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On Friday, June 11th, 2021, CAST Tech High School graduated their first class. Principal Melissa Alcala, led 133 seniors and staff into Alamo Stadium where hundreds of family members, friends, mentors, and industry partners waited anxiously to celebrate this historic occasion. CAST Tech was co-created in partnership with San Antonio ISD. Superintendent Pedro Martinez was the very first to take a leap of faith in this new model of teaching and learning.
"Four years ago, I and my fellow classmates took a bold step that many of us can now say has transformed our lives for the better." -TJ Jackson, CAST Tech Class of 2021
Alena, TJ, Eliana, Thomas, Nathan, and Jason share their personal reflections on their CAST Tech experience.
"CAST has prepared me for multiple things. They've prepared me for college. They prepared me for joining the military. Honestly, they've prepared me for skipping all of that and just getting a job right out of the gate. This school has definitely helped me consider all of the options and not feel like I have to do just one." Timiera (TJ) Jackson
"We all have the capabilities and potential to make a difference in the world. I just ask that you all follow your passion and make your dreams into reality. Though it may be cyber we are all still knights. Knights were an example of what strength, honor, integrity and courage looked like in medieval times. To be knighted was one of the highest honors that could be bestowed upon a person and therefore a dream of all young men and women throughout time. You have served proudly and honorably my fellow knights, please continue to serve your kingdom well." -Nathan Cazares
"We are a student body that takes initiative, we are a family full of music, culture, and everlasting friendships. Above all, we are a class that recognizes new prospects, and in turn, makes them into a window for success." - Alena Errisuriz-Chavez
"As you leave this special place that you created together, each of you – the pioneering, trailblazing class of CAST Tech – will carry a bit of it with you. Go out and do great things, but never at the expense of your humanity. Support each other. Ask for help. Fix this beautiful, broken world with your brilliant ideas, your goodness, and your leadership." Jeanne Russell, Executive Director, CAST Schools
"It wasn’t till I went to CAST Tech and interacted with some of the people there that I realized the people around me were so like-minded, it was shocking. Their passion, their drive, it was inspiring to be around. Those people are family to me, always pushing me to be my best self, and they are the reason I went to school every day for the past four years. Every one of you is the reason I try to better myself every day." James Goldblatt, CAST Tech Class of 2021
"CAST has helped prepare us not only for college but for the real world. They have helped point us in the right direction to find our footing and to spread our wings. This guidance allowed us to gain experience competing with each other and those in the workforce. CAST helped make my dream a reality and create one of the top esports clubs in the nation." - Fernando Garcia
"The supportive and giving behavior I've seen in so many of you help keep the teams together through tough challenges and all combined great things happened." Bret Piatt
"When I fell flat on my face and watched my peers struggle I always noticed one thing, they were not helped up, they were pulled back up. CAST Tech is a rising force, a burning inferno that soars ever higher and leaves the demons behind. CAST Tech made me search my soul to find something else, I realized I could take my life in my hands, and as long as I have my extended CAST family, from the gates of heaven to the altars of hell the power is at my command." - Thomas Gossman
Our Character shows that we have heart.
Our Attitude shines through our marvelous art.
Our Service shows that we do our part.
And as Trailblazers we know we’re ready to start.
And if the rest of society doesn’t know that now, they will, sooner or later,
that the capabilities we have developed these past 4 years
are exactly what they need.
My fellow CyberKnights...
Shine bright." -Hezron Perez, Valedictorian, Class of 2021
"Class of 2021, my parting words are for you to live courageously! Courage means you may have been scared at times but you didn’t let fear stop you. " - Dr. Melissa Alcala, Principal, CAST Tech High School
San Antonio ISD presented 133 CAST Tech seniors with their diplomas on Friday, June 11th at Alamo Stadium. The Class of 2021 is the first class to graduate from CAST Tech High School. The school was created in partnership with the CAST Schools Network.
CAST Schools are partnership schools, co-created by industry, civic leaders, and other external partners, who participate in decisions about curriculum, budget, and school governance. In addition to their critical role in the school design, our partners provide mentorship, real-world work experiences, internships, and job opportunities, shaping the career readiness of students and helping them seamlessly transition into college or the workforce while nurturing a homegrown and committed source of talent.