Meet Allen Watson


Allen Watson

Allen Watson

By Joan Frances –

Elkins High School in Fort Bend Independent School District provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become productive, responsible and successful members of society. Seniors graduate with a feeling of pride, respect and a sense of belonging. One senior who is an accomplished leader and innovator is Allen Watson.

Allen has achieved academic success throughout his high school career. Most of his classes are Advanced Placement, and this year,  he was honored by the school  with the Youth of the Month Award for demonstrating leadership, high grades, citizenship and community service. He is a member of the National Social Studies Honor Society, National English Honor Society and National Honor Society.

Allen’s most significant contribution to his school is his involvement with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). He is the AVID club co-founder and the president this year and the AVID Council Representative for the school. He said, “Being a leader through the AVID program is efficient in pushing and advocating college readiness. I started AVID to promote more college readiness on my campus for those who are not able to be in the program due to lack of space. I am helping it become possible for every high school student to be able to not only get to college, but go with less academic trouble and with as little debt as possible. I strive for my peers to do their best in their lives, as well as my own.”

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As a student of the Engineering Academy at Elkins, Allen is engaged in continuing his studies to focus on engineering-based projects and desktop publishing. He is also a motivational public speaker. When asked what he treasures most about his high school experience, Allen replied, “Being a part of the engineering program and AVID program at my school has been so fulfilling. Engineering has prepared me to face soon realities in college classes. AVID has allowed me to make my voice heard through the guest appearances at AVID Summer Institute in San Antonio, the Fort Bend Principle’s meeting, Elkins High School’s End of the Year Faculty Meeting and Blue Ridge Elementary Graduation Ceremony.”

A value Allen lives by is “to represent my roots well – from my immediate family members to the citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana. I value the simple things in life such as enjoying the sights of being home and telling of my accomplishments.”

Allen feels fortunate to have been taught by two teachers who have impacted him. “I have my past AVID teachers, Mr. Tony Slate and Mrs. Alexia Alexopoulos, who have helped me the most. They are a second mother and father to me. They pushed me to my full potential over the years to accomplish great things. Mr. Slate in 10th grade helped me to realize my voice and words mean something and can change the world. Mrs. Alexopoulos was my 11th and 12th grade AVID teacher and English teacher in 11th grade. She made me realize that my efforts in the classroom are noticeable. She helped me perfect my writing no matter how much I struggled. She also made sure my voice was heard and that I took advantage of opportunities given. They are a part of the reason I am successful today.”

Allen aspires to attend the University of Georgia at Athens, The University of Southern California or Texas A&M University and to major in either computer or civil engineering. Congratulations on your undeniable commitment and success Allen, and good luck as you benefit society in your future.