Degrees and Certifications:
Tana Jo Thomason Memorial Scholarship
It is our intention to have the Tana Jo Thomason Memorial Scholarship awarded to a young lady who closest exemplifies the same qualities, interests and characteristics that our daughter lived. The best way to express those attributes is by telling you a little about her.
Tana was a student of the Wylie ISD for thirteen years. She developed many friendships and was taught by some of the districts finest. Early on, she was considered a leader, a role she took seriously and carried with her through out high school. She was also very conscientious of her grades and always strived to give her best effort. From the time she was old enough to know what the Birmingham Scholarships were all about, she worked hard and made it her personal goal to be awarded one. She succeeded at that and was also very proud to be a four-year Academic Award Winner.
Tana exuded that same effort when she participated in just about anything. She earned Varsity letters in Cheer leading, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Track. She had many good friends who blessed her with other honors. Tana was always a member of the Homecoming Court, voted Most Beautiful, Most Athletic, Class Officer, Miss WHS and, every year her peers voted her their Class Favorite. She was very humbled by it all.
As parents, we are very proud of her accomplishments. However, what we are most thankful for was her relationship with Jesus Christ. She surrendered her life to Him on August 24, 1997. We love going through her Bible, reading her notes and comments. The first couple of pages are filled with nametag stickers of friends she invited to go to church with her. No amount of accolades could ever come close or compare to the emotions this stirs in our hearts.
Although Tana’s time was cut short by a very rare cancer, we realize now it was all part of a much larger plan the Lord had for her. During her 16-month battle, she continued to be a role model. While going through chemotherapy and radiation, she was steadfast in her commitments, missing very few days of school, church or her extra-curricular activities. We feel very blessed to have had her in our lives for 19 and ½ years. She had an impact on our family, many friends, her school and a community.
Tana Jo Thomason