DUNCANVILLE, Texas — When Christy Kyles walks inside of the internationally acclaim Potter’s House Church Saturday afternoon for her son’s high school graduation, it will then all dawn on her.
“Through the tears of joy being shed, will I know that he never gave up,” Kyles said during a recent interview in MemphiSport’s inaugural Salute To Graduates 2015.
Kyles, the mother of five, was referring to Daniel Lee Hall, her third of five children, who will be awarded his diploma from MacArthur High during the Irving-based school’s commencement exercises.
The graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.
According to Kyles, a Lawton, Oklahoma native and longtime employee for the State of Texas, among the things about which she deems mostly intriguing about Daniel’s forthcoming milestone is that for someone was had been heavily involved in an assortment of activities at MacArthur, he steadfastly remained focused on academics.
An honor student who boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, Daniel was a varsity player for MacArthur’s basketball team in which he played an integral role for a Cardinals team that reeled off 11 consecutive wins before falling to Plano West in the UIL state championship game in San Antonio.
Having played mostly combo guard, Daniel started sparingly for a MacArthur team that ended the season with 23-8 record, highlighted by a Region 2-6A District 9 regular season crown.
While Daniel hasn’t ruled out playing basketball at the collegiate level, even if he doesn’t suit up in a college hoops uniform this fall, Kyles is quick to acknowledge that the sky’s the limit for a resourceful kid who had always stayed committed to making academic excellence the focal point with regards to maximizing his potential.
“He has continued to stay focused on his academics with everything our family has endured over the past year,” Kyles explained. “I have always told Daniel, ‘You can achieve anything you put your mind to.’”
Aside from basketball, Daniel was a fixture in ROTC as well as spent two years taking Culinary Arts courses.
As for his plans beyond high school, Kyles said Daniel has narrowed his college choices to the United States Air Force Academy, Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Hofstra University, although her son hinted recently that enrolling at Air Force appears to be the likely choice.
Still, whether Daniel extends his basketball career at the collegiate ranks remains a mystery, one thing’s for certain, his mother says: she has no doubt that her son will do whatever is necessary to be resourceful once the next chapter of his life begins in the coming months.
“Failure is not an option when God is in the situation,” said Kyles who, along with her family, attends West Irving Church of God In Christ. With God, there is no limit to where He will take you.”
Which, as a result, will make the countless tears worth shedding when her son’s name is finally called to be awarded his diploma come Saturday.
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