THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND THE BAD
Marina Quilantan Rivera graduated LHS in 1983. When she started to raise her own family, Marina decided she wanted her children to go to the same school that she had gone to. Furthermore, as she became an involved parent in the district, Marina joined the school board in order to serve all of the children in her community.
“I think that a lot of our success here at Lyford,” Marina says, “is because we are a true family. We care about each and every student. We truly do. If there are successes to be celebrated, we celebrate together. If there’s something going on with somebody or somebody loses a child, then everybody mourns together.”
Marina took a deep breath and continued. “I say that because I lost my daughter five years ago. She was a sophomore.”
The accident occurred homecoming week, and came as a blow to the entire town. Marina didn’t want the funeral to disrupt any of the homecoming activities, including the Friday night football game against the district’s rival. Knowing the whole school was too devastated to carry on, the board and superintendent cancelled the game and other homecoming activities. “That to me was very touching and emotional that the school would do that. She was a good student and a role model. Not only were the high school students impacted, but so were the middle school and elementary students. I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that all these different level of students were feeling the loss. That was very touching and meant a lot to me, as a mother.”
Marina has also had many opportunities to celebrate the good with Lyford CISD, including her son’s graduation and postsecondary success.
“I also want to share that my son graduated from here in 2016, last year. He was the valedictorian of his class. Incidentally, so was my daughter who passed. He’s at Texas A&M, College Station.” John is finding success in college, he joined the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, and was named Outstanding Freshman of the Year by his unit.
“I think that says a lot that he came from a district this size and was able to shine and get selected as Outstanding Freshman,” Marina says. “Coming to school in Lyford helped build his character and who he is. He was a leader in our community, and he is a leader at A&M.”