Meet Daevion Staples

Daevion Staples

Daevion Staples

By Joan Frances –

Benjamin Franklin Terry High School in Lamar Consolidated Independent School District has a vision for all students to “succeed through hard work, perseverance, honesty and integrity” and a mission to “empower the Ranger Family to become a successful learning community.” Seniors graduate fully prepared to take the next step in becoming successful individuals. One Class of 2016 senior who has achieved his goals in extracurricular activities, academics and sports is Daevion Staples.

Daevion was a member of the band all four years and has been in the top level of the band program for the majority of his high school career. He was the trombone section leader, baritone section leader, librarian and senior representative for the band program. In addition, he earned marcher of the week twice during his four years, a distinction chosen by the drum majors for marchers who did the best that week.

“My goal is to lead by example and have a positive influence on people I come in contact with,” said Daevion. “John Quincy Adams said, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’”

200-daevionDaevion’s favorite teacher is his band instructor Timmie Taylor. “He has been my band teacher for three years now, and he has always pushed me to do my absolute best. He saw how much potential I had and made sure that I reached higher than expectations. Mr. Taylor also helped me learn that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and to never give up and never surrender.”

Daevion took Advanced Placement classes and graduated with honors. He was also a University Interscholastic League Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, co-founder of the College Club and the parliamentarian of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). The purpose of HOSA is to develop leadership and technical skills for students taking Health Science Education classes through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition. Daevion was nominated to attend the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine, the National Academy of Future Physicians and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference.

In addition to his extracurricular accomplishments and academic success, Daevion is a talented tennis player. He won several medals during the three seasons he played for the school. He was junior varsity team captain and ended his senior year on the varsity team. One of the values Daevion lives by is dedication. “It is a huge part of high school when you try to balance several extracurricular activities. You have to stay dedicated no matter how hard or busy it gets.”

When asked what he will remember most about his high school experience, Daevion replied, “I will treasure all of the great friendships that I have made over these four years and all of the wonderful teachers who have helped me along the way.”

Daevion was engaged in several community activities throughout high school. He was a buddy to one of the athletes in the Special Olympics, assisted the New Territory Knights Football Organization and volunteered for Ranger Band Days and Region Band Tryouts. He also helped with the Winter Guard performances.

This fall, Daevion will attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in athletic training. Congratulations on your undeniable successes, leadership abilities and generous nature Daevion, and good luck as you continue to impact the world with your commitment.