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BISD Celebrates Top 60 Grads from the Class of 2021

Beaumont ISD proudly recognized Beaumont United, Early College and West Brook High School’s top graduating students at the annual Top Graduates Luncheon.

“In all honestly, being named as part of the top 25 is an amazing feeling. All of my hard work since elementary school has finally paid off,” expressed West Brook Top Grad, Anna Bonnin. “Everyone in the top 25 is so deserving of the honor and I’m incredibly proud to say that all the effort has truly been worth it.”

“These sixty students have been working on this moment since 2008 when they began their educational careers as kindergarten students,” said said Denise McLean, BISD Director of Community and Media Relations. “It takes many nights of studying, group projects, school presentations, parent support and campus support to be named a Beaumont ISD Top Graduate. This honor is well deserved.”

This year’s intimate Top Grad Ceremony consisted of students and top administrators from Beaumont United, Early College (ECHS) and West Brook, the BISD Board of Trustees, superintendent Dr. Shannon Allen and members of her executive team. McLean said the one goal of the celebration was to keep the number of attending low and have social distancing protocols such as temperature checks with BISD Health Services Coordinator Julie Nezat in place to keep everyone safe. 

“This was one of our first events we have held since the onset of the pandemic,” said Denise McLean, BISD Director of Community and Media Relations. “We were thrilled to recognize our top students and the hard work it took them to achieve this milestone. It was special being able to honor them face-to-face.”

“I enjoyed the presence of peers that I have known since elementary and middle school. To be recognized with these significant individuals for their academic achievements and acknowledge their career plans was undoubtedly the highlight of my senior year,” said Jule Nguyen, Beaumont United valedictorian. “Put simply, the lively atmosphere with the peers I have known for a long period of time was gratifying.”

During the celebration, students received encouraging words from ExxonMobil Public and Government Affairs Manager Nakisha Burns. Burns has unique ties to BISD, having served as the former Director of Community and Media Relations for seven years. Her personal story and message to students were to be agile, strive for excellence and to persevere through it all. 

“It was an amazing experience to attend a luncheon where other top graduates like myself were being commended for their achievements,” said ECHS valedictorian Jaimie Alvarez. “I left the luncheon with a great sense of encouragement to you out and do great things in this new chapter in my life. The atmosphere was welcoming as we received words of wisdom and advice from key individuals such as our lovely superintendent Dr. Allen and guest speaker Mrs. Burns.”

Along with a certificate and lapel pin, students received backpacks filled with items to prepare them for their next steps.

“We appreciate our business partners for donating items to such as Sharpies, first aid kits, Post It’s, face masks, a $10 Jason’s Deli gift card and more,” said Community Relations Specialist Debbie Bridgeman. “Thank you to Air Products, Amerigroup, DentaQuest, EducationFirst Federal Credit Union, Exceptional Emergency Center, Jason’s Deli, Southeast Texas Food Bank and Turner Industries for providing gifts for our top graduates.”

BISD congratulates our top graduates and wishes all of them well as they partake in their rest of their senior activities before starting their new journey. 

“Over the past 13 years, these students have proven themselves to be overcomers, overachievers and highly motivated students who I am excited to say are products of BISD,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Shannon Allen. “I hope that they are pleased with this accomplishment, as I know that their parents, teachers and administrators are extremely proud of them.”

Click here to view the program with our Top Graduates!