Other than his family, Chevy Robertson said he’d definitely miss one of his native Brownwood locations when he goes to study at Angelo State University in the fall.
“Eating at Gomez’s,” Brownwood High School’s valedictorian said of the local Mexican restaurant on West Commerce Street. One of Robertson’s favorite menu items is the Chorizo Mexicana, which comes with a plate of chorizo, eggs, fries and refried beans with a couple of tortillas.
“Always put hot sauce,” he said.
Robertson, a former standout for the Lions’ track team, accepted both an academic and athletic scholarship at Angelo State University, where he will study biology and continue his track career with the Division II Rams. He and his 163 classmates will walk across the stage at Brownwood Coliseum to receive their diplomas at 7 p.m. Friday.
The 18-year-old noted he was offered from schools at the Division III level but understandably declined since DIII can’t offer athletic scholarships.
“I checked (ASU) out and it seemed to be a great fit for me both academically and athletically. I’m trying to run track,” said Robertson, a state qualifier in the 400-meter dash.
Though biology is his major, physics was his favorite high school subject.
“Science in general is my main interest,” he said. The soon-to-be college freshman said he is “not sure yet” as a far as career aspirations. “Nothing is set in stone.”
Before being announced valedictorian earlier this month, Robertson said his goal was to “try the best I could,” whether or not he earned the coveted academic title or not.
“My parents always wanted to see me do the best that I could, and I ran with that mentality,” he said. “If obtainable, I was going to strive for it. I’m glad to be valedictorian.”
Junior year is normally the busiest time for the average high school student. With standardized testing, the STAAR and Advanced Placement exams along with the stress of college planning, it is common for their class rankings to fluctuate leading up to graduation.
The switching of rankings worked in favor of Sydney Roberts, who earned salutatorian honors after bumping up from her No. 3 ranking.
“I was just trying to do my best,” said Roberts, who joked that she was “real comfortable” with her No. 3 spot so she wouldn’t have to make a speech at Friday’s commencement.
“We had some people move around. I took a bunch of dual credit and AP classes, so those extra points on the [grade-point average] scale helped me out,” she added.
The 18-year-old will attend the University of Central Oklahoma, where she accepted a golf scholarship to play for the Bronchos, and major in kinesiology.
Roberts, the most decorated golfer in school history, was a regional champion and two-time state qualifier.
Asked on why she would pursue kinesiology, Roberts said her interest was “sparked” while observing physical therapists render therapy to athletes at an LPGA tournament a few years ago.
“That was awesome. I can do golf and physical therapy at the same time,” said Roberts who added, with golf being a “self-motivated sport,” the transition of balancing coursework and athletics should run smoothly.
With Edmonds, Okla., being nearly four times the size of her native Brownwood, Roberts said she would “miss the small-town feel.” With some family in that area of the Sooner State, she said, “I’ll be taken care of. I’ll be good.”