Alumnus Roye Ritchie graduated in 2012 and went to Tarrant County College. While in high school Ritchie participated in JROTC.
What have you done after high school?
“After high school I attended Tarrant County College,” Ritchie said. “I graduated from there in 2016. I am now currently at Texas Tech University. I worked at Dollar General for 4 years and I now Currently work at Wal-Mart going on two years.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“The degree that I am pursuing is Special Education Degree,” Ritchie said. “Growing up I was always a Teachers Pet. The teachers at Legacy actually pushed me and tried to challenge me to do better. And because of that I want SPED kids out there [to know] that they can do it and that their disabilities don’t have to define them. But the student defines who they are as an individual.”
How did what you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I learned that you have to give respect to get respect,” Ritchie said. “You need to have discipline and be honest and trustworthy. You have to believe in your own self before anyone else can believe in you.”
Explain your job now.
“My job now is an Electronics, Photo and Wireless sales Associate at Wal-Mart, along with a full time college student,” Ritchie said.
What are your plans for the future?
“My plans for the future are to come back and Teach in MISD, and hopefully become Teacher of the Year,” Ritchie said. “Also volunteering with Sped kids and just putting a smile on their face.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice to current high schoolers is take it serious don’t play around and mess it up,” Ritchie said. “I wish I could be back in highschool and do things different. Gain as much knowledge as you can and do your best to be the best. Take the time to pass and get those A’s and scholarships. Listen to your teachers and enjoy being a teen while you can. Because trust me once you graduate welcome to the adult world.”