As the pages of the book of life turn unceasingly, we encounter the many different chapters that make up our own unique story. Of those, few can argue the significance of high school; during this period, the people and experiences we encounter help us mold our identities and determine our direction as we prepare to, inevitably, set off in the world. I was fortunate to have met incredible people that I can call my friends and teachers, and – though it definitely took me a minute – I was able to find the direction I wanted to lead my life. That said, freshman year was a rough year for me.
The city of Texarkana has been named as a finalist for the Viewer’s Choice episode of “The Daytripper” with host Chet Garner. This program follows its host as he takes day trips to visit unique Texas communities and well-known landmarks. “The Daytripper” is aired on the PBS station, which broadcasts to 48 states, and has won 13 Lone Star Emmys since it began filming. … “The Daytripper” is currently in the middle of filming Season 14 and will have a Viewer’s Choice episode to accompany the rest of their adventures.
The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System named Dr. Ross C. Alexander as the new president of Texas A&M University-Texarkana. … Alexander most recently served as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of North Alabama. Under his leadership, UNA established itself as the fastest-growing university in the state, with record retention and graduation rates. Alexander achieved growth with a focus on online and adult education, global education, and workforce development. … “Dr. Alexander brings the right mix of fire, compassion, and experience.
… Reagan Burden is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2023. She is the daughter of Jeanne and David Burden. … Reagan was the section leader in the Purple Pride Marching Band (PPMB), member of Four States Honor Band in 2022 and 2023, class representative, Senior Class Secretary, SkillsUSA State Treasurer, SkillsUSA State Reporter, SkillsUSA Chapter Secretary, SkillsUSA Chapter Vice President, SkillsUSA Chapter Treasurer, member of Targets, Treasurer of National Honor Society, President of National Honor Society, Secretary of Beta Club
As the valedictorian of the Class of 2023 at Ashdown High School, I could not express my gratitude for all the opportunities offered at Ashdown Public Schools. Being a member of many clubs, organizations, and aspects at AHS changed my life forever. At the beginning of high school, I would have never imagined all the opportunities I would be presented with. From the countless skills I developed to the many friends I made, I could not say any of it was possible without AHS.
… Alyssah Snow is Valedictorian of the 2023 graduating class of Maud High School. She is the daughter of Karl and Lynda Snow. She is a High-Honor graduate in the Top 10% of her class. She is also a Texas Scholar and a member of ACT’s Silver Award Club. Alyssah also participated in the Maud High School Marching Band throughout high school. Alyssah is an editor for the Maud Cardinal Yearbook. She is a member of the Maud High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.
High school. Four formative years in my life where I learned many valuable lessons. I attended a small 2A school where I was given many opportunities to grow, thrive, and even fail at times. I acquired many life skills and characteristics in high school. I was involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible while taking many dual credit and advanced-level courses. I am proud to have been my class’s salutatorian and kept all A’s throughout high school. My high school experience was memorable and helped me become who I am today. … Freshman year started out great.
A month after graduation, I received a text from my counselor asking me to write an article from a senior perspective. At first, I was hesitant, only because writing has never been my strength, especially in school. As I thought about it more, I knew exactly what I would want to talk about and share with all of you. This was something that had consumed many months of my senior year. … My mother, Myla Whitehead, is the most hardworking, caring, selfless, and loving woman I know. In my 18 years of living, she has always gone above and beyond to care for her family and many others around her.
The minute that you start living your life like it’s a blessing, it becomes one. … Did I really leave a cliffhanger in the last article? It makes me laugh a little just thinking about it because of the response it’s received. The backstory is I didn’t even reread the last article before submitting it. I wrote from the heart, and I knew if I wanted it to be out there, a second look would cause doubt in my mind about saying these things out loud. … Many people think my hesitation is about guilt over the situation, which is a piece of it. It’s a guilt you wouldn’t believe.