Where are they now?

Editor’s note: This feature is dedicated to profiling Van Horn High School Alumni and updating locals on what became of them after graduation.  The Advocate welcomes information for publication on VHHS Alumni and will try to highlight two Van Horn Eagles every week.

Chasity Reyes Sanchez,

Chasity Reyes Sanchez, daughter of Ray Reyes and Deborah Villegas, graduated from Van Horn High School in 1995 and participated in several extracurricular activities, such as band and student council.  It was in Van Horn where she met her husband, Luie Sanchez, who is also a Van Horn graduate.  Upon graduating, Chasity and Luie moved to Weatherford, TX, where she continued her education at Weatherford College.  The struggles of living away from home, attending college, and raising her first born, Derek, were tough but so rewarding.  Through the next several years she moved from Weatherford to Eastland and ended up in Midland, TX, where she currently lives with her husband, and two sons, Derek and Tre.

Chasity obtained her property, casualty and health insurance license and became and employee for Allstate Insurance Company.  During the next several years she became an active parishioner at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Midland, TX.  Ten years ago she received an opportunity to work for the oil industry and is currently a Senior Drilling Engineering Technician for Concho Resources Inc., an independent exploration and production company, engaged in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties.

Chasity also voluntarily serves as the secretary for the IADD Permian Chapter.  The International Association of Directional Drilling (IADD) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting directional drilling, as well as advancing the technology, competence and knowledge of its members. IADD is also focused on helping the industry develop standards that will ensure the safest and most effective directional drilling operations.

Her biggest accomplishment is being a mother to her two sons, Derek and Tre.  Derek is a senior at Texas Tech University and Tre will be graduating from Midland Lee High School this June.

Chasity credits her success to her husband, family, friends and above all, God.

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a 1985 Van Horn High School Graduate.  He is one of 5 children born to Nancy and James, one of whom is his twin brother, Joe Smith.  He followed his love for the outdoors and completed a two-year golf/landscape Technology course at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas.

Paul added to his work experience through working for short periods with a Landscape Company and Irrigation Company in Dallas before obtaining his first Assistant Superintendent’s job at a Private Golf Club in Roanoke, Texas.  In 1999, he landed his first Head Golf Course Superintendent’s job as a construction/grow-in Superintendent at Whitestone Golf Club in Benbrook, Texas.  Paul remained there 10 years before moving to the Resort Golf Club in North Fort Worth in 2009 and remains there today.  Throughout his time at these Clubs, he has had the privilege to volunteer at a few Professional tour events, including the Colonial in Fort Worth, the Nike Tour stop at The Hills of Lakeway in Austin, and a Senior Tour stop in Frisco at Stonebriar Country Club.

Paul is a licensed pesticide applicator, a Certified Pool Operator and enjoys anything that involves being outside or working with his hands.  He has 5 children (2 still at home) and 2 grand children. He is a member of Gateway Church in the Metroplex and is currently trying to cut his work hours down some so that he can become more active there.  Paul is single and recently purchased a house in Fort Worth, which he will be busy for a while turning it into a home.


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