Longhorn Next Chapter
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.
Brianna Green has never backed down from a challenge.
The 2019 Collegiate High School Graduate balanced her college-level courses, while competing for both the Cedar Hill High School Volleyball Team and her club team, 360 Volleyball.
“There were some days, we would have to go to Cedar Valley College and then go straight to practice or a game,” said Green, who plays middle blocker for the University of Denver Volleyball Team. “I knew how to organize myself and what to be prepared for in college.”
After years of working in the telecommunications industry, Michael Bredemeier and his wife, Lori, decided to become entrepreneurs.
Bredemeier, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 1996 Graduate, left his management position with Verizon, while Lori kept working, so the family would have an income while they built the business.
They came up with the idea of Little Toader’s, which makes teething toys and silicone pacifiers for babies that look like actual foods. They are cleverly named AppeTeethers. The Little Toader moniker was based on a nickname from Lori’s childhood.
Cedar Hill High School Class of 2005 Graduate Dr. Jessica Edwards said being a medical professional during the COVID-19 Pandemic is challenging, but she recognizes the importance of serving her patients and the community at this critical time.
“My patients are the ones who keep me going,” said Edwards, who owns and operates Zara Medical in the Central Texas town of New Braunfels. “I have the unique ability to have conversations with patients and hear some of their perspectives.”
Melissa Gohlke remembers how competition at Cedar Hill High School helped pave her road to success.
“My class (Class of 2004) was very academically competitive, beginning at the end of my time at Permenter Middle School,” Gohlke said. “Several of us had 4.0 grade point averages, but it came down to the weighted GPA.”
Kendall Lemons may pursue a Ph. D, become a consultant or a venture capitalist.
But there’s one thing for certain – Lemons has a bright future in Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or both.
Last year, Lemons was selected as a “2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar.”
Not every aspect of LaDarius Scott’s return to Cedar Hill has been joyous or planned.
But Scott, a Class of 2016 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, has persevered and is ready to see what the future holds in his hometown.
Scott was in his senior year at Texas A&M University last spring when the COVID-19 Pandemic closed the campus. He stayed in College Station long enough to take some senior photos, but the Pandemic caused him to miss out on several cherished Aggie traditions.
When Adedoyin Falana was a scholar at Cedar Hill High School from 2012 to 2016, he had a chance to see several organizations work successfully and efficiently.
Among those groups were the Student Council, of which Falana was a member. He was an offensive lineman on the Junior Varsity Football Team and got an up-close look as the varsity squad won a pair of state championships.
“I had a lot of opportunities to be involved with a lot of different things at CHHS,” Falana said.
Marty Wells was in high school when Cedar Hill Independent School District began its orchestra program at Bray Elementary.
While he never had the experience to participate in orchestra as a scholar, he’s grateful for the chance to lead it now.
Kellen Hamrah, a 2004 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, was on the trajectory of a successful career in the culinary industry. He still made time to keep tabs on the Longhorns.
CHHS Football holds a special place in his heart because former head coach Joey McGuire was his position coach, and he was a senior on McGuire’s first team as head coach. He was also coached by current CHHS head coach Carlos Lynn.
Cedar Hill Class of 2006 Graduate Meg (Woodward) Herd chose the nursing profession because she wanted to help people on a daily basis.
Woodward became a Registered Nurse after graduating from Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas.
At 22 years old, Elijah Taylor reached the milestone of becoming a published author.
Taylor, a 2016 Cedar Hill High School graduate, recently released “As Life Happens” – a series of more than 50 poems. It is available on Amazon.com, and he is currently working on making it available at bookstores.
Over the course of her dozen-year career, Angela Kay (Bloodworth) Collier has entertained and educated thousands of children through acting and directing children’s theatre.
Collier, a 2004 Cedar Hill High School Graduate, said her CHISD teachers played a major role in channeling her love of music and performance into a career where she’s been able to provide the same gift to others.
Jalen McCurtis-Henry and Derrick Harris learned about leadership during their time with the Cedar Hill Red Army Marching Band.
They brought those skills to Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in Prairie View, Texas where they were recently named drum majors of PVAMU’s Marching Storm, an internationally-renowned marching band.
Tony Gonzalez figured that he would attend several games at brand new Globe Life Field in Arlington before he ever played a game at the Texas Rangers’ home venue.
But the circumstances of COVID-19 proved to alter that sequence for the Cedar Hill Class of 2020 Graduate.
Rickey McCoy, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 2001 Graduate, credits his time in the District with preparing him for a career in technology.
“There was a website-creating contest,” said McCoy, who now works as a Product Owner (Consumer Experience) for PlayStation in the San Francisco Bay Area. “I thought to myself, ‘I think I can do this.’ That’s when I started coding.”
Tateum Richardson appreciates the Fourth of July holiday, but he understands the complexity behind it. He knows there’s far more to it than the standard traditions of barbecues, flag waving and fireworks.
Richardson, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 2017 Graduate, currently serves in the United States Air Force at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota.
Three years after graduating from Collegiate High School, Maritza Miranda began her career with Cedar Hill ISD as a Bilingual Elementary School Teacher at Highlands Elementary.
Quin Bright had more than 20 scholarship offers from universities in four of the five power conferences.
But the Cedar Hill High School Class of 2020 Graduate wants to be part of restoring a football program.
That is why Bright signed with the University of Hawaii in February and will report to the Honolulu campus – 3,781 miles southwest of Cedar Hill – next week.
When Yasmine Downs enrolled at High Pointe Elementary as a third grader in August 2001, she never dreamed that she would begin working at the campus 15 years later.
“That was great – I had a chance to go to work each day and walk the halls that I walked when I was young,” Downs said. “I truly love this District!”