"I'm going to do something with my life!" FHS Senior Tony Tolentino has expressed this many times over the past several years. As promised, he is slated to begin a new chapter of his life after graduation on June 4, as he enters Tulsa Welding School in the fall. His plan is to become a certified welder, and he credits several great teachers for helping him get there.
"Mrs. Sandman has helped out with my life. She has treated me like she was my own mom, and she has told me to follow my dreams and stay out of trouble. She has taught me a lot about life," Tony says of one of his favorite teachers, Mrs. Jenni Sandman. He works hard and always asks a lot of questions to gain a better understanding of any and everything he is working on, according to Sandman. "He makes me EXTREMELY proud," she says.
Tony recently was awarded a blue ribbon at the State Construction Conference for his work on a playhouse he helped to build, under the direction of another favorite teacher, Mr. Hartman. Tony says, "Mr. Hartman has always believed in me." Not to settle for just a blue ribbon, Tony was also elected 2015-2016 Homecoming King by his peers due to his positive attitude, friendly and upbeat nature, and his willingness to help others.
Mr. Nathan Griffin is another teacher whose influence cannot go unnoticed. He has significantly impacted Tony and his career goal of becoming a certified welder. "Mr. Griffin has always told me I can do anything I set my mind to, and he helped me get into Tulsa Welding School." The respect and appreciation Tony has for his teachers is evident in his work ethic, behavior, grades, and spirit.
Tony lives in Quinlan with his mother, stepfather, and little sister. His older sister is a recent Quinlan ISD graduate. He is our 24th senior on record this year to be accepted to a college, technical school, or university.
Laurie Blair, B.S., M.Ed., C.S.C.
Counselor, Ford High School