• by Yanessa Romero • IDRA Newsletter • June – July 2002 • 

Before I ever stepped foot on the Fox Technical High School campus, I heard both bad and good things about it. I heard the words “bad” and “rowdy” and also “good” and “excellent;” but I did not know what to believe.

I never thought I would come to Fox Tech High School, but when I did I knew it was where I wanted to be. Yes, it was hard getting used to high school and being in a new place. After a while it was not as bad as I thought. The teachers made me feel like I belonged and always encouraged me.

Our principal, Ms. Cockrell, gave us confidence to achieve what had only been a dream. Ms. Cockrell pushes us to strive for the best because she believes in us and cares about each and every one of her students. She has never given up on us even in the worst of times.

The teachers also give us support and inspiration to believe in ourselves. One thing that is amazing about teachers here at Fox Tech High School is that they really care. If they see that you are down and blue, they ask if you are okay and if you need an ear to listen, they are always there when you need them. I will always remember and be grateful for teachers like ours.

These past years at Fox Tech have been filled with victories and proud memories. We have accomplished many things, things we never thought we could. We all – principal, teachers, staff and students – worked together in order to succeed. Now as a senior I look back at all we have done and I am filled with so much pride. I hope future students will be as proud as I am and continue our success for an even better Fox Tech.

My years at Fox Tech have been some of the best times of my life. I will never forget my friends who have become like family. Through thick and thin, bad and good, they have always, without fail, been there when I need them. I am thankful for them and the fact that they cared enough to help a friend in need. I will never forget the memories and the good times but will keep them in my heart always and forever.

Yanessa Romero is a high school student at Louis W. Fox Technical High School, a National Blue Ribbon School in San Antonio. Comments and questions may be directed to him via e-mail at feedback@idra.org.

[©2002, IDRA. This article originally appeared in the June – July 2002 IDRA Newsletter by the Intercultural Development Research Association. Permission to reproduce this article is granted provided the article is reprinted in its entirety and proper credit is given to IDRA and the author.]