KILLEEN, Texas A group of educators from Killeen ISD traveled to West Point last month to cheer on a former student as he walked across the stage.
Darnell Anthony Brown put an exclamation point to the end of a dream that traced back to the steps of West Ward Elementary School.
His success is something his teachers are proud to see.
“I was so proud of him. He was a wonderful young man who really made something of himself and did the right thing. We were just speechless with pride and joy for him,” Principal Maureen Adams said.
Adams says her first interaction with Brown started because he got in trouble at West Ward.
As an adult, Brown credits those childhood moments for his current success.
“Everyone has always been very positive push in my life even when things didn’t seem like they could go in one direction. It’s kind of like when you are running on e and need another refill in the gas tank, everyone was always there behind me pushing me,” Brown said.
A push that led to an unforgettable experience at West Point. As he walked across the stage last Month, his family and former teachers were in the stands.
“It feels much like time travel, traveling back in time. It’s nice to have people who were there with me at the beginning as I go off to bigger and better things at the end,” he said.
Brown’s mom, Tabitha Perry, is now a teacher at West Ward. She says she is excited to know her son has achieved his dream.
“I think every parent wants to see their child become successful. It’s a dream, I was just elated to see him walk across that stage and receive his diploma,” Perry said.
Brown’s story a testament to his hard work and determination.
“That’s a success story and I just think that is awesome because you can do whatever you want to do, you can achieve it,” teacher Julie Mount Sellers said.
For the kid from Killeen, his journey an inspiration to everyone.