Planning to attend Florida State University, she made the Superior and Principal’s honor rolls and earned an American Mathematics Competitions certificate.
Williams, a Robert Morgan Educational Center graduate, competed in badminton, basketball and football.
Planning to attend Florida A&M University, his accolades include the Silver Knight Club, Future Business Leaders of America, 5,000 Role Models of Excellence, 2011 Men of Tomorrow, 2012 Youth Day Speaker for Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church and National Youth Day Community Service Project Grant recipient.
The Orange Bowl also awarded $100,000 in grants to four local community organizations ($25,000 each) whose missions are shared by the Orange Bowl. They are: Amigos for Kids; Jason Taylor Foundation; 12th Man Foundation; Urban League of Broward and Dade Counties
“Recognizing the individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on the South Florida community is something the Orange Bowl takes great pride in,” said Eric Poms, CEO, Orange Bowl Committee. “From scholastic accomplishments to exceptional community service, everyone honored at the O.B.I.E.s understands the importance of supporting and promoting our youth to ensure they have the brightest future possible.”
Fifty six of Florida’s top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5, 2013 in the annual East vs. West match-up, televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST from San Antonio’s Alamodome.
The 56 nominations are the most of any state. Eight of those are from Miami.
“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides the national platform for young athletes and musicians to showcase their talent and strength,” said Bruce Jasurda, Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Army. “This nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths and leadership qualities that these athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with Army Strong Soldiers. The Army congratulates all of the athletes on their nomination.”
The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country and Rivals.com. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will ultimately be selected and invited to the Bowl.
The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Final player selections will be announced nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.
Miami nominees include:
DB Artie Burns (Northwestern); DB Jamal Carter (Southridge); OL Denver Kirkland (Booker T. Washington); LB Isaac McDonald (Champagnat Catholic); LB Matthew Thomas (Booker T. Washington); DL Stacy Thomas (Gulliver Prep); DB Jesus Wilson (Christopher Columbus); RB Lorenzo Woodley (Christopher Columbus).
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Marcus Lattimore made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of more than 39,000 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.