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2021 The Colony High School Senior Spotlight

Get to know the Class of 2021!

The Colony High School 2021 Senior Spotlight

2021 The Colony 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.

The Colony High School’s ceremony will begin Sunday, May 30 at 5:30 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.


#LISDGRADS

#LISDGRADS

We want to share this amazing milestone with you! We invite all LISD seniors and their families to share those final senior posts, graduation photos and videos with the LISD community by using “#LISDgrads” on your favorite social media. 


Top Ten Graduates

TCHS 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 Rafay Tareen

College/University: University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I’ll be majoring in biochemistry and want to work towards an MD/PHD dual degree.

Rafay Tareen

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
It definitely has to be my former debate coach, Tammy Ellis. She has been with me from the start, and has always been there to keep me in check. She helped me find my voice and reminded me to appreciate the finer things in life. It’s truly been a pleasure growing up under her wing.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Probably anything apart from the actual schoolwork.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope we aren’t seen any differently. We are a class like any other, each with unique experiences and memories that have shaped us in very momentous ways.


Salutatorian Emmanuel Llanes

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: I am majoring in Computer Engineering and I hope to land a career as a hardware engineer.

Emmanuel Llanes

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
Without question, Kristie DeLuna — my AP US History and AP World History teacher — has overall made me into a better student. Mrs. DeLuna provided many resources for myself and my classmates not to only just succeed on our tests, but also succeed in college. The numerous DBQs and LEQs she assigned helped me refine my writing skills and create better arguments.

What are your favorite memories of school?
The several Taboo and Kahoot games my classmates and I played in Mrs. DeLuna’s class made learning and reviewing much more fun. In her classes, I realized I could enjoy learning and challenging myself. Getting roasted by my AP Humanities teacher Mr. Meyrat, cramming for AP exams, hanging out with friends at lunch, performing physics labs, and solving calculus puns are some of my great memories at TCHS.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
The Class of 2021 is a resilient force not to be taken too lightly. We made the best out of our own struggles and had some good laughs in the meantime. Despite everything we endured, we became more united and driven to help each other and fulfill our most important goals.


3. John Cruz

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Mechanical Engineering and hope to work in the automotive or aerospace industry.

John Cruz

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
My calculus teacher Jim Robarge definitely had a big impact on me as I always looked forward to class and he made Calculus more enjoyable as his talks about life were always interesting. The conversations in that class were also some of the smartest and funniest things I’ve ever heard.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of high school were definitely the times when we played Taboo in US History and the game kept getting more and more intense the longer we played and I remember the excitement everyone had when someone would guess the final word to win the game.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope history remembers our class as a strong group of kids who persevered through a world pandemic for nearly half of high school, and who made the best out of a bad situation. 


4. Quynh Tran

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: Biomedical Engineering. I’d like to work with nonprofits in providing/building medical equipment for places that need it. 

Quynh Tran - TCHS

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
There are a lot of teachers who shaped who I am, both academically and as a person- it’s impossible to pick just one! Mr. Kenny Hoang, my chemistry teacher, supported me through my first hard science class. It was probably one of the most difficult portions of my high school career, as it was the first class I’d actually fail quizzes and tests in, but he was an amazing support system for my entire class. I can attest for all the AP chem students at TCHS when I say he was a wonderful teacher and role model. Ms. Jennifer Spaur was my Algebra 2 teacher. She taught our class so much, but she kept it fun and light. She was the one who pushed me to study for the PSAT so that I could get National Merit Finalist. Ms. Bond was my geometry teacher and she supported my Women in STEM club so much that she was willing to purchase items for us to fundraise out of our own pocket. Mr. Auguste Meyrat taught me how to think and argue in our English language class. Ms. Kristie Deluna as my US history teacher taught us in a unique way that made memorizing dates and historical events not only easy, but interesting and fun. As my Model UN teacher, she was always encouraging me to have more courage and confidence as we debated, and I learned a great deal about the world through her. Mr. Adam Lowber talked to us as not just students, but people - he always asked us about our ideas, how our day was, what our interests were, and pushed us to ask deeper questions about literature and human nature. Mr. Jim Robarge was our calculus teacher, and he’s one of the best teachers I’ve had. He’s smart and instructive, never says no to questions, and teaches us things beyond the calculus textbook. He set an example for everyone in my class as someone we aspire to be. Mr. Gregory Kulle taught us independence in our physics class. Like Mr. Robarge, he answered all of our questions about the universe. He respected us as students, but we all joked around often. I really hope these teachers get the recognition they deserve as life changers. They’re amazing in every way and I could not be where I am without them.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Everyday in model UN, we would discuss current events and argue about them. The conversation was sometimes serious, sometimes a bit silly- our most current debate is the assassination of JFK. I’ll miss our debates that both built my brain and made me laugh. I’ll miss my high school friends. We have a lot of fun playing video games and eating iHop. I’ll miss my Physics 2 class, where notes would somehow, inevitably, turn into a discussion about railguns. 

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I’d like our class to be remembered as a generation of changers. We want change, and I think many of us are not afraid of trying. Despite losing our last year of high school, I want us to be remembered as the class that never fails to get back up and try again.


5. Jasmin Hernandez

College/University: Texas Woman's University
Major/Career Plans: I plan to get my masters as a nurse practitioner.

Jasmin Hernandez

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
Tommy Ray, he has been my soccer coach for the last four years and has shown me the importance of hard work and never giving up.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories consist of playing varsity soccer for four years with some of my best friends.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I think many will remember the class of 2021 as the class that graduated during a global pandemic, but I hope history will remember us as the class that was able to persevere and graduate despite the trials that came our way. 


6. Vardhan Koripally

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: Chemical Engineering

Vardhan Koripally

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
Blake Bogus, my middle school English teacher, forced me to build a good work ethic. His workload and teaching skills prepared me for high school and improved my writing. He teaches AP English at Hebron now.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Getting scratched by my Chemistry teacher's bearded dragon. Beating all of my friends in chess.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
We are the class that got hit with the deadliest disease: Senioritis, a year early.


7. George Hawkins

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: Mechanical Engineering

George Hawkins

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
Jim Robarge. He taught me Pre-cal and calculus, and made the courses enjoyable to learn. He is part of the reason I want to enter engineering, because he shared his experiences in college and when he was working as an engineer.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Hanging out with my friends while procrastinating my homework.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I don't expect people to remember the class of 2021 as I cannot say anyone remembers the classes of prior years for anything memorable. I can only hope that the people in the class of 2021 have their own fond memories to look back on. 


8. Luisa Villafranca

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: I plan on majoring in healthcare studies, and minoring in neuroscience. I hope to one day be an emergency room physician or orthopedic surgeon.

Luisa Villafranca

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
One of the teachers that impacted me the most was my freshman year chemistry teacher, Mr. Kenny Hoang. Although his class was a bit challenging he was one of the first teachers who really showed me to love science and enjoy what I was learning. When he would lecture, you could tell he was truly invested in what he was teaching and wanted the students to enjoy it the same way he did.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Although I do not have one specific favorite memory of high school, one thing I will remember for sure is the time I spent on the track and cross country team. There, I could be myself and relax from the pressures of school and grades, and have fun alongside my friends. I enjoyed having my coaches push me to be the best version of myself athletically and a better person overall.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I hope we are remembered as a class that endured various challenges, but persevered. From learning to do school online and overcoming the setbacks covid had on us, we were able to accomplish that and come out stronger.  Our class of 2021 will be remembered as the one that learned to adapt and overcome.


9. Kareena Ani

College/University: The University of Texas at Dallas
Major/Career Plans: Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies; I would like to do something in the Medical Field.

Kareena Ani

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
The teacher that impacted me the most would probably have to be Curry Goff (AP Biology). Over the past year, it was very difficult for me to stay on top of things and be pushed to finish anything but since I had a teacher like Mr. Goff, I was able to still find my drive and passion in what I wanted to do. The way he teaches his class and the way he talks to all of his students shows that he isn’t just a teacher that wants to get the content out, rather, he is also a good friend that looks out for all of us.

What are your favorite memories of school?
My favorite memories of school include spending time with my friends before school started.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
In the years to come, I hope history remembers my class to be the one that survived the year of hardships and trials as we sacrificed so much for the horrible pandemic.


10. Sawyer Kamman

College/University: The University of Texas at Austin
Major/Career Plans: I plan to major in Computer Science, and with it I hope to find a job that's both stable and enjoyable.

Sawyer Kamman

What teacher impacted you most and how/why? 
I feel like Kenny Hoang, my AP Chemistry teacher, had the most impact on who I am today. He’s no longer a teacher in LISD; however, he not only created a class with a healthily strenuous learning environment that made me develop genuine study habits, but he also taught his class in an enjoyable way that encouraged you to bond with your classmates. His class was the ideal class, to me: a balance between work and fun.

What are your favorite memories of school?
Probably my favorite memory was when I was at Braum’s for my first AP Chemistry study session with my friends. I was drinking a medium chocolate milkshake, all while my table was covered in dozens of pages of notes and papers, and hundreds of practice questions as I struggled to comprehend any aspect of chemistry. This was also only just a few weeks into AP Chemistry.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2021? 
I think the Class of 2021 will be remembered as the class that worked with what we had. Even though many of our traditional events were canceled or postponed, we managed to find a way to make things work out. In some ways, I feel like that makes our class especially unique, since we had to go against tradition. 


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.

TCHS 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.

  • Quynh Nhu Tran | The Colony HS

TCHS National Merit Commended Students

More than two-thirds of the 50,000 high scorers, approximately 34,000 students, are named Commended Students. While Commended Students do not continue in the competition, these students receive Letters of Commendation recognizing their academic promise. Some of these students may also be candidates for Special Scholarships provided by NMSC corporate and business sponsors. 

  • John Cruz | The Colony HS
  • Sawyer Kamman | The Colony HS
  • Francisco Ortiz | The Colony HS

Collegiate Fine Arts

TCHS Collegiate Fine Arts

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

  • Samantha Burns | Theatre | University of North Texas   
  • Valerie Huck | Theatre | SMU   
  • Ella Huestis | Theatre | Elon University   
  • Charles Moats | Band | University of North Texas 

Collegiate Athletics

TCHS Collegiate Athletics

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

  • Chase Brown | Baseball | McClennan Community College
  • Cade Irwin | Baseball | Hesston Community College
  • Devin Reyna | Baseball | Rose State Junior College
  • Dante Robinson | Baseball | Luna Community College
  • Ryan Scott | Baseball | Dallas Baptist University
  • Aariyah Cotto | Basketball | Howard College
  • Tay Mosher | Basketball | East Carolina University
  • Jordan Carnegie | Cheer | Tyler Junior College
  • Laurel Jones Cheer Texas Womens University
  • Carmen Merrill | Cross Country/Track | Southeastern Oklahoma State
  • Noah Witham | Cross Country | Dallas Baptist University
  • Kyle Taylor | Football | Tarleton State University
  • Tucker McDonald | Golf | Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Grace Cary | Soccer | Eastern Oklahoma State College
  • Grete Nelson | Soccer | Eastern Oklahoma State College
  • Lesli Valdespino | Soccer | Eastern Oklahoma State College
  • Elijah Elias | Soccer | Colorado Christian University
  • Kyle Pena | Soccer | Hardin-Simmons University
  • Yosmar Reyes | Soccer | Howard Payne University
  • Carlie Goldy | Softball | Eastern Oklahoma State College

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