Ninety-one Ann Richards Stars crossed the stage this morning at the Erwin Center in the district's second graduation of the season.
Superintendent Paul Cruz congratulated the students on their years of hard work and accomplishments.
- Sixty-two percent of the class are the first in their families to attend college.
- Forty students were named national AP scholars.
- The students collectively performed more than 13,000 hours of community service.
- ARS received all six academic distinctions from the Texas Education Agency.
Principal Kristina Waugh introduced valedictorian Truc Ly.
"To hold this honor requires scholarship, diligence and perseverance," Waugh said. "[Truc] is the person who exemplifies all of this and so much more."
Ly, who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 8, delivered a verbal thank you note to the ARS school building, her classmates, their families and teachers.
"Dear Ann Richards School, the building itself, thank you for allowing us to call you home," she said.
"To our teachers, thank you for being our second mother, father, counselor … I am grateful for your hard work and dedication to us," Ly said. "You all are excellent educators."
She concluded by thanking her classmates.
"Class of 2019, you all are my heroes. You are going to change the world," she said. "It's truly and honor to learn and grow with you."