From Staff Reports

Navarro College Day is celebrated annually on Sept. 16, as this was the very first day classes were held for the college in 1946.  Each year, the event celebrates the college’s rich history and time-honored traditions.

This year’s celebration included a luncheon honoring the 1970 Mr. and Miss Navarro Junior College: Michael Heiskell and Shirley Wright (Black), respectively.  They were the first African Americans to be selected as Mr. and Miss NJC, and it was a privilege to honor them fifty years after their designation.

Navarro College yearbook photos from 1970 and 1971 – Courtesy photo

The Navarro College Board of Trustee members, District President Dr. Kevin G. Fegan, and members of the Navarro College Leadership team were among the attendees. The recipients were each presented with a certificate of recognition for their place in Navarro College history from the Board of Trustees; a framed photo of their photos from the 1970 & 1971 yearbooks; Navarro College blankets (so they may forever be wrapped in Navarro College); as well as a Bulldog Pride pin from Dr. Fegan.  Both spoke fondly about their time at Navarro College and were appreciative of being the honorees at the luncheon.

Front Row (left to right): Mr. NJC 1970 Michael Heiskell and Miss NJC 1970 Shirley Wright (Black); Back Row (left to right): Navarro College District President Dr. Kevin G. Fegan, Board of Trustee Treasurer Dick Aldama, Board of Trustee Chairman Phil Judson, Board of Trustee Member Kim Wyatt – Courtesy photo
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