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2 0 2 0 L E H S S E N I O R G R A D U AT I O N P L A N S We know that many of you have questions regarding graduation this year. Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID 19, we have rescheduled our in-person graduation for 8:00 pm on June 25, 2020 at Harris Field. Group size restrictions prior to this date will be in place which will severely limit our ability to proceed with the normal graduation ceremonies. The majority of seniors surveyed indicated that they would prefer a regular graduation with no restrictions if possible. In order to accomplish this, the June 25th date was chosen. We will offer a live stream on the high school and district Facebook pages for those who are unable to attend the ceremony in person as we have done in past years. We fully recognize that there are no perfect solutions but we want to ensure that our class of 2020 will be able to celebrate in proper fashion.

Ronnie Thompson, Superintendent

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VALEDICTORIAN Clay Bourne Clay is the son of Cheryl and Andy Bourne. He was a member of National Honor

Society, Varsity Choir, and a four- year All Region Choir selection.

Clay will graduate Summa Cum Laude and will attend Austin College to pursue a degree in psychology and a minor in music.

SALUTATORIAN Lilybeth Mendez Lilybeth is the daughter of Maricruz and Julio Mendez.

She was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Interact Club, Book Club, Academic UIL, Spanish Club, Art Club, and Leadership. Lilybeth will graduate Summa Cum Laude and will attend Texarkana College in the fall.

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McKenzyeWilliamson Sardinas McKenzye is the daughter of Kenyatte Williamson and Cynthia and Gabriel Sardinas. She was involved in Track and Field, Powerlifting, and a four-year member of the Varsity Softball Team. McKenzye was also a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, and Leadership. McKenzye will graduate Summa Cum Laude and will attend the University of Texas at Tyler to pursue a degree in nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner. TatiannaMathis Tatianna is the daughter of Tomeka Block, and the sister of Grace Rose. She was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Spanish Club, Book Club, Leadership, and an active member of Varsity Choir. Tatianna will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will attend the University of Texas in Austin in the fall.

Crystal Tovar Crystal is the daughter of Beatriz and Jose Tovar.

She was a member of National Honor Society, Book Club, and Band. Crystal will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will join the Army in June.

Ethan Brooks Ethan is the son of Angela and Stacy Brooks.

He played Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball. He was also a member of National Honor Society and Interact Club. Ethan will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will attend Louisiana State University in Shreveport to pursue a degree in nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner.

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Myah Seguin Myah is the daughter of Monique Dennis and Justin Seguin. She was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and Leadership. Myah will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will attend the University of Central Arkansas to pursue a degree in nursing.

Camiya Easter Camiya is the daughter of Shante Jones. She was a member of Band, Spanish Club, Interact Club, and National Honor Society. Camiya will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will attend Texas Southern University to pursue a degree in biology to become a Dentist.

Kirsten Stuard Kirsten is the daughter of Kaleisha Barber. She was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and played Varsity Volleyball. Kirsten will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will attend Texarkana College in the fall.

DanielleThomas Danielle is the daughter of Karen and Allen Thomas.

She was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership and Varsity Track. Danielle holds the record for the 4x2 sprint relay and a two-time State Champ in the 4x4. Danielle will graduate Magna Cum Laude and will attend Tarleton State University on a track scholarship and pursuing a degree in biology.

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BY ETHAN BROOKS L IBERTY-EYLAU SENIOR 2020 LEHS SENIOR PERSPECTIVE

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would be an understatement. This was supposed to be my time to shine. For three years I looked forward to my senior year of baseball and it was finally here. I had fully recovered and felt good after hernia surgery in the winter. The day arrived and we began our 2020 Leopards Baseball season. Our team played well together. We were firing on all cylinders. Coach Fowler’s hard work over the past three years had prepared us for this season. Our season! At first we were overlooked, but after putting up some nice wins against some solid teams, including a 5A crosstown rival, people began to notice. Our tournament season began and our success continued. Around that time we started hearing rumors of a virus going around. Then we heard rumors they may suspend our season. No way that could happen, right? On Friday, March 13th, the unthinkable happened. We were playing in Hallsville, Texas when we were told that UIL was suspending the season for two weeks. We had one game left that night. I would have never thought that would be the last time I would step foot on a baseball field as a Leopard. We dominated our opponent that night. I went three for four and made some nice plays at second. We loaded the bus for home confident we would play baseball again soon. We were wrong. Things went from TO SAY I HAD BIG EXPECTATIONS FOR MY SENIOR YEAR

…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…” —Jeremiah 29:11

bad to worse. On Monday we were told school would be closed, and we were

placed in quarantine. What the heck do you do in quarantine? Not much, apparently. Soon I became worried my senior year could be in jeopardy. A call from Coach Fowler confirmed my fears. My time as a Leopard was over. No playoffs, no Senior Night, no prom, no Senior Banquet, no Sports Banquet, no Top 20 Banquet, no walk-through of the elementary in our cap and gown, no fanfare. I was sent home on a random Monday, and with that my senior year was over. I didn’t know how to process it. I was angry and sad at the same time. Everything I worked so hard for was taken from me by no fault of my own. My new life consisted of quarantine, homeschool, social distancing, sheltering in place, and fears of running out of toilet paper. As I sit here writing this, I should be walking across the stage, receiving my diploma. Thankfully, we will get a traditional graduation, even if a little late. If I have learned anything from this ordeal, it is to cherish every moment. You never know when it could be taken away from you. Seniors of 2020 were dealt a bad hand, however we are now better equipped than any other class to overcome adversity and hardship. We were the babies of 9/11, and the seniors of a worldwide pandemic. There is nothing we can’t persevere through. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my coaches, my teachers, my family, my classmates, my doubters, and especially God.

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2020 TRINITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GRADUATES

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On May 21, 2020, Trinity Christian School conducted the school’s 2020 graduation ceremony. The school was able to facilitate the ceremony by employing all recommended social distancing measures and limiting attendance to the live event. The ceremony was live streamed for those unable to attend in person. School leaders, families and students were grateful to have the opportunity to have this event close to the original date. The ceremony highlighted the graduating class’s diligence and commitment to pursue excellence in everything they participated in over the years. This was evident as we began to honor each student’s achievements during the ceremony. The 2020 graduating class of Trinity was comprised of state champion athletes, current missionaries, a National Merit Scholar, along with, a host of students receiving top academic honors and scholarships, and most importantly, students with hearts to serve and honor God in their future endeavors. To say we are proud of this class would be an understatement.

Dr. Greg Jones, Superintendent

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JayceWinford Leeper Jayce is the son of Gina and Jason Leeper and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He attended TCS for 13 years, where he was involved in Basketball, Baseball, Track, Football, Band, National Honor Society, and TCS Chapel Worship Team. Jayce was also Student Council President. He has served on mission trips to Denver and California. Jayce received the Senior Bible Award, Composition I and II Award, and the College Algebra Award. Because of his outstanding GPA, he also received the Presidential Excellence Award and the All A Honor Roll Award. The Trinity Christian School staff selected Jayce to receive the Warrior Award, which is the highest honor as a student. He plans to attend Dallas Baptist University and major in Biblical Studies. Jayce’s favorite verse is Acts 20:24.

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Evan Paul Miller Evan is the son of Amy and Paul Miller and is a member of Saint Edward’s Church.

He attended TCS for four years and participated in Baseball, Cross Country, Track, Forge, and National Honor Society. Evan served on a mission trip to Mexico in 2017. Evan received the Senior Economics-Civics Award and the All A Honor Roll Award. Evan is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and awarded the National Merit Texas Tech University Scholarship. He has been offered an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He is still deciding upon which path he will ultimately pursue. Evan’s favorite verse is Psalm 37: 39.

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Emily ElizabethWaters Emily is the daughter of Tammy and Russell Waters and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She attended TCS for 15 years, where she participated in Track, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf, Student Council, Forge, and National Honor Society. She was in Dance for 15 years and TBC Student Leader Internship Team for two years. Emily was also Student Council Vice- President. She served on mission trips to Denver and Colorado. Because of her genuine love for Christ and others, the TCS staff chose Emily to receive the school’s top honor, the Warrior Award. She also received the All A Honor Roll Award. She plans on attending Ouachita Baptist University and will major in Community and Family Services with the long-term goal of obtaining a master’s degree in Christian Counseling. Emily’s favorite verse is Matthew 5:16.

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Isaac DallinDavis Dallin is the son of Jeri and Chris Davis and is a member of Beech Street First Baptist Church. He attended TCS for 15 years where he participated in Cross Country, Band, and National Honor Society. He plans on attending the University of Central

Arkansas and majoring in Biology. Dallin’s favorite verse is Joshua 1:9.

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Gregory Hayden Adams Hayden is the son of Angela and Greg Adams and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He attended TCS for 16 years where he was a member of the National Honor Society for four years. This year, Hayden took part in the Big Bass Junior Championship Nationals representing the state of Arkansas and selected for the 2020 Bassmaster’s high school all-state fishing team. He plans to complete an HVAC apprenticeship after graduation. Hayden’s favorite verse is Proverbs 17:17.

George AndrewCox George is the son of Gloria and Charlie Cox and is a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He attended TCS for eight years where he participated in Cross Country, Track, Basketball, Baseball, and Football. He plans on attending SAU Tech-Camden and major in Fires Science and Engineering hoping to secure employment with the Texarkana Fire Department. George’s favorite verse is Psalm 118:6.

Chase Arden Crow Chase is the son of Nicole and Charles Crow and is a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He attended TCS for 14 years, where he participated in Band, Forge, and National Honor Society. He plans to attend Southern Arkansas University in the fall. Chase’s favorite verse is Matthew 6:6.

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Madalyn Claire Dowell Madalyn is the daughter of Denise and James Dowell and is a member of Faith Assembly of God where she serves in children’s church. She attended TCS for five years and participated in Golf, Forge, National Honor Society, and was a part of the Texarkana Razorback Trap Team. Madalyn was All-State in Golf her junior and senior years and a part of the 2019 Golf State runner-up team. She plans on attending the University of Central Arkansas and will major in Political Science and Public Administration with plans to attend law school. Madalyn’s favorite verse is 1 John 3:18-20. Hallie Elizabeth Fant Hallie is the daughter of Shelly Beck and Steven Fant and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She attended TCS for five years and participated in Basketball, Softball, Band, and the National Honor Society. Hallie has served on mission trips to Denver, Mexico, and San Diego. Hallie received the Anatomy and Physiology Award. She will attend Texas A&M-Texarkana this fall and major in Psychology. Hallie’s favorite verse is Ephesian 2:10.

Riley Briann Jeane Riley is the daughter of Jessica and Brandon Jeane and is a member of Beech Street First Baptist Church. She attended TCS for four years and participated in Softball, Cheer, Basketball, Yearbook, National Honor Society, Forge, and was Student Council Secretary. She plans on attending Ouachita Baptist University in the fall and majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Gastroenterology. Riley’s favorite verse is Proverbs 31:30.

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Rashad Jamell Jones Shad is the son of Brooke and Jermone Jones and is a member of Mount Grove Baptist Church. He attended TCS for seven years and participated in Basketball, Cross Country and Track. He is planning to attend Texas A&M-Texarkana in the fall, hoping to become a Vet Technician. Shad’s favorite verse is Isaiah 26:4.

Matthew Jonathan Jones Matt is the son of Christi and Greg Jones and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He attended TCS for one year and participated in Football and National Honor Society.

He has played football since the age of five and has accepted a gray shirt offer from East Texas Baptist University football team, where he will attend in the fall. Matt is planning to major in Kinesiology. Matt’s favorite verse is Matthew 11:28.

Brian SethMcDonald Seth is the son of Pam and Brian McDonald and is a member of the Faith Assembly of God. He attended TCS for four years where he participated in Basketball, Track, Baseball, Football, Band, Forge, TCS Chapel Worship Team and National Honor Society. Seth served on mission trips to Israel, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Brazil. He plans to attend the University of Arkansas-Hope, then transfer to Full Sail University to major in sound and video engineering and pursue a degree in Biblical Theology. Seth’s favorite verse is John 14:6.

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RhettThomas Nelson Rhett is the son of Holly and Russ Nelson and is a member of Beech Street First Baptist Church. He attended TCS for 13 years and participated in Basketball, Track, Cross Country, and Forge. Rhett has been a member of the state championship track team and also been the State Champion Pole Vaulter for the past three years. He served on mission trips to Mexico and Cleveland. He has accepted an offer to join the Track and Field team at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville where

he will major in Business and Marketing. Rhett’s favorite verse is Matthew 6:34.

Jessica Abigail Starr Abi is the daughter of Dee Ann and Greg Starr and is a member of First Baptist Church Texarkana. She attended TCS for five years and participated in Golf, Band, Forge, National Honor Society, and was Student Council Representative. Abi has received All-State honors in Golf for three years, first individual at district golf in 2019, and was a member of the 2019 Golf State runner-up team. She has served on mission trips to Arkadelphia, Arlington, and Los Angeles. She received the All A Honor Roll Award. Abi completed her graduation requirements at the end of the first semester, which allowed her to begin her freshman year at East Texas Baptist University this past January. She is pursuing a degree in Biology. Abi’s favorite verse is Lamentations 3:22-23. Colby Jordan Smith Colby is the son of Laura and Steve Smith and is a member of Trinity Baptist Youth and attends the Spiritual Mosaic bible study. He attended TCS for nine years, where he participated in Cross Country, Track and Forge. Colby served on three mission trips to Mexico, two to Honduras, and one to Haiti. Colby also served as the summer intern at the Honduras Baptist Dental Mission in 2019. Colby appreciates TCS allowing him the opportunity to finish high school while serving on the mission field in Honduras. He hopes to continue in the mission field in a Latin American country. Colby’s favorite verse is John 15:13.

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Meg KathleenWallace Meg is the daughter of Denise and Glen Wallace and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She attended TCS for 15 years, where she participated in Cheer, Basketball, and Band. Meg has been in dance for ten years and a dance assistant for the past two years. She has served on mission trips to Denver, Colorado, San Diego, and California. She plans to attend Texas A&M-Texarkana in the

fall and will study both Dance and Nursing. Meg’s favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 13:1-7.

JackDavidHuntze Jack is the son of Lisa and Rick Huntze. He attended Trinity Christian School from kindergarten until the end of fourth grade when he went to be with the Lord. Jack loved school, sports, his family, his friends, and most of all, his God. Jack was smart, funny, and kind-hearted. Although we can only guess what college he might have attended, or what career he would have pursued, we know that he would be extremely proud of these graduates standing here today! On behalf of Jack, the Huntze family would like to thank Trinity Christian School and the class of 2020 for keeping Jack in your hearts, and for all the love and support you’ve shown our family over the years. We are excited and encouraged to watch the Senior class of 2020 graduate and make a positive impact on the world! ReaganDanielle Whitehead Reagan is the daughter of Jennifer and Bryan Whitehead and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She attended TCS for nine years where she participated in Softball, Cheer, Basketball, Cross Country, Track, Yearbook, and Forge. She was also a part of the Student Leader Internship with Trinity Baptist Church. Reagan served in mission trips to Memphis, Denver, and San Diego. She plans on attending the Salon Professional Academy in Little Rock hoping to become a Medical Esthetician and Wellness Spa Owner. Reagan’s favorite verse is Psalm 136:1.

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BY JAYCE LEEPER TRINITY CHRI STIAN SCHOOL SENIOR 2020 TCS SENIOR PERSPECTIVE

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Jayce giving his Valedictory Address at Trinity Christian School Graduation on May 21, 2020.

THE SOOTHING SOUND OF “POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE”

may bring vivid memories to one’s mind of times gone past, memories of high school graduation along with the years that preceded. For many years, it has had the opposite effect for me. Rather, it gave me a vision of the future—when that piece would welcome my class to the auditorium in our caps and gowns. It brought an image of an ideal senior year, of prom, sports seasons, and all the festivities that I have seen seniors experience for years. The chorus brought ideas for my final days of high school, turning in my books one last time, and yes, maybe even a few senior pranks. But where did all of this go? While I am grateful to have had the opportunity to walk down an aisle in my cap and gown to the tune of that song, there were aspects that were simply not the same. What happened to the track, baseball, and softball seasons that were just barely getting started? Where was the senior prom that many have spoken of for years past? And more pressingly, who was going to fill my principal’s office with balloons and line the walls of classrooms with sticky notes? There didn’t seem to be much pomp in our circumstance. I can recall a track meet in early March where my coach made the comment, “This is probably going to be the last meet for a

while.” We listened, but the implications of his words kind of flew over my head. But then, it was happening. We were informed that we would be working online for one week from home, and then hopefully would return back to school. Weeks turned into months, and next thing we know, my classmate’s joke was a reality—we left school for the last time and didn’t even know it. Undoubtedly, the final quarter of my senior year has been in no way what I had envisioned for years. I never could have imagined my final day of classes being on my computer screen at home looking at a small picture of my teacher and a collage of my classmates. Nevertheless, this is the situation we were in. That is what my senior year looked like. That was the grand finale of the class of 2020’s high school career. However, believe it or not, I am confident that it has not hindered our chances at success but instead given us experiences and strengths that have readied us for wherever the next stage of life leads. How could I say that? What good could possibly come out of such a sudden dreadful situation that seemingly robbed us of a fitting end to our senior year? For one, I am more prepared now than I would have ever been to enter the next chapter of my life while still

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Jayce and his family after receiving his diploma.

Jason, Jayce, Gina, Hannah, Scarlett, and Spencer Leeper celebrating after graduation.

maintaining the relationships that I have built for so many years. I have a small class, consisting of only eighteen students, but only a fewwill remain in Texarkana in the following years. Being forced apart for two months has taught us how to remain socially connected even while socially distant. Whether it is a group text, Facetime, or Zoom call, I feel more prepared to be involved in the lives of my friends even when we are eventually spread across the nation. Addi t ional ly, the class

not to do in these unstable situations. This constantly developing environment has pointed to me the one aspect that does not change—the God in Whom I place my trust. On days I would wake up and hear updates about further cancellations or complications, I was reminded of the words that, “I, the LORD, have not changed,” (Malachi 3:6). It is in this unchanging God that I have anchored

my hope through tossing seas of uncertainty. In the midst of chaotic moments, I am strengthened by the God who does not waste a single one of those moments, but rather is using each one—good or bad— for my good, and ultimately for His glory (Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 4:17). So although I can see only a glimpse of it now, I rest confident in the God who is working in all we are experiencing. Therefore, I can exclaim together with the Apostle Paul, “Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom

I know this is not what we asked for, hoped for, or even in some cases worked for. Nonetheless, do not allow this setback to rob you of everything that lies before you…”

of 2020 has proven to have an uncommon commitment to finish strong. Not only at Trinity, but in schools near and far, this year’s graduating class has risen to the challenge and not just survived but thrived to complete this season of our lives in a climax that could have never been anticipated. Sure, it has been a struggle for many that has brought about pain and stresses that would have never been a problem apart from the

pandemic. Nevertheless, I believe this trained stamina will, in turn, launch us with unrelenting momentum into whatever our life entails, whether in college or the workforce. Finally, this situation in which we find ourselves has caused much confusion. It seems every day I could turn on the news and hear someone saying something different from the day before about the outlook of the virus. Sometimes I could listen to two channels in the same hour and hear two totally inconsistent stories. From guidelines to directives, what seems to work today may be changed in approach tomorrow. Not surprisingly, one could be exhausted trying to keep up with the shifting shadows of what to do and what

and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways… To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:33,36). So I say to you, the class of 2020, “I know this is not what we asked for, hoped for, or even in some cases worked for. Nonetheless, do not allow this setback to rob you of everything that lies before you. Thank your parents, administrators, and others who have provided so much to make this as normal as possible. Then, learn from these experiences we have had so that you can grasp your future with readiness and tenacity to tackle whatever lies ahead.”

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VALEDICTORIAN Autumn Brooke Parrott She is the daughter of Lisa and Kenneth Parrott. Autumn is a Texas Scholar, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate and Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate. She was a member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, serving as President and Activity Committee Chairman. Autumn was a member of National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She received the Award of Excellence in Science

as well as Academic Achievement Awards in Biology I Pre-AP, World Civilizations DC, Engineering Design & Presentation, AP Physics C: Mechanics, Lifespan & Development DC, AP Calculus BC and US Government & Politics AP. Autumn is a graduate of Leadership Texarkana’s Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s Leaders and was selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program, Rice University SOAR Academy, Johns Hopkins University HOME Program, MIT WISE Travel Program and Dartmouth College Fly-In Program. She was a four-year member and Team Captain of the Lady Tigers Varsity Golf Team who earned District Champion titles from 2017-2019. Autumn was also a member of the UIL Academic Social Studies Team, earning District and Regional titles as well as Third Place in State in 2019. Autumn’s extracurricular activities included: Project Manager for History Club, Service Committee Chairman for Rosebud Junior Garden Club, Treasurer for Young Republicans, Secretary for THS Political Society, Representative and Secretary for Science Club and member of Calculus Club. She was selected to Intern with the Campaign to Re-Elect Governor Greg Abbott, graduated from the Perry Initiative for Women in Medicine, executed three Independent Research Projects related to Golf and shadowed a Research Scientist at the University of Oklahoma Translational Regenerative Medical Laboratory. She volunteered for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, Bell Ringers and Distribution Center and has earned her Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Autumn enjoys hiking, biking and growing succulents. She was offered scholarships from Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rice University, Stanford University, Texarkana College, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas-Austin, Vanderbilt University, Washington University-St. Louis and Yale University. Autumn accepted the Betty and Roy Erickson Scholarship, Chahta Foundation Scholarship, Ellene Johnson Rosebud Junior Garden Club Scholarship, Jay Brewer Memorial Golf Scholarship, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society Scholarship, Texas Association of Secondary School Principal’s All-State Academic Excellence Scholarship and an academic scholarship from Harvard University, where she will attend, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

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Molly Jane Kyles She is the daughter of Amy and Lance Kyles. Molly is a Commended National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Coca- Cola Foundation Scholar Finalist, Texas Scholar, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate and Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate. She was a member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, President of National Honor Society and Webmaster for International Thespian Society. Molly earned the Awards of Excellence in Social Studies and in English. She was President of Science Club and Calculus Club and Treasurer for Drama Club and History Club. Molly is a graduate of Leadership Texarkana’s Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s Leaders

and was selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program and the HOBY State Leadership Seminar. As an active member of the THS Publications program, she was named to the National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll and was Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Tiger Times. Molly received a Best in Texas award and Best of the Best in Print News, Online News and Broadcast News Objective Writing from Texas Association of Journalism Educators. Additionally, her work received Top Honors from TAJE for In-Depth News/Feature Story, In-Depth Package, Multimedia Package, Staff Editorial and Alternative Copy. From Columbia Scholastic Press Association, she received First Place in General or Humor Commentary for Digital Media Publications. Molly was a member of the UIL Academic Social Studies Team, earning District and Regional titles as well as Third Place in State in 2019 and received the Tech Honor Crew award for UIL One-Act Play. She is a 13-year member of Girl Scouts of America and received the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award and the President’s Silver Volunteer Service Award. Molly enjoys reading, writing, traveling and music. Molly accepted the National Merit Commended Scholarship, UIL Social Studies State Competition Scholarship and academic scholarships from Rice University, where she will attend, majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

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Anna Grace Elizabethe Jones graduated third in her class. She is the daughter of Cindy and Geoff Jones She is an AP Scholar with Honors, Texas Scholar, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor

Society, Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists and National Honor Society. Anna Grace was an active member of THS Publications working on the Tiger Times Newspaper. For her academic excellence in journalism, she was named to the National

Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll, was a Texas Association of Journalism Educators contest winner and an Interscholastic League Press Conference contest winner.

She completed Independent Research Projects and was a member of THS Leadership, Student Council, Rosebud Junior Garden Club, Calculus Club, History Club, Science Club and THS Political Society. Anna Grace is involved in First Baptist Church-Moores Lane Fusion Student Ministry, enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and interior design. She was offered scholarships from Texas A&M University-College Station. Anna Grace accepted the THS VIPS Scholarship, Texas Exes Texarkana Chapter Scholarship along with the Canfield Business Honors Program Scholarship and the McCombs Scholar Scholarship from University of Texas-Austin, where she will attend, majoring in Business Honors and Finance.

MeredithMcKenzie Green graduated fourth in her class. She is the the daughter of Tina and Alford Green. She is a Texas Scholar, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists and National Honor Society. Meredith received the Award of Excellence in Social Studies and was honored with the AP Statistics Highest Average Award and the AP Psychology Highest Average Award. She was a member and Social Officer Co-President for the Texas

HighSteppers, earning awards for Best Newcomer, Best Veteran and Highest Junior GPA. As Editor-In- Chief for the Tiger Yearbook, Meredith received a Best in Texas Superior Rating for Academics Spread. Meredith was a member of Student Council, serving as Senior Class Vice President. She was Vice President of Membership for Rosebud Junior Garden Club and member of THS Leadership, Statistics Club and Young Travelers Club. She is a 15-year student of dance and served as an Assistant Dance Teacher for Judith McCarty School of Dance for the past three years. Meredith is an active member of First Baptist Church-Moores Lane and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Meredith accepted the THS VIPS Scholarship and the Classic Scholars Scholarship from University of Georgia, where she will attend, majoring in Nutritional Sciences and Kinesiology.

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Hollan Briley Borowitz graduated fifth in her class. She is the daughter of Julie and John Borowitz. She is a Commended National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Coca-Cola Foundation Scholar Semifinalist, Texas Scholar, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and National Honor Society. Hollan was selected to Congressman John Ratcliffe’s Congressional Student Leadership Program, receiving the Rising Lone Star Award. She was chosen for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Summer Pharmacy Program and the University of Arkansas Medical Applications for Sciences of Health MASH Program where she earned the Outstanding Student Award.

As a member of THS Leadership and Student Council, she served as Freshman Class President, Student Body Secretary, Class Representative, DASH Committee Chairman, Dinner Theatre Choreographer and Music Coordinator and Delegate to the National Vision Leadership Conference. Hollan was a Secretary and Tutor for Calculus Club, Teachers’ Tea Chairman for Rosebud Junior Garden Club, Underwriting Chairman for THS Dash for Cash Run and Team Leader for Tiger Camp Freshman Orientation. She was selected to the Homecoming Court and was actively involved with TigerVision, serving as Lead Anchor, Delegate to Student Television Network Conference and earning a Silver Medal for News Broadcast Team at SkillsUSA competition. Hollan was a member of the Texas HighSteppers receiving the Respect Award, Highest GPA Award, numerous team awards and Division I Dance Solo awards for three consecutive years. She received the Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Youth Writer Award. Hollan received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and has dedicated over 1,500 hours of volunteer effort to the Texarkana community through her involvement with 15 different programs and agencies. She was offered scholarships from Baylor University, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and the University of Mississippi. Hollan accepted the THS VIPS Scholarship and the Chancellor’s Scholarship from Texas Christian University, where she will attend, majoring in Biochemistry.

Nicholas Colby Mitchell graduated sixth in his class. He is the son of Julie and Trey Mitchell. He is a Texas Scholar, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and National Honor Society. Nicholas was a member of Student Council, four-year member of the University Interscholastic League Current Events Academic Team and three-year member of the Tiger Tennis Varsity Team where he earned the John Watson Leadership Award. He enjoys playing basketball and listening to music. Nicholas was offered scholarships from Baylor University and Texas Christian University.

Nicholas accepted an academic merit scholarship from University of Mississippi, where he will attend, majoring in International Studies.

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Jebin Samuel Justin graduated seventh in his class. He is the son of Cheruba and Jeff Justin. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, Texas Scholar, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and National Honor Society. Jebin scored in the 99th percentile on the American College Test. He is a four-year member of the Texas Tigers Varsity Tennis Team,

who were named District Champions the last four years. Jebin was a member of Student Council, participated in Texarkana Youth Symphony Orchestra and 5aside Soccer. He enjoys music, sports and working out.

Jebin was offered a scholarship from Texas Christian University. Jebin accepted the THS VIPS Scholarship and the Watty Myers Scholarship. He will attend University of Texas-Austin, majoring in Psychology and Pre-Medicine.

Olivia Rose Lower graduated eighth in her class. She is the daughter of Kristi and Hal Lower. She is a Texas Scholar, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and National Honor Society. Olivia received Academic Awards in English IV DC, Accounting III, Chemistry II AP, World Geography Pre-AP and Spanish II Pre-AP. As a four-year member of the Lady Tigers Volleyball Team, she earned Newcomer of the Year, Most Scholastic and was named All-District First Team, All-State Honorable Mention and All-

State Athletic Academic. Olivia was honored by Texarkana Gameday with the Volleyball 1,000 Career Kills. During her freshman year, she earned Defensive MVP for the Lady Tigers JV Soccer Team. Olivia was a member of Student Council, serving as Student Body Vice President, Class Secretary, Class Representative and Productions Coordinator Assistant as well as Campaign Manager Assistant for the Texas Association of Student Councils State Convention. As a member of THS Publications, she was Managing Editor, Student Life Section Editor and Editorial Board Member for the Tiger Yearbook. Olivia was a member of Statistics Club, Science Club and Calculus Club. She served as Secretary for the Young Travelers Club and Contact Chairman and Community Service Project Chairman for the Rosebud Junior Garden Club. Olivia enjoys outdoor activities, card games, listening to music, shopping and being with friends and family. She was offered scholarships from Southern Arkansas University and the University of Mississippi. Olivia accepted the THS Student Leadership Scholarship, The Fan 107.9 Scholarship and the President’s Gold Merit Scholarship from Baylor University, where she will attend, majoring in Business.

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Julia KateWhitehorn graduated ninth in her class. She is the daughter of Tamara and Toby Whitehorn. She is an AP Scholar with Honors, Texas Scholar, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society, serving as Secretary. Julia received an Academic Award in Accounting DC, was selected to the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program, Congressman John Ratcliffe’s Congressional Student Leadership Program and the National Rural Electric Government in Action Youth Seminar. She completed two Independent Research Projects related to development of youth leadership skills which resulted in the implementation of the Leader in Me program at Texas High School and Texas Middle

School. This program allows TISD students to progress through Leader in Me training from elementary to high school. She was a two-year member of the Texas Tigers Varsity Tennis Team, THS Leader in Me Implementation Leader and served as President and Progressive Dinner Chairman for Rosebud Junior Garden Club. As a member of THS Publications, Julia served as Tiger Yearbook Staff Writer, Student Life Editor and Managing Editor. She was a member of THS Leadership and Student Council, serving as State Conference Coordinator, State Conference Public Relations Manager and Director of DASH. Within the DECA program, Julia served as President and Vice President becoming a State Finalist for three years at the Texas DECA Business Competition. She also served as a member and Vice President for the AP Ambassador Program. Julia volunteered her time with Komen Texarkana Race for the Cure, CASA Color Run and Williams Memorial United Methodist Church Community Café. She was a Peer Mentor for students at Theron Jones Early Literacy Center, a member of the St. Edward’s Catholic Church Youth Group and a Counselor-in-Training for The Pines Catholic Camp.

Julia accepted the Keys to Aggieland Scholarship, CLEN UG DT Scholarship, Opportunity Scholarship and Lechner Academic Scholarship from Texas A&M University-College Station, where she will attend, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

MadisonMcGuire Bowers graduated tenth in her class. She is the daughter of Amy and Doug Bowers. She is an AP Scholar with Honors, Texas Scholar, Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate, Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, member of Quill & Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society and National Honor Society. Madison received Academic Awards in Physics Pre-AP, French II and Yearbook. She was an active member with the Texas HighSteppers, serving as Junior Lieutenant and Senior Captain and was named twice as HighStepper of the Week. Madison was Senior Class Representative, member of THS Leadership and Student Council, Bake Sale

Chairman for Rosebud Junior Garden Club and Coordinator for College Night. She was a member of Calculus Club, Tiger Camp Leader and member of THS Publications, serving as Business Manager.

Madison is a 15-year student of dance with the Texarkana Dance Academy, enjoys water sports, traveling, hot yoga and spending time with family and friends. She was offered a scholarship from Baylor University.

Madison accepted the THS VIPS Scholarship, Jared Scott Beach Scholarship and the Wake Village First Baptist Church Internship Scholarship. She will attend Texas A&M University-College Station, majoring in Engineering.

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BY HOLLAN BOROWITZ TEXAS HIGH SENIOR 2020 THS SENIOR PERSPECTIVE

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FOR MOST OF MY LIFE,

when I’ve been asked “how are you doing?” it’s been while catching up with someone over small talk. The answers come naturally: “Great!” “Making it.” “I’ve been busy lately, but I’m doing well.” However, over the course of the last three months, “How are you doing?” has been a question I’ve been asked nearly every day, and I still don’t know how

attend classes. That day was wedged between trips to the University of Arkansas, and a trip with TigerVision, the audio-visual club at my high school. At end the week, I was traveling to the Student Television Network Conference in Washington, D.C. So, even my last week of high school wasn’t normal, but the weirdest changes were yet to come. Upon leaving for the

to respond. As a graduating senior from Texas High, there are good days and bad days, days where I miss “normal” more than usual, and days where I’m grateful for this new “normal.” Anyone who knows me well knows that, amidst my busy schedule, I watch news stories on Snapchat to keep up with what’s going on in the world. So, in January, while watching NBC’s Stay Tuned every morning, I’d pay no mind to the “Coronavirus” in Wuhan, China because it didn’t

I would never have guessed that I would never go back to Texas High. I had gone tomy last day of high school, and I didn’t even know it.”

conference at 6 a.m. on that Wednesday, I remember nothing feeling real. It was strange to me, having to bring oodles of Purell and the fact that DFW Airport was nearly empty. Stranger yet, when our plane landed, we went straight to the hotel, only to find they canceled the conference due to COVID-19. Due to a lack of flights, we were unable to go home for another four days,

affect me… yet. Before long, the first case in the United States came along and cases across the nation followed suit. I, once again, never thought it would get to me. I was gone constantly during the second semester of this school year. News anchoring, scholarship events, and dance competitions kept me out of town almost every weekend, but that was all about to come to an end. The week before Spring Break, Tuesday (March 10, 2020) was the only day I got to

so we enjoyed our time sightseeing and watching President Trump speak from our hotel TV even though he was just a few blocks away. While we were there, school got shut down until early April. This shut down later got extended—first to mid-April, then to May first. Eventually they scrapped it altogether. I would never have guessed that I would never go back to Texas High. I had gone to my last day of high school, and I didn’t even know it.

Hollan Borowitz, Amaya Green, Tylicia Crutchfield, Raelyn Ligon, Allie Graves, Shanterria Golette and Jenna Woodard at the Capital in Washington, D.C. after the Student Television Network Conference was cancelled.

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Hollan’s first graduation walk across the stage (no honor cords) to an empty auditorium.

Hollan celebrating at home with her family.

As seniors, there are so many things we have missed. Spring Show for HighSteppers has been postponed until June 27 for a half- full theater and livestream. The baseball team never played a district home game. The track team hardly had a season at all. Student Council’s state convention was virtual. Prom is now a casual event, almost like a senior field day at the THS track. There was no dinner for Honor Graduates, and they delayed announcing the top ten. We walked for graduation, not surrounded by peers, but rather to an empty auditorium. Here’s a story I can tell my kids one day, “I walked for graduation twice because my honor cords were on COVID-19 backorder for the first walk, so when they came in, I got to walk again!” The reasons to be sad may be more obvious, but the silver lining to the situation is still ever present. That is where I choose to focus. I have had considerably less schoolwork and have been able to do it at my own pace. Doing schoolwork from home has taught me how to schedule things, greatly improved my organization, and helped prepare me for college. I have been able to relax, spend quality time with my family, and pick up new hobbies. After years of wishing I could take Advanced Placement exams in my pajamas, my dream came true. I have gotten to go fishing almost every day, and I had plenty of time to find a roommate online. On a couple of special days, I was able to

meet up with friends (spaced at least six feet apart) from the trunks of our cars to catch up and talk about college. All of this time quarantined away from friends has made me not only grateful for the memories I made with them over the years, but also beyond excited about what our futures hold in college. I, like every other senior, pray that we’re on campus in the fall. We have no idea what the future holds, but we have faith. I have been fortunate enough to sit and talk (socially distanced, of course) with my grandmother, GoGo, about what has been going on. She said something that made me almost grateful for this situation: “God has a hand in all this, and I think He’s just slowing life down for us.” She was exactly right. I gained a new appreciation for all I have been able to do with my life. I never saw myself taking family walks on the St. Michael’s trail on a Tuesday night, or waiting outside of TJ Maxx for half an hour on the day it opened back up, but it happened. I’m thankful for how simple life has been. As much as everything has changed, I still can’t answer the question, “How are you doing?” accurately. However, as much as some things have stung and some things have been strange, the bright side has greatly outweighed the negatives. It may seem like this mess will never end, and even as a senior missing out on a whole lot, I’m still happy with what I have and all that is ahead of me.

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