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2021 Lewisville High School Senior Spotlight

Get to know the Class of 2021!

LHS 2021 Senior Spotlight

2021 Lewisville High School Graduation Information

Class of 2021 — we are proud of all you have accomplished! Your final years of high school brought unexpected challenges, but you have continued thriving despite them all. We can't wait to celebrate you on graduation day. 

Lewisville ISD is excited to share this year’s graduation ceremonies will be held at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco (9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX 75034). To see all LISD graduation dates, details and FAQs, please visit LISD.net/graduation.

Lewisville High School’s ceremony will begin Sunday, May 30 at 1 p.m. If you are unable to attend the ceremony in person, be sure to check out the live stream and watch from anywhere: lisd.net/gradstream.


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#LISDGRADS

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Top Ten Graduates

LHS Top Ten Graduates

We are celebrating the Class of 2021’s top ten graduates by sharing their plans for the future, who made an impact on them and what they will remember most about their school experience. 


Valedictorian Christian Flores

Christian Flores


Salutatorian Tony Tran

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I wish to explore my options in college, but am currently hoping to major in computer science and work under that field.

Tony Tran

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Mr. Brennan, my AP World History teacher, heavily impacted my high school career. I feel like I did not have any great study habits or time management until I took his class sophomore year. Although the work was tough at the time, Mr. Brennan was clearly passionate about his work, made great jokes, and made sure his students succeeded under a positive atmosphere.

What are your favorite memories of school?
I will always remember my time in the LHS Band Program. The football games and marching competitions we participated in are full of unforgettable memories. From providing school spirit, meeting tons of people of all classes, making LHS band history, to simply playing fun music helped me come out of the shell and made me into the person I am today.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope the class of 2021 is known for their perseverance throughout a time of struggle. Although our plans were cancelled, our friends are missed, or our reminisced, we did not give up, and gave it our all to graduate and chase excellence.


3. Alexia Rutledge

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I will to major in Aerospace Engineering. I want design space vehicles for NASA or SpaceX.

Alexia Rutledge

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
My debate teacher, Mrs. Squibb, impacted me the most. Mrs. Squibb lit a fire in me that inspired me to see what the future could be and to work hard to make it happen. I will remember Mr. Dunaj’s science class at Parkway and Mrs. Large’s class at Hedrick Middle School as the two classes that defined how I see the world.

What are your favorite memories of school?
I will never forget the sound of my heart beating and brilliance of the stadium lights as I walked off the football field after performing our marching show. I will always remember the friends I made along the way who struggled through AP classes with me.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers the class of 2021 as the class that was the first. We were the first to loose three semesters of high school experiences. We were the first to struggle with virtual learning. And we were the first to face an uncertain future. None of us knew what normal would look like. But despite everything, we were also the first to graduate after facing more challenges in a year than most students will face in their entire educational career.


4. Danny Ngo

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: Computer Science. I hope to become a software engineer somewhere in Silicon Valley. I've also always been interested in video games, so maybe I'll create the next Minecraft one day :)

Danny Ngo

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Cheryl Babb, French 1 and 2. She brought out the best of me my freshman year, and through her class, I developed a work ethic that allowed me to succeed throughout high school.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school were all the laughs I've shared with my friends. The little moments in life are bigger than we think, and I'll always appreciate the fun times I had doing stupid things with my friends. I hope history remembers the Class of 2021 as the most resilient graduating class in recent memory.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
As a class, we've been through it all: Ebola, Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19, and a one-week snowstorm. Yet, here we are, graduating from high school and entering the real world. As America's future doctors, engineers, Walmart "executives," and TikTok stars, we will be paving the way for future generations, and I'm honored to be a part of it.


5. Emily McGee

College/University: Texas A&M
Major/Career Plans: Business, possibly accounting or entrepreneurship.

Emily McGee

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Mr. Roper, support.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Making friends.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope to remember that I found some of my best lifelong friends during my years at LHS.


6. Shawn McConnell

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: Mechanical Engineering, I will be commissioning into the Navy following college as a ranked officer, and I intend to pursue a career in Mechanical Design.

Shawn McConnell

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
The most impactful teacher I’ve had the pleasure of having is Mr. Murphy, the Lewisville Percussion Director. He continually inspires me to achieve my goals and to lead others with respect and distinction.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school include my Indoor Drumline trips down to Houston in which we swept all of A Class for Texas. Similarly, I always loved the joy of performing with my friends on Friday nights under the stadium lights in Lewisville playing for the Fighting Farmers!

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope that history remembers our Senior Class of 2021 as the class that found new ways to succeed in the most difficult of circumstances.


7. Elizabeth Cadungog

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Computer Science, and I hope to pursue a career in software design and programming.

Elizabeth Cadungog

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
My eighth grade Algebra 1 teacher, Mr. Chris Holcomb, impacted me the most because he truly cared about teaching. He encouraged not only me, but every single one of his students to do their best. I am grateful for the impact he's had on my education and my life.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school were the ones involving my friends and my clubs. Every day at lunch, my friends and I would play multiple intense rounds of UNO together. Then there were the monthly Adopt-A-Spot cleanups with Interact Rotary club, or the weekly art club meetings where we painted decorations for the Homecoming Float.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers the Class of 2021 as the class that persevered. Learning in a pandemic has deprived us of many traditions or experiences, but we found a way to power through our education and our senior year.


8. Ashley Cortes Ballen

College/University: Johns Hopkins University
Major/Career Plans: Biology and a Pre-Med Route

Ashley Cortes Ballen

What are your favorite memories of school?
The people I met are my best memories. I am going pretty far away for college and I can hope that all the friendships I’ve made are lasting ones that can endure the distance. I have met some incredible people on this journey and I am so excited to see them grow.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
As a tough and intelligent bunch. We withstood some extraordinary circumstances with COVID and all. We managed to make it through all the way. My fellow classmates are so smart and phenomenal things await them!


9. Liliana Tachiquin

College/University: Texas Tech University
Major/Career Plans: Psychology, Pre-Med, becoming a Pediatrician

Liliana Tachiquin

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
As a freshman in high school, I did not give myself much credit for the work I was putting in and always second-guessed the quality of my work. Thankfully, I had an amazing English teacher for the first half of high school that continuously reminded me to not sell myself short. Mr. Adam Cooper is one of the reasons that I was able to recognize what I am truly capable of. From pushing me to be confident in that content I was producing, to being honest with me when he knew I could do better, Mr. Cooper was a huge factor in the standards that I created for myself and I will forever be grateful.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Throughout my years in school, I have been able to make incredible friends who have been there for me at my highest and lowest points. The moments that I’ve gotten to share with all of my wonderful friends and peers were my favorite memories in school. Whether it was bonding over our common stress levels or how much we loved being in classes together, there was rarely a dull moment around the people I love. This past 2020-2021 school year was memorable, to say the least.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
Being a senior in the midst of a pandemic was far from the easiest thing to experience. Very early on most seniors accepted the fact that we were not going to get most aspects of a normal senior year. But despite not having the typical senior year experience, the Class of 2021 was able to persevere through the obstacles placed in front of us.


10. Paul McCulley

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans:  Mechanical Engineering, I want to create more efficient and environmental-friendly transportation to change the world. I also want to continue playing clarinet and piano by performing for people through ensembles, concerts, and auditions.

Paul McCulley

What teacher impacted you most and how/why?
Mr. David Kraft, Assistant Band Director. Mr. Kraft has been with me  since freshman year. He is very enthusiastic about his job and makes band rehearsals very fun and enjoyable. He inspires me, both as a person and musician, to get better everyday and to constantly strive for the top. Additionally, he is one of the nicest, coolest, and supportive people I have ever met.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Pep Rallies not only promoted the upcoming football game, but also provided students with a breather from studying and class work. Classes became a couple minutes shorter, and band students were released early to play stand-tunes. Being able to get out of class to perform with my friends felt great. There was a great sense of unity and togetherness. Everyone was filled with adrenaline as the football game drew near, making Fridays fun and exciting.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remember the class of ‘21 as the class that continued to move forward. Despite the chaotic year, our class remained studious, tenacious, and hopeful. Even though our final year in high schools was not what we expected, nor what we hoped for, I couldn’t be thankful enough to be surrounded by such an intelligent and supportive class. We will continue to move forward, change the world, and grow stronger in the process.


National Merit

National Merit

Since 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recognized students across the country for their academic achievement through the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). NMSP is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships, and approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year.

LHS National Merit Finalists

Of the 16,000 Semifinalists, nearly 15,000 achieve Finalist status. To become a Finalist, Semifinalists and their high schools must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstration of leadership abilities and honors and awards received.

  • Christian V. Flores | Lewisville HS (Huffines MS, Valley Ridge ES
)
  • Ryan J. Moore | Lewisville HS (Hedrick MS, Parkway ES)


LHS National Merit Semifinalists

Of the 50,000 high scorers across the country, approximately 16,000 students are named Semifinalists. Those named a Semifinalist make up less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest-scoring entrants in each state. These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that are offered the following spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

  • Christian Flores | Lewisville HS
  • Ryan Moore | Lewisville HS

Collegiate Fine Arts

LHS Collegiate Fine Arts

Congratulations to the students continuing their fine arts education in college.

  • Vincent Carrion | Band | The University of Texas at Arlington   
  • Allison Durocher | Band | Texas Christian University 
  • Wendy Guerra | Orchestra, Band | The University of Texas at Arlington    
  • Tyler Johnson | Band | Oklahoma State University 
  • Kayla Miller | Band | Oklahoma State University   
  • Len Par | Choir | The University ff Texas at Arlington 

Collegiate Athletics

LHS Collegiate Athletics

Congratulations to the student-athletes who have committed or signed their letters of intent to play collegiate sports.

  • Jeshua Bertaud | Baseball | Benedictine College (Kan.)
  • Blaine Miller | Baseball | Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Andrew Hancock | Baseball | Lyon College (Ark.)
  • Laila Lawrence | Basketball | Texas A&M Commerce
  • Jose Rodriguez | Cross Country
  • David Adegbenro | Football | University of Texas - Permian Basin 
  • Taylen Green | Football | Boise State University
  • Isiah Stevens | Football | West Texas A&M University
  • Ashlee Johnson | Golf | Southwestern Kansas
  • Torrance Gonzales | Soccer | Hesston College 
  • Adamaris Manjarrez | Soccer | Midwestern State
  • Erin Bonehill | Softball | Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Maddie Brooks | Softball | Central Baptist College
  • Riley Haney | Softball | Dodge City Community College
  • Emilee Till | Softball | Ranger College 

Check out all the Lewisville ISD Senior Spotlights at LISD.net/Grads


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