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Dreaming Bigger

Harvard-bound student Jorrion Wilson attributes his success at Permian High School to the dedication of the teachers, coaches and faculty of ECISD.

Students Recognized

The CTE Video Production Team placed 4th in the nation competing against 35 other teams. The students created a 5 minute video with the prompt "Stop the Bullying...Start a Movement."

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OHS senior named Dell Scholar

On April 10, Odessa High School AVID senior, DeKwaan Wynn learned he had won the prestigious Dell Scholarship which the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation awards to students involved in programs like AVID and Upward Bound. He will receive $20,000, a notebook PC, and a printer.

The Dell Scholars Program provides its students with technology, a private scholar networking community, resources, and mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to achieve their college degree.

DayDay, as he is known by friends and family, has been in AVID since 8th grade and is the first AVID student from Odessa to win this scholarship. DayDay will be attending Baylor University in the fall and plans to major in Economics before going to law school.

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OHS Students Shine

Carnegie Hall in New York City is one of the most famous performance venues in the world. During February 7-11, seven students from OHS traveled to New York City to take part in the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

The students were chosen after submitting audition recordings which were reviewed by professional musicians.

All seven of the students call this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The five-day program included daily rehearsals with the other students selected from around the country, a seminar led by an industry professional, and on the last evening a live performance on the stage at Carnegie Hall.

Performances were under the direction of world-renowned conductors and attended by representatives from many college music programs.

OHS band director Bill Harden sums it up when he says, "It's Carnegie Hall. How cool is that?" Mr. Harden encourages his students to practice and audition for this honors performance series, for all of the reasons listed above. OHS had two students selected last spring, so the seven is a tremendous jump.

National Signing Day

National Signing Day found three Permian Panthers football players seated at a table in the school's library with a crowd of more than 100 people watching them sign letters of intent to play college football.

Left tackle, Shawn Pierce, donned the purple of Prairie View A&M; University, northwest of Houston, where he will continue his academic and athletic career. "I felt Prairie View was the place to be and they offered me a full package," said Shawn. He plans to major in Kinesiology and minor in Business Administration.

Right tackle, Andre Gillette, who committed to Angelo State University in San Angelo. Andre had several other offers from Division II schools and visited seven different schools. "Not one came close to ASU," said Andre. "I connected with the players and coaches. It felt right. It's a rising program and I'm looking past football-it's where I'll get a good education."

The third member of the trio is Jorrion Wilson who signed with Harvard University in Boston. Jorrion played running back at Permian but thinks he'll likely be a defensive back in college. He said the chance to attend a prestigious Ivy League school like Harvard was just too good to pass up. "God blessed me with a good financial aid package and if I don't take this opportunity I think it's something I'll regret," Jorrion said.

Congratulations to these three student-athletes!

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All-State Musicians

ECISD boasts nine students who earned All-State honors from the Texas Music Educators Association. This is a tremendous honor, the highest individual honor a fine arts student can achieve. Tens of thousands of students across Texas enter this rigorous, multi-audition process and only the top 2% are ultimately chosen.

National Merit Scholars

In the fall Odessa High School introduced eight students recognized through the National Merit Scholarship competition.

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More About Jorrion

Harvard-bound student Jorrion Wilson attributes his success at Permian High School to the dedication of the teachers, coaches and faculty of ECISD.

Jorrion was an All-District football player as a junior and senior where he set a school record for rushing yards in a game (348); He was also an All-District basketball player as a junior and senior, District Champion in track as sophomore, a member of Black Magic (a special pop choir group at PHS), and president of Choir. He accomplished all of this while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and ranked in the Top 10 of his senior class.