Super Bowl champ Kayvon Webster receives Key to the County
Denver Broncos star Kayvon Webster accepts the Key to the County from Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan. He is joined by members of his family.
(Photos by Armando Rodriguez / Miami-Dade County)
MIAMI – Denver Broncos cornerback and Super Bowl champion Kayvon Webster received the Key to the County at the March 8 Miami-Dade County Commission meeting from Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, who also presented him with a district commendation.
Webster accepted the honor as his family proudly looked on. Some family members traveled from as far as Daytona Beach to attend the ceremony. Webster said he was grateful to receive the honor.
“I thank God for my family, for Commissioner Jordan, and for my great parents,” he said.
Webster, who grew up in District 1, and his teammates were victorious in Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. He has played in 2 out of the past 3 Super Bowls.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez commended Webster: “We’re proud of your achievements… you’ve reached the pinnacle,” he said.
Commissioner Jordan praised Webster for his charitable efforts, including his annual Kayvon Webster Football and Cheerleading Camp at Bunche Park, which is free for campers.
“His accomplishments will continue to inspire young people in my district and elsewhere to follow their dreams,” Commissioner Jordan said. “I’m very proud of him, but most of all I’m proud that he is giving back to his community.”
Commissioner Jordan also presented a proclamation to Precious Symonette, Miami-Dade County’s Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year, for her work at Miami Norland Senior High.
Symonette, a creative writing teacher, has earned the love and respect of her students, who consider her a mother figure. That role is especially important to those students in dire need of guidance.
“They refer to her as ‘ma.’ Especially those who don’t have moms in their lives,’ said Norland Principal Reginald Lee. “She’s changed the lives of students who were failing and then turned them into some of our best students.”
Commissioner Jordan praised Symonette for serving as an inspiration. “Teachers are the people who mold children. The fact that her students are eager and excited to learn speaks volumes,” she said.
Principal Lee said his son is one of Precious’ prized 10th-grade students. Lee said the 10-year teaching veteran is well deserving of her prize – a new car and $5,000 – because she is a phenomenal teacher.
“I’m proud to represent all the great teachers of Miami-Dade County,” Symonette said. “My goal is to educate and empower. It’s a privilege to help my students evolve into great citizens of the world and help them rewrite their stories.”
Precious Symonette, joined by her family, accepts her Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year proclamation from Commissioner Jordan.