Tarrant County College Southeast brought home the Grand Prize Award for the Arlington Independence Day Parade 2019.>
This is the third time College volunteers have won the top honor for the parade touted to be the fourth largest in the state and the fifth largest in the United States.
“Happy Birthday USA – Tarrant County College Southeast, Bringing You the Gift of Education” was the float name which incorporated this year’s parade theme, “Happy Birthday USA.”
Since the first entry 23 years ago, TCC Southeast has won 19 trophies. The College also won the Grand Prize Award in 2008 and 2013, along with winning five Mayor Awards, one Spirit Award, five first place awards, three second place awards and two third place awards.
“We consider it an honor to celebrate our country’s independence with our Arlington communities. Annual participation in the parade has given us a valuable tradition of excellence. It is a tradition that communicates our commitment to provide a quality educational experience through excellent service to our communities,” said Doug Peak, director of TCC SE Student Development Services. “There is a quote that says ‘an organization that plays together stays together.’ It’s true. I personally look forward to participating every year. It brings us all together, boosts morale and reminds us to smile and laugh.”
The float was built by a team of 57 volunteers comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators.