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VIDEO: Big dreams, full bellies

It’s 7:30 on a Wednesday morning, and these students are ready to go.

It’s graduation day at Eastside Memorial High School in Austin, Texas.

Before the class of 2017 walks the stage, each takes a moment for the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

It’s spread out on a table outside the school auditorium: taquitos bursting with eggs, bacon and, cheese, Breakfast on a Bun sandwiches stacked high with sausage and egg, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits dripping with sauce and more.

Located just east of downtown Austin, Texas, Eastside boasts an enrollment of 550. There were 135 members in the graduating class of 2017.

And while the students wanted to make the year a special one, they realized they didn’t have the financial resources.

Some savvy seniors put out the word on social media. And businesses big and small stepped in to help the class host both a prom night and a graduation ceremony.

Whataburger was one of many who stepped up, hosting a breakfast event for the seniors and their family on graduation day.

“It means that Whataburger is really looking out for us,” says Jericho Batista, the valedictorian, “They’re supporting us, not only for us, but for our families also."

It's important to celebrate the hard work of our customers. Take all-star student Rolando Rodriguez. He plans to attend Navarro College to study history and then return to his alma mater to teach and coach. “Because of the great teachers I’ve had, I want to do the same for other students,” he says.

For many, having Whataburger at their final high school event was a natural conclusion. After all, Whataburger was a big part of their high school experience.

“I was there yesterday!” says Azaela Richardson, who’s on her way to Prairie View A&M University to study accounting. “I love their fries and their Vanilla shake.”

“My mom, she used to work at Whataburger for about three years,” said Jericho. “I just love the food there, really. It’s a good environment when you walk in.

I’ve had Whataburger at least 100 times throughout my high school life — I can honestly say that. The food is just great. It’s just a good vibe when you walk in. Smiles everywhere. Just sit down and eat and fill my tummy up.”



Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 820 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information.