Pearland TX

Dear Pearland Class of 2020: JJ Watt has a special message for you

With prom canceled and high school seniors facing the possible reality of no graduation ceremony, Houston Texans star defensive end and former Pearland resident records a message of encouragement for Pearland seniors.



“I just want you guys to know that I’m thinking about you and I know that this time is difficult, I know this time is tough,” says Watt. “But, at some point, this will be over and we are going to have the opportunity to move on and move forward. Do whatever you need to do during this time to improve yourself and to get yourself where you want to be when this is all over.  I”ll always have love for Pearland.”

High School seniors across the country are not getting the senior year they expected.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are spending their last few months of high school online and without their friends.

Oddly enough, this isn’t the worst thing that’s happened to the class of 2020.

“We all were born after 9/11, we are the 9/11 babies,” said high school senior Joseph Rojas. ” We’ve all grown up in the shadow of tragedy…school shootings…suicides.  I feel it is my generation’s responsibility to go out in the world and make it a better place.  As Anne Frank says, ‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Joseph is a lifelong Pearland resident who aims to study computer science at the University of Texas.