11 & 18, 2007
& Emily Wright Earn College Degrees
In Texas & Florida
2000 & 2003 CHS Graduates
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& Emily hang out with "Bevo" (UT's mascot) following Samantha's
commencement ceremony in Austin, Texas, May 18th, 2007
The Ibis (UM's mascot) made his parent's proud at Emily's commencement on the
Coral Gables campus May 11th.
Wright (CHS 2003) posed with Dad (Ted Wright)
after receiving her BS Degree (with a double major in Marine Sciences and Biology,
and minor in Chemistry).
Wright (CHS 2000) posed with Dad (Ted Wright) after commencement for her BA
Degree in Art (Studio Art major).
was honored by the University of Miami Biology Department as the "Outstanding
Senior". Emily's honors thesis was titled: Diversity and Temporal
Changes in Marine Benthic Macrofauna Assemblages of the Bahamas.
posed outside some of her University of Texas art classrooms (right).
& Samantha "horse around" with a statue across the street from
the University of Texas (Darrell Royal) football stadium.
& Samantha pose with some of Samantha's art work she had on display in her
of Miami President Donna Shalala addresses the graduates before the keynote
speaker, Fareed Zakaria (of Newsweek and ABC News).
crossing the stage at the UT Fine Arts Commencement Ceremony.
shook hands with UM President Donna Shalala as she crossed the stage during
graduation in Florida we toured the Vizcaya
Museum & Gardens in Miami. This was the former winter estate of James
Deering who was the vice president of International Harvester.
graduation in Texas we toured the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
cat Rocky posed with some of her art work.
sold two of her paintings at an art open house.
couldn't be prouder of my two daughters for their most recent accomplishments.
This was a rare opportunity to gather family and friends to help them
celebrate in two different states one week apart. I was fortunate that
Collinsville's CHS graduation fit conveniently between the two trips.
I am still trying to catch up on news and photo orders here after my rare
days away from Collinsville. Another big thank you to the Hollys for taking
care of my animals. Samantha will be finishing up 2 more classes this
summer at UT and continues her job at Terra Toys in Austin. Emily will
have a visit in Collinsville this summer before another short Bahama field
trip followed by a return to Australia in July for her graduate studies
at James Cook University. -- Ted Wright
Note: It helps to be a proud Dad for an OU graduate to tolerate
being in large gatherings of folks singing the Miami fight song or "The
Eyes of Texas Are Upon You."
highlight of my trip to Austin was finally getting to view (in person) the large
multi-panel mural in the Austin Airport painted by my cousin Tommy Evans. The
mural hangs over the Southwest Airlines ticket counter. Tommy is the son of
Marvin Evans (CHS 1936).