Frank Tejeda Academy celebrates Class of 2019

Frank Tejeda Academy celebrates Class of 2019
Posted on 06/06/2019

Smiling faces, teary eyes and cheers filled Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium as Frank Tejeda Academy (FTA) celebrated its graduating class on June 3.

More than 75 graduates proudly crossed the stage to receive their high school diploma before family and friends to signify the closing of one chapter of their lives and the beginning of another.

HISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal and Board Vice President Juan Mancha delivered heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates and wished them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

“Before the ceremony began, I was able to walk around and meet some mothers, grandmothers, and significant others that are here to see their loved ones cross this stage,” Mancha said. “It warms my heart to know that our graduates have all the love and support from each and every one of you and with that support they will continue to have a successful and bright future!” 

Graduate Nikolas Camille shared his personal story about the many challenges he had to endure to reach this milestone. Being in the foster care system at a very young age changed his life forever; however, he made the decision to attend FTA and follow his dream to go to college.

“I’m grateful for the two years that I spent at Frank Tejeda Academy and because of all the support I received, I plan on going to St. Philips to pursue a degree in social work,” Nikolas said. “I want to be able to help children, like myself, that are put in the system and give them a fighting chance. I even hope to one day become a foster parent.”

Madrigal concluded the ceremony by certifying the diplomas and congratulating the Class of 2019!

After moving their tassels to the right of their caps, the graduates celebrated with cheers and applause and received warm embraces from friends and family members.

Hats off to FTA Class of 2019! Congratulations, you did it!

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