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Outstanding Seniors: Angel Phillips and James Stevenson
Congratulations to Angel Phillips and James Stevenson of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, for winning Outstanding Senior Awards at the 2017 AGLOA National Tournament. Here are excerpts from their nomination by Maurice El-Amin.
In my five years participating in the AGLOA league, this is the first time I am actually writing a letter to recommend someone for the Outstanding Senior Award. Ironically, this year I cannot narrow my choice to just one nominee.
I credit these two students with keeping our program afloat the last two years. We are in the process of breaking in a new coach and because of my other obligations at school that take me away from Academic Games, we were in a bind. At least so I thought … These two students began to really step up their junior year and continued to do so this year. They recruit players and mentor them, evaluate the strengths of players, organize and pack games, select players for teams, help solve students’ personal issues, design team gear, and a whole lot more!
They are a great example for younger students both in Academic Games and as students. They both are honor students taking the most difficult classes and receiving the highest grades. Both players have won numerous awards on the state and national levels, but what’s most impressive is the fact that they made the players around them better. I am a little nervous about what will happen next year, but I am hopeful that some player or players were influenced by the leadership that Angel and James have displayed. Both Angel and James demonstrate a true love of Academic Games that is infectious.
Outstanding Senior: Autumn Richards
Congratulations to Autumn Richards of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, an Outstanding Senior Award winner at the 2017 AGLOA National Tournament. Here are excerpts from her nomination.
Autumn has been instrumental in recruiting and coaching the Ben Franklin team. She joined the New Orleans Academic Games League in 2009 at the recommendation of a teacher. Upon reaching high school, she found there was no coach or adult coordinator. She has been so dedicated to organizing practices and coordinating rides to weekly games because of her love for Academic Games. She mimicked the coaching styles of her previous coaches in elementary and middle school and added her own flair from being on the front lines of competition.
Autumn has a very rigorous schedule that includes Gifted, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses while taking a course at the University of New Orleans, all while managing to participate in Academic Games, tutor peers, and volunteer.
A fond memory from her Academic Games career comes from her time in Elementary and Middle Divisions. The teams would compete at a local high school near an ice cream and snowball stand. Almost every Wednesday, Autumn would lead the team and say “Victory ice cream for everyone!” The parents would laugh and take the kids to celebrate. However, if they were not victorious, Autumn made sure to strategize and study for the next week’s competition.
As in sports, Academic Games has fostered healthy competition and discipline. She has formed friendships, earned respect for competitors and has a lifetime of memories from the joy and pains that Academic Games has created while enhancing her to be a better person. This sweet, shy and humble young lady becomes a fundamental genius when engulfed in these competitions. We are so proud of her and appreciate the journey.
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