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Class of 2024

Where are they headed?

Caroline Siegfried
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As the surveys from graduating seniors came rolling in this year, it struck me that so many of these students valued the communities they had found, whether through clubs, sports, video games, or among their fellow seniors. The clang of the modern world can seem deafening, but there is no better substitute for human connection – everyone craves being part of something. It is heartening to see how today’s teens have found ways to bond. They remember cheering like crazy at football games, talking with friends, school dances, the tables where they ate lunch, getting their driver’s license... The process of growing up is delightfully universal.

Our annual tradition here at The Buzz is to share our graduating neighbors’ future plans. As they leave the nest and transform from adorable kiddos to high school graduates, we celebrate their achievements. Read on to see the things that will always remind them of high school, the teachers who changed their lives, their favorite memories, and more. Take some time to page through carefully, to be proud of the varieties of interests, of the caring, intelligent, and interesting young people of your community. Congratulations, class of 2024.

Ava Noamouz

Ava Noamouz – Texas A&M University (Senior photo: Ling Wang Photography)

Ava Noamouz – Condit Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, Bellaire High School 

Ava Noamouz is heading to Texas A&M University to major in business. If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be to believe in herself and her abilities to reach her fullest potential. Mr. Edward Mazzoni, her senior-year Calculus BC teacher, changed her life by going above and beyond to help students understand new material that might seem complex. He also provided a comfortable learning environment that allowed students to speak up when they needed help. Her favorite moment from high school was senior sunrise. One thing that will always remind her of high school is cheerleading, because she participated in Varsity Cheer at Bellaire. Her dream job is to be a business owner.

Addison Claridge

Addison Claridge – Miami University of Ohio (Senior photo: Tanya Radoff)

Addison Claridge – Lovett Elementary, Pin Oak Middle School, Carnegie Vanguard High School 

Addison Claridge is off to Miami University of Ohio to study architecture. She says there are many favorite moments from high school to choose from, but most of all, she loved the Friday nights she and her friends drove to each other’s houses to just hang out or talk about school. She’d tell her kindergarten self to lean into the subjects she enjoys; passion is motivation. She says she appreciated Ms. Jane Schulz, her AP World History and AP European History teacher, who had a way of teaching that did not make textbook reading and notetaking boring. When they started AP review at the end of the year, she felt like she knew everything without extra studying. Listening to Noah Kahan songs will always remind her of high school, because his songs are played in her car every day. She hopes to become an architect, and design homes and residual places for people in her community to help them reach their own goals.

Jasmine Yu-Ming Lin

Jasmine Yu-Ming Lin – University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Jasmine Yu-Ming Lin – Parker Elementary, Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts 

Jasmine Yu-Ming Lin is headed to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. She would tell her kindergarten self, “Time is precious, so choose wisely who and what you put your time into. Spend time with people who fill your cup and make you laugh out loud.” Jasmine had a lot of difficulty catching up on US History after moving back from overseas. But when she took AP US history her junior year, Ms. Jennifer Lankau Chase’s passion for the course and support led Jasmine to ace the class, and then sign up to take AP European History with her. One of Jasmine’s favorite moments from high school was working on her junior year production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” with some of her closest friends. The beautiful art they created onstage in the Forest of Arden will always hold a special place in her heart. The phrase, “Make it a great day or not, the choice is always yours,” which was said on the morning announcements each day, will always remind her of high school. She says it’s ingrained in her mind since she heard it so many times, but she also believes it was a reason she enjoyed so many “great days” throughout high school. Her dream job is to be an actor in New York City and work on plays by diverse playwrights about present-day issues.

Sarah Hew

Sarah Hew – University of Texas at Austin

Sarah Hew – T.H. Rogers School, Lamar High School 

Sarah Hew is heading to the University of Texas at Austin and will major in nursing. She hopes to become a pediatric special needs nurse, and help children feel comfortable in medical situations. If she could give her kindergarten self any advice, it would be: “Invest in land! Maybe with some water!” Her fifth-grade teacher at T.H. Rogers, Ms. Mason, taught her to “use the test to take the test,” which she still uses on every test that she takes. Her favorite part of high school was being involved in Best Buddies, where she met people of all special abilities, and bonding with her buddy Emily, who she visited during lunch and spent time with outside of school. Something that will always remind her of high school is Friday night football games.

Danielle Lavine

Danielle Lavine – Florida Southern College (Senior photo: Linn Images)

Danielle Lavine – The Post Oak School, School of The Woods, St. Francis Episcopal School 

Danielle Lavine is heading to Florida Southern College to major in psychology and business administration. Mr. Mark Kelly, her senior English teacher and the head of school for St. Francis Episcopal, changed her perspective on school. She says she came into his class terrified and still unable to talk to many people, but thanks to him, she became an active school student: president of the choir department, vice-president of two clubs, and an active member of two others. She dreams of being a child psychologist, and having her own business and practice. If she could, she would tell her younger self to not give up. She enjoyed coming to school an hour early to learn how to sing better and crochet from her music teacher and Crochet Club sponsor Ms. Clarke. She will always remember senior sunrise, when seniors come in early to school at the beginning of the year to watch the sunrise. She says that whenever she sees the sun rise now, she thinks of her class, school, and all the memories they have made together; it’s a core memory she will never forget.

Josh Burrell

Josh Burrell – Texas A&M University (Senior photo: Freeman Photography)

Josh Burrell – Condit Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Bellaire High School, St. Thomas High School

Josh Burrell is headed to Texas A&M University to major in business finance. He’d tell his kindergarten self, “Slow down and don’t try to grow up too fast. Enjoy each grade and phase.” He says Dr. Michael Weiger at St. Thomas High School helped him find his love for science by believing that he would be good at chemistry. His favorite moment in high school was winning first team all-district in football as a sophomore, and Friday night lights football games will always remind him of high school. His dream job is to become an investment analyst.

Audrey Finch

Audrey Finch – Texas A&M University

Audrey Finch – Home School, Veritas Christian Academy of Houston, Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School 

Audrey Finch is going to Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business to study finance. She’d tell her kindergarten self to slow down and enjoy people and moments because that’s what makes good memories (not just trying to get everything done). She says her senior-year teacher Ms. Erin Gray is one of the most remarkable teachers she’s had, because she cares about all her students and wants them to succeed; she does more than what a normal teacher would, and it makes a difference, Audrey says. Her favorite moment from high school was playing Jane in “Pride and Prejudice” because she made so many good friends who she wouldn’t have otherwise met. Her dream job is to become a lawyer that helps children. The sound of bagpipes will always remind her of high school.

Paige Gabrielle Massey

Paige Gabrielle Massey – George Mason University (Senior photo: Natural Expressions)

Paige Gabrielle Massey – Weatherstone Elementary School (Cary, North Carolina), Pace Academy (Atlanta, Georgia), iUniversity Prep

Paige Gabrielle Massey is off to George Mason University to study international security and law, with a focus in homeland security. She is so excited to fulfill her dream of playing Division I Women’s Tennis at George Mason University. Her dream job is to be a lawyer and work for the CIA, or maybe even play the Pro-Circuit of Women's Tennis. She would tell her kindergarten self: “Take a deep breath, be nimble, and don’t fight the plan for your life.” She has lived in three different states: NC, GA, and now TX. She says it wasn’t easy, but the journey has been amazing. The teacher who changed her life was her sophomore Honors Algebra II teacher Mr. Jason Smith, who challenged her to think differently, make no excuses, and apply herself fully in the classroom. Her favorite part of high school was getting to spend half the year training for tennis in Florida full-time while also learning remotely, and learning independence and preparation for college. One thing that will always remind her of high school is trying to guess what people looked like under their masks.

Lauren Brams

Lauren Brams – University of Colorado Boulder

Lauren Brams – Condit Elementary School, Trafton Academy, Bellaire High School 

Lauren Brams is headed to the University of Colorado Boulder where she plans to major in psychology. She would tell her kindergarten self to not worry about her looks constantly; she is beautiful just the way she is, and things will get better. The teacher who changed her life was Mr. Wayne Houle, her AP World History teacher sophomore year; she was also his assistant junior year. He helped her realize her self-worth and taught her to not let people compromise her decisions. She says that he was and will continue to be her mentor. She’ll always think of high school when she drives down South Rice, the road she took on her way to school. She says she’s been going down that road for years, and it brings up many memories, good and bad. She has two dream jobs: being a psychologist and being an actor/singer.

Chloe Chang

Chloe Chang – University of Texas at Austin (Senior photo: Ling Wang Photography)

Chloe Chang – Condit Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, Bellaire High School 

Chloe Chang is heading to University of Texas at Austin to major in corporate communications. If she could give her kindergarten self advice, she’d say: “Sometimes things take time, so be patient and keep working towards your goals.” During her junior year, her photography teacher, Ms. Kelly Quarles, led her to realize how much she enjoyed capturing moments through the lens. Through her mentorship, Chloe learned to see the world differently and to express herself creatively. She’ll never forget her senior sunrise, a tradition at Bellaire where seniors wake up early to see the sun rise together on the first day of school. She and all her close friends drove up to the top of the parking lot of Bellaire Town Center to see the sunrise, and she says it was truly the most beautiful sunrise, and her favorite memory. The song “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley will always remind her of high school because they would sing it on the way to lunch. Her dream job is either leading strategic communication initiatives for a global corporation or owning her own business.

Lucy Vestal

Lucy Vestal – Northeastern University, Boston Campus

Lucy Vestal – Horn Elementary, Pin Oak Middle School, Bellaire High School 

Lucy Vestal is headed to Northeastern University, Boston Campus, where she plans to major in health science. She’d tell her kindergarten self, “Don't be shy! You will miss out on a lot if you don't try.” She credits Sra. Esther Galo, her AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher, with solidifying her interest in language learning, and making her confident enough to go on a summer study abroad in Costa Rica. Her dream job is working as a dietician for Trader Joe’s, or an Orthopedic Physical Therapist for the UCLA gymnastics team. Her favorite high school memory was her 2023 Yearbook Banquet, where the editors-in-chief revealed the book and officially passed the role onto her and the other Bigs. One thing that will always remind her of high school is Owala water bottles.

Shreya Sharma

Shreya Sharma – Rice University

Shreya Sharma – Horn Elementary, Lanier Middle School, Carnegie Vanguard High School 

Shreya Sharma will be going to Rice University, where she will major in social policy analysis on the pre-med track. She is an aspiring physician, but is also considering a career in health policy. If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be to follow her heart; “It is easy to get lost in the noise of college applications and to do things solely because it will ‘look good’ to college. One of the reasons I believe I found success and happiness in high school was because I pursued activities that captured my genuine interest.” Mr. Maxim Ostrovsky, her debate teacher and debate club sponsor, mentored her throughout high school; because of him, she was able to become the president of the debate club. He helped her come out of her shell and become a true leader and critical thinker. Listening to Lorde will always remind her of high school. She discovered Lorde’s music in freshman year, and throughout high school, she found that many of the themes in her music rang true: the social dynamics of high school, the wonder and excitement in being a teenager, and most of all, the importance of living in the moment.  

Anthony Saragusa III

Anthony Saragusa III – University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Senior photo: Legacy Studios)

Anthony Saragusa III – St. Michael Catholic School, Episcopal High School 

Anthony Saragusa III is headed to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has committed to play football and plans to major in finance. He would tell his kindergarten self to keep his faith a priority, and to not let the opinions of others bring him down. He says his Spanish teacher, Mr. Alex Bruton, created a good balance of fun and discipline when needed. Mr. Bruton’s teaching style and respect for others amazed him, along with his kind gestures in the halls. His favorite high school memory was his senior spring break in the Bahamas. His dream job would be in the NFL or on Wall Street.

Caroline Vestal

Caroline Vestal – Boston College (Senior photo: Natural Expressions)

Caroline Vestal – Horn Elementary, Pin Oak Middle School, Bellaire High School 

Caroline Vestal is headed off to Boston College where she plans to major in biochemistry. She would tell her kindergarten self, “Don’t be afraid to try new things! You never know what you might discover if you look on the bright side and step out of your comfort zone.” Ms. Alexis Legg, her first-grade homeroom teacher at ASD (The American School of Dubai), fostered her creativity and love for reading and writing. She was also the most caring teacher Caroline has ever had. Her favorite part of high school was her junior year spring break, when she went on an EF tour to the UK and Ireland. The immersive and memorable experience gave Caroline a chance to meet new people and try new things. She hopes to work in health science or pediatrics, and could see herself being the dietician or physical therapist for a college sports team.

Riley Tackett

Riley Tackett – University of Tennessee

Riley Tackett – West University Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, Second Baptist School 

Riley Tackett is headed to the University of Tennessee to major in political science, pre-law. She would tell her kindergarten self to keep smiling; it makes everyone around you feel better. She says her Honors Chemistry teacher Ms. Heather Aleman was amazing at teaching the course curriculum, but was also a teacher she could confide in during difficult times in high school. Riley will never forget her guidance and advice. Her favorite moment from high school was defeating the junior class in both Volleyball and Flag Football powderpuff games senior year. She’ll always be reminded of high school when she puts on sneakers with a formal dress. She has always dreamed of being a corporate lawyer.

Zachary Jones

Zachary Jones – University of Notre Dame

Zachary Jones – Lovett Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Strake Jesuit 

Zachary Jones is heading to the University of Notre Dame to study applied math. His favorite memories from high school were eating Whataburger with friends after football games. Mr. Stephen Cobb at Lovett Elementary changed his life by teaching him to play the viola. He has really enjoyed his time in orchestra, and credits Mr. Cobb with getting him to join. His dream job would be being a play-by-play commentator for the Houston Astros. One thing that will always remind him of high school is playing water polo. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: Don't be afraid to try new things and meet new people. 

David Katz

David Katz – University of Texas at Austin (Kinder photo: Alan Ross)

David Katz – The Shlenker School, The Emery/Weiner School 

David Katz is going to the University of Texas at Austin to major in urban studies. He’d tell his kindergarten self that in life, unexpected things will come at you, and not everything will go as planned; just remember that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Ms. Laurie Levy, his third-grade teacher, made a huge impact on his life. She was not only an amazing teacher inside the classroom, but also became a close family friend. Years later, they would still go on special outings together in different places throughout the city. One thing that will always remind him of high school will be COVID-19, and he says he will never forget doing virtual, 2.5 hours a day of school from home. His dream job is to be a travel advisor who specializes in the cruise industry. 

Alexis Shoss

Alexis Shoss – University of Denver (Senior photo: Jessica LaViage)

Alexis Shoss – The Shlenker School, The Emery/Weiner School 

Alexis Shoss is off to the University of Denver, majoring in psychology. She would tell her kindergarten self to not worry because everything turns out okay. She would also tell her that thunderstorms aren't actually as scary as you think they are. From her middle to high school years at Emery/Weiner, Mr. Scott Labrie changed her life through his dedication to his students, always being able to give advice and listen, and caring for everyone around him. Although she never had him as a teacher, she got to know him throughout the years. Her favorite moments were going on school trips with her grade. She also loved celebrating with her friends when they got into colleges, and reflecting on their high school experiences together. One thing that will always remind her of high school is the khaki skirts she had to wear every day to school. She plans to become either a psychologist or a therapist. 

Hayleigh Miller

Hayleigh Miller – Texas State University

Hayleigh Miller – Condit Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, Bellaire High School 

Hayleigh Miller is headed to Texas State University for nursing and plans to become a pediatric nurse. Hayleigh would tell her kindergarten self to keep on having fun. Her favorite high school memories were senior football games with the Bellaire Belles. She says the Starbucks in Meyerland Plaza, where she would go to study with friends, will always remind her of high school. Her sophomore year geometry teacher, Ms. Hughan, really helped to motivate her, pushed her to be better in math, and made her believe in herself. 

Sydney Gibson

Sydney Gibson – University of Miami

Sydney Gibson – St. Theresa Catholic School, Leon Sablatura Middle School, Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts 

Sydney Gibson is heading to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music for vocal performance. She says that Ms. Virginia Blasczyk, her seventh-grade choir teacher, changed her life by introducing her to classical music. She’d tell her kindergarten self that no one is perfect. Her favorite moment from high school was singing with the Houston Grand Opera Bauer Family High School Voice Studio. The song “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy will always remind her of high school. Her dream job would be performing on Broadway and at The Met Opera. 

Chandni Kumar

Chandni Kumar – Columbia University

Chandni Kumar – Condit Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, Bellaire High School 

Chandni Kumar is off to Columbia University to study chemical engineering. Her dream job is doing lab research in regenerative medicine. She would tell her kindergarten self that it will all work out. She is thankful for Mr. Wayne Houle, her sophomore AP World History teacher, and Ms. Reena Chopra, her sophomore Pre-Calculus teacher, who both accepted her into their classes late. They are the most caring and passionate teachers she has had. Her favorite moment from high school was 2024 Mr. Bellaire. Something that will always remind her of high school: AP ID label sheets.

Kate Mueller

Kate Mueller – Texas A&M University

Kate Mueller – Veritas Christian Academy of Houston, Houston Christian High School 

Kate Mueller is off to Texas A&M University to study business, specifically marketing. If she could give her kindergarten self advice, she would say to not spend time worrying about what others think of her. The teacher who changed her life was Ms. Allicia Tillman, her English teacher for fifth and sixth grade. She was a great teacher and volleyball coach, but also a great encourager, and made her realize her full potential. Pep rallies will always remind her of high school. Her favorite high school memory was senior dog day when she got to bring her dog Ginger to school for the day to attend all her classes. Her dream job is to own a business. 

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith – University of Texas at Austin

Charlotte Smith – West University Elementary School, Trafton Academy, Bellaire High School 

Charlotte Smith is headed to the University of Texas at Austin to major in education. She’d tell her kindergarten self to make as many friends as she can. Her most impactful teacher was Ms. Amy Gillespie, her sixth-grade teacher at Trafton, who was a friendly and welcoming presence at the start of middle school. Charlotte looked forward to her class every day because she made the material interesting and encouraged everyone to participate. Her favorite high school moment was being a part of Mr. Bellaire, the senior pageant/talent show. She says all 18 contestants and escorts got really close as they practiced each week for the performance. Stanley tumblers will always remind her of high school. Her dream job would be to be a National Geographic Photographer.

Nina Lang

Nina Lang – University of Denver

Nina Lang – Mark Twain Elementary School, Trafton Academy, Episcopal High School 

Nina Lang is headed to the University of Denver to major in criminology. If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: don’t worry about how many friends you have, but cherish the good ones. She says Ms. Carole Sonmor (Trafton; homeroom) taught her tough love and what it means to have a teacher really care about your success. Mr. Patrick Cone (Trafton; English) taught her how to write a good essay and develop a love for English. Mr. Eric Lerch (EHS; history) taught her how to have fun in class and that learning can be exciting. Ms. Jordan Butler (EHS; physics) showed her how to apply herself and take her knowledge to the next level. Ms. Courtney Lindloff (EHS; English) showed her how to share her opinion in class and offer her thoughts on a book. Her favorite moments from high school were Coffee Houses: talent shows that Episcopal puts on each semester. Her dream job is to become a forensic scientist.

Jackson Lang

Jackson Lang – Colorado State University

Jackson Lang – Mark Twain Elementary School, Trafton Academy, St. Thomas High School 

Jackson Lang is headed to Colorado State University, where he will major in environmental engineering. He would tell his kindergarten self: “Today, a boy at lunch will ask you to play ‘Bitey Monsters.’ Say no, or you will end up in the principal’s office.” He lives by his grandfather’s advice: "Don't do anything stupid,” and says, “It applies to literally everything.” He says his first-grade teacher Mr. Garren Rush taught him how to enjoy school and learning by making it fun, and helped him understand how to feel comfortable in the classroom. Ms. Carole Sonmor, his fifth-grade teacher at Trafton, taught him the importance of good manners. He says she was a tough-love teacher who showed him the importance of kindness and respect to others, and also how to write in cursive. His favorite moment from high school was the St. Thomas Father/Son Junior Retreat. Something that will always remind him of high school is football game after parties. His dream job is being the CEO of his own company – or a professional race car driver.

Jeremy Weinstein-Sears

Jeremy Weinstein-Sears – Swarthmore College

Jeremy Weinstein-Sears – The Shlenker School, The Emery/Weiner School 

Jeremy Weinstein-Sears is off to Swarthmore College to major in peace and conflict studies and/or theater. If he could, he’d tell his kindergarten self to always be comfortable meeting new people and making friends. One teacher who changed his life was Ms. Jennifer Bauer-Conley, his Emery/Weiner theater teacher and director. Not only has she been a mentor to him for over six years, but has also been a role model both in and outside rehearsals. She is an extraordinary director and choreographer, passionate teacher, and a kind, hardworking, loving person to all her students. He will always look up to her. His favorite high school memory was when he studied aboard in Israel in an exchange program between Emery/Weiner and their sister school, The Leo Baeck Educational Center, in Haifa. He says it was an amazing experience all around – from going to Israeli high school, to traveling around the city and making new friends. “When I Grow Up” from “Matilda the Musical” will always remind him of high school because he sang it at the beginning and end of his four years at Emery. He is not sure what he wants to be when he is older, but knows that, whatever he pursues, he wants to be of help to as many people as he can.

Miles Dominey

Miles Dominey – Auburn University

Miles Dominey – West University Elementary School, St. Mark's Episcopal School, St. Thomas High School 

Miles Dominey is headed to Auburn University to major in business. He would tell his kindergarten self to be happy; “There are so many fun things in life, and you have to remind yourself to look for them and stay happy.” He says Mr. Danny Hernandez at St. Thomas High School taught him so much about his faith and about who he is as a man. He really cares about his students and it shows. His favorite moment from high school was going to L.A. with his theology class on a mission trip, where they fed the homeless and met reformed gang members. He says it was special to serve with his friends, and they had a great time together during the trip. Cookies will always remind him of each month's ‘cookie breaks’ at STH. His dream job would be combining his love of golf with his interest in running a business.

Jack Magnus

Jack Magnus – Colorado School of Mines

Jack Magnus – St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Strake Jesuit

Jack Magnus will be playing baseball and studying mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He would tell his kindergarten self to stick with golf because otherwise you are going to have a wicked slice in your shot later on. Mr. Karl Kaiser, his AP Physics I teacher at Strake Jesuit, changed his life. He always brought a big smile to class and a midwestern Wisconsin accent. Mr. Kaiser was also his swim coach. He introduced Jack to the science of physics and is the main reason he wants to study engineering. He also made morning swim practice fun with a plethora of catchphrases; every time he wanted them to swim fast he would say, "Go red hot!" Jack’s favorite moment from high school was racing the cardboard boat he made for a physics project. His group had worked on the boat every weekend for almost three months, and he was terrified it would fall apart in the water. The boat was in fact water resistant and stable, so they were able to paddle fast and won the race. The mullet will always remind him of high school. Each year on the first Saturday of spring break he would get a mullet. It marked the beginning of district play for his spring high school baseball season, and always surprised everyone when they returned from spring break. His dream job would be to be a bullpen catcher for the Houston Astros; “I'd get to eat all the seeds and gum, watch games for free, and catch a bunch of famous pitchers, and even get my own jersey!”

Joseph Mutagaya

Joseph Mutagaya – University of Alabama

Joseph Mutagaya – Roberts Elementary School, Lanier Middle School, Carnegie Vanguard High School  

Joseph Mutagaya is heading to the University of Alabama where he will major in business on a pre-law track. He’d tell his kindergarten self, “Time slips by like sand through your fingers, savor every little moment, (and stop talking while the teacher is talking).” He says his English teacher in sophomore year, Ms. Josephine Lee, gave her students room to be themselves and treated them with respect. Ms. Lee’s engaging lessons fueled his passion for writing, and she also encouraged him to sign up for the school newspaper, The Upstream News. He says the song "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John, and a jalapeño cheese and sausage kolache from Christy's will always bring him back to those early morning commutes to school. His favorite memory from high school was going up to the lake with his best friends during spring break. His dream job is to be a corporate lawyer.

Jayden Chin

Jayden Chin – United States Naval Academy

Jayden Chin – Bunker Hill Elementary School, First Baptist Academy, Houston Christian High School 

Jayden Chin is heading to the United States Naval Academy to study oceanography/naval architecture and marine engineering. He aspires to become a pilot in the United States Navy. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: Don't be afraid to be yourself, even if you don't fit in. His favorite high school moment was a late night with his closest friends in a hotel room, the night before the 2023 SPC 3A Football Championship game in Fort Worth, TX. Ms. Tammy Handy, his second-grade ELA teacher, allowed him to be himself, encouraged his ambitions, and showed him that you can always love people. He says the song, "Seven Nation Army" will always remind him of high school.

John Burnett

John Burnett – University of Richmond (Senior photo: Rachel Hudgins)

John Burnett – West University Elementary School, St. John’s School 

John Burnett is off to the University of Richmond with a major in business and leadership. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be to enjoy the little moments. Ms. Johnson West, his sophomore History teacher, helped him to realize his strengths and weaknesses, and work to improve on both. His favorite high school memory was his senior trip to the Bahamas. The song “Upside Down” by Jack Johnson will always remind him of high school. His dream job is something that brings together his enjoyment of the outdoors and his love of numbers.

Jackson Ranucci

Jackson Ranucci – Rice University

Jackson Ranucci – West University Elementary School, Presbyterian School, Episcopal High School 

Jackson Ranucci is going to Rice University, where he will be playing football and double-majoring in sports management and engineering. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: “Push through it. The only opinion of yourself that matters is your own. Be yourself!” His senior year English teacher Mr. Matt Fox was one of, if not the, favorite teacher he has had. Through his class, he gained a new perspective on viewing life and interacting with people; it has made him care more about making strong connections. Some of his favorite moments from high school are: his first touchdown as an EHS Knight against their rival St. John’s in junior year of football, celebrating with teammates in the endzone, and his senior year spring break trip. His dream job is being an NFL Receiver. He broke his ankle at the final practice before his senior season of football, but he says the experience ultimately deepened his faith and gave him the grit to return before the season ended.

Chloe Brissett

Chloe Brissett – Washington University in St. Louis (Senior photo: Demese Black)

Chloe Brissett – The Kinkaid School 

Chloe Brissett is going to Washington University in St Louis and majoring in finance. If she could give her kindergarten self any advice, she would say: “Be open to change. That is the one thing that is certain – things change.” Chloe says that her sophomore English teacher, Ms. Kate Lambert, encouraged authenticity in her students and taught her personally to be confident and vulnerable in her written expression; this in turn it motivated her to be a bold writer. Her favorite high school moment was becoming captain of the tennis team, along with the good times and great laughs with her teammates on the court and during team dinners. One thing that will always remind her of high school is Kinkaid’s school colors, purple and gold – falcon forever.

Josh Cander

Josh Cander – University of Texas at Austin

Josh Cander – West University Elementary School, Pin Oak Middle School, Strake Jesuit 

Josh Cander will be heading to University of Texas at Austin to study finance at the McCombs School of Business. He would tell his kindergarten self to enjoy being a kid. The color kelly green will always remind him of high school because it was the jersey color of the UCAL (United Church Athletic League) basketball team he coached, and the main color of the peacock suit he wore during games. His most impactful teacher was Dr. Christopher Berger, who taught him AP Physics senior year. Dr. Berger immersed the class in Socratic-style learning, which gave them the responsibility to think and learn the way they will in college. His favorite moment from high school was getting into college, particularly his first choice, UT. His dream job is something challenging, rewarding, and lucrative.

Jordan Elie-Stuart

Jordan Elie-Stuart – Air Force Academy

Jordan Elie-Stuart – Harmony Science Academy, Salem Lutheran School, Houston Christian High School 

Jordan Elie-Stuart is going to the Air Force Academy to study finances/economics. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be, “Embrace curiosity and never be afraid to ask questions. Curiosity is the key to learning and growing, and by asking questions, you open doors to new knowledge and experiences. So, don't hesitate to explore, inquire, and discover the world around you with an open mind and a curious heart.” One teacher who changed his life was Ms. Jennifer Gayer, his fifth-grade English teacher at Salem Lutheran School. Ms. Gayer's passion for literature and her dedication to her students inspired him to develop a love for reading and writing. She encouraged him to express himself creatively and instilled in him the confidence to pursue his interests in language arts. Her guidance and support had a lasting impact on his academic journey and shaped his love for English literature. One of his favorite moments from high school was breaking several track records at school. He says it was a thrilling experience, and the sense of achievement and pride was truly unforgettable. His dream job is serving as an NFL player while also pursuing a career as a professional track runner. His love for sports and drive to excel push him towards this ambitious goal. He knows it will require dedication and effort to succeed in both fields, but he is determined to embrace the challenge. Additionally, he aspires to uphold the Air Force Academy's core values of "Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do" as a guiding principle in his journey.

Rowan Matorin

Rowan Matorin – Case Western Reserve University

Rowan Matorin – Annunciation Orthodox School, Xavier Educational Academy 

Rowan Matorin is off to Case Western Reserve University, where he will be majoring in business and playing on the tennis team. He would tell his kindergarten self to enjoy kindergarten and childhood because you get to be an adult for many more years than you get to be a child – have fun. Rowan says he has been very fortunate to have several teachers and coaches who have mentored him to be his best. His favorite moment from high school was being a part of the school tennis team and winning a state championship. His dream job would combine his passion for sports with business.

Athitiya Singhapan

Athitiya Singhapan – University of Texas at Austin

Athitiya Singhapan – The School at St. George Place, Tanglewood Middle School, Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions 

Athitiya Singhapan is heading to the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in public health on a pre-medicine track. She is deeply grateful for her eighth-grade science teacher, Mr. Ernesto Ramirez, who encouraged her to “go out there and tackle this crazy world.” She would love to pursue medicine and give back to the field that changed her life. Athitiya has Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and her personal experiences with physicians, nurses, and healthcare workers have touched her so profoundly that she wants to do the same for others. The song “Sweet Child O' Mine” will always remind her of high school because she often listened to it in the car on her way to school. Her favorite memory from high school was prom.

Walton Kunu

Walton Kunu – University of Texas at Austin

Walton Kunu – The Village School 

Walton Kunu is off to the University of Texas at Austin to study at the McCombs School of Business. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: “You either win or you learn, don't be scared to take the chance.” His favorite memory from high school was going on the sophomore year trip to Miami. He had the opportunity to volunteer at local shelters and soup kitchens, which gave him a passion for community service. He says his IB Business Management teacher, Mr. Benjamin Yakobu, created a passion within him for the study of business, and inspired him to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Something that will always remind him of high school is the song “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. His dream job is being the CEO of a self-founded business. A quote that expresses him: 10% of life is what happens to you, 90% is how you respond.

Mia Cheryl Thurmond

Mia Cheryl Thurmond – Savannah College of Art and Design

Mia Cheryl Thurmond – Hazel S. Pattison Elementary School, McMeans Junior High, British International School of Houston

Mia Cheryl Thurmond is heading to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she will be studying sequential arts. If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be, “Just because you struggle with certain aspects of education doesn’t mean you can’t do great things!” Her fourth-grade teacher Ms. Riley Anderson taught her what dysgraphia was and helped her through the struggle of writing. Were it not for Ms. Anderson, Mia says there is a strong chance that she would never have been diagnosed. Mia now has accommodations to help her write, and cannot thank Ms. Riley enough. Mr. Jason Martin (sixth/seventh grade, social studies) understood her neurological struggles and helped her deal with her anxiety. She says he was definitely the best teacher she has ever had. Every year, the juniors at her school have the opportunity to go to Tanzania, to not only learn about the culture and wildlife, but to also help families in need. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go with classmates to a foreign country, enjoy the culture, and communicate with locals. One thing that will always remind her of high school is Among Us. She hopes to be a comic artist and one day have her own comic series. She has many stories to share, both personal and made-up, and hopes that one day she can make others happy through her works and stories.

Sam Peters

Sam Peters – University of Georgia (Senior photo: Freeman Photography)

Sam Peters – West University Elementary School, Westbury Christian School, Presbyterian School, St. Thomas High School

Sam Peters will be going to the University of Georgia to major in accounting. He would tell his kindergarten self to always be mindful of other people. His Westbury Christian sixth-grade math teacher, Mr. Jay Roberts, taught him the importance of kindness in the midst of mean and hateful people or circumstances. His favorite moment from high school was reaching the school’s raffle goal and raising $922,000 for students’ tuitions. He says anything red will always remind him of St. Thomas. His dream job is to go into business with his brother as the CFO.

Billy Theroux

Billy Theroux – Angelina Junior College

Billy Theroux – St Paul’s Catholic School (New Jersey), Pershing Middle School, St. Thomas High School 

Billy Theroux will be playing baseball at Angelina Junior College and majoring in business management. He would tell his kindergarten self to always chase your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. His St. Thomas theology teacher, Mr. Danny Hernandez, changed his life by teaching him how to be a man of faith and grow as a person through his spiritual foundation. His favorite moment from high school was hitting a go ahead double during the state semifinal baseball game his junior year. The TikTok Rizz Party will always remind him of high school. His dream job is to be a professional baseball player. 

Sofia A. Trant

Sofia A. Trant – University of Texas at San Antonio

Sofia A. Trant – Assumption Catholic School, St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, St Pius X High School

Sofia A. Trant is going to the University of Texas at San Antonio to study mathematics for teaching. If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be, “It’s okay to be scared of what’s to come; believe in your abilities and someone is always there with you.” She says Ms. Grabille Sanchez, her fourth-grade teacher, showed her what a great teacher is supposed to do: teach the next generation. Mr. Chris Schisser, her first-grade computer teacher, inspired and changed her life by continuously being there and supporting her as a student. Her favorite part of high school was being the manager of the boys’ basketball team for two years. Mario Kart will always remind her of high school. Her dream job is being a secondary education teacher.

Luke Edgecomb

Luke Edgecomb – Northern Arizona University

Luke Edgecomb – West University Elementary School, Presbyterian School, St. Thomas High School 

Luke Edgecomb will be playing football at Northern Arizona University, and majoring in business marketing. He would tell his kindergarten self: Don't give up on your dreams, and embrace the nap! The teacher who had the biggest impact on him was Ms. Kelsey Pedersen Atkinson, his 6th and seventh-grade English teacher. She was the first teacher who he felt treated him like an adult and took an interest in his life inside and outside of school. His favorite moments from high school were when his STH baseball and football teams made it to the state championship in 2023. Khaki pants and a collared shirt will always remind him of high school. His dream job would be to be a NFL player or coach.

Holt Brickley

Holt Brickley – Texas A&M University

Holt Brickley – Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School, St. Thomas High School 

Holt Brickley is headed to Texas A&M University, majoring in political science/international affairs on the pre-law track. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: “Obey your teachers – it will lead to less frustration on both sides.” He says that Mr. Daniel Hernandez is, by far, the best teacher he has ever had. Mr. Hernandez teaches Catholic Social Teaching, and each year, takes a group of students to LA to serve the homeless and indigent in very tough situations. Holt said he was lucky to be one of the students who went this year, and the experience broadened his perspective on how to effectively minister and support others. He says that a golf shirt, khaki pants with a belt, and Sperry loafers will always remind him of high school.

Daniel Alberto Martinez II

Daniel Alberto Martinez II – Rice University

Daniel Alberto Martinez II – The American International School of Bucharest (Romania), The Regis School of the Sacred Heart, Strake Jesuit 

Daniel Alberto Martinez II is heading to Rice University, where he will major in mechanical engineering and finance. He’d tell his kindergarten self one to not care what other people think about you. Daniel says that his favorite teacher was Mr. Eike Gerhard, his third-grade math teacher at the American International School of Bucharest. Mr. Gerhard fostered Daniel’s passion for math by making learning math fun. His favorite moments from high school were the times that he has spent with his friends. He says that after high school, he will never forget to wear a belt. His dream job is to be a Formula One lead engineer. 

Luke Visintine

Luke Visintine – University of Texas at Austin

Luke Visintine – West University Elementary School, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, St. Thomas High School 

Luke Visintine will be going to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in business. He would tell his kindergarten self to explore as many different interests as possible. Mr. Danny Hernandez from St. Thomas High School changed his life by leading a service trip to LA where Luke visited Skid Row and helped the homeless. His favorite part of high school was his freshman year, because it was online learning. One thing that will always remind him of high school is getting Fridays off in April. His dream job is starting a successful business. 

Francesca Wood

Francesca Wood – University of Virginia

Francesca Wood – Annunciation Orthodox School, Lamar High School 

Francesca Wood is heading to University of Virginia to major in business and Spanish. She would tell her kindergarten self to take advantage of every opportunity, because time flies. Francesca says her AOS religion teacher, Ms. Connie Koinis, was the kindest person, and that God's love shone through her every day. Her favorite moments from high school were being a part of the cross-country team. She says running isn't her favorite, but the friendships she formed with teammates, and the guidance of an amazing coach, made it worthwhile and so much fun. She says that right after college, her dream job would be to work as a private chef in the Hamptons. Blue picnic benches will always remind her of Lamar because that is where she ate lunch every day for four years. 

Camilla Wood

Camilla Wood – Washington and Lee (Senior photo: Dan O'Keefe Natural Expressions)

Camilla Wood – Annunciation Orthodox School, Lamar High School 

Camilla Wood is headed to Washington and Lee to major in art history and business. If she could give your kindergarten self one piece of advice, it’d be: “Who cares what other people think. Be true to yourself all the time!” Coach Regan House changed her life by teaching her the importance of hard work in school and sports. She was a mentor spiritually, academically, and personally, coaching her in cross country at Lamar for three ears. Her favorite moments from high school were running cross country with her best friends. Waking up super early will always remind her of waking up at 5 a.m. to go to cross country practice. Her dream job is being an art dealer for the rich and famous.

Gray Young

Gray Young – University of Texas at Austin

Gray Young – Briarmeadow Charter School, St. Francis Episcopal School 

Gray Young is headed to the University of Texas at Austin to study journalism. She would tell kindergarten Gray to never try to just get through the day; she wants her to appreciate every minute of it. A teacher who changed her life was Mr. Justin Doran, who has been her theater teacher throughout high school. Every day he inspires her with his outgoing, inviting personality and how he notices and appreciates every student; “Everyone needs a Mr. Doran in their life.” She wrote a story the summer before her sophomore year called “Epic Monster Zombie Detention Disaster,” and called it EMZDD for short. She was so proud of her work that her friend put the letters on a sweatshirt for her that she wore all the time. She read it to everyone she could and it’s part of the reason she wants to be a writer. The story will always symbolize the teenager-ness and dumb decisions of high school which she loves so much. Her dream is to write the books she wanted to read growing up, and to see herself in Barnes & Noble. She loves to read and so many times has searched for a specific plot that she couldn't find anywhere. Her goal is to write the craziest, funniest, and most interesting stories she can. 

Matias Rincon

Matias Rincon – University of Texas at San Antonio

Matias Rincon – Austin Elementary School, Spring Branch Middle School, Memorial High School 

Matias Rincon is heading to the University of Texas at San Antonio to major in economics. He’d tell his kindergarten self to believe in himself, and to enjoy every day at school, learn and have fun because it goes by quick. His favorite moments from high school were playing soccer every year and making varsity team. One thing that will always remind him of high school is Drake, because he played Drake songs every morning driving to school. His dream job is to be a professional soccer player or rapper. 

Brandon Hiemstra

Brandon Hiemstra – University of Oklahoma (Senior photo: Claire McAdams)

Brandon Hiemstra – Bunker Hill Elementary School, The Briarwood School 

Brandon Hiemstra is going to the University of Oklahoma to major in business management. He would tell his kindergarten self, “Things are always going to be hard in life, but keep on trying and don't give up.” He says that Ms. Michelle Gore, or Coach Gore, is a teacher who always encouraged him to never give up. He had her all throughout high school in multiple subjects. No matter what class Coach Gore was teaching she made class fun and challenging at the same time. His favorite moment in high school was placing State Runner up in TAPPS Men's Singles for Tennis. Something he will always remember from high school is the school binders that the entire school carries around. Each year every student gets a new binder from the school, and at the end of the school year everyone can’t wait to trash it. He hopes to one day work for the Disney franchise; an organization he has always had a passion for. 

Ted Mucher

Ted Mucher – Texas A&M University (Senior photo: Child Champ Photography)

Ted Mucher –  Memorial Drive Elementary School, Spring Forest Middle School, Memorial High School 

Ted Mucher is going to Texas A&M University to major in mechanical engineering. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: “Enjoy recess while you can.” The teacher who changed his life was his first grade teacher, Ms. Ginger Butler, who challenged him and kept him in line, which is how he learns best. Before her, he was a troublemaker and a big distraction to other kids. He was able to focus in her class, and she changed how he viewed school and learning in general. His favorite high school memory was going to Galveston for the weekend after prom. One thing that will always remind him of high school is his friend, Luke Brack. He hopes to work as an engineer at an engineering firm in the Houston area. 

Catherine Moseley

Catherine Moseley – University of Southern California (Senior photo: Margaret Rotan)

Catherine Moseley – The Kinkaid School 

Catherine Moseley is heading to the University of Southern California, majoring in theater and international relations on a pre-law track. If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: Start paying attention in class now because school won't get any easier. The teacher who changed her life was Mr. Charles Harrison, her current choir director at Kinkaid, who helped restore her confidence onstage. Mr. Harrison's steadfast encouragement and support has meant the world to her and she will be forever grateful to him for believing in her and for helping her believe in herself. Her favorite moment from high school was sitting by the bayou at the Kinkaid Backyard with her best friend Onyi during freshman year. Something that will always remind her of high school is Golden Goose sneakers. Her dream job is to be a defense attorney. 

Catherine Transou

Catherine Transou – Stephen F. Austin State University

Catherine Transou – Memorial Drive Elementary School, Spring Branch Middle School, Memorial High School 

Catherine Transou is headed to Stephen F. Austin State University, majoring in music education with a focus in voice. If she could give her kindergarten self advice, it would be: Don't listen to what other people say about you. Take a deep breath and let go. Everything is going to work out. She says her third-grade teacher Ms. Borg changed her life; without her, she wouldn't have gotten the help and attention she needed. The song “brutal” by Olivia Rodrigo will always remind her of high school. Her favorite moment from high school was hanging out with her friend Lauren and going to senior prom. Her dream job would be directing a school choir program and tending to her ranch when she got home. 

Elise Egger

Elise Egger – Oklahoma State University

Elise Egger – Bunker Hill Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Houston Christian High School 

Elise Egger is heading to Oklahoma State University to study animal science. She would tell her kindergarten self to make friends and have fun because it goes by so fast. She says Mr. Brian Brown, her high school band teacher, helped shape her as a musician, but also helped her build leadership, confidence, patience and many other things. Her favorite times in high school were her spring break trip to Europe senior year and hanging out with drumline. One thing that will always remind her of high school is: chapel. Her dream job would be working with cattle on a farm from a science perspective. 

Joseph DeLongchamps

Joseph DeLongchamps – Belmont University

Joseph DeLongchamps – Bunker Hill Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Houston Christian High School 

Joseph DeLongchamps is going to Belmont University and majoring in music business. His high school choir director Mr. Ken Sink helped him find a love for choral music and vocal performance, and is also a friend who he can talk to about anything. “Les Misérables” closing night was his favorite high school moment. He felt it was their best performance and that everything he had worked for had been accomplished. The song “Out of Tune” by The Backseat Lovers will always remind him of high school because it is a song that was introduced to him by his best friends. He and his music partner Michael Deis are a duo called The Magnolia Brothers and both headed to Belmont University in Nashville this fall. His dream job is to be a musician, because he loves performing and sharing his music. If he could, he’d tell his kindergarten self, “Stay true to yourself and your beliefs.”

Emilie Denis

Emilie Denis – Bishop’s University (Senior photo: Belle Rose Photography)

Emilie Denis – Hunters Creek Elementary School, Spring Branch Middle School, St. Francis Episcopal School 

Emilie Denis will be going to Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada, where she will major in history and global studies on the pre-law track. She would tell her kindergarten self, “Enjoy being a kid; don’t wish to grow up so fast.” She says that when she started high school, the St. Francis Episcopal community welcomed her with open arms, and every teacher has encouraged her to be the best she can be, helping her find her true potential. Her favorite moments from high school were going to Whole Foods every day for off-campus lunch with her best friends Nora and Caroline. “My Lighthouse,” a song by Rend Collective will always remind her of high school because it is one of the go-to songs they use in chapel. It will never fail to make her smile. She hopes to become an international lawyer, or work in family law. 

Porter Lippold

Porter Lippold – University of Arkansas

Porter Lippold – Wilchester Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Stratford High School 

Porter Lippold is off to University of Arkansas, majoring in business. He would tell his kindergarten self to not worry so much. He says that his Wilchester Elementary counselor, Ms. Michelle Perkins, changed his life by helping with his anxiety. His favorite high school memory was the senior year football game where they beat Memorial. His dream job would be anything he can do from home that also makes money. 

Lenna Corley

Lenna Corley – University of Texas at Austin

Lenna Corley – Wilchester Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Stratford High School 

Lenna Corley is headed to the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in youth and community studies. She hopes to become a child development counselor. She would tell her kindergarten self to stand up for herself in the kindest way possible. Lenna is thankful to have had Ms. Megan Dobbs for first grade, taught her how to love others and shifted her educational perspective. Ms. Dobbs poured so much love and effort into her students to make them feel welcome, and made school fun for all her kids. Lenna’s favorite high school memory was when Stratford’s football team won their last game of the season. Football season was her favorite season. It was such an exciting feeling to end the football season with a win, but it was also bittersweet. She says that as a freshman, she remembers not knowing her place, feeling like she didn't fit in. She felt blessed to be welcomed into her current friend group with open arms. They took her in as one of their own and she will forever be so grateful to have spent high school with them. She says she will cherish these girls for the rest of her life.

Macy Delgadillo

Macy Delgadillo – Sam Houston State University (Senior photo: Marlo Wise Photography)

Macy Delgadillo – Wilchester Elementary School, Spring Forest Middle School, Stratford High School 

Macy Delgadillo is headed to Sam Houston State University for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. She would tell her kindergarten self that it's all going to be okay. Her dance teacher at Stratford High School, Ms. Julie Vineyard, changed her life by always listening and being a safe place to go to. Her favorite part of high school was being on the drill team – she says the team was a family. Her dream job is to be a dance studio owner. The green Stratford Spartan logo will always hold a special place in her heart. 

Aiden Garcia

Aiden Garcia – University of Houston-Downtown

Aiden Garcia – Rummel Creek Elementary School, Hodges Bend Middle School, Stratford High School 

Aiden Garcia will be going to University of Houston-Downtown and majoring in business administration. The advice that he would give his kindergarten self is to stay in sports, and don't give up when you don't play your best. His first-grade teacher, Ms. Janet Anderson, changed his life by taking note that he had characteristics that were in line with ADHD. She was patient with him and took time to speak to his parents about seeking a medical diagnosis, which allowed him to get the help he needed to focus and learn the foundation of behavior, peer relationships, and learning tips that he has taken throughout his educational career. His biggest high school milestone was when he began driving to school. It allowed him a form of independence and responsibility. The tangible asset that will always remind him of high school is his first vehicle, a 2016 Chevy Cruze with red exterior and tan interior. His dream job is to become an entrepreneur and own his own business; he especially would like to be in the real estate business. 

Harrison Brooks

Harrison Brooks – Baylor University

Harrison Brooks – Meadow Wood Elementary School, Spring Forest Middle School, Stratford High School 

Harrison Brooks is headed to Baylor University, majoring in business. He would tell his kindergarten self to keep striving to do his best. His second-grade teacher, Ms. Elise Cooper, encouraged his writing, found ways to challenge him, and made learning fun. His favorite moment of high school was being awarded Sophomore Male Student of the Year in 2022. One thing that will always remind him of high school is the friendships he’s made. His dream job is something in marketing (business) where he can use his creativity. 

Ciara McDonald

Ciara McDonald – Grambling State University

Ciara McDonald – Thornwood Elementary School, Westchester Academy for International Studies, Stratford High School 

Ciara McDonald is going to Grambling State University and majoring in kinesiology. Her favorite part of high school was being an athletic trainer during football season. Her dream job is being an athletic trainer for the Dallas Cowboys. If she could give her kindergarten self advice, she would say to be careful who you let into your life. She says Ms. Crystal Arrington, her counselor at Stratford, helped her more than any other teacher ever has, and she is forever thankful for her. 

Samuel Konuma

Samuel Konuma – Texas A&M University

Samuel Konuma – Second Baptist School 

Samuel Konuma is majoring in business/finance at Texas A&M University. He would tell his kindergarten self: “Don't cheat on Ms. Stewart's grammar test in third grade.” He says Mr. Douglas Walker was always there for him as a teacher and a soccer coach. He always showed kindness through his enthusiastic encouragement on and off the field, from simple conversation to writing his letters of recommendation. His favorite high school memory was performing the senior guys’ cheer routine in an all-school pep rally. Something that will always remind him of high school is the introduction and high pace development of artificial intelligence. His dream job is working in private equity/ at a hedge fund. 

Lauren Payne

Lauren Payne – Baylor University

Lauren Payne – Wilchester Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Stratford High School 

Lauren Payne is headed to Baylor University, where she will study communications sciences and disorders (speech pathology). Looking back to kindergarten, she would tell little Lauren, “Always walk with grace, live by faith, and love with kindness. In a decade of a journey, there are many changes and outcomes you simply cannot control, yet if you learn to find the positives and take the high road, the light is so much easier to find. Stress less, and live more. These years go by so very fast.” Her freshman and junior year Biology teacher, Coach Jennifer Adcock, was someone she looked up to for her morals and work ethic, but she also instilled a sense of strength and courage– leading Lauren to do things she would've never thought possible. She lived by the phrase, “You can do hard things.” She will always remember high school when she thinks about the Stratford vs. Memorial rivalry. Although it was something she had grown up watching, experiencing the "beltway battle" first hand was, without question, an unexplainable feeling that takes her back to a bucketload of memories. She aspires to work in a profession where she gets to help people each and every day. She has a huge passion for special needs and children with disabilities, leading her to her intended career of speech pathology. 

Austin Chao

Austin Chao – United States Military Academy

Austin Chao – Rummel Creek Elementary School, Cornerstone Academy, Stratford High School 

Austin Chao will be going to the United States Military Academy at West Point to study mechanical engineering. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: “Try new things, order something besides chicken nuggets when you’re out somewhere nice. Don’t be afraid to go on an adventure!” His most impactful teacher was his junior year swim team and water polo coach Mr. Henry Rudy Thomas. He had a favorite saying, “Wherever you go, there you are.” That quote really resonated with Austin, and practically turned his life upside down when he really pondered it. His favorite high school memory was being crowned Mr. SHS, which is a school-wide comedic beauty pageant show for men, with proceeds going to charity. Austin says he enjoyed participating in the show and making the audience laugh. His favorite (school-appropriate) moment from high school was seeing his principal bench 315 for reps in the weight room; “I was scared/in awe of him ever since. Mr. Blaze, you the man!” One thing that he will always remember is his amazing group of friends, and says one iconic high school tradition is Stratfords Nerf Mafia; “This one goes out to the I-10 Killaz and Stratford Aquatics, I love y’all.” He aspires to be an Army Airborne Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Thomas Babineck

Thomas Babineck – Texas Tech

Thomas Babineck – Meadow Wood Elementary School, Spring Woods Middle School, Stratford High School 

Thomas Babineck is going to Texas Tech with a dual major in agricultural studies and business. He says Mr. Michael McManners at the Guthrie Center changed his life by inspiring his interest in agribusiness. His dream job is to be a ranch manager. His favorite part of high school was football games and playing in the marching band. The Spartans Fight Song will always remind him of high school, since they played it so many times.

Erin Elizabeth Pluchino

Erin Elizabeth Pluchino – University of Texas at Austin

Erin Elizabeth Pluchino – Bunker Hill Elementary School, Cornerstone Academy, Stratford High School 

Erin Elizabeth Pluchino is heading to the University of Texas at Austin and majoring in special education and social work. She would tell her kindergarten self that the world doesn’t end when you’re it for tag. She hopes to be a special needs diagnostician. Her kindergarten teacher Ms. Allison Wright changed her life by instilling belief in her, never failing to include everyone, and never ever making anyone feel incapable. Ms. Wright taught her to chase her dreams and never give up. Her favorite high school memories were when Stratford played Memorial in sports events, since she got to see all of her friends from Bunker Hill Elementary.

Jahkell Miller

Jahkell Miller – Texas State Technical College

Jahkell Miller – Terrace Elementary School, Campbell Middle School, Stratford High School 

Jahkell Miller is going to Texas State Technical College to study engineering and manufacturing. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: You have a purpose in life. Always remember that. His science teacher Mr. Pollock at Campbell Middle School changed his life when he said, “Never say you can’t do it, but instead you say you can’t do it yet - key word yet – because you will eventually be able to do it if you put your mind to it.” His favorite part of high school was meeting lifelong friends, and spending time with friends. Pajama pants will always remind him of high school. His dream job is owning his own barber shop. 

John Dart

John Dart – Undecided

John Dart – Askew Elementary, West Briar Middle School, Stratford High School 

John Dart is undecided on his college, but will major in computer science. He would tell his kindergarten self that school is actually important, so focus and work hard. Mr. Dwayne Lacy from West Briar Middle School taught him how to prepare for high school, to work hard and play hard, and that he can be goofy while still serious in school. He doesn’t have just one favorite moment from high school, but says the band games were pretty fun. Green Day music will always remind him of high school. He hopes to one day become a software engineer at Lofty.

Cole Tanner

Cole Tanner – Colorado School of Mines

Cole Tanner – Nottingham Elementary School, Cornerstone Academy, Stratford High School 

Cole Tanner is headed to the Colorado School of Mines, where he will major in mechanical engineering. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: Don't sweat the small stuff. He says Ms. Lori Lee at Cornerstone, his eighth-grade English teacher, made English bearable. His favorite memory from high school was seeing a Stratford Playhouse show he worked on get awards. One thing that will always remind him of high school is “those stupid Stanley cups.” His dream job is “anything that keeps me off the streets, but it would be pretty cool to be a pilot.” 

Lucas Donelson

Lucas Donelson – Baylor University

Lucas Donelson – Rummel Creek Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, Houston Christian High School 

Lucas Donelson will be heading to Baylor University to study business/entrepreneurship. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: Don’t think about the future, live in the moment and have fun. He says Mr. Adam Schwing, his junior year Bible teacher, helped him grow in his faith and learn more about the Lord. His favorite moment from high school was his sophomore Bible class, when they did a project about Noah’s Ark and filmed a skit. One thing that will always remind him of high school is masks because they had to wear them every day. His dream job is to own his own company. 

Gustavo Lerma

Gustavo Lerma – University of St. Thomas

Gustavo Lerma – Thornwood Elementary School, Spring Forest Middle School, Stratford High School 

Gustavo Lerma is going to the University of St. Thomas, where he will major in biology. He then plans to attend dental school and become an orthodontist after residency. He would tell his kindergarten self to enjoy childhood. A teacher who changed his life is Ms. Crystal Arrington, his counselor at Stratford, as she helped guide him throughout high school, helped him graduate early, and she was always there for him. She made him realize that when one is stuck in life with problems, struggles, and more, there will always be a solution, and it will be okay. His favorite moment from high school was going to orchestra room with friends and hanging out during free time freshman year. The Stratford shade of dark green will always remind him of high school. 

Kendra Criner

Kendra Criner – University of Oklahoma (Senior photo: Chrissy Burdsall)

Kendra Criner – Briargrove Elementary School, Trafton Academy, St. Francis Episcopal School 

Kendra Criner is heading to the University of Oklahoma and plans to major in sports business. She would tell her kindergarten self to not wish time away; “When I was younger, all I wanted was to be a teenager and be older, but now all I wish is to go back to when I was younger.” Ms. Caroline Herrin from St. Francis Episcopal, her teacher 10th-12th grade, taught her to love the world of art, and how to express herself in many different ways. Kendra says she made her a better person, and taught her to not give up even if she hits a stump. Her favorite part of high school was meeting all her best friends. She says she wouldn’t have survived high school without them, and they mean more to her than they will ever know. Her dream job is to work for a Major League Baseball or NFL team. 

Tyler Shen

Tyler Shen – Columbia University (Senior photo: Dylan Aguilar)

Tyler Shen – River Oaks Elementary School, Lanier Middle School, Lamar High School 

Tyler Shen is off to Columbia University to study economics and business. If he could give his kindergarten self a piece of advice, it would be: Enjoy everything that happens outside the classroom; grades aren't the only thing that matter. A teacher who changed his life was Ms. Aleta Cole, his orchestra teacher at Lanier Middle School, who he had for beginner and symphony orchestra. She taught him to try new things and opened his eyes to music. She was very kind and open-minded despite his humble beginnings as a new viola musician. His favorite moment from high school was his summer in NYC at the Columbia Pre-College program. Something that will always remind him of high school is the song “Aruarian Dance” by Nujabes. His dream job is to be an entrepreneur. 

Stella Karen Baird

Stella Karen Baird – University of Kentucky (Senior photo: Stevie B Photos)

Stella Karen Baird – Second Baptist School 

Stella Karen Baird is headed to University of Kentucky to study equine science and management on the pre-vet track. She would tell her kindergarten self to try her very hardest to be kind to everyone. She says Mr. Arthur Babcock pushed her in her freshman Biology class, and she detested him and the class; her sophomore year, she realized he was right, and brought her grades up like never before. She felt lucky to call him her teacher again her senior year. He constantly reminds her of how proud he is of how much she has grown in maturity and academics in three years’ time. Her favorite moments from high school were the school dances that the moms and staff put on. She says they were so much fun and she’ll miss them in college. Her school’s coffee shop, Second Cup, will always remind her of high school. She plans to become a reproductive equine vet or a specialist in rehabilitation for horses. 

Catherine Douglas Clark

Catherine Douglas Clark – Texas Christian University

Catherine Douglas Clark – Briargrove Elementary School, Second Baptist School 

Catherine Douglas Clark is headed to Texas Christian University on a pre-business track. If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice it would be to not sweat the small stuff, and to not take for granted the time spent with family and friends. The teacher who changed her life was Mr. Nathan Nease, her junior-year physics teacher and senior scientific entrepreneurship and design teacher. Mr. Nease always believed in her and pushed her to be the best she could be and do the best work she could do. She says he also always kept Christ at the center of the classroom, and she always looked forward to going to his class. Her four closest friends Caroline Aycock, Ellie Musslewhite, Anna Brandt, and Mary Claire Torn will always remind her of high school, and her favorite moments are the times they spent together.

Anna Maria Sanchez

Anna Maria Sanchez – Princeton University

Anna Maria Sanchez – Mark Twain Elementary School, Spring Forest Middle School, Stratford High School 

Anna Maria Sanchez is off to Princeton University, majoring in engineering. Her dream job would be working as a chemical engineer in Barcelona, Spain. Mr. James Garrett, her teacher for Dual Language Science in Middle School, challenged her to do her best work. His tests were very hard, but he always gave the opportunity to do extra projects to earn extra credit. He taught her that extra effort will lead to extra credit. Her favorite moment from high school was when she and her teammate Renee Le won the district title in varsity girls doubles tennis their senior year. Every time she sees a nerf gun, she will remember the spring tradition of "nerf wars" at Stratford. 

Elizabeth Longwell

Elizabeth Longwell – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Elizabeth Longwell – Sherwood Elementary School, Westchester Academy for International Studies, Houston Christian High School 

Elizabeth Longwell will be heading to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to study nursing. If she could give her kindergarten self any piece of advice, it would be that growing up can be exciting, but to always live in the moment. Her favorite high school memory was their school trip to Iceland. Ms. Jenny Honeck, a sponsor for the Iceland trip, had a big impact on her. One of the most prominent moments was when they hiked a really steep volcano. Elizabeth is terrified of heights, but Ms. Honeck told her she could do anything if she put her mind to it. Her dream job is to be a lawyer.

Cole Broussard

Cole Broussard – University of South Carolina

Cole Broussard – Kirk Elementary School, Harmony School of Excellence, Houston Christian High School 

Cole Broussard is going to the University of South Carolina to study environmental engineering. He would tell his kindergarten self don't be afraid to try new things. His English II Honors teacher, Ms. Jenna LaFlamme, changed his life not only because of being an amazing teacher, but also genuinely caring for her students and constantly reaching out to them. He says he has shared lots of laughs and struggles with her, and no matter the situation, her door has always been open and welcoming. His favorite moment in high school was going on the senior retreat to Boxwoods Camp with all his friends, and getting to participate in a ton of super fun camp games and share memories he will carry for the rest of his life. Any time he attends a bible study, he will be reminded of high school. This year he and all of his friends created their own bible study, which has grown throughout the majority of their senior class, and really pulled them together. He hopes to become an environmental engineer.

Naina Pai

Naina Pai – University of Richmond

Naina Pai – West University Elementary School, T.H. Rogers School, St. John’s School 

Naina Pai is heading to the University of Richmond, majoring in philosophy, politics, economics, and law (PPEL). If she could give her kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: “Don't keep a kind word to yourself. It is so important to tell others you appreciate them or stop strangers when you like their shoes. It doesn't take much to make someone's day. Be the friend you want to have.” Ms. Eleanor Cannon, her junior year history teacher, taught her the value of hard work and being confident in herself. She always looked forward to getting some wisdom and motivation when she swung by her room. The most important lesson she taught Naina was to be unafraid to make your community a better place. Her favorite moment from high school was giving a chapel talk to the Upper School about finding joy in life's small moments. Some of her favorite smaller moments include concerts with friends, sunset field hockey practices, and dinner with her family. Her dream job would be to serve as an advocate for human-rights policy while working as a lawyer. Eventually, she would like to open up a small cafe with good coffee and good music. She remembers reading this article in elementary school, and felt a bit emotional submitting her own pictures. 

Walker Dellinger

Walker Dellinger – Amherst College (Senior photo: Margaret Rotan Photography)

Walker Dellinger – West University Elementary School, St. John's School 

Walker Dellinger is going to Amherst College, where he will be playing baseball and majoring in economics. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be: “Make good friends. Some of my best friends today are the ones I have known since kindergarten and pre-school. We didn't all go to the same middle or high schools, but we have remained good friends over all these years.” Ms. Abby Jackson, his fourth-grade English teacher, taught him that you can work hard and learn a lot, but still manage to have fun. His favorite high school memories were spring break trips to Florida with the St. John's baseball team. His dream job is TBD.

Ellie Veeningen

Ellie Veeningen – Texas A&M University

Ellie Veeningen – West University Elementary School, Veritas Christian Academy of Houston, Second Baptist School 

Ellie Veeningen is off to Texas A&M University, majoring in business honors and literature on the pre-law track. She would tell her kindergarten self to slow down and be a kid – she wishes she had savored the moment a bit more rather than rushing to the future and to adulthood. She says she has had the blessing of having several remarkable teachers, but one of the most impactful was her middle school principal Mr. Brad Sewell, who taught a small Rhetoric and Debate class. She is forever grateful for this class, which gave her a love of public speaking and the ability to express and think for herself. Her favorite moment from high school was going to London and Edinburgh during junior year on a school trip with Second Baptist. She grew a lot closer with a group of senior girls, and had so much fun traveling around the countries with her friends. Things that will always remind her of high school include: Cabo Bob’s, the song "Fireball" by Pitbull, and Friday Night Football. Her dream job would be working as a business consultant for an international corporation or as a magazine editor.

Max Brenckmann

Max Brenckmann – University of Texas at Austin

Max Brenckmann – West University Elementary School, St. John's School 

Max Brenckmann is heading to the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Plan II Honors and economics. He was most impacted by Ms. Abbey Jackson Mills, his fourth-grade English teacher, who opened him up to how expansive the English language is and how much fun it can be beyond just reading books. If he could give his kindergarten self advice, he would say to be confident, and not be afraid to ask others for help. His favorite moment from high school was spending time with friends, and his dream job would be as a professional sports owner/general manager. 

Eric Li

Hung Pan (Eric) Li – Rice University

Hung Pan (Eric) Li – Tai Po Government Primary School (Hong Kong), Carmel Pak U Secondary School (Hong Kong), The Village School 

Hung Pan (Eric) Li is going to Rice University, double majoring in history and mathematical economic analysis. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be, “There’s always room for development, because perfect is the worst enemy of good.” He was skeptical of pursuing a liberal arts career initially, but his teacher Ms. Natalie Goodwin convinced him that it is the path that he is destined for. His favorite moment from high school was the talent show on their senior trip. He never thought he would voluntarily join in with to perform joint choreography, with only 15 minutes of practice time; but they won first place. Poker cards will always remind him of high school, because he and his friends spent their entire homecoming dance night outside of the venue playing poker cards, and cosplaying characters from the game Deltarune. He hopes to one day become an influential figure like Karl Marx or Robert Nozick.

Siena Rodrigues

Siena Rodrigues – Yale University

Siena Rodrigues - Oak Forest Elementary School, Lanier Middle School, Carnegie Vanguard High School 

Siena Rodrigues will be going to Yale University, where she plans to study neuroscience and Portuguese. Her dream job is to be an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spine surgery. Her favorite moment from high school was Senior Sunrise on the first day of senior year. Seeing the sun rise over downtown with all her friends around her was so surreal, and it was when it sank in that it was really her last year of high school. She says her second-grade teacher at Oak Forest Elementary, Ms. Audrey Anastasia, was always having a good time. Every time she thinks back to second grade, her mind is flooded with happy memories of her laugh, her smile, and her hilarious jokes; she brought joy into the classroom every day. Something that will always remind her of high school is her maroon Hydro Flask water bottle. She has carried it almost every day of high school and soon will carry it every day of college. It’s been with her from day one, and every bump and scratch on it is a reminder of that.

Kathleen Lewis

Kathleen Lewis – Texas A&M University (Senior photo: Deana Clement Photography)

Kathleen Lewis - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Lamar High School 

Kathleen Lewis is headed to Texas A&M University and plans to major in education. She would tell her kindergarten self: don’t wish to grow up! Her AP World History teacher in sophomore year taught her what it means to be a teacher. He connected with kids on a personal level and made them all feel like they could trust him. She believes she succeeded in his class because he made it a safer space to be in. Her favorite moment from high school was joining the school musical, “Mamma Mia,” her senior year. Pistachios will always remind her of high school; every day of junior year, she and her friends would eat them as a snack in Environmental Science. Her dream job is to have her own classroom and carry out her dreams of making kids fall in love with school rather than resenting it. 

Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez – Texas A&M University

Fernando Gonzalez - The English School (Bogotá, Colombia), British International School of Houston

Fernando Gonzalez will be going to Texas A&M University, where he will major in economics. His favorite moment from high school was his 2022 sophomore prom, after completing his IGCSE exams. His dream job is to be an F1 driver. The teacher who most impacted his life was his piano teacher, Mr. Thanushka Bandara at Wisely Music Learning. From the moment Fernando began his lessons, Thanushka's dedication and passion for music were contagious, inspiring in him a fervor for the piano that went beyond the keys. He tailored lessons that both challenged and motivated him. Through his guidance, Fernando learned to embrace music’s nuances, understanding that every piece held a unique story waiting to be told. Moreover, his unwavering support bolstered Fernando’s confidence and nurtured a belief in his abilities that has stayed with him. Thanushka's impact has shaped his character, instilled in him a love for music, and imparted life lessons that transcend piano keys.

Nancy Nguyen

Ngan (Nancy) Nguyen – Emory University (Senior photo: Thien)

Ngan (Nancy) Nguyen - Chi Lang Primary School (Vietnam), The Village School 

Ngan (Nancy) Nguyen is going to Emory University to study strategy and management consulting. She would tell her kindergarten self to see the beauty in everything. She says that the enthusiasm and passion of her business management and economics teacher, Mr. Benjamin Yakobu, fostered her love for business, and strengthened her determination to pursue an undergraduate degree in business. One of her most cherished moments from high school was running the Viet-Thai Cuisine Fundraiser on Diversity Summit Day with her friends. It was a memorable and joyful experience; all profits were donated to the Houston Food Bank, helping those in need. Her dream job is to become a lawyer.

Simone Plante

Simone Plante – Texas A&M University or Southwestern University

Simone Plante - Poe Elementary School, Lanier Middle School, Carnegie Vanguard High School 

Simone Plante is heading to either Texas A&M University or Southwestern University, majoring in biology, on the pre-vet track. If he could give his kindergarten self one piece of advice, it would be to listen to his mom. He says she helped him learn a lot about how to prepare for tests. Ms. Josephine Lee changed his life by helping him through his first year at Carnegie, which was the hardest. His favorite part of high school was being on the baseball team his senior year. His dream job is to be a veterinarian.

Bret Kilchrist

Bret Kilchrist – Southwestern University

Bret Kilchrist  - Trinity Lutheran, Houston Christian High School 

Bret Kilchrist is going to Southwestern University, majoring in sports management/business. His dream job is to be a sports agent. If he could give his kindergarten self a piece of advice, it would be: “Don’t procrastinate, and always follow your dreams.” Ms. Sandy Hampton changed his life by instilling discipline and pushing him to work hard in pre-algebra. His favorite high school memory was his state game senior year.

Danielle Earles

Danielle Earles – Xavier University of Louisiana

Danielle Earles – River Oaks Baptist School, Houston Christian High School 

Danielle Earles is heading to Xavier University of Louisiana, majoring in chemistry on the pre-med track. She would tell her kindergarten self to cherish every moment in every phase of life. A teacher who changed her life is Ms. Pam McLendon (or Ms. PMac for short). She was her junior year psychology teacher. Danielle says she cares for all of her students like they are her own children; “Whenever you see her, she is always smiling or laughing. You can come to her with any problem and she will bring you comfort. I enjoyed seeing her in the halls and saying hello whenever I passed her room. She changed my life by showing me how much passion I could have for my career. She also showed me how to make a difference in other's lives daily, just by being yourself.” Her favorite high school memory was taking a trip to Galveston with her friend group. Her dream job is to be a dermatologist.

Ashwin Rao

Ashwin Rao – Rice University

Ashwin Rao – The Village School 

Ashwin Rao is heading to Rice University with a major in computer science. He hopes to become a computer engineer. He’d tell his kindergarten self to have broad interests, and to not be afraid to try new things. He says Dr. Chad Huffman in fifth grade had a huge impact on his life because he introduced him to robotics and led him to join the middle school robotics team. His favorite moment in high school was scoring a point at Swim Regionals as a senior; he has never swam before, so it was very fulfilling to do well.

Karlianna Kapche

Karlianna Kapche – Rice University

Karlianna Kapche – Edna Mae Fielder Elementary, Beckendorff Junior High School, Houston Christian High School 

Karlianna Kapche will be going to Rice University, studying bioengineering and visual arts. She would tell her kindergarten self: Believe in yourself, keep working hard, and take every opportunity that comes your way, big or small, as a chance to grow. Ms. Jenna LaFlamme from Houston Christian encouraged her to believe in herself and to “not let people who buy cheap seats in your life have an expensive opinion.” Her favorite moment from high school was making it to the volleyball state championship after working hard for years and developing a team and community. The Stanley cups will always remind her of high school, because almost every girl at school has one. Her dream job is to save lives with advancements in health technology as a biomedical engineer, while painting as a side hobby. She would donate her paintings to hospitals.

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