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2022 Hall of Honor Inductees

Mr. Jack Erwin

Mr. Jack Erwin - 2022 Hall of Honor Inductee

Jack Velton Erwin, born in Tenaha, TX on June 12, 1943, attended and graduated from Tenaha Schools in 1961. While in high school, he participated in sports and was named "Most Athletic" his senior year.

He married Alma Fay Simmons of Marshall, TX and they had two sons, Jack Carter and James Brad. In 1971, the family moved to New Iberia, Louisiana where in a short period of time he was promoted to Warehouse Manager for Cameron Iron Works. After several years, Jack was transferred to Patterson, LA where he became Cameron's youngest Plant Manager at age 33.

In 1988, Cameron Iron Works moved Jack to Liberty, TX to oversee the building and management of a new Cameron Iron Works plant. He was later promoted to Manager of the Western Hemisphere and eventually became Cameron's Global After Market manager. This position allowed him to travel to 6 of the 7 continents for work. Jack retired from Cameron in 2001.

After retirement, Jack started his own consulting business which he did for many years. Among his many interests were coaching Little League Baseball and Cameron's Men's Softball teams. In 2011, Jack was inducted into the Louisiana Softball Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments. He also enjoyed fishing and especially his involvement with the Tenaha High School Fishing team composed of Matthew Flournoy and Colton Hutto.

One of Jack's favorite past times was traveling with his wife, Alma, and their small dogs in their motorhome. Their many adventures took them to 48 states and Canada.

Jack passed away August 18, 2021.

Coach Terry Ward

Coach Terry Ward - 2022 Hall of Honor Inductee

Terry Ward is entering his 26th year in education and his 13th year as a head football coach and athletic director with a career record of 95 wins. After graduating from a small East Texas high school, Coach Ward earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and his Master in Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin. He coached in eight schools in the East Texas area, and as AD has had eight team sports play for state championships (boys and girls), along with numerous individual athletes who competed at the state level. At Marshall High School, he coached running backs in the 2005 5A state championship against Highland Park, but his career highlight will always be leading the Tenaha Tigers to the 2011 22A state championship at Dallas Cowboy Stadium, with a return trip the following year.

Coach Ward has been honored with awards from SFASU and the Texas High School Coaching Association and was the first recipient of the Don and Debbie Fallin Legacy Award in 2013. Most schools are fortunate to have a great coach/athletic director once in his career, but Tenaha has had the privilege of Terry Ward being part of the Tiger Nation twice, as he returned to the Pit this year after eight years away. Any former athlete who has been coached by Coach Ward can tell of the difference he has made in the lives of so many.

Coach Ward, his wife Elizabeth, and sons Andy, Cooper, and Luke are excited to be back home where they have always been part of the family. He hopes to finish he career as a Tiger and continue the winning tradition what has always made TISD excellent.

2022 Homecoming Court

Senior Duchess, Leticia Balladares-Lopez

Senior Duchess, Leticia Balladares-Lopez

The Senior Class of 2023 is represented this year by Duchess, Leticia Balladares-Lopez. Leticia is the daughter of Maglori Lopez and Jose Balladares. She is escorted by her father, Jose Balladares. Leticia has been a part of the BETA Club for 4 years, Junior Chamber of Commerce for 3 years, and on the Lady Tiger Soccer team for 2 years. She is also a dual credit student and continues to remain on the All A Honor Roll. In the future, Leticia plans to attend Trinity University and major in Biology. Upon graduation from Trinity University, she hopes to attend medical school and become an Obstetrician Gynecologist (OB/GYN).

Junior Duchess, Angelica Sandoval

Junior Duchess, Angelica Sandoval

The Junior Class is represented this year by Duchess, Angelica Sandoval. Angelica is the daughter of Ciro and Angelica Sandoval; she is being escorted by her father. Angelica is very active at Tenaha High School as she is a member of BETA Club for 3 years where she serves as Pledge Captain, Junior Chamber of Commerce for 2 years, FFA for 3 years, and is currently a Student Teacher’s Aide as a part of our Education & Training endorsement. She is also a part of the Tiger Cross Country and Soccer teams. Angelica has served as both Class Secretary and Treasurer, is a part of the dual credit program and on the All A Honor Roll. Angelica’s future plans include attending college to obtain her Bachelors of Science degree and pursue a career in the optometry field.

Sophomore Duchess, Lilliunna Horton

Sophomore Duchess, Lilliunna Horton

Our Sophomore Class Duchess is Lilliunna Horton. Lilliunna is the daughter of Sherretta Thomas and Kenneth Walker, Jr. She will be escorted by her father, K.J. Walker. Lilli has been on the Lady Tiger Varsity Basketball team for 2 years, Varsity Cheerleader for 2 years, Track & Field for 1 year, and played Tennis this past year as well. She has also been a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce for 2 years, and is a part of the State Champion Roarin’ Band from Tigerland. Lilli plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a medical degree. She plans to work in Cardiothoracics understanding the importance of medicine and hopes to someday be a part of the “cure”.

Freshman Duchess, Jasmine Santos

Freshman Duchess, Aranza "Jasmine" Santos

The Freshman Class of 2026 is represented by Duchess, Aranza “Jasmine” Santos. Jasmine is the daughter of Laura Santos and Carlos Cuellar. She is escorted by Brandon Castillo. Jasmine has been a part of the basketball team for 2 years, Track & Field for 2 years, Cross Country for 1 year and is beginning her first year as a Lady Tiger soccer player. Jasmine has also been a part of the Junior Chamber of Commerce for 2 years and has been involved in the band program since the 5th grade; she is proud to have been a member of the State Champion Marching Band in 2021. In the future, Jasmine plans to attend college to obtain her Nursing degree. She also plans to travel.

Band Sweetheart, Emily Chambliss

Band Sweetheart - Emily Chambliss

The Roarin’ Band from Tigerland is represented this year by the Band Sweetheart, Emily Chambliss. Emily is the daughter of Robbie and Kasey Chambliss; she is escorted by Robbie Chambliss. Emily is proud to have been a member of the State Champion Marching Tiger Band program for 4 years. She is currently first chair saxophone. Emily has also participated in Cross Country and been a member of the BETA Club. Emily plans to attend Tyler Junior College upon graduating high school, to earn an associates degree working towards becoming a Surgical Scrub Technician. Emily says she has a passion for helping others and would love to be able to pursue this career pathway in honor of her beloved brother, Klayton Lewis.

BETA Sweetheart, Kim Cave

BETA Sweetheart - Kim Cave

The BETA Club is proud to recognize their 2022 Sweetheart, Kim Cave. Kim is the daughter of Dave and Pahgna Cave and is currently a senior at THS. She is escorted by her father. Kim is a 4 year member of the BETA Club, part of the State Champion Marching Band for 3 years, on The Tiger Yearbook staff, and was selected to be a part of the Tenaha Leadership Academy this year. She has also been a dual credit student since her sophomore year in high school. In the future, Kim plans to attend the University of Houston to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Biology. She hopes to someday pursue a career as a Forensic Pathologist.

Football Sweetheart, Makalie Black

Football Sweetheart - Makalie Black

Our Football Program is represented this year by Football Sweetheart and Senior, Varsity Cheerleader, Makalie Black. Makalie is the daughter of Yolanda Miles and Jamie Black. She is escorted by her father, Jamie. Makalie has been involved as a member of The Tiger Yearbook staff for 2 years, basketball team for 4 years and has been a cheerleader for 3 years. Makalie plans to attend Panola College to earn her LVN certification transitioning toward her Registered Nursing license to become a Pediatric Nurse some day.

JCC Sweetheart, Jessica Aguilar

Junior Chamber of Commerce Sweetheart - Jessica Aguilar

The Junior Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize their Sweetheart, Jessica Aguilar. Jessica is the daughter of Mario Aguilar and Carmen Aguilar. She is escorted by  her father, Mario. Jessica has been in the band for 8 years and has been recognized as an All Region player, she has played on the Lady Tiger soccer team for 3 years, tennis for 2 years, and has served as Class President for 4  years. Jessica is also a 5 year member of the BETA Club and is currently in her second year as a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Jessica plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler to study Mechanical Engineering.

Yearbook Sweetheart, Emily Perales

Yearbook Sweetheart - Emily Perales

The Tiger 2023 Yearbook staff is represented this year by Sweetheart, Emily Perales. Emily is the daughter of Orlando and Maria Perales and is currently a senior at Tenaha High School. Emily is escorted by her father, Orlando. Emily has been a tremendous asset to the yearbook staff and is in her second year on staff. She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief. She has been a part of the Lady Tiger Basketball team and is currently enrolled in the dual credit program. Emily plans to attend Panola College upon high school graduation to complete her basics. Then she hopes to transfer to the University of Houston to pursue a degree in Forensic Psychology.