DeSoto ISD Dropout Recovery Program Graduates 84 More Students

wingsDESOTO, TX — WINGS (Where I Now Gain Success) is the DeSoto ISD dropout prevention and recovery program launched in 2005 as an alternative program for students to attend self-paced courses and gain their diploma.
Each has his or her own story about why they didn’t finish traditional school, but thanks to the DeSoto ISD WINGS program, 84 more students are DeSoto High School graduates following the 10th Commencement Exercises on June 1, emceed by Kenzie Moore.
Starting with the traditional Pomp and Circumstance entrance, the DeSoto ISD WINGS graduation ceremony took place in the DHS Auditorium complete with the presentation of colors, keynote and student speakers and the presentation of diplomas.
The program included pledges led by two graduates – Tamaiya Coleman and Katee Hatchel. Graduate Brianna Harris presented the invocation and guests were welcomed to the event by incoming Principal Homer Webb. The program is being transitioned to an independent campus, along with the DeSoto Alternative Education program in the 2015-16 school year. Both will be under Principal Homer Webb.
Assistant Superintendent JoAnn Green-Rucker brought special recognition to WINGS Program Director Kathy Goad and staff as well as WINGS supporters.
Student speaker Esvin Zumwalt, selected by his peers and staff, thanked the staff for all their support and his family for ‘pushing me forward into adulthood.’ He spoke of his long road to graduation – from his home in Guatemala City as a very young boy, to adoption by an American family of him and his brother but not his sister, to the death of his American father, to a foster system and his supportive foster family. But a lack of credits meant he couldn’t graduate with his traditional class, so he was redirected to WINGS to catch up.
He quoted Mark Twain, “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”