A local resident recently headed back to his old stomping grounds to receive a top honor from his high school.
Mark Hicks, owner of Trent Studios in Sweetwater, was inducted into the ninth class of the Weatherford High School Hall of Fame. The celebration was held on the first weekend of October 2012, as Hicks was one of three other athletes and a track team to be inducted.
According to the Weatherford Telegram, Hicks was honored for his achievements as a top running back on the 1973 and 1974 football teams at Weatherford High School. Also known as "Scooter" in his high school days, he gained 2,000 yards through 10 games during his junior year.
In his senior year, Hicks obtained 1,000 yards in five games. His season was cut short as result of a broken leg, but in both years, he accumulated 25 touchdowns.
From his successes, Hicks was honored by various groups. As a junior, he was known as a top back in the district, garnering All-District as well as All-State honors.
The following year, he also made the All-District team and was All-State honorable mention. For both years, he averaged 200 yards per game.
In addition, Hicks also pole vaulted on the school's track team. In 1973, he advanced to the regional meet; the next year, he was a state qualifier. Also in 1974, he was named Trackster of the Year at Weatherford High School, holding the pole vault record from his seventh grade year through high school.
Outside of his many athletic awards, Hicks was also named Young Texan of the Month, class vice-president and was named on the Top Ten Who's Who of the Senior Class.
Following graduation, Hicks headed to McMurry University in Abilene on a track scholarship. A year later, he would transfer to Weatherford Junior College on a music scholarship and remained at the school from 1975 to 1977.
He would then attend Weatherford College from 1987 to 1989, and in 1991, Hicks graduated from Tarleton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.
The next year, Hicks served as Service Coordinator for the MHMR Pecan Valley in Mineral Wells, working with adult and youth clients. He remained there until 1998 and worked with his wife, Leann, who was a counselor.
He also worked with the ACT team--dealing with the most severe mentally ill clients within the community, and was also a qualified Mental Health Professional.
When Hicks and his family moved to Sweetwater in 1998, they both worked at the West Texas Centers MHMR. Hicks once again served as a Service Coordinator, while Leann also worked as a Counselor.
But in 1992, Hicks made a career move that went back to his roots as a former musician to various bands and a music writer. He opened up his own recording studio, Trent Studios, in Sweetwater and as a result, Hicks has made many new friends from recording local musicians.
Also around this time, his wife started a private practice counseling center that specializes in children's therapy, Warren-Hicks Counseling. She has a background similar to her husband, lettering in four sports while attending Brownwood High School.
Additionally, she attended college on a sports scholarship and graduated from Tarleton with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Leann then continued her education and obtained a Master's degree.
And Hicks' two children also picked up their parents' traits. While they were born in Abilene, twelve-year-old Trent and nine-year-old Marlee attend Sweetwater schools and are both musically and athletically inclined.
Trent is a seventh grader who plays on the red-team for football, while Marlee is a fourth grader who is on the jump rope team and plays fast-pitch softball.
The Hicks family might seem like an on-the-go group, with the kids' athletic events, Leann running her counseling center, and Mark operating his studio. On top of that, he has also decided to work again at the local MHMR as a Service Coordinator.
But, Hicks says that they are a family that loves the Lord and enjoys doing things together. After several moves and past successes, it seems as if the Hicks family finally has a place of their own to look ahead to the future.
"Sweetwater is my home for life now," Hicks said. "We love Sweetwater and expect it to be our home for the rest of our lives."