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Miami Heat/Miami Herald honorees
Anuar Aly, Ryan J. Brown, Lilly Garcia, Joshua Queliz and Geoffrey Sprouse Jr. are the final group of honorees for the 2012-13 academic and sportsmanship program, conducted by the The Miami Herald and two-time NBA champion Miami Heat in conjunction with Gatorade.
These standout student athletes were honored on the AmericanAirlines Arena court before the Heat/Detriot Pistons game. Each received two game tickets, a Heat goody bag and a certificate. They were congratulated by Miami Heat players Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat broadcasters Jason Jackson and Jose Pineda and Burnie the Heat mascot.
The honorees competed in youth basketball for their school and/or league and/or travel team.
* Anuar, 13, is taking high school credit courses as an eighth grader at Doral Academy Prep. He is an Honors student, earning A’s and B’s. He is also a Florida Young Scholar.
A Doral resident, Anuar played youth basketball for the Doral Parks & Rec League. A Most Improved Player award winner, he helped his team win the league championship. In flag football, he led his team to five consecutive championships. He also competed for the Doral Middle School tackle football team. He is a team player and leader in school and sports.
* Ryan, 15, maintains a 3.8 GPA at Christopher Columbus High School, taking Algebra I (A), Biology (A), English (A), French I (A), Religious Studies (A) and World History (B). He earned certificate of achievements at school with First Honors and Second Honors.
A freshman from Miami, Ryan plays basketball, football (receiver) and runs track for his school. He received the basketball’s team Sportsmanship award. He played youth football for the (Miami Xtreme) Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts and South Miami Grey Ghosts. He won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the hurdles in AAU for the South Miami Grey Ghosts track team.
* An eighth grader at Conchita Espinosa Academy, Lilly participates in the school’s Life Cue Advisory which performs service projects for the community throughout the year. The 14-year-old is a member of Student Council as a class representative. She is also a member of Amor en Accion, which helps support Conchita’s sister school in Haiti. www.amorenaccion.com
A solid student athlete from Miami, Lilly competes in basketball, soccer and volleyball for her school. On the court, she does a good job scoring and rebounding. She is a team leader who displays sportsmanship.
* Joshua, 12, competed in the Coconut Creek Parks & Rec basketball program. He also plays baseball for the Coconut Ceek Hawks 12-and-under travel team. A Coconut Creek resident, he is a sixth grader at Lyons Creek Middle School. He has a 4.0 GPA, twice making the Principal’s Honor Roll.
* Geoffrey, 8, a member of the Broward Sharks third grade travel basketball team, has been playing basketball since he was 18-months-old when mom and dad bought him a Little Tikes Basketball Hoop for Christmas.
A Pembroke Pines resident, Geoffrey competed in his first league at age 4 with Miramar PAL. He later played for the David Posnack JCC in Davie, before playing up with the South Florida Elite and Broward Sharks travel teams.
Geoffrey maintains a 4.0+ GPA at The Masters Academy, making the President’s Honor Roll each semester. He did the same prior at Florida Bible School. There he earned the school’s Warrior Award as the student who emaplifies school spirit and sound principles.