ABC13 reporter Brianna Conner returns to FBISD to talk to grads from Hightower High School about the new school year

MISSOURI CITY, TX (KTRK) — Wednesday was the first day of school in the Fort Bend Independent School District.

This district produced ABC13’s Briana Conner, who graduated from Hightower High School. She went back to campus to talk to administration and staff about the new school year.

Her message to the Hurricanes preparing to go back to class is “Be the storm.” Principal Andre Roberson explained what that means.

“You will be the storm. You let everyone know that you are a force. If you’re a force and you take chances, you’ll thrive,” Roberson said.

In Hightower, the school likes to describe itself as a triple threat. Teachers urge high school students to excel in fine arts, science and athletics.

“My job as head football coach is to provide structure and a culture of excellence. You always want to make a difference in the community you belong to. The community that has helped shape you, shape you and make you the person you are today,” said head football coach Cornelius Anthony.

Anthony is from Missouri City and is an FBISD graduate. He is one of at least a dozen Hightower teachers and administrators who came from Fort Bend schools.

“I’ve been fortunate to hire Fort Bend grads who want to come back to Hightower and be part of this community and do what’s best for these students. It’s very strong for me and I’m enjoying every minute of it,” Roberson said.

He belongs to the same group of educators who can point to their own lives as an example for students to look up to and learn from.

“Sometimes I was the lost child back then. FBISD strives to equip and inspire students. It built that foundation for me. It gave me the confidence to be a leader. Now I’m trying to do something that is sure to benefit our students as well,” said Deputy Principal Erik Smith.

On campus, Briana got a surprise visit from the teacher who gave a young Hurricane and Hi-Light that confidence. Mrs. Lakeisha McGowan directed the dance team and enforced discipline. She also created team traditions that endure.

“We are a unique campus in FBISD because we have programs that are appropriate for all students. We want to keep this diversity. We want students from all backgrounds to come to our campus. We have programs that are open to students from across the district to be a part of HHS,” Roberson said.

Hightower is an open campus with local staff who welcome students from across the district and even alum.

For updates on this story, follow Briana Conner on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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