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TTUISD: Hope for the Future

by Jeannine Wencl

Dr. Jim Taliaferro with Enzo

Dr. Jim Taliaferro with Enzo

Enzo was born Josiah Lee Ward Brooks in September 1997 in Oklahoma, the second of six children. His biological mother chose to place Enzo and his sister in a residential care living facility just prior to high school as she was unable to care for them. Living in a residential facility is challenging and requires many adjustments but Enzo chose to approach it as he does all obstacles: with strong faith, determination and an eagerness to succeed. Always diligent, Enzo has excelled in his studies and activities to become an honor roll student, a UIL multiple award winner for One Act Play performances, a UIL State Choir member, and a musician. Enzo also mentors younger children and has a soft spot for animals. Enzo recently advanced in the Texas High School Rodeo Association from novice to Regional Champion for bareback bronc riding and will compete for the State Championship.

As Enzo's high school graduation grew near, he was faced with the reality that he would have to graduate with no family present due to the restrictions of his facility. The gracious faculty and staff at TTUISD quickly extended an invitation that Enzo and his adoptive family enthusiastically accepted. Enzo participated in the 2016 TTUISD class ceremony and celebration with his adoptive family.

Enzo officially joins the Red Raider Family this fall as he enters the Honors College at TTU. He and his family will always be grateful to Dr. Jim Taliaferro, TTUISD Superintendent, for his immense kindness. Dr. Taliaferro made a lasting impact on Enzo's life and Enzo stands ready to return the effort to another in need. Enzo is proud to be an "adopted TTUISD student." His experience is further evidence that TTUISD is a fine and highly-respected institution, one with leadership that genuinely cares about students. Go Red Raiders!


Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD) is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and offers flexible educational opportunities for students, schools and school districts. Our elementary, middle and high school options meet the same rigorous standards as traditional brick and mortar schools; the difference is where and when students learn. Get more information at www.ttuisd.ttu.edu