File Name: SPECIAL PRESENTATION TO MIAMI CENTRAL SENIOR
Agenda Date: 1/23/2013
Agenda Item Number: 1D3
SPECIAL PRESENTATION TO MIAMI CENTRAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, FLORIDA CLASS 6A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
Jean Monestime, Prime Sponsor
Board of County Commissioners
Commissioner Monestime presented Principal Gregory Bethune of Miami Central Senior High School a proclamation, naming January 23rd as “Miami Central Senior High School Football Team Day.” He noted Miami Central High was home of the mighty ‘Rockets’ and won their second State Football Championship in three years, by defeating Gainesville Senior High 37-14, in the Citrus Bowl game played in Orlando, Florida.
Commissioner Monestime noted the team was led by Coach Telly Lockette and a phenomenal coaching staff, who provided educational support and fostered a sense of family among the players. He also noted the team was recognized by the Sports Illustrated Magazine as having the toughest high school football schedule in the nation. He said the team was an inspiration to the community and he was proud of them. Commissioner Monestime encouraged the students to continue their achievements both in the classroom and on the field, expressing that the “Sky was the Limit.” He congratulated and encouraged the seniors who graduated from Miami Central Senior High this year and were headed for college.
School Principal Bethune thanked Commissioner Monestime for acknowledging the team’s victory. He noted the players were students before athletes and he was extremely proud of their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. He congratulated Commissioner Monestime for winning the Commissioner’s Cup this year.
Assistant Coach Dwight Jackson expressed appreciation to the County Commissioners for recognizing and honoring the team’s accomplishments. He said it was very important for students to be supported and encouraged because they represent the future. He noted the coaches of Miami Central High were adamant about students placing a priority on receiving an education over participating in sports.
An unidentified speaker (a student athlete and team leader), known as Bow Wow, expressed appreciation for this honor. He noted the players were very serious about obtaining an education and had tutored other students and participated in weekend classes to achieve it. He stated his belief that students who excelled in the classroom first could excel at anything. He commended Principal Bethune and team coaches for being the best and for staying on top of the team.
Mr. Darryl Holseandeolph, member of Miami Central High’s Alumni Association, thanked the County Commissioners for recognizing the team’s efforts, and commended the Team for a job well done. He noted this School’s success began several years ago when an attempt to close it failed. He said the community has since pulled together to encourage the students to believe in their dreams, and to work hard to achieve them.
Principal Bethune invited Commissioner Monestime to be the official Grand Marshal of the parade scheduled for February 9, 2012 to celebrate Miami Central Senior High School’s Football Championship victory.
Commissioner Monestime thanked Commissioner Edmonson for co-sponsoring the Commissioner’s Cup, and wished her success in next year’s competition.
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