora had attended Reese Education Center, Frenship’s alternative program, since his sophomore year. He now works as a cook at Lone Wolf Express.

Why did you go to Reese Education Center?
“I was at the high school and I wasn’t doing so well, and they bused me over there to Reese. They thought it would be better on me, so that’s why I went. It was my sophomore year, well, I was supposed to be a junior. I was at Reese two years.”

What did you think about Reese?
“I liked it. I thought it was a good school. The teachers were good. The principal’s all right.”

Why did you keep taking it? A lot of people would have given up.
“I was dedicated to graduating so bad that I couldn’t give up. This was something I wanted. Even though it was a lot of hassle, dealing with that one test, I wanted it bad. I wanted that piece of paper so bad.”

Did you have any doubts that you would succeed?
“Yeah, I had a lot of doubts that I was going to get it, that I wasn’t going to pass. I thought I was never going to graduate, but I just tried and tried, tried my hardest, and finally I succeeded at what I wanted to accomplish.”

What are your other interests?
“Work, play a little football here and there. That was my dream, to play football, but I messed up at the high school. I didn’t keep my grades up, so I couldn’t play football. That’s basically what I do, just go to work, play a little football, listen to music.”

What are your goals now?
“Get a good job. Basically, support myself. I was thinking about college, but I don’t know. I still haven’t decided.”

Is there anyone you want to thank for keeping you motivated?
“I thank my mom and my dad, first of all. They always told me just to keep on, keep on. And some thanks to one of my math teachers, Miss (Ryann) Insall. If it wasn’t for her, showing me how to do all that math and all that, passing all my algebras in one year, getting all my credits, I gotta thank her. And the whole Reese staff, they were always there for me when I needed them, and my grandmother.”

Is there any advice that you have to others?
“Just keep on trying. Whoever is out there and has doubts, that they can’t graduate, you can. It’s hard to explain, but if you put your mind to anything, you can accomplish what you want to accomplish.”

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