Comal ISD Hosted Signing Days for Fine Arts and CTE

May 31, 2023 - Comal ISD hosted signing days for graduating seniors choosing to pursue their passions in music, theater, art and trades such as plumbing, HVAC and cosmetology during decision and signing days in the weeks leading up to graduation ceremonies.

Among the Class of 2023, 24 students made the commitment to pursue a career in fine arts at the collegiate level, specifically in acting, music, photography, writing and art. Additionally, 20 students committed to pursuing careers in fields of study that began with Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses at their high schools.


Fine Arts

  • Phoenix Alcera, Cnayon High School, music, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin
  • Presley Batkins, CHS, theatre arts, Texas State University
  • Ariana Berry, Davenport High School, art, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Reyna Block, CHS, music with vocal emphasis, Texas Lutheran University
  • Isabella Cantu, Smithson Valley High School, acting and directing, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Emma Vaughn Derr, SVHS, theater, Texas State University
  • Eleisha Harmony Deus, CHS, theater arts, University of North Texas
  • Sadie Dayley, DHS, theater, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Kyle Dickinson, CHS, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Makenzie Edens, SVHS, music education, Texas State University
  • Kaylee Ellebracht, CHS, art, Texas State University
  • Keaton Graham, SVHS, theater, Northwest Vista
  • Aarin Guerrero, CHS, theatre arts, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Ashlyn Heinen, DHS, film and television writing and photography, Belmont University in Nashville
  • Giavana Herrera, SVHS, theatre arts, University of Incarnate Word
  • Emma Kern, SVHS, musical theatre, New York University
  • Olivia Longoria, SVHS, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Lexi Miller, DHS, drama education and early education, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Chaya Powell, SVHS, theater, Abilene Christian University
  • Lauren Sanchez, CHS, art, Texas State University
  • Evelyn Van Houten, CLHS, theater education, McMurry University
  • Kyle Wagner, CHS, art, Texas State University
  • Abigail West, CHS, theatre arts, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Nadia Zimmers, CHS, art, University of the Incarnate Word

Career and Technical Education

  • Elijah Casarez, DHS, Dallas Baptist University
  • Angelina Castillo, DHS, nursing, Texas State University
  • Michael Crowder, CHS, Quality Plumbing
  • Destiny Davila, DHS, special education and administration, Texas State University
  • Annabelle Delgado, DHS, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
  • Ayeden Edwards, DHS, plumbing with Beyer Plumbing. Work as an apprentice which allows him to learn through assisting and working directly with a supervisor and licensed plumber. Through this program, he will be employed full time while earning his certifications through St. Philip’s College.
  • Daniela Garcia, DHS, nursing, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Jaedon Hernandez, CHS, Universal Technical Institute
  • Aileen Ibarra, DHS, cosmetology at Salon Professional Academy in San Antonio
  • Jacquelen Leyva, CHS, Universal Technical Institute
  • Nicolas Martinez, Canyon Lake High School, HVAC at Lincoln Tech
  • Brantley Mozicek, CHS, Universal Technical Institute
  • Annie Osborne, SVHS
  • Quinton Pearn, CLHS full tuition-paid scholarship from the Canyon Lake Professional Firefighters Association to attend the Texas Fire Academy in San Marcos
  • Theresa Peaslee, CLHS, pastry chef at Culinary Institute of America
  • Christopher Reyes, CHS, Universal Technical Institute
  • Emma Siebold, SVHS, to study journalism at Emmerson College
  • Kylie Valenta, DHS, behavioral teacher, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
  • Juliana Wachowicz, DHS, criminal justice and then law school Northeast Lakeview College
  • Ian Yarbrough, SVHS, creative media, The University of Alabama



-These three Canyon Lake High School students plan to follow their passions and attend a technical or trade school. Pictured from left is Nicolas Martinez, Theresa Peaslee and Quinton Pearn.

-Davenport High School students on decision day. Front row from left is Juliana Wachowicz, Destiny Davila, Daniela Garcia and Angelina Castillo. Back row from left Kylie Valenta, Annabelle Delgado, Ayeden Edwards, Aileen Ibarra and Elijah Casarez.

-Davenport High School graduate Ayeden Edwards with Beyer Plumbing representatives.

-Davenport High School students choosing to continue their passions in fine arts are pictured from left, Lexi Miller, Ashlyn Heinen, Ariana Berry and Sadie Dayley.

-Smithson Valley High School students choosing to pursue their passions and careers through CTE areas are pictured from left, Annie Osborne, Ian Yarbrough and Emma Siebold.

-Smithson Valley High School students choosing to pursue their passions in fine arts are pictured. Front row from left is Giavana Herrera, Isabella Cantu, Makenzie Edens. Back row from left is Chaya Powell, Emma Vaughn Derr, Emma Kern, Keaton Graham and Olivia Longoria.

-Eleven Canyon High School students participated in Fine Arts Signing Night to pursue their passions at the collegiate level. Pictured from left front row is Reyna Block, Lauren Sanchez, Presley Batkins, Eleisha Harmony Deus and Nadia Zimmers. Back row from left is Abigail West, Phoenix Alcera, Kyle Wagner, Kyle Dickinson, Aarin Guerrero and Kaylee Ellebracht.


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