Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) held a special signing day for eight Lufkin High School seniors held in the Tom Jack Lucas Auditorium on the Lufkin High School campus. Lufkin ISD began a partnership years ago when Lynn Torres, Lufkin ISD Superintendent met Dr. Ruth Simmons, then PVAMU president at a DETCOG meeting where Dr. Simmons was the keynote speaker.

“We began the conversation and continued talking even after the luncheon,” Torres said. “The vision was looking beyond high school – I wanted our students to have a place to land.”

The agreement with PVAMU included early admission for top 25%, scholarship opportunities, a Degree Interest Day and of course, college swag.

PVAMU guests at the signing were Dr. Talitha Lewis, Mr. Hayward Sinclair, The Spot Team and PVAMU mascot Sasha. The Spot Team, Student Partnerships and Outreach Team, taught the new students a school chant, and Sasha posed with the LHS mascot Prissy for photos with the students.

Members of the LHS Class of 2023 who were recognized for their plans to attend Prairie View A&M through its partnership with Lufkin ISD included Malcolm Deason Jr., Mykavion “Tre” Harris, O’Ryan Hart, Christian Jones, Makayla Pennington, Kesmond Singleton Jr., Denitra Watkins and Kathan Warren.

“Our students are willing to learn and are excellent students. They will be an asset to your college,” Torres said to the members from PVAMU in attendance. “Thank you for your willingness to partner with Lufkin ISD.”

(Photo by ANDY ADAMS/Lufkin ISD)