After Southlake Carroll graduate Hailey Hernandez qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo next month, Southlake DPS knew she wanted to celebrate her accomplishments.
“We usually try our best to celebrate the accomplishments of our CISD kiddos, and that was a big, big deal,” said Brad Uptmore, Southlake public information officer. “Monday morning we got to work to see if we could create a surprise for them in a short time.”
After Hailey’s parents left the Indianapolis trial around 5 p.m. on Monday and landed at DFW Love Field, they drove past Southlake DPS headquarters, where they were greeted with a grand celebration. Mayor John Huffman came out to congratulate her and Officer Rogers turned on the light. The crew then drove down Southlake Boulevard in a patrol car and fire truck.
“We turned on our sirens as we approached Southridge Lakes to the expected cheers of their neighbors, friends and family,” says Uptmore. “We’re always happy to support our Carroll athletes, so we worked with Valerie Snyder and Fire Department Administrator Lorna Boudreaux who worked with our bosses and community groups who helped organize it and make it go without a hitch!
Hailey has been greeted by both neighbors and fans who are proud to have represented Southlake on an international stage. Tune in to see Hailey compete on July 25th.