Stephen Ray Cole Estrada ’13, a recent graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, will be attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, to double-major in Business Administration and Digital Film Production in August 2013. Currently, Stephen is an intern at Turner Construction of San Antonio. Turner Construction is the contractor chosen to complete renovations on Thomas Jefferson High School.
While at Thomas Jefferson, Stephen was a member of a multiple clubs and organizations: Architecture Club, ACE Mentorship, Future Business Leaders of America, Carpe Futura Psychology Club and Thomas Jefferson Hayne Club. His biggest influence at Jefferson was his architecture teacher, Mr. David Garcia. “He's helped me experience many of the fields of work and [has] given me guidance to the path I'm looking to pursue. Another huge influence I've had is my brother.” Stephen’s brother will graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word with a degree in marketing. Stephen said, “He's walked me through the college lifestyle and directed me in the path that will lead me to being ready for the high school-college transition.”
Of all the classes Stephen took at Thomas Jefferson, English and Literature were eye-openers. “In that class, I realized my knack for pursuing knowledge and rhetorical attributes...” As his senior year approached, Stephen discovered his own level of leadership when he joined the Hayne Club. Doing research on this club, he learned that it had been disbanded a number of years back and had been rebirthed, again. “In order to keep it from being a failing organization, I decided my fellow members and I should recruit members and take part in fundraisers that would get our club noticed. As the year went by, I discovered I have a great deal of leadership that had never been used until now.”
Stephen’s advice to the next generation of Mustangs is to “discover who you really are and then you'll learn what is and is not right for you. Let your shining fantasies come to life when you see the path you are suited to walk. Let no one block your path, but let those who encourage you, walk alongside you.”
Thank you Stephen Estrada for this interview and for serving as a great role model for all TJHS Mustangs.
Contributing Writer: Michelle Resendez Mata
Photo(s) Provided By: Stephen Ray Cole Estrada
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