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Hardship, Family Motivate Weaver to Complete Education

Monday, December 10, 2012
By Eladio Jaimez

Cathy Linette Weaver It's going to be rather bitter-sweet for Cathy Linette Weaver when she walks across the stage and receives her diploma from Texas State Technical College next week at the Cultural Arts Center.

Weaver, 22, will earn an associate's degree in agriculture science from TSTC and plans on continuing her education at Texas A&M-Kingsville where she'll complete her bachelor's in ag science on a scholarship.

But her journey hasn't come without hard work and some heartbreak.

A 2008 graduate of San Benito High School, the Los Indios woman experienced her first hardship during her senior year in high school.

A heart attack claimed her father Armando's life leaving her and her mother, Anita M. and brother John, to pick up the pieces and move forward.

"It was a big shock for us," Weaver said. "My (maternal) grandmother had just passed away three months earlier so it really affected us big time. My mom had just graduated too (from TSTC) and my brother had graduated a year earlier from high school. So for me personally, it was sad that my father had been there to attend everyone's graduation but he wouldn't be there for mine."

By her own accounts, Weaver isn't a very social person. She has friends and "goes out" from time to time, but she'd rather stay home and help her mother around the house. Which led to her pursuing a degree in ag science.

Initially Weaver thought she would become a teacher. She enrolled in the Education and Training program at TSTC but quickly realized that wasn't what her calling.

"After my dad passed away, I really had to step up and help my mom around the house," Weaver said. "We don't own a lot of land but we do live out in the country. So studying agriculture science has taught me to build, weld and disc."

Weaver has had to work as many as two jobs while attending school prolonging the completion of her degree. So she said next week's graduation will be especially gratifying yet emotional.

"I don't want to leave my mom," Weaver said."It's definitely going to be hard for all of us. And TSTC has been like my second home the past four years. I was at school every day. And of course not having my dad or aunt of gandma there will be sad too. It feels like our family is getting smaller. But we're still there for each other to celebrate. My dad always wanted us to get an education and that's what I did."

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