LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin High School teacher Frank Latimer Jr. was shocked to receive an official certificate for an Emmy from the National Academy of Television and Arts.
After the long-time teacher looked closer he saw the certificate belong to former student Valencia Kuykendall. Kuykendall is a member of the 1989 class. Kuykendall was a student of Latimer and also worked at the school's T.V. station, KLHS.
"I was shocked at what I saw," Latimer said. "You don't expect to see that all the time."
Kuykendall, who know works for NBC was awarded an Emmy for her work as an associate producer for the XXII Olympic Winter Games. On top of that, Kuykendall was also chosen for an Emmy for outstanding new approaches based on her coverage of Derek Jeter's last game with the New York Yankees. Along with the certificate, Latimer received a letter thanking him for the work ethic he taught her as well as a picture of the two Emmys.
"The real story here s that a small town girl was able to make it big and do something amazing," Latimer said. "We want our students to know that today they are in high school but tomorrow the world is their oyster. They can become anything that they want to if they work hard and achieve."
After graduating, Kuykendall worked at KTRE for two years as a production assistant. She has also worked for ESPN and Yankee Entertainment and Sports Net.