Forty-four diplomas were presented in TEAM School graduation exercises held May 23 at The Heights Church.
Kendall Sampley was recognized as the top graduate of the TEAM Class of 2019, with the academic top ten percent also including Ethan Leonard, Eli Thrasher and Ethan Valenzuela. The graduates also included Benito Aguilar, Christina Applegate, Manuela Barrera, Kobe Carroll, Kaleigh Cobb, Saul Diaz, Christopher Duran, Dayzi Foote, Matthew Gonzales, Pete Gonzales, Gabriel Harman, Logan Hart, Tommi Jones, Ana Juarez, Thomas Kavadas, Makenna Leonardi, Dylan LaFountain, Brayden Martin, Braxton Martindale, Anai Martinez, Melissa Mata, Dylan McClain, Mary McCullough, Autumn Morrison, Jacobe Peet, Jose Perez, Krysten Poehler, Armando Ramirez-Reynaga, Juanita Ramirez, Jaycee Ritz, Johana Chavez, Violet Salinas, Julian Santos, Hunter Senior, Olivia Tran, Christian Trevino, Reagan Tune, Damien Velasquez, Romeo West and Michael Yancy.
Scholarship awards and recognitions were presented to several of the graduates including The Farris Whitehead Spirit of Service Award to Kaleigh Cobb and Anai Martinez. Established in memory of the late pastor of The Heights, the honored is presented annually to two students who display unselfish service to others.
Friendship Circle of King’s Daughters, a longtime partner with TEAM School through the Adopt-A-School program, presented $500 scholarships to Ethan Leonard, who will be attending Texas State Technical College in Waco, and Ethan Valenzuela, who will attend Sam Houston State University.
A new scholarship established for TEAM School graduates by the Cleburne Bible Church iServe Missions project was presented for the first time. The One More for Jesus Scholarship provides for two years at Hill College, with students receiving an Associate’s Degree upon completion. The 2019 recipients are Dayzi Foote and Melissa Mata.
Superintendent Dr. Kyle Heath congratulated the graduates on their achievements, noting they didn’t do it alone.
“You are here tonight because you overcame obstacles and things that stood in your path,” Heath said. “But you didn’t do it alone—you had parents, friends and teachers who believed in you.”
“Hope is quintessential in life,” Heath said. “With that goes passion. I encourage you to find your passion in life—and pursue it. I hope you have the courage to take that first next step after graduation, and whatever you do, make a difference for others. If you do that, you’ll receive a return ten-fold.”
Don Hunt, who served eight years as the youth pastor of Cleburne Bible Church, was the keynote speaker at the event.
“I’m a fan of TEAM School,” Hunt said. “I love what this school does for kids and does for the community. You came to TEAM School and had to grab your education. Education is something we all need. There’s life lessons to be learned, but education helps us know how to complete something.”
In sharing that “success was not determined by huge things achieved, but rather a string of good decisions,” Hunt challenged the graduates to go and be “what they wanted to see in this world.”
“As you get ready to go into the world, please know we are ridiculously proud of you, and your parents, for the sacrifices they made to help you arrive at this day,” Hunt said. “Now that you have achieved this level in your education, it will take a continuing commitment to make it in life. As you walk across this stage, you will be different because you have achieved something. But the next step, whether it be a job, college or the military, will take commitment. Be committed to whatever you set yourself up to do.”
“God has something you are destined to do, and education is an element that will take you to that next step,” he said. “The Bible talks about faith, hope and love being great, with love being the greatest. There is hope, knowing God isn’t finished with you yet.”
The 44-member TEAM School Class of 2019 was honored in graduation ceremonies held May 23 at The Heights Church.
Cleburne ISD Superintendent Dr. Kyle Heath presents Dayzi Foote with her diploma during TEAM School graduation exercises held May 23 at The Heights Church. Forty-four students were honored at the evening event.