Mr. & Miss DHS – Levi Tate and Gracie Isham


Photo credit Lindsey Gogniat

What was the most memorable thing about your years in high school?

L: The most memorable thing about high school for me was meeting Keilie my freshman year, not dating her till my sophomore year, promising her that I’d marry her my junior year, and proposing to her my senior year.


G: One of the most memorable things that happened in high school was our playoff game against Graham at Jacksboro High School this past season. We won in overtime and it was a great moment of celebration with my team, coaches, and community. 


Where do you plan to attend college? What are you excited for?

L: I have been accepted into Parker University, it’s a Chiropractic school in Dallas that my father went to. What I am most excited for is finishing college and working with my dad.


G: I will be attending ACU, Abilene Christian University, in the fall of this year. I am most excited to experience college events (rushing, football games, campus life) and just being in a new environment. Especially since I have lived in Decatur my entire life.


Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

L: Mr. McNiel has been my favorite teacher all 4 years of high school. I was more comfortable around him than most of my friends — I would go into his office during school and just sit and talk with him like a friend.


G: One of my favorite teachers throughout high school was Mrs. Carreño. I had the pleasure of having her as my teachers for 2 years and I was also able to spend over a week with her in Costa Rica the summer going into my senior year. She loves and cares for her students and it shows through the way she is always eager to help or give advice. 


Which event did you most look forward to this year? Were you able to experience it? If not, how do you feel?

L: There was never just an event. I was looking forward to the band banquet, jazz concert, spring concert, and prom. Yes, it sucks that I lost the things I most looked forward to, but this season reminded me of what Tony Stark once said, “Part of the journey is the end.”


G: I was most looking forward to the last day of school. I know it sounds odd, but I was ready for that day to signify the end of a chapter that held many memories made with my friends, admin, teachers and coaches.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

L: In 10 years I see myself as a doctor here in Decatur, hopefully with a growing business. 


G: In 10 years I see myself as a graduate from ACU with my MBA (Master of Business Administration), potentially working in my family business, NRS. Also I see myself being married with 1 or 2 kids by then. 


How are you making the most of distance learning?

L: Taking online classes isn’t necessarily foreign to me, I’ve been doing it the last 2 years through Weatherford. It has been a change for high school, especially doing FlipGrids and Zoom calls with my fellow classmates. 


G: In order to not go completely crazy throughout this distance learning thing, I make weekly schedules and break up and plan assignments day by day. This helps me know what I need to get done each day in order to stay on top of due dates and deadlines. 


What are you going to miss most about DHS?

L: I’m going to miss the marching shows, the concerts, the late nights with my friends, the facetime calls, the movie nights, acting like the world could go on without us growing up


G: The thing I will miss the most about DHS without a doubt is the people. Not only the irreplaceable friends I have made, but the teachers, admin and coaches. They have all influenced me to be who I am today. 


When you think of FNL, what comes to mind?

L: I think of how successful the football team became over the last 4 years, every year they seemed to get better and better. I also think of how awesome it was to perform a show in front of a live audience.


G: When it comes to FNL, I think of dressing up in the theme of the week and crying out student section chants with my fellow classmates and closest friends. And, of course, the Eagle Fight Song. 


What is some advice you would give to upcoming seniors?

L: It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you came from, this is the year that counts. It is the year that everyone will remember you by.


G: If I could give the upcoming seniors one piece of advice, it would be this, embrace every moment. Every pep rally, sporting event, passing period chats, bonfire, bus ride and even every boring class lecture. It will all come to an end and you want to make sure you took advantage of all your lasts. 


What is the funniest thing you remember about your high school years?

L: I got teepeed twice by Claire Mallory and her friends senior year and it remained a secret for about half a year. Once I found out, I cling-wrapped dozens of her trees together with hundreds of feet of cling wrap and randomly placed hundreds of sticky notes all over her windows. Even with the help of my best friend, it took us 3 hours. Best. Payback. Ever.


G: The funniest memories I have from high school are those with my basketball team. The best inside jokes and dancing in the locker room.