2002 Graduate – Stacey J. Booker
Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and other semi-nobles from Germany had contracted to settle the “western lands” of the New Republic of Texas. The land grants were to be between the Upper Colorado and the Llano Rivers. New Braunfels and Fredericksburg were originally meant only to be way stations. New Braunfels was founded on March 21, 1845, when, under the auspices of the Adelsverein, Nicolaus Zink led a German immigrant wagon train up the Guadalupe River to the ford of the San Antonio-Nacogdoches road. They made camp at a site on Comal Creek chosen by Prince Carl.
Arriving about the time Texas was annexed to the U.S., the Germans found themselves in a land at war with neighboring Mexico. Between the Mexican War and the Civil War New Braunfels was the 4th largest city in Texas. They managed to avoid participating in the war with Mexico, but weren’t so lucky when the Civil War broke out a few years later.
The settlers wasted little time establishing the supply and processing businesses-stores, millworks, and craft shops-that soon made New Braunfels the commercial center of a growing agricultural area. Within a decade of its founding New Braunfels had emerged as a manufacturing center supplying wagons, farm implements, leather goods, furniture, and clothing for pioneers settling the hills of Central Texas. The community’s social and cultural development proceeded with its economic progress. The initial church school gave way to a city school, then to a district system that in 1858 was incorporated with the New Braunfels Academy. Citizens’ voted unanimously to impose a tax for the support of a public school eighteen years before the Constitution of 1876 provided for such local taxation throughout Texas. New Braunfels, Galveston, and Fredricksburg were among the first Texas towns to collect taxes to support schools. Public schools and the taxes for them have grown tremendously since the early days in New Braunfels.
Unfortunately the quality of the education has not grown at the same rate. Please meet Stacey Booker. Even though she is a Texas taxpayer, Stacey realized that homeschooling with Citizens’ High School curriculum was a much better value in terms of dollars and quality. Stacey explained to us that the public schools in her part of the world taught at such a slow pace that “I was bored to tears.” “I chose Citizens’ so I could work at my own pace.” When Stacey graduated this December she told us that a tremendous weight had been lifted from her shoulders. “I used to be insecure, but earning my diploma on my own has given me a new found confidence.” She is so confident that she has enrolled with TLU (Texas Lutheran University) in their Radiology program. Stacey has now set her sights on being an X-ray technician. “I want to be able to care for my family well.” We wish her great success in taking care of her family too, even if it means increased revenue for the public school system.
Stacey told us that her success with homeschooling is contagious. Stacey has had one of her friends graduate with us and another of her friends has recently enrolled. We are certainly grateful for the referrals. We are also grateful for people like Stacey. She has realized that the government is not the last word or a desirable standard in education. We appreciate Stacey’s commitment to quality education, homeschooling, and desire to keep learning.
Ms. Stacey Booker is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for October 2002.