American Graduate Champion: James Hall

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is James Hall! James Hall is the vice principal of Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas. Hall goes out of his way to put people at ease, and takes the time to make sure students are comfortable in their personal environment and at school. He’s always willing to help people with their problems. “It reminds you that the world is generally a good place with may people willing to help one another,” his nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Leslie Decker

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Leslie Decker! Leslie Decker is a teacher in Round Rock, Texas. Decker is a high school language teacher. She helped one student work through his learning difficulties to become successful. “People will be inspired by the amazing work the teacher has done with the students and how encouragements can change a person’s life by a tremendous amount,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Eric O’Malley

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Eric O’Malley! Eric O’Malley is a father in Austin, Texas. He encourages his son to do well in school and in life by helping him with complete homework and projects. “He wants me to have a better future, so he helps me with schoolwork and anything else I may have trouble with,” his nomination form (by his son) said. His story people “even if they are low income that they can have a good future and go to college.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Rosey Woodfin

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Rosey Woodfin! Rosey Woodfin is a kindergarten teacher in Round Rock, Texas. She gives hope to bilingual and unilingual families alike that early education will be beneficial and enjoyable. “She inspires her students to pursue their dreams and learn and she helps the Spanish-speaking family members of her students understand her class and feel welcome,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Nolan Ferree

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Nolan Ferree! Nolan Ferree is a senior student at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas. In addition to his regular courses, Ferree is a Varsity basketball player, a personal basketball trainer, a mentor and a tutor. His nominator said Ferree helped them in many aspects of their life, including academics, basketball and generally doing the right thing. “Any person can be your champion and any body can be beneficial to yourself,” his nomination form said. “Many people look for champions as dads, or moms but sometimes the champion is the friend right next to you.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Joye Ardrey

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Joye Ardrey! Joye Ardrey is a teacher in Round Rock, Texas. Ardrey teaches the class of future teachers at the Cedar Ridge High School Academy of Public Services. She leads a group of student leaders and mentors in her curriculum classes, which include Principles of Education and Training, Child Development and Child Guidance. “She is giving students hands on experience as a teacher and a mentor and giving them the tools they need to teach the kids well,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Brenda Key

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Brenda Key! Brenda Key is a fifth grade teacher and mother in Round Rock, Texas. She supports her oldest child, an academically disabled high school student. She helps her child surmount the disorders that cause them difficulty studying, ADHD among them. Key stays patient, and actively works to help her child overcome her academic disabilities. “Brenda has and does dedicate her time to helping her child cope with the disability and overcome it,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Tim Holland

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Tim Holland! Tim Holland is an AP Physics I and AP Physics C teacher in Round Rock, Texas. He is also a SAT/PSAT prep instructor. Holland is a first generation graduate, and inspires his students to overcome any challenge to finish their education. As someone who struggled in school himself, he encourages anyone grappling with school or worried about college. “Being a first generation graduate and someone who struggled in school, Mr. Holland is a perfect model for students in the same boat he was as a student,” his nomination form said. “Through his story, Mr. Holland shows: as long as you work hard, you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: Cayla Cardiff

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Cayla Cardiff! Cayla Cardiff is a teacher at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas. In addition to teaching piano, Cardiff is the club leader for the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, a group which provides a space for students to meet, support each other, discuss issues related to sexual orientation and form platforms for LGBTQ, racial, gender and economic justice. “Ms.Cardiff helps to make all LGBT students feel safe at school, and make them feel free to be themselves, based on her own experiences and seeing how having a negative environment would hurt the student,” her nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

American Graduate Champion: PALS at Cedar Ridge High School

LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is the PALS club at Cedar Ridge High School! Students in the PALS club at Cedar Ridge High School – in Round Rock, Texas – organize the “Raider Locker,” an in-school food, clothing, toiletry and school supply charity bank. These students make sure those in need of the Raider Locker feel comfortable accessing it. They keep the “locker,” actually a locked full-size room, organized and maintained. “They make sure the students don’t feel judged when in the Locker and try to help the students get through high school without worrying about the things they need that they might not be able to get,” their nomination form said.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.