Hard work takes Stratton Hibbs from TJC to Oxford University

Feb 14, 2017 by
Stratton Hibbs (standing), with his father, Billy Hibbs.

Stratton Hibbs (standing), with his father, Billy Hibbs.

Tyler Junior College can help you get where you want to go – even if where you want to go is Oxford University.

In addition to his work as a standout student at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Stratton Hibbs took dual-credit classes at TJC, simultaneously earning college credits while in high school.

He was also active in high school choir, orchestra and the debate team; and he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America.

Since dual-credit students are also considered full-fledged TJC students, Hibbs also distinguished himself academically by being inducted into TJC’s Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Alpha Omicron chapter faculty adviser Gigi Delk said, “Stratton was a very involved dual-credit student at TJC. His father, Billy Hibbs, was the Alpha Omicron chapter president during his time here; and I know he is certainly proud that Stratton followed in his
TJC footsteps.

“Stratton was also the first student to ever nominate a dual-credit professor, Keith Showen, for a Phi Theta Kappa STAR professor award in fall 2015. Previously, this honor had only been awarded to on-campus professors.”

Showen teaches dual-credit English literature and composition, and he is also the English department chair at Robert E. Lee.

As a high school student, Hibbs refined his love of the classics and set his sights on Oxford University; but, to make his dream a reality, he knew it would require passing through a gauntlet of entrance examinations and interviews.

Hibbs was successful in his quest and is now in his first year at Oxford University’s Colleges of Somerville and Worcester, where he’s pursuing his degree in
Roman classics.

“The college community is very proud
of Stratton, the entire Hibbs family, and the educators from East Texas who have been a part of this great achievement,” said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and
student affairs.

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said, “Students like Stratton make us look good; but the fact is, his success is all due to his diligence and hard work to be the best he can be. We’re so proud to have been a part of what we know will be a bright future for Stratton.

“TJC is a terrific starting point for anyone, no matter where you set your sights.”



Community, Winter 2017

About the author

Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at emul2@tjc.edu.