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Fifty-One in TEAM School 2018 Graduating Class

The Cleburne TEAM School hosted commencement exercises May 24 honoring 51 graduates, led by class academic leaders Payton Richardson and Zoe Summers.

            The TEAM Class of 2018 includes Azure Cain, Brenna Cornelius, Gabriella Reyes-Segura, also named to the Top Ten Percent, and Selina Aguilar, Jocelyn Ali, Taytum Argumaniz, Holly Campbell, William Canady, Andrea Castañuela, Autumn Clark, Devon Conger, Alyssa Davis, Chloe Deist, Jada Dunnam, Sage Fossett, Erick Garcia-Najera, David Garner, Jr., Imani Guidry, Hope Hale, Jasmine Hebenstreit, Paloma Herrera-Galvan, Hogan Hill, Eric Jacobs, Isaac Jarmon, Jose Jimenez, Chance Linton, Juan Mata, Chloe Meland, Jesli Mireles, Gage Murdick, Jaci Palmer, Lauren Palmer, Pebbles Quimi-Nuñez, Guillermo Ramirez, Jasmine Ramirez, Javier Ramirez, Rebekah Ruis, Deliah Saenz, Joeseff Scott, Brian Smith II, Jacob Smith, Natalie Suarez-Fonseca, Abby Tanner, Parker Thrasher, Mariana Vazquez, Michelle Ward, Ian Watkins, Michelle Wilson and Yesenia Zapata.

            As Valedictorian, Richardson said TEAM school provided her with opportunities to challenge herself academically that no other school could offer. She posted a GPA of 3.885 to finish first in her class and plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington to major in kinesiology followed by post-graduate study to ultimately obtain a doctorate in physical therapy.

            “Some look at TEAM as an easy way out, but we graduates know differently,” she stated in her address to classmates. “We are held accountable for our work. It’s all on us.”

“It’s been 1001 days since the first day of high school,” she said. “It’s gone by faster than I ever imagined—it feels like it was just last week. There have been so many wonderful experiences in my time at TEAM School, including my participation in the King’s Daughters Snack Pack program with Irving Elementary. It opened my eyes to the world of change.”

“After today, we will experience what it is like to grow up,” Richardson said. “As a class, we won’t remember who scored at the top in physics or senior English. Instead, I will be thinking of the scientists, parents, photographers, teachers, social activists and more coming out of this group of graduates. I know we are going to do great things.”

            Richardson, who surprised each classmate with the gift of a Bible placed under their seats, ended her address with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” receiving a standing ovation from fellow graduates.

            For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” 

            Richardson and Summers were awarded $500 scholarships from the Friendship Circle of King’s Daughters, a longtime Adopter of the TEAM School campus. Summers, as salutatorian, graduated with a GPA of 3.690. She will be attending Hill College to receive an Associate’s Degree in nursing, with plans to continue with her studies to become a Registered Nurse.

            Keynote speakers at the ceremony, held at The Heights Church, were Jordan Williams and Preston Griffith. Both TEAM School graduates have continued with their educations and are employed by CareFlite.

            “TEAM School teachers go far beyond to help you reach your goal,” Griffith said. “Years after I graduated I still remember these teachers. You will return to this school and thank them, just as I did.”

            Williams, who is a 2003 graduate, will be enrolling in EMT classes in the fall.

            “I can see a wide variety of emotions as I look out across this group of graduates, including pride in your accomplishments,” he said. “You’ve made it and it’s a milestone to remember. Fifteen years later I still remain in touch with TEAM School. They truly care about the success of their students and they are inspiring mentors.”

            “Don’t stop with your high school diploma,” Williams said. “Want something more for yourself. Set a goal and keep learning.”

            The ceremony was highlighted by several presentations including the Spirit of Service Award, named for the longtime pastor of the church, the late Rev. Farris Whitehead. The honorees are chosen by the faculty in reflecting the same character as Whitehead: compassion, generosity, hard work and caring. This year the award was presented to Hogan Hill, Holly Campbell and Autumn Clark.

            Abby Tanner was also recognized as one of two state recipients of the $1,000 Taylor Marceau Scholarship awarded to a graduate of the Texas Alternative Education Program. Tanner received the scholarship in February at the Texas Association for Alternative Education state conference.

 

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Natalie Fonseca receives her diploma from Superintendent Dr. Kyle Heath during TEAM School commencement exercises honoring 51 graduates. Fonseca also achieved her Certified Nurse Aide state certification through the Career and Technology Education program at Cleburne High School.

 

Members of the TEAM School 2018 graduating class include Valedictorian Payton Richardson, Salutatorian Zoe Summers, Azure Cain, Brenna Cornelius, Gabriella Reyes-Segura, Selina Aguilar, Jocelyn Ali, Taytum Argumaniz, Holly Campbell, William Canady, Andrea Castañuela, Autumn Clark, Devon Conger, Alyssa Davis, Chloe Deist, Jada Dunnam, Sage Fossett, Erick Garcia-Najera, David Garner, Jr., Imani Guidry, Hope Hale, Jasmine Hebenstreit, Paloma Herrera-Galvan, Hogan Hill, Eric Jacobs, Isaac Jarmon, Jose Jimenez, Chance Linton, Juan Mata, Chloe Meland, Jesli Mireles, Gage Murdick, Jaci Palmer, Lauren Palmer, Pebbles Quimi-Nuñez, Guillermo Ramirez, Jasmine Ramirez, Javier Ramirez, Rebekah Ruis, Deliah Saenz, Joeseff Scott, Brian Smith II, Jacob Smith, Natalie Suarez-Fonseca, Abby Tanner, Parker Thrasher, Mariana Vazquez, Michelle Ward, Ian Watkins, Michelle Wilson and Yesenia Zapata.