Scott returns to his beloved Cedar Hill

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.

He still planned on staying in College Station until graduation, but then his father passed away in April.

Scott returned to Cedar Hill to help his family, finishing the final weeks of his Bachelor’s Degree in History, from home.

Around the same time, Scott – a proud member of Texas A&M’s famed Corps of Cadets – planned to fulfill a lifelong dream of joining the military. Because he has peanut allergies, he wasn’t able to enlist.

“I was disappointed because I put most of my effort and energy into eventually joining the military,” Scott said.

Instead of dwelling over it, the 22-year-old former Longhorn shifted gears and applied for a position with the City of Cedar Hill Parks Department.

“I adapted, overcame and moved on,” Scott said.

He had previously worked with the City’s Parks Department during summers and started full time last month.

“It’s obvious that he cares about Cedar Hill and works hard to be sure that the facilities he is responsible for are safe, clean and attractive spaces for the community,” Cedar Hill Parks Supervisor Josh McLerran said. “LaDarius maintains the southeast area of Cedar Hill that includes Longhorn, Liberty and Bear Creek Parks along with the Lorch Nature Preserve and Red Oak Creek Trail.”

Scott hopes to continue working for the Parks Department, but he is also pursuing a personal training certificate with plans of possibly opening his own gym one day.

“I got into weightlifting when the Corps of Cadets changed their physical fitness standards,” Scott said. “Weightlifting helps me clear my mind and focus.”

Scott is a lifelong Longhorn who attended Highlands Elementary, Wilson Intermediate and Permenter Middle School.

He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at CHHS and earned a scholarship to A&M.

“Attending A&M and being part of the Corps of Cadets was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Scott said. “I would not be the man I am today, if not for Texas A&M.”

The Cedar Hill Air Force JROTC helped prepare Scott for Texas A&M. During his time in the JROTC program, he was the historian and later, in charge of logistics.

“He was always full of energy and a very knowledgeable, inquisitive person with a great sense of humor,” said Colonel Gregory Walker, who retired as the head of the CHHS JROTC Program in June. “He was one of the top leaders in the program.”

Scott also tutored his CHHS classmates and was selected to attend Boys State, a model government event held annually at the Texas State Capitol in Austin.