100% of Tascosa High Seniors Apply for Higher Education

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For the first time in the history of Tascosa High School, 100% of their senior class applied to a school or university.

This morning, the class of 2017 was celebrated for the Third Annual Senior Send-Off.

The seniors at Tascosa High School accomplished a goal this year that’s been unheard of since the school was established 59 years ago.

“This year is extra special because, for the first time in the history of Tascosa, 100% of the seniors have applied to a college, university, or a program,” says Rachel Stockstill, an English 2 Teacher for Tascosa High School, “and of that 100%, we have quite a large number going to instate and out of state. “

Out of this year’s graduating class of 420, nearly three hundred seniors will stay local by going to Amarillo College or becoming a Buff.

“I just wanted to stay here and I think that WT is a good start,” Julianne Yaws, a senior at Tascosa says, “and they have a wonderful medical program there, so I’m going to go into Pre-Med.”

Another senior who wanted to stay in the area will find herself in Kansas. Thanks to a spike in financial aid.

“I actually was not planning on going out-of-state, I was actually planning on going to WT,” Lexi Schellhamer, also a senior at Tascosa, “I ended up getting a volleyball scholarship to go and play at Garden City. So, I said yes and I really want to stay close to home because I wanted my parents to watch me play and I didn’t want them to miss a game and I didn’t want to go far away because I had offers from far away.”

Officials say Tascosa seniors had acceptances to more than 400 universities, college, military, trade or certificate programs.

This morning’s senior send-off was actually the last one for Stockstill at Tascosa high.

After six years of teaching, she says she will be moving to Austin this summer, and she says today was rather emotional because of a third of this year’s seniors she taught as sophomores.

Stockstill says this year from Tascosa High may see the most students going into the Armed Forces.

We’re told altogether, more than 1500 students are graduating from Amarillo I.S.D. in the next few weeks.

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