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Friday, December 12, 2014

A Bittersweet Farewell to Blake Taylor & Sandra Ramirez

(Photo by: Erika Bazaldua)
SFA Lumberjacks Blake Taylor and Sandra Ramirez have been a part of the Jack Walker family for most of their college career. This week, we say goodbye to these students for two exciting reasons...

Blake Taylor shaking hands with Dr. Baker Pattillo at The Big Dip.
(Photo by: SFA Alumni Association)
Blake Taylor was most commonly recognized as the Lumberjack, during his four years at SFA. Outside of being a Jack Walker Life Changer, he immersed himself in the Lumberjack Experience (Jack Camp Student Director, Mr. SFA, and more). He graduates this December with his degree in Business Economics.
Blake admits he is most looking forward to turning his SFA ring around at the commencement ceremony.

On his way out, he left us with his favorite SFA memory:
"My favorite memory at SFA was getting to be a part SFA's basketball team making history in San Diego, as the Lumberjack mascot. I will never forget when they beat VCU in the NCAA March Madness tournament! The feeling was incredible!"
Blake plans on returning home to Rowlett, TX, where he will spend the holidays with his family. From there, he is packing his bags and moving to Nashville, TN. Blake is taking this opportunity to chase his music dreams, along with his band "Kindred".

(Photo by: Angelly Photography)
For some Lumberjacks, their last semesters at SFA may not actually be spent in Nacogdoches. Our beloved Sandra Ramirez leaves the SFA campus for the internship of her dreams, beginning in the upcoming spring semester.

Sandra explains:
"I will be at KIPP: Generations Collegiate as an intern for a freshmen collegiate course. KIPP instills the importance of college to students, as early as their elementary years.  As a KIPP alumni, I am excited to go home and give back to the school that has given so much to me."
Sandra is on track to graduate in December of 2015 with her degree in Child Development and Family Living, with a minor in Spanish.

She will be the first of her family to graduate college and upon that exciting moment, Sandra hopes to start off working as a counselor/teacher, with the end goal of starting a KIPP school of her own.

The Office of Admissions wishes these two Lumberjacks the best of luck in their upcoming endeavors.

Axe 'Em Jacks!
Erika Bazaldua 
Senior Mass Communication