Highlights from the CAST Tech Class of 2021 Graduation

Cyberknights. Go Forth. Shine Bright.

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


Principal Alcala and Superintendent Martinez Lead the Class of 2021 Into Alamo Stadium
CAST Tech Class of 2021 Enters Alamo Stadium

Class of 2021 Highlights

Hear Their Stories

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

Click here to see the full list of graduates plus their future plans. Courtesy of our partner district, San Antonio ISD.

The Graduation Ceremony

Nathan Cazares

Thanks his classmates and their families for their support

"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

Alena Errisuriz-Chavez

What inspires the CAST Tech Class of 2021?

"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

Jeanne Russell

Executive Director, CAST Schools

"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

James Goldblatt

Highlights from his CAST Tech experience.

"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

Fernando Garcia

CAST Tech graduates are Future Ready

"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

Bret Piatt

Jungle Disk President and Chief Executive Officer

"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

Thomas Gossman

Why CAST Tech?

"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

Hezron Perez

Valedictorian Speech

"CAST Tech:

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...
Go forth.
Shine bright." -Hezron Perez, Valedictorian, Class of 2021

Dr. Melissa Alcala

Principal, CAST Tech High School

"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

CAST Tech Class of 2021

Awarding of Diplomas

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.

Moments from the 2021 CAST Tech Graduation Ceremony

Photos Courtesy of the San Antonio ISD Department of Communications

Photos courtesy of the San Antonio ISD Communications Department

CAST Tech Advisory Board

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.

  • Bill Phillips, University Health System
  • Bret Piatt, Jungle Disk
  • David Heard, Tech Bloc
  • Deborah Carter, Bexar County
  • Doug Mathes, AT&T
  • Gavin Gallagher, H-E-B
  • Jimmy Stead, Frost Bank
  • Joe Shannon, Whataburger
  • Kayvee Kondapalli, Firstmark Credit Union
  • Crystal Allbritton, Frost Bank
  • Jeremy Karney, Bright HealthnGroup
  • Judy Geelhoed, SAISD Foundation
  • Lorenzo Gomez, Geekdom
  • Matt Reedy, Addiction Resources Systems
  • Rene Dominguez, Velocity, TX
  • Melba Harris, Wahtaburger
  • Suzanne Peterson, Frost Bank
  • Albert Uresti, AT&T
  • Romanita Barrera, SA Works
  • Heather Plank, T. Donovan Creative
  • Sydney Montero, Whataburger
  • Marty Sixkiller, Codeup
  • Bill Mundt, University Health System
  • Celena Dortch, USAA
  • Cristina Duarte, CPS Energy
  • Glenda Cook, CAST Tech Parent
  • Greg Thorne, Firstmark Credit Union
  • Katie Chain, H-E-B
  • Jeremy Price, Rackspace
  • John Norman, San Antonio ISD
  • Shaun Edwards, Plus One Robotics
  • Natalie Karney, Jobward

CAST Tech Advisory Board