January 13th Edition
Good day fellow Rotarians!
I am always on the hunt for stories about former Katy ISD students who make it big and make us proud. Check out this story of Thomas Shugart III, from Katy, TX and now the commanding officer of the USS Olympia in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the article below he reflects on his time at Mayde Creek HS and the leadership opportunities in band and academics. The same initiatives the Katy Rotary helps support with the Katy Brew Fest.
Cmdr. Thomas Shugart III, a 1990 graduate of Mayde Creek High School, is now the commanding officer of the USS Olympia.
The nuclear-powered submarine is stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
"I'm just happy to be here, happy to provide for the safety of the crew, the safety of the country and the safety of the service," Shugart said.
His mother, Memorial-area resident Janice Shugart, was among the family and friends there to support him when the Olympia hosted a change of command ceremony for Shugart Nov. 20.
"Like most moms, I couldn't be more proud," Janice said. "I'm proud of his accomplishment, and I'm proud of his commitment. He really enjoys what he does and feels very strongly about it."
Shugart, 41, said he has fond memories of his years in Katy and as a student at Mayde Creek High. The school was fairly new when he was there.
"There were opportunities for leadership, leadership in the band, in Academic Decathlon," said Shugart, who played trumpet with the band and spent his junior and senior years as a drum major.
When Shugart graduated, he was the salutatorian.
While he thought about applying for the U.S. Naval Academy for a while, Shugart ultimately chose to be a student at University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in mechanical engineering.
But when the United States went to war in 1991, Shugart revisited his decision.
"I felt that tug of patriotism," he said...
For the full article: http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/katy/news/article/Mayde-Creek-High-grad-commands-submarine-5121717.php
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