WOCCISD celebrates student mid-spring highlights

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, April 9, 2019

It is customary at our monthly West Orange-Cove CISD School Board meetings to recognize outstanding students, employees, and teachers. As we approach the end of the school year, I would like to highlight a few of our outstanding students’ spring accomplishments.  

In March, we recognized two students from West Orange-Stark Elementary School who have published a book. Third-grader Sean Alexander King authored “Trouble Maker and The Joker:  Attack of the Metal Elementer.” Fellow classmate Travion Mills illustrated it. In publishing this work, these students have truly accomplished an impressive task and a milestone that many adults only hope to realize. Sean and Travion’s book is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com.

In February, we recognized WOS Middle School student Alicia Odom at our Board meeting. This young lady scored in the top three percent of the nation on the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). This is a superior achievement and we look forward to watching this eighth grader continue to progress and succeed at the high school level.

WOS High School senior Diane McLemore, a talented artist, placed third in the Association of Texas Photography Instructor’s 2018 Fall Photo Contest. Ninety-nine schools across the state of Texas competed in this contest in various thematic categories. Diane will be recognized by our Board at our April meeting.

In athletics, senior Terron Brown earned selection to play in the Texas High School Round-Up All-Star Basketball Game. I had the opportunity to watch this young man perform for the last two years and it has been a delight to see him use his athletic gifts. We wish him great success in his future endeavors.

WOS High School Basketball Team Captain Jalen Jefferson earned selection to the Academic All-State basketball team. This honor recognizes students who not only succeed on the court but who are diligent in academic endeavors.

Angel Ibarra, Teshaun Teel, and Lande Butler, three WOS High School football players, earned selection to the Texas Sportswriters Association All-State Football Team. Additionally, Jay’Zn Robinson, Renaldo Rose, and Justin Lewis Sibley earned selection to the Texas Army National Guard and Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State Football Team.

We are very proud of each of these excellent student-athletes.

As you can see, our students are flourishing in many diverse areas. In my next editorial, I will continue to share additional student accolades. Our goal, at WOCCISD, is to provide our students with multiple opportunities to have an exceptional educational experience.

We believe in John Maxwell’s philosophy that “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.”


Go Mustangs!


Dr. Rickie R. Harris is the Superintendent at West Orange-Cove CISD.