Panola Schools

Martin Clark Jr., TECHS - 2001 Alumnus

Going to Texas Early College High was definitely one of the best decisions of my pre career. It allowed me to take college level core classes making me an incoming college sophomore with 44 transferring credit hours. I was also able to gain a sense of independence and responsibility by working with college professors who stretched my thinking and increased my intellect, thus preparing me for a large university. Being a person of the arts, ending high school classes at 12:10pm everyday gave me the time, not only to take dual credit classes, but to pursue music lessons and opportunities. All of this helped me to get to where I am today. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas as the second undergraduate to earn and hold the most prestigious Bill and Margot Winspear Opera Scholarship. I was also the second undergraduate to be contracted by The Dallas Opera for their Education Outreach Program traveling the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to elementary and secondary schools. In 2014, I was selected as one of the 16 out of over 300 applicants to attend the Wolf Trap Opera Studio Artist Program. With many more accomplishments to list, I have achieved much during my college career at the University of North Texas receiving both a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Graduate Artist Certificate in Vocal Performance. This year, I will perform on the mainstage of Charlottesville Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia and The Dallas Opera in Dallas, Texas where I currently reside. The beginning of my career as a professional opera singer has been successfully proven with lots of potential to achieve more in the near and far future. None of this would have been possible nor occurring so suddenly, if it had not been for Texas Early College High School of Marshall, Texas.