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Lancaster ISD’s Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary to Welcome 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Michelle Carter for Career Exploration Day

Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – On May 23, Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary students and staff will welcome 2016 US Olympic Gold Medalist, Michelle Carter and other professionals to the campus’ end of year Career Exploration Day.

During the day, students will hear from about 30 professionals from various fields. Like the students, most staff members are eager to hear from all of the presenters and look forward to an Olympian joining them this year.

Fifth grade science teacher Shante’ Jones hopes that Carter’s visit will motivate the students.

“I expect Ms. Carter to speak about her journey to becoming an Olympic Gold Medalist in the Shot Put competition and encourage students to work at achieving their goals,” Jones said. “I want them to be inspired and know that all of their dreams are possible.”

Carter will serve as the opening speaker for this one-day event and afterwards, she will be a part of the Physical Education Career Track and share her journey with students in smaller groups.

In 2016, Carter won the gold medal for the shot put event at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and became the first United States women’s athlete to win the event since the start of the women’s competition in 1948. She is also only the second American to win any medal in this sporting event.

She is a graduate of a North Texas high school in the Best Southwest area and was a four-time National Champion in Shot Put. Carter is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Youth and Communities Studies and a minor in Kinesiology.

Rosa Parks Millbrook Elementary Principal Dr. Marlon Waites see her visit as an opportunity to connect the students to see the true benefit of hard work.

“I want my students to see that it takes hard work to get to one’s desired level of success and to see the impact of role models and how they can become catalyst who can help one to be successful,” he said.

Waites further wants the students to grasp the understanding that Carter did not just meet her goal, but participated in a worldwide competition in an uncommon sport and won recognition for her entire country.

“Shot put is not your typical sport, but it has gotten her into some doors where she wanted to be.”
In Lancaster ISD, the vision is that all students will achieve self-sustaining success and leave a lasting legacy. For Waites, Carter’s story speaks to the district’s vision because she sought out a way to be successful.

“I want them to see that it is not where you come from, but it is where you are going that matters,” Waites said.