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Rowland High School Athlete Nick Rivera Signs Scholarship with Texas Tech

Yesterday was National Signing Day in Sports and Rowland High School students, staff and the family of RHS senior Nick Rivera gathered to celebrate with a signing ceremony of their own. Rivera received a scholarship for his athlete prowess in track/field for Texas Tech University. Athletics Vice Principal Bob Withers said, “This is a proud achievement for not only Nick and his family, but for our entire community. We try to provide you with the finest coaches and best facilities and a safe environment. At RHS we address the whole person, the spirit of being a winner and giving you the skills you will need going on to work or college. Getting a scholarship is an extremely difficult process – not everyone gets one and a lot goes into it. You have to work hard, get good grades, a good SAT score, be athletically gifted and more important, good character. Nick represents all of these traits.” 

Rivera made a heartwarming speech to the crowd, thanking in length his family (Mom is shown crying above with younger siblings) and his coaches. “I want to thank the coaches - Coach Luna has helped me so much with the recruiting process.  Even though he’s tough – at the end of the day, he is a really good guy, a good teacher and good coach and I’m glad I had him,” said Rivera. “I also want to give a shout out to my team mates – the cross country team – the journey has been even better with them. I want to thank all of you and the teachers for keeping me in check and making sure I am doing what I am supposed to do and helping me every day. Everyone at Rowland High School – the support you have shown me, I’ll never forget it.”

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