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They Started at Bryan ISD

Oakland Raiders Cornerback
Isaiah Johnson started as a kindergartener at Bonham Elementary and graduated from Rudder High School in 2014. He went on to be drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
We recently sat down with Isaiah and appreciated his inspirational message in the following video.
Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Graduate 
Thai Vu started as a kindergartener at Fannin Elementary in Bryan ISD and graduated from Rudder High School in 2015. He went on to join the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and graduate in 2019 as a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.
We recently sat down with Thai to ask the following questions.
I had teachers like Ms. Timberman, Mr. Walker and Ms. Huff who really challenged me in the classroom. From an academic point of view, they prepared me for how college would be. The Corps was just a whole different beast. But I was in the band at Rudder and I was in the band there and it felt similar enough that I could transition into it.
Actually, no. When I was finishing up at SFA and going to Rudder, I learned that there was a fine arts credit that I had to have. Since I was already in band I thought I might as well just participate in band to get the credit, but I didn't want to march. But I ended up doing my one year of band my freshman year at Rudder and ended up loving it. I did all four years of band there and realized it was something I wanted to keep doing. Around my junior year is when I learned more about the Aggie Band and the Corps. Prior to that, I didn't know that much about the Corps even though A&M was right in my backyard. I didn't know where I really wanted to go. 
Being proud of my answer whenever someone asks me what I'm doing with my life. 
Don't try to follow the crowd around you. There's going to be people that want to go into industries and majors that are popular, but that might not be what's good for you. Use other people for advice, but also remember that you have your own path.
Thai enlisted in the Marines recently and is about to enter Officer Candidate School. 
Look out for more former Bryan ISD students on this page in the months ahead.