Corpus Christi ISD held its 13th annual Academic Achievers Ceremony Thursday evening at Selena Auditorium to honor the top 10 seniors from eight high schools.
The high schools involved were Harold T. Branch Academy, Mary Carroll High School, Collegiate High School, Richard King High School, Roy Miller High School, Foy H. Moody High School, W.B. Ray High School and Veterans Memorial High School.
The event, themed “Unmasked,” recognized 80 students joined by two guests and their favorite teacher. Superintendent Roland Hernandez said the theme was chosen to acknowledge how each student triumphed while facing adversity.
“Students, you have shown just how dedicated you are to your education and to conquering the goals you set,” Hernandez said. “I know making it to the top 10, and then staying there was no easy feat. Especially with the added roadblocks of a pandemic and a historic freeze.”
The ceremony was livestreamed on the district’s YouTube page for family and friends that were unable to attend.
Each student walked the stage to receive a plaque and shake hands with their principal, board trustee members and then take a picture with their favorite teacher. Students invited teachers from their first grade to senior year.
While walking the stage, CCISD’s director of communications Leanne Libby read out a list hobbies for each student, what college they plan to attend and what major they plan to take. Some of the career fields students plan on majoring in include journalism, education, nursing, welding and computer science.
Several students plan to attend local colleges such as Del Mar College, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and University of Texas, but some plan on traveling further to attend Harvard University, Bowdoin College and New York University.
CCISD board president Janie Bell said, as a mother of four district graduates, she understands the effort and discipline students took to rise to the top of their class.
“I’m blown away by your intelligence and ingenuity,” Bell said. “It is no easy feat to accomplish this goal. This is just the first step of your academic career.”
For those who missed the ceremony, you can see the ceremony’s livestream at youtube.com/watch?v=MI9JF7VBPdM&t=1416s.
John Oliva covers education and community news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a subscription to the Caller-Times.