AlumNow: Kimball grad credits JROTC for setting her up for future success


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Tonya Caston, a 1994 graduate from Kimball High School, returned to Dallas ISD to work as a High School Data Controller and Professional Graphic Designer. She credits her time in JROTC at Kimball for helping prepare her for a successful future.

What was your favorite subject or activity/involvement in high school?

My favorite activities included Majorette and JROTC. As a Majorette, I was able to learn the true meaning of sisterhood as well as show my baton twirling skills on the field in front of hundreds of people. JROTC taught me self-discipline, courage and honor, and I was able to meet classmates from all types of lifestyles.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

Mr. Holmes was my band teacher, and even though I didn’t play an instrument, he still treated the majorette squad as an essential part to his band. He taught us how to be young ladies, and how to be a part of a team that is focused on one goal. The Kimball Knight Marching Train was and still is a family!

What lesson did you learn in high school or beyond that has served you well through the years?

I’ve learned that no matter what’s going on in your life, stay focused and you can achieve anything you set your mind too.

What advice, if any, would you offer to high school students today?

Stay focused and get to know your counselors and administrators on a positive level. They will help you in furthering your education beyond high school. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to speak up.

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