Longhorn Next Chapter
Ebon Jordan remembers his freshman year at Cedar Hill High School in 2016-2017.
He was the lone freshman on the Longhorns’ Boys Varsity Soccer Team that included 16 seniors. With that much experience, finding leadership wasn’t an issue.
Tolu Opeloye and Dr. Charles Johnson met one another during Chemistry Class at Permenter Middle School in the fall of 1998.
They became best friends, partly due to their love for science and inquiry.
Little did the Cedar Hill High School Class of 2004 Graduates know that they would become business partners in Amazon Health Services (no relation to the e-commerce company, Amazon) in Houston.
Cedar Hill High School Class of 2001 Graduate Danell Goodwyn knows that sales isn’t for everyone, but he encourages scholars to consider it as a career.
“It’s not for the faint of heart, and it’s not super easy,” Goodwyn said. “At the same time, your personality and characteristics that are unique to you can help determine if a career in sales is a good fit. You have to pick up on verbal and non-verbal cues, and have some confidence in what you’re selling.”
Kia-Shun Voltz, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 2007 Graduate, always expected to be a Chief Executive Officer of a company.
“I never thought I’d run my own company or create a product that is being shipped all around the world,” Voltz said.
Kevin Hodge, a 1993 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, fondly remembers growing up in the High Pointe neighborhood in the mid 1980s.
Hodge and his friends from Bray Elementary decided to climb a tree in the High Pointe woods. He planned it out and even brought some free weights.
Ernesia Harts, a Staffing Account Manager in Houston, said her experience at Cedar Hill ISD helped set her on a successful career path.
“Cedar Hill ISD – outside of my college experience at TCU – prepared me 100 percent to be the person that I am, career-wise and emotional-wise,” said Harts, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 1999 Graduate. “I could not have asked for a better childhood than Cedar Hill because of my teachers, my classmates and the diversity. We had people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and we all hung out with each other.”
Anzhané Hutton chose a college to help change the world. Social justice and racial equality are very important to her, and she wanted a decision that would align with those values.
“I chose Howard University because it was the Historically Black College & University (HBCU) that offered me a scholarship,” Hutton said. “Our success on the basketball court will bring attention not just to Howard, but all HBCUs. It will be good to be part of the group that starts it.”
One of Christina Moreland’s goals is to work on animation for music videos.
The Cedar Hill High School Class of 2011 Graduate is already off to a great start.
She oversaw the animation for the new music video of Grammy-Award winning artist Darlene Love’s latest edition of her hit song, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
When Elisha (Wroten) Enoksen was a young child, her parents were missionaries who traveled to Guatemala in the aftermath of an earthquake.
Before she learned to count to 10 or recite the alphabet, Enoksen had first-hand knowledge of what it was like to participate in a humanitarian effort.
“I quickly learned about the importance of helping others – we don’t just live in our own bubble,” said Enoksen, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 1998 Graduate. “That helped me with deciding how I wanted to live my life.”
Seven former Cedar Hill High School football team players, all of whom are collegiate wide receivers, will compete in their respective college football bowl games in the State of Texas, including six in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
“We’ve had a really good group of kids come through Cedar Hill,” Cedar Hill Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Benjamin said. “We coach them the right way and set them up for success. It is a great opportunity for these guys to come back close to home and play close enough for their families members to possibly see them play.”
Adam Shead remembers the summer of 2004 like it was yesterday.
He had just moved to Cedar Hill and walked into his seventh grade Texas History class. His teacher was Kevin Benjamin, now the CHHS wide receivers coach.
When Jeremy Floyd moved into the Waterford Oaks neighborhood of Cedar Hill from Shreveport, Louisiana in the mid 1980s, he was a nationally-ranked BMX off road bicyclist.
He continued that during his days at Cedar Hill ISD, but he gained even more interest when he joined one of the first classes to attend Permenter Middle School by the late 1980s.
Christopher Gonzales has always prepared himself for success – even if the result isn’t what he originally imagined.
Gonzales, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 2003, currently works as a senior level technical advisor for Apple Inc. in Austin. He was surprised when Apple recruited him a few years ago, but he knows that luck is when skill and opportunity meet.
For a decade, Freddie Spencer was a mathematics professor for numerous universities and community colleges in Texas and Louisiana.
When the opportunity arose to teach high school mathematics, there was no doubt where the Cedar Hill High School Class of 2005 Graduate would go.
Cedar Hill High School Class of 1999 Graduate Katrina Cornish has always been a trail blazer.
A CHISD Longhorn since Kindergarten in 1986, Cornish was a National Merit Finalist as a senior at Cedar Hill High School. She took Advanced Placement courses and played trombone in the marching band.
Cedar Hill High School Class of 1999 Graduate Heather (Brown) Ellis wanted to ensure that other children had the same opportunity that she received in the early 1980s.
When Ellis was an infant, she was adopted through a Dallas-based agency called Christian Works for Children.
After graduating from Cedar Hill ISD and earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work, Ellis became the director of Adoption Works for Christian Works for Children.
Dr. Jenny (Stivers) Hyde spent the first 18 years of her life as a Longhorn.
When she graduated from Cedar Hill High School in 1996, she traded the ‘Horns Up’ for an Aggie Thumbs Up at Texas A&M University.
After arriving in College Station, Hyde has never looked back. She’s currently an Assistant Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology in Texas A&M’s College of Medicine.
Morgan Mason recently reached a career milestone.
Mason, a Collegiate High School Class of 2016 Graduate, is a co-founder and graphic designer for BLACQUE Cultivating Content for the Black Collective.
Mason started BLACQUE with several of her former University of Texas-Austin classmates as a way of providing a voice for Black Culture. She currently has the title as the magazine’s “Creative Director”, with a full page story in the debut issue.
Gerald Cooley, a 1992 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, likes to say that he’s responsible for what goes on inside “the biggest closet you’ll ever see.”
He’s not exaggerating.
Cooley is a Senior Safety Manager for one of Nike’s five distribution centers in Memphis, Tennessee. The facility has 1.2 million square feet and includes shoes and apparel that will soon be distributed to consumers through the United States.
Dezmon Briscoe remembers the emotional toll that he felt in the summer of 2014.
Briscoe, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 2007 Graduate, was about to enter his fifth season as a wide receiver in the National Football League, but a shoulder injury the previous year hampered his chances of making the roster with the hometown Dallas Cowboys.
When Dr. Joey Conley moved to Cedar Hill as an incoming freshman in the summer of 1992, he found a welcoming community.
“I liked that it’s on the edge of a big city but still felt like a small town,” Conley said.
Conley, a 1996 Cedar High School Graduate, arrived in Cedar Hill, he joined the Longhorns’ baseball program, which helped him get acclimated to this new community.
Morghan Chambers is certain that she was born 18 minutes before her twin sister, Makenzie, on February 12, 2001.
Together, they could go back and forth for days, discussing the accuracy of that timeframe. The topic has taken on a life of its own among the Chambers Twins, who graduated from Cedar Hill High School in 2019.
Lauren Houston and Gabby George became best friends over basketball in the late 1990s.
Houston attended Plummer Elementary, and George was a scholar at High Pointe Elementary.
Their friendship grew, and eventually, they referred to themselves as “L&G.”
Even though there wasn’t a formal Firefighter Academy when Glen Ray Clark was at CHHS, he said his Longhorn education there prepared him for the profession.
“Sometimes when you’re in school, you wonder ‘when am I ever going to use that?’,” Clark said. “In my firefighting career, I used everything I was taught in school, in one way or another.”
Because the program didn’t exist at the time, Clark, a 1971 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, took the scenic route to the world of firefighting. But his 34-year professional career with CHFD was an experience he wouldn’t have traded for anything.
Johnny Krueger was the starting quarterback for the 1977 Cedar Hill High School Football Team. At first glance, nothing jumps off the page about that season. The Longhorns finished 5-5, after a 1-9 season the previous year.
Upon closer examination, the 1977 season finale, played on October 7, 1977 in Cedar Hill, is significant.