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“SHOOT FOR THE MOON. EVEN IF YOU MISS YOU WILL LAND AMONG THE STARS.” Les Brown
Kris was born in Brownsville, Texas, to a career military man and his wife. Kris’s father eventually reached the rank of Major General in the Air Force. Even as a child, Kris wanted nothing more than to join military. He was a good boy, an obedient boy; high grades and high achievement.
As Kris entered high school his father was transferred to a base in California. Uh-oh, a high schooler uprooted from friends and familiar routines. Anyone could see trouble coming. But not for Kris. He excelled in California. After high school, Kris continued his success path in college. Football hero, Golden Glove boxing champ, sports writer for the student newspaper, ROTC Commander, published author; so many career opportunities available to him, but Kris had a career goal already, remember. He was going to be a military man.
As he was graduating from college, the ultimate prestigious academic recognition was bestowed on Kris, a Rhodes scholarship. So it was off to Oxford. Without resting on his laurels, Kris headed to England, but not before having a novel published. With a second novel in the works, publishers were clamoring for Kris’s manuscripts. While at Oxford, Kris began to dabble in music. First he wrote a few tunes that caught some interest. Soon, he had put together a little band that was gaining popularity with the kids in the area. Graduation day arrived, and the goal Kris set as a boy was still fixed in his mind. Kris joined the U.S. Army.
He went through jump school, Ranger school, and flight school. He was advancing quickly. Stationed in Germany, he became a Major, and soon thereafter a Captain. Then, came the plum assignment of all-time – orders to report to West Point as an instructor! And Kris broke his father’s heart. He resigned his commission to pursue a songwriter career.
Although that decision led to his family disowning him, Kris Kristofferson didn’t hesitate. He followed a dream that had been brewing for a few years, and became a recognized songwriter, singer, and actor.
While every child in your school may not be as gifted as Kris Kristofferson, each one has the potential to take the gifts he/she does have as far as they will go. Your school will provide the support, knowledge, and creative opportunities for every child in your schools to not only dream big, but to also achieve those dreams. You and your staff will launch your students for the stars! Fabens ISD sends our best to each of you as you begin another new school year.
GO WILDCATS!!! HAVE AN AWESOME YEAR!!!