#HSSTop10: Top high school football plays in Week 8

Catches, touchdowns, interceptions, tricky misdirection off the snap; no matter your favorite type of highlight, there were some moments of elite athleticism on display across all facets of the game on Friday.

Take a look at the top plays from Week 8, and vote for your favorite at the bottom.

10. Pick a back, any back

We love a bit of trickeration, so we were all in on this handoff misdirection toss sweep from Norwalk (Ohio) which led to a long touchdown run by Truckers running back Evan Stumpf against Sandusky (Ohio).

9. Double-deflection pick six

Sometimes a team needs to get a little bit lucky to consummate a big play. That was the case for Bellevue (Ohio), which scored a critical touchdown on a pick six off a pass that was deflected not once, but twice. Full credit to Max Ray, a freshman safety and one of four Rays on the roster, who brought in the loose ball and brought it all the way back to paydirt.

8. Piesman pick-six

Give us a Piesman candidate anyway, especially when synced to music. Is synchronized football a thing? Richard Ellis of Whitehaven (Memphis, Tennessee) gets a 10/10 from us.

7. D.J. Uiagalelei’s hesitation move is unfair

It’s not enough that St. John Bosco quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is the nation’s top-ranked duel threat passer and committed to Clemson. He has to have elite hoops moves on the football field, too?  Just watch the near Eurostep hesitation he pulls out here.

6. Break all the tackles

Someone forgot to tell the rest of the team screening is an important part of screen routes. No matter; Daniel Smith took it himself for the game-winning touchdown.

5. Necessity is the mother of brilliant innovation

We are here for all game-winning, two-point conversions, but we are especially here for epic plays scrambled out of errant misdirection direct snaps like this one. Mountain Brook deserves a ton of credit for emptying out the playbook in a win over Hewitt-Trussville (Ala,).

4. O.B. Mossed?

Was this wild touchdown catch by Raven Carpenter of Livingston Academy (Tenn.) more Odell Beckham Jr. or Randy Moss? The man who captured it on camera went with Moss. We’re not sure it isn’t a hybrid.

3. Now THIS is getting Mossed

Clay Saporito simply refused to be boxed out of this play, so he came down with a remarkable touchdown reception for Columbus (Kan.) instead. Randy Moss would be proud indeed. Pretty, pretty good.

2. Don’t punt it to Feil

There’s no surprise Jakob Feil has three punt return touchdowns. Watching this, in fact, it’s surprising he doesn’t have more.

1. Like video game Michael Vick

When National Christian School (Fort Washington, Md.) decided to go for two and the win, there was only one player who was going to make the play with the ball in his hands. Quarterback Jalen Lea didn’t disappoint.

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Three teens arrested in California high school football shooting

Three minors were arrested last week following the shooting after a California high school football game, according to ABC7 News.

On Sept. 27, multiple fights broke out at the De Anza (El Sobrante, California) vs. Pinole Valley (California) rivalry football game, according to NBC Bay Area. The two schools are only a few miles away from each other in the Richmond area.

Spectators involved in the fights were kicked out of the stadium and removed from De Anza school grounds.

The shooting occurred shortly after.

Three people were shot. Two 16-year-old boys have since been released from the hospital, according to NBC, but a 17-year-old girl with injuries to her torso remained in the hospital as of Sunday.

Another victim had cuts due to broken glass, according to NBC.

The three suspects are all males below the age of 18. Police found a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, according to NBC.

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Sioux Falls high school football coach set S.D. career wins record … or did he?

Officially, there’s a new high school football career wins record holder in the state of South Dakota. That’s not good enough for some.

As reported by our Gannett partners at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, among other outlets, Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School football coach Kim Nelson set a new state record with career victory number 290 with a 23-21 victory against Harrisburg (S.D.) High School. The issue is that 30 of those career victories were accumulated while Nelson was the coach for Edina (Minn.) High School.

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The South Dakota Football High School Coaches Association decided to include Nelson’s Minnesota victories in his career total, which is what pushes his mark to 290 wins. Some South Dakota loyalists feel that’s unfair, given that the record is for career South Dakota high school victories.

Nelson officially broke the record that was previously held by one of Nelson’s Dakota State University teammates, Steve Keuter, who captured 289 victories at O’Gorman High School.

Keuter and Nelson are friends, and Keuter was interviewed by South Dakota NBC affiliate KDLT, expressing no hard feelings over how the record was broken.

That didn’t keep Nelson from saying he hopes to break the record with South Dakota victories alone. It’s just that for now, he’s far more focused on leading Roosevelt to the school’s first state title since 2011. Besides, he has absolutely no interest in retiring anytime soon.

“It just makes you reflect on a lot of good times and a lot of good memories,” Nelson told the Argus-Leader. “(You coach) for times like this, ball games like this. Just to share any accomplishment with your players and your coaches — we do a lot of things together. It’s not all pleasant, it’s not all fun, but when you play hard and win a close game, it’s all worth the trip.

“If I live to be 100, I hope I’m still coaching.”

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Arizona high school football coach Devin Dourisseau stepping down after accusations of running up score

Devin Dourisseau said he has stepped down as head football coach at La Joya Community (Avondale, Arizona) High School after meeting with administration Monday, following Friday’s 60-0 win over Glendale Copper Canyon.

“I was threatened to be removed from the sideline for our game against Valley Vista if we scored another point,” Dourisseau said in a text message late Monday afternoon. “The AD and principal had a meeting with me this morning and basically told me I was in the wrong.

“We had 1 special teams score and two defensive scores in the second half. My first team only scored once and we ran the ball with my 2nd and 3rd team running back and scored.

“Per the conversation, I stepped down because I was accused of wrongdoing and running up the score.”

Messages from The Republic were sent to La Joya Principal Stacie Almaraz and Athletic Director Joe Williams, as well as Tolleson Union High School District AD Derek Fahleson, seeking comment.

An operator at La Joya directed messages to be sent to the Tolleson district. A message was sent to district spokesman Joseph Ortiz.

Copper Canyon coach Sean Freeman said he didn’t feel that Dourisseau was running up the score on his team.

“We shook hands and that was that,” Freeman said. “When I got a phone call today (that Dourisseau was out as coach), I was surprised. To me, it was not that big a deal. We just got beat fair and square.

“It’s football. And if you’re not showing up with your A game that’s what happens.”

La Joya (3-2) won its past two games by scores of 63-7 over Phoenix Alhambra and 60-0. This came after losing to Scottsdale Chaparral 75-35 and to Chandler Basha 47-7.

This was Dourisseau’s first year as head coach at La Joya, after serving as an assistant at the school the past seven years.

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Michael Mann’s arrest on $70M fraud charges has high school basketball connection

The arrest of Michael Mann, who was charged with committing $ 70 million in bank fraud, according to the Albany Business Review, has repercussions that extend to the high school basketball levels.

Mann was the founder of Lincoln Academy, a North Carolina basketball school tailored toward elite prospects. He largely funded the program and often paid for athletes’ tuition, board and lodging, according to the Daily Mail.

This summer, players including four-star guard Bryce McGowens, three-star guard Elijah Wood and Quincy Ademokoya had announced their transfers to the program.

It was shuttered in early September, around the same time Mann’s MyPayrollHR company was shut down.

A criminal complaint filed by the FBI states Mann said this payroll service was legitimate but “admitted to creating other companies that had no purpose other than to be used in the fraud.”

It was unclear which companies were solely for fraudulent purposes.

The shutdown of Lincoln Academy forces those students to find new schools.

McGowens announced he is returning to the school he attended last year, Wren (Piedmont, South Carolina).

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Ohio high school football player, 16, lifts car off his neighbor’s chest, saves man’s life

BELLVILLE – You’ve heard the saying: Not all heroes wear capes.

Some wear police, firefighter and nurse uniforms. But one wears a No. 61 Clear Fork Colts (Bellville, Ohio) football jersey.

Clear Fork sophomore Zac Clark is a hero. No doubt about it. Over the weekend, Clark was outside working in the flower beds with his mother, Lora. He looked over and noticed his neighbor working under his Volkswagen and didn’t think anything of it. Probably just doing a routine oil change. No big deal.

Until he heard a loud bang and screaming from his neighbor’s wife. The car had slipped off the jack stand and was crushing the man’s chest.

“I turned around and saw him struggling,” Clark said.  “Instincts kicked in and I just ran over there, and I just thought I had to get the car off him. I did get it off him a little bit and his wife and my mom pulled him out from under it. Next thing you know he got rushed to the hospital. It was crazy.”

Clark ran over and actually lifted the car off his neighbor’s chest. Pure adrenaline carried him over and saved the man’s life who is now back home resting comfortably. Doctors later told him he would have died had Clark not helped him out.

But for a 16-year old kid to not blink or panic and instead run over and help his neighbor is astonishing.

“I have always wanted to be a firefighter and help people out,” Clark said. “The first thing that came to my mind was to get over there, do what I can do and do anything I can to help.”

Clear Fork coach Dave Carroll, who posted the event on his team’s Facebook page, heard his phone ring with Clark on the other line just minutes after everything happened. Clark was still out of breath explaining to his coach what happened and Carroll was shell-shocked just thinking if the man was OK and if Clark himself was OK.

“I felt really cool because, I believe, I was the first person he called after it all happened,” Carroll said. “We have a young man here on our football team that exemplifies everything you talk about as a football coach. You always want players with courage and strength and does the right thing and doesn’t hesitate when you are called to duty. He did all those things. That is just awesome.”

More than awesome. Carroll called Clark a “real-life hero” in the Facebook post which has been viewed more than 20,000 times. Being called a hero isn’t something Clark is used to just yet.

“It is crazy to think about honestly,” Clark said. “But it is all about people helping people. The adrenaline kicked in, I got the car up a little bit and we got him out.”

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Why star center Raheem Anderson II’s college pick will be easier than his high school pick

Next year, when Detroit Cass Tech center Raheem Anderson II decides which college he wants to attend, making the announcement should be a snap.

It certainly couldn’t be any tougher than when he decided to enroll at Cass as a ninth grader. He had to break the news to his father, Raheem, who was a mainstay in the trenches for the late 80s football teams at arch-rival Detroit King.

“We had an agreement – I told him ‘If you keep your grades high, you could pick the school that you want to go to,” his father explained. “He got a 4.0, he shook my hand, he looked me in the eye, and said, ‘Dad, I want to go to Cass.’ It was rough (for me to hear), but it was like, I don’t want to micro-manage his life.

It turned out to be a fruitful move for the 6-foot-3, 298-pound Anderson, who’s received 19 scholarship offers – including one from Michigan, which seems to be where he’s leaning.

According to 247 Sports Composite, Anderson is the second-ranked center in the country among the class of 2021 and the No. 6 junior in the state.

“First of all, academics is the main thing on my list (influencing a decision),” said Anderson, who carries a 3.5 grade-point average and wants to major in electrical engineering. “I’m also looking at the stability of football coaches they have, and to see if the team is like a family.”

But there seems to be no rush on closing in on a decision.

“He’s enjoying the recruiting process right now; we just left from Syracuse, we’re going to another game at Notre Dame in a couple of weeks,” Anderson’s dad said. “It’s his junior year; I just want him to enjoy being recruited, and soon enough he’ll make the decision, and we’ll go from there.”

Like he did when he chose Cass Tech as an incoming ninth-grader.

“It’s like he was saying he wants to create his own legacy,” said the elder Anderson. “By me going to King, he didn’t know anybody over at Cass, so he earned it himself. Nobody had any reason to show any favoritism, so it was all his hard work and effort.”

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Dover High School student-athlete dies after being struck by car

A Dover High School student hit by a car on Route 46 last week died Saturday night, members of the school community said.

Steven Gomez-Restrepo, 15, had been in a medically induced coma at Morristown Medical Center since being hit by a car on Route 46 in Rockaway after a Sept. 13 football game at Morris Knolls High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James McLaughlin emailed the faculty at Dover at about 9 p.m. Saturday.

Gomez-Restrepo, a sophomore, was a distance runner for the track and cross-country teams. The Dover High School track and field program tweeted the news of his death as well.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

Crisis counselors will be available Monday at Dover High School and Academy Street School, where Steven’s younger sister, Emily Gomez-Restrepo, is a sixth-grader.

At a prayer vigil Friday outside the hospital, classmates said other people saw the accident happen. Dover Mayor James Dodd said a Birchwood firefighter happened to be at the intersection when the crash happened.

“When the accident happened, a fireman jumped out and ran over to him. He wasn’t alone, he was there holding Steven while the rescuers came,” Dodd said at the vigil.

The Rockaway Police Department has yet to release the accident report, and declined comment Saturday night.

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#HSSTop10: Top high school football plays in Week 5

It seems unbelievable that some teams are nearing the midpoint of the season, but as September nears its close, some schools have played five or six games.

The top plays are as fresh as ever, though.

Take a look at what caught our eye, including game-winning a interception, broken tackles, more broken tackles, and an eighth grader doing his best OBJ impression.

Remember as always to vote for your favorite at the bottom.

10. Game-winning pick-six

Tied 10-10 with less than a minute left, all you’re trying to do is get a stop.

Or maybe take it all the way to the house and get the win. That’s just what Tai Peleti did.

9. How do you bring this guy down?

If hitting him doesn’t work, and wrapping him doesn’t work, and spinning him doesn’t work, we’re not sure how you can take down Jaylen Marquise.

8. Just flip it out

Avoid the sack and get it to your playmakers. That’s what this Wilson Magnet (Rochester, N.Y.) quarterback was able to do, and Jah’kier Moore took care of the rest with a couple nice blocks

7. Flash

Ja’sean Lee has his 40-yard dash time of 4.5 in his Twitter bio. That’s a warning sign this quarterback did not see — just like he didn’t see Lee ready to flash in and nab the interception.

6. Rip and run

Tackling a ball carrier is nice. Ripping the ball from his arms and turning a long gain into a touchdown for yourself is even nicer. Nice play by Tizelle Thomas of Wayne (Fort Wayne, Indiana).

5. Hit stick, R1

Sean McDermott looks like a video game character in this touchdown run for Vista Murrieta (Calif.)

4. How many broken tackles?

It looks like Dréden Owens got touched by seven defenders, but only the eighth could down this Lake High School (Uniontown, Ohio) running back — and by then it was too late.

3. Eighth grade age, varsity hands

This kid is ready for high school. That’s all we have to say.

2. Flip out

Typically this space is just for varsity players, but if we acknowledged an eighth grader, who are we to deny a deserving freshman? Kainoa Acia’s ability to stay on his feet is simply remarkable.

1. Juke, flip, go home

Another flip here – and the thing that separates it is that this was a game-winner. Tyler Fortenberry completed the 80-yard drive as time expired with a juke and a flip.

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Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine accepting applications

It’s not too late to apply to the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. Primary applications for the 2020 inaugural class of 48 students will be accepted by the American Medical College Application Service through October 1, 2019.

The school will build on many of the most innovative practices in medical education today — and will give students the opportunity to learn in Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system, with access to its physicians, facilities, care teams, data, and technology.

“Our goal is to graduate doctors who have the skills and knowledge to lead the transformation of health care and medicine during a time of rapid change,” said Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, the school’s founding dean and CEO.

Tuition waived for the first 5 classes

Tuition will be waived for students in the first 5 classes (entering from 2020 to 2024) for all 4 years of their medical education. By eliminating tuition for these classes, the school hopes to remove financial obstacles that may discourage many qualified candidates from applying, while giving admitted students the freedom to choose how and where they want to practice medicine.

“So many students come into medical school wanting to work in underserved communities or go into primary care, and then move away from their original goals once they really understand the impact of their debt, which averages about $ 200,000 and can reach up to $ 400,000,” said Dr. Schuster. “We want to create an environment where students can make decisions based on where their hearts are rather than on debt.”

A hands-on approach

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine is based in Pasadena, California, with clinical education taking place in Kaiser Permanente medical centers throughout the Los Angeles area.

The school’s curriculum is built on the 3 pillars of biomedical science, clinical science, and health systems science. Health systems science explores how human relationships influence health. Students will think broadly about the ways care can be more effective for everyone and learn how to advocate for better health in homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and society at large.

The curriculum will be case-based, and through the spiral approach to learning, students will revisit key areas over 4 years, digging deeper each time. As students encounter these topics in new settings and contexts, they’ll become well-prepared to deliver exceptional medical care, wherever they choose to practice.

Classes will be small, collaborative, and highly interactive. The school’s Medical Education Building is designed for active learning, with spaces and features that support well-being. In the Simulation Center, physicians will guide students in the practice of clinical skills. In the Anatomy Resource Center, students will master the anatomical sciences through a combination of case-based instruction and augmented and virtual reality, which replace traditional cadaver dissection.

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The school’s admissions philosophy stresses a holistic view of applicants, with academic achievements considered in relation to experiences, milestones, and personal attributes. The student body will include students from many walks of life, reflecting the diversity of the country.

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Washington State coach Mike Leach: Texas Friday’s are for high school football

College football coaching legend Mike Leach brings his Washington State Cougars to Texas to take on Houston on Friday night. If he had his druthers, he wouldn’t play anyone on Fridays.

As reported by the Houston Chronicle, Leach’s rise ran through Texas, where he almost reached a national title game with Texas Tech. He may now coach across the country from Texas, but he’s still siding with high school football coaches in the Lone Star State.

“I’m sort of with Texas on this, Texas has always kind of reserved Friday night games because they think it impinges on high school games,” Leach, the head coach at Washington State who spent nearly a decade at Texas Tech, told the Chronicle. “Their thought is, ‘College, you have Saturdays, so why are you playing on Fridays, and high schools deserve Fridays.’ They have a point there that I respect to a certain degree.”

The decision to play a college game, any game, at a neutral, NFL location has a more direct impact on the high school game in Texas than on any colleges. Houston is receiving a @2 million guarantee for playing the game at NRG Stadium instead of their TDECU Stadium, but it’s also infringing on the sanctity of high school football in the Lone Star State.

That doesn’t sit well with new Houston coach Dana Holgerson, who made it clear that Houston’s game at NRG wasn’t his decision.

“I’d rather this game be on Saturday and be in our stadium, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” Holgorsen told the Chronicle.

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High school football schedule: Top games of Week 4

This week, six teams ranked in the top 15 face off against each other.

From Florida to Philadelphia, Maryland to California, and Washington D.C. to Texas, these teams are must-see football and each one could play into the National Champion debate. At the end of the season, we might be looking back to Week 4 for guidance.

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Take a look at the top 15 games this week.

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No. 7 IMG Academy at No. 11 St Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia)

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IMG, now No. 7 in the country, beat regionally-ranked Northwestern (Miami, Florida) last week. St. Joe’s will try to finish up this three-week gauntlet above .500 — but IMG is just getting started on their own difficult schedule.

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Howard University Alum Partners With School on Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching

The Howard University School of Business (HUSB) is launching an Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching (ECDC) program. The program is a partnership with the award-winning CoachDiversity Institute (CDI).

The certification is geared toward executives and professionals who want to develop successful coaching competencies, diversity and inclusion integration, and leadership skills for use with individuals, teams, or organizations. With the inaugural cohort kicking off in November, this four-month program includes five days of in-classroom training on campus at historic Howard University, followed by a peer and mentor coaching practicum, concluding with a paper and evaluation. The ECDC is fully accredited by the International Coaching Federation.

“The Howard University School of Business is excited about our strategic partnership with CoachDiversity and the launch of the Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching program. As a global leader in business education, HUSB is not only interested in the development of world-class leaders and executives, but also in the development of skilled coaches who are equipped to support the success of diverse talent, and also lead the evolution of diversity and inclusion in the modern workplace” states Kim R. Wells, executive director of Executive Education.

The mission is to offer a high-value, industry-edge program that disrupts how executive coaching is presented, embraced, practiced, and executed. With the landscape of business, corporate, education, and entertainment changing at unprecedented rates, executives and professionals of all levels struggle to stay afloat. Consequently, organizations are in dire need of capable and top-skilled leaders who can navigate an inclusive workforce through career shifts, cultural competencies, workplace challenges, and performance improvements.

Building upon a cornerstone of innovation and excellence, Howard University is working toward collaborating with high-achieving, forward thinkers who are ready to own their influence in the marketplace. Program attendees will be equipped with the latest education, inspiration, best practices, and strategies to make an indelible impact on their organizations, communities, and spheres of influence for generations to come.

 

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We spoke with Dr. Towanna Burrous, CEO/Founder of CoachDiversity Institute, the only institution that combines the transformational power of coaching with diversity and leadership training, to share her thoughts on the ECDC program:

What are your thoughts on the evolution of diversity?

Diversity has been evolving for a long time. However, today we are discussing the business case for diversity and inclusion. The more diverse and inclusive the team, the higher the performance. The more diverse and inclusive the team, the better the service. The more diverse and inclusive the team, the better the company.

What is the unique edge about ECDC?

Traditional diversity training is centered on raising awareness around power and privilege only, leaving participants feeling uneasy, angry, resentful, and defensive. We’re placing greater value on learning new tools that help leaders think differently about difference and translating these skills into everyday practice.

Why is there an urgency to produce capable leaders with a skill set in diversity coaching?

The skills required of a great leader have transformed over the years. Over the past decades, our workforces have undergone rapid demographic and technological change, trends that will continue for the foreseeable future. Now more than ever, institutions need to cultivate leadership skills to prepare them to meet today’s challenges. Our world needs leaders that are nimble, adaptive, open to new ideas and technologies, and able to work across a vast array of diverse populations to solve today’s complex problems. Though some are born leaders, often a successful leader requires continuous learning to diversify their set of skills.

How do you feel about the partnership with Howard University?

There are no words that can express my gratitude for what Howard has done for me. It is an honor to return to my alma mater as a successful businesswoman. I’m a product of this great institution and this partnership is proof they are proud of me too.

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Alabama officials promise more security after 9 shot at high school football game

A 17-year-old high school student is in custody Saturday morning after he allegedly opened fire into a crowded football stadium in Mobile, Alabama Friday night, injuring nine people.

Deangelo Parnell was arrested early Saturday and charged with nine counts of attempted murder. Parnell is being charged as an adult, according to Charlette Solis, a police spokesperson.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, six of the nine people hospitalized had been treated and released with the others still dealing with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The victims’ conditions have not been released, but they were considered critical earlier in the day.

“This was a cowardly act by an individual that didn’t know how to deal with a conflict or disagreement that he was having with someone else other than recklessly discharging a firearm into a crowded venue,” said Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste. “That’s unacceptable.”

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The shooting came at the end of the game between Williamson High School and LeFlore High School in the east side concourse of Ladd-Peebles Stadium, according to Battiste, and appeared to have stemmed from a fight before the game. Parnell did not appear to have an intended target, Battiste said.

Zane Horn lives about 100 yards east of the stadium in the 1600 block of Illinois Street, inside a house he’s lived in since 1987. Horn said he was on his sofa around 8:30 p.m. when he heard what sounded like 10-14 shots fired nearby.

“With this stadium, it’s like an echo, so I thought it was on the side of the house,” Horn said. “So I came out with my (gun) and I thought, ‘What’s going on?’ And I saw everybody running through that gate with that little yellow thing, and it was hard for everyone to get through that little gate.”

As Horn described the scene, he pointed to a narrow fence opening just across the street from his house, that let visitors in and out of Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Roughly 80-100 yards of field and parking lot space separates that gate from the concourse where the shooting allegedly occurred.

“See, they put that there to keep the motorcycles from getting into the Senior Bowl, but last night it just made it so it was harder for people to get out,” Horn said.

In his 32 years of residency, Horn said he’d never seen anything close to a crime of Friday night’s magnitude occur in his neighborhood.

“My neighbors have been here 30-something years, this neighbor behind me, almost 40 years, so, we know each other, we look out for each other,” Horn said. “This is very rare. Break-ins and stuff like that, we don’t have that around here.”

The victims range in age from 15 to 18 years old. An additional person in the crowd suffered a seizure because of the event and a second person injured their hand trying to escape the chaos.

Police were able to use surveillance video from the game, as well as multiple cell phone videos from the crowd, to identify Parnell. While he appears to be the only shooter, additional people are being questioned and more charges are not out of the question. Among those being questioned are several adults.

A fight was about to occur and he just indiscriminately pulled out a weapon, Battiste said.

“What I would like for our community to really understand is that we all have to do a better job of making sure we prevent these types of incidents from occurring,” Battiste said. “We know we have knowledge that some of this occurred that night, that there were adults that were privy to information about this type of event potentially occurring in our community, and we need those adults that have that type of information to step forward.”

Battiste, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, councilman Levon Manzie and Superintendent of Mobile County Public Schools Chresal Threadgill held a joint press conference Saturday afternoon in which they promised to adopt “stricter protocols” for guests at high school football games, protocols they expect to begin instilling as soon as next Friday.

“What we have decided to do is that we’re going to do a better job collaborating,” Stimpson said. “There are certain things that the police department knows about individuals and certain things the school system knows about individuals and we have just got to make sure that we are sharing information because there are troublemakers that exist in our community.”

Stimpson mentioned that Mobile high school football security protocols going forward will be akin to the generally stricter college football game protocols. He pointed out the prohibition of umbrellas, bottles, cups, and a mandate that all bags must be clear, as starting points that will be immediately discussed.

He also said metal detectors, which Ladd-Peebles currently does not have, are “on the table” as potential solutions across all nine venues.

Read the full article at the Pensacola News Journal.

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Say What Now? At Least 10 Injured in Shooting at Alabama High School Football Game [Video]

A high school football game turned nearly-deadly in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday night when shots were fired and 10 people were left injured.

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Gunshots began at approximately 9:25 p.m., according to the police report, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium where there was a game between Leflore and Williamson high schools.

According to WKRG, gunfire erupted in the concourse of the stadium near the end of the football game.

The suspect, who was arrested and identified as Deangelo Parnell, 17, shot victims whose ages ranged from 15 to 18, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told CNN. Mobile Fire-Rescue confirmed to WKRG that 10 people were transported to local hospitals.

Of the 10 teens who were injured, five of them are in critical condition, but with no life-threatening injuries, WKRG reports.

“Why are the young people bringing this type of violence to public events? They’re bringing their beefs that they have with each other in their neighborhoods and they’re putting other people in harm’s way,” Battiste said during a news conference, according to USA Today. “This is unacceptable for people to not to be able to come out and enjoy an event.”

Battiste also said he was more “disappointed” than angry at the event, adding, “We’re going to have to be more aggressive on our end, the city, as to how we hold the individual accountable when they go before the courts. We have got to make sure they understand that we will not tolerate juvenile violence in our community.”

According to the police report, Parnell turned himself in Saturday morning. He was arrested and charged with nine counts of attempted murder.

The Mobile Police Department released a video on Twitter Saturday of the 17-year-old suspect leaving the station in handcuffs.

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‘Black-Ish’’s Marcus Scribner Launches Campaign To Help Families In Need Kick Off The School Year

Going back to school is exciting for kids. They can’t wait to show off their new clothes, backpacks and tell all of their friends and teachers about their summer. But, for some parents back to school season is extremely stressful.  Black-ish star Marcus Scribner, Frito-Lay, and Feed the Children have joined forces to help those in need to alleviate the stress of back to school season.

On Wednesday, over 200 Los Angeles residents were invited to participate in the Snackable Notes Back-to-School Kick Off, in which families received brand new backpacks, toiletries, school supplies, board games, and children’s books in order to help them jumpstart a brand new year of scholastic achievement.

“I teamed up with Frito-Lay and Feed the Children to help these families get back to school on the right foot,” Scribner told The Root. “It means a lot to me. And it’s nice to be able to see all these families come in and collect spiral notebooks, sharpeners and all the things that I remember needing in school. And just seeing all the happy faces.”

The 19-year-old has a busy schedule but said he made it a priority to give back to his community. Accoriding to The Root, you can sense a great sense of pride in his voice when he reveals, “I grew up on Crenshaw and Pico.”

Families also received food donations and variety packs of Frito-Lay’s Snackable Notes, which allow parents to relay personal messages on their child’s snack of choice.

Snackable Notes also involve a philanthropic element. For each note filled out and submitted to their website, Frito-Lay will donate a dollar to Feed the Children.

“The Snackable Notes are super dope,” Scribner told The Root. “You can write inspiring notes to your loved ones. My mom used to write notes on the paper lunch bag whenever she would send me to school. It just really helps to brighten someone’s day.”

“This means a lot,” one mother who declined to share her name told The Root. “It really helps us out because you know sometimes we can’t afford the price of things.”

“I have four children and having to pay for everything is a lot. So the books, the games, everything is just so amazing,” another parent added. “Not only do they have their things for school, but we do family time. So it’s great to have these things to allow us to spend time together as a family.”

Scribner hopes that others feel inspired to give back to their communities in any way they can.

“We all have something to offer. We all have a platform,” Scribner said. “Use what makes you unique to help others around you and to uplift those who uplifted you.”

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Back to school sales have begun in much of the country. Overwhelmingly, schools have migrated to Chromebooks as the computer of choice. Chromebooks are easier to manage and maintain and are less vulnerable to viruses. No frills Chromebooks are under $ 100. If your child is going to a Chromebook based school, your cost will for a really capable one will be around $ 150. If your child is going to a Windows school – a good Windows laptop will cost around $ 199.

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Armed Utah Teachers Practice Responding To School Shootings

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SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Nancy Miramontes had 30 seconds to find the gunman.

The Utah school psychologist weaved through a maze of dusty halls before spotting him in the corner of a classroom, holding a gun to a student’s head. She took a deep breath and fired three shots, the first time she’s ever used a gun. One bullet pierced the shooter’s forehead.

“Nice work,” a police officer told her as they exchanged high-fives in front of cardboard props representing the gunman and student.

Miramontes recently joined 30 other Utah teachers at a series of trainings where police instructed them on how to respond to an active shooter. Teachers went through the shooting drill inside a warehouse set up to look like a school, then moved outside to a shooting range.

Active shooter training for educators is becoming more common nationwide, and Utah is one of several states that generally allow permit holders to carry guns in public schools. Other states, including Florida and Texas, have programs that allow certain teachers to be armed if they are approved under a set of stipulations.

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Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith said the popularity of concealed carry permits in Utah makes such trainings even more important. About half the teachers brought their own handguns to the shooting range.

“If teachers are going to be bringing firearms into schools, let’s make sure they know how to handle them safely,” Smith said.

At least 39 states require lockdown, active-shooter or similar safety drills, according to the Education Commission of the States. Other states have less explicit requirements or leave it to districts. Utah requires its elementary schools to conduct at least one safety drill each month, and its secondary schools to have detailed emergency response plans. The firearm training is voluntary, but the Utah County Sheriff’s Teachers Academy already has a waiting list for its next four-week program.

Despite increasing prevalence, some school safety experts aren’t in favor of firearms training and worry that such lessons could cause undue stress or harm.

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“Are police tasking teachers to perform a law enforcement responsibility by arming them to protect others? We have to be cautious of what we ask people to do in these traumatic, stressful situations,” said Ken Trump, a school safety expert with the National School Safety and Security Services consulting firm.

Miramontes said her teacher friends in Utah and other states debated about it on Facebook. But after the training, she said she felt empowered.

“I know how to protect myself and my students now; I know what to expect if the worst happens,” she said.

At the recent session, officers showed teachers how to disarm a gunman, where to shoot on the body, how to properly aim and unload a firearm. They also went over de-escalation techniques, self-defense and medical responses such as how to pack a wound and tie a tourniquet on a child.

Officers spent months designing the course and local businesses donated money and equipment. Attendees paid $ 20 to participate.

Between bites of pastries, teachers relayed their fears:

“Will the gunman leave after I shoot them?”

“How do I protect the children when they come?”

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The sun stretched over the mountains as teachers put down their coffee and strapped into bulletproof vests, goggles and protective head gear. Above the ringing of gunshots, some teachers discussed summer vacation plans and classroom supply lists.

Sandy Grow, a special needs educator at a Lehi middle school, said the massacres at Parkland and Sandy Hook left her feeling unsafe at work. A gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last year. In 2012, 20 children and six educators were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“The idea of being trapped in a classroom with my students and not being able to protect them bothered me,” she said. “I want to defend them and keep them safe, not be a sitting duck.”

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Mike Ericksen thinks a lot about how to keep students safe at Mountain View High School, where he’s the principal and his son is a student. In 2016, before he began working there, five students were stabbed in the boy’s locker room.

Reloading his handgun for target practice, Ericksen said the training has left him better prepared to fight back if someone threatens his school.

“I’m more confident in my skills and what to do if something happens,” he said. “I’m not as nervous now. I can help.”

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Deputy Charged For Inaction During Parkland School Shooting

MIAMI (AP) — The former Florida deputy who stood outside instead of confronting the gunman during last year’s Parkland school massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his inaction.

Broward State Attorney Mike Satz said in a statement that 56-year-old Scot Peterson faces child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury charges that carry a combined potential maximum prison sentence of nearly 100 years.

Peterson, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty as the school resource officer during the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but never went inside while bullets were flying. Seventeen people died and 17 others were wounded in the attack, many on the building’s third floor after Peterson arrived, investigators said.

One of the victims was 14-year-old Gina Montalto, whose father Tony Montalto said families wanted justice to be done.

“We are happy to see some accountability for this tragedy that took the life of my daughter Gina and 16 other wonderful individuals as well as terribly injured 17 others,” said Montalto, president of the Stand With Parkland victim families’ group.

Peterson’s bail was set at $ 102,000, Satz said. Once released, Peterson will be required to wear a GPS monitor and surrender his passport, and will be prohibited from possessing a firearm, the prosecutor said.

Peterson lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo III didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. In the past, he has defended Peterson’s conduct as justified under the circumstances. It also wasn’t immediately clear when Peterson would make his initial court appearance, but typically that occurs the day after an arrest.

The charges follow a 14-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to that agency. The lengthy investigation involved interviews with 184 witnesses, reviewing numerous hours of surveillance videos and compiling 212 investigative reports, FDLE said.

“The FDLE investigation shows former deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen in an email statement said. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, a Republican who was Florida governor when the shooting happened, initiated the FDLE probe and said Tuesday in a statement that he was glad the investigation was finished.

“Now it’s time for justice to be served,” Scott said.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said Peterson has been formally terminated, although he announced his retirement shortly after the shooting. Another deputy, former Sgt. Brian Miller, was also fired, although he faces no criminal charges for his actions that day.

“It’s never too late for accountability and justice,” Tony said.

David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said key to the case will be the culpable negligence charge, which essentially means an “utter disregard for the safety of others.”

“They are focusing on the care he was required to give to the students as a caregiver who was responsible for their welfare,” Weinstein added.

The perjury charge stems from a statement Peterson gave under oath to investigators contending that he did not hear any shots fired after taking up his position outside the school, according to an arrest warrant. Investigators determined through video, witnesses and other evidence that was not true.

The Peterson arrest is the latest fallout from the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended then-Sheriff Scott Israel for “neglect of duty and incompetence” over the department’s actions that day. Israel is appealing that decision to the state Senate and said he intends to run again next year.

The case also spawned a state commission that issued a 458-page report detailing a litany of errors before and during the shooting, including unaggressive Broward deputies who stayed outside the school building and the policies that led to that — such as Israel’s decision to change guidelines so that deputies “may” confront an active shooter rather than “shall” do so.

The commission also recommended voluntary arming of teachers, which state lawmakers approved this year.

The chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, said in an interview that the charges against Peterson are “absolutely warranted.”

“Scott Peterson is a coward, a failure and a criminal,” Gualtieri said. “There is no doubt in my mind that because he didn’t act, people were killed.”

Nikolas Cruz , 20, faces the death penalty if convicted of the first-degree murder charges filed in the attack. His lawyers have said Cruz would plead guilty in return for a life sentence, but prosecutors have refused that offer.

Cruz is expected to go on trial in early 2020.

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Spencer reported from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Why I regret rushing into graduate school

Why I regret rushing into graduate school


Why I regret rushing into graduate school

I’ve always been college-bound. I can’t remember a time when going to college wasn’t the path I was scheduled to take. So when the time came to enroll in a university, I took out loans, ignored the high-interest rates, and signed my name on the dotted line because that was what I was taught to do. Then, four years later, I found myself staring down the barrel of college graduation and accumulating debt—but, unlike before, there was no immediate future plan laid out for me.

Graduation is supposed to be a time for reflecting on your accomplishments, but too often students are faced with questions about what they’re doing next. In today’s culture, that next step often defaults to more college and more debt. When I got my degree, I was overwhelmed by the uncertainty and possibilities, so I applied to graduate programs that I was barely interested in. I knew how many of my friends were pursuing further education, and I didn’t want to be left behind. I never stopped to consider whether that choice was even right for me. This stress plagues many graduating students, and society’s tendency to push college as an always-sensible choice isn’t helping.

Tina Seelig, Stanford University professor and author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, agrees that this limited lens of thinking does many a disservice. Seelig says, “Unfortunately, the story that college is the logical next step for all high school students has crept into our culture. It is an easy story to tell, but it doesn’t take into account each student’s interests, skills, and goals.” I felt this pressure, even with one degree already under my belt. Well-wishers told me, “Congratulations. Now when are you going to go get that Master’s?” I understood that, for the most part, they may have been joking, but the expectation was there nonetheless. Like so many students, current and prospective, I had been fed the idea that finishing college would solve all my problems.

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.College has been pushed as a one-way ticket towards the American dream, a steady job, and financial stability. The growing reality is that obtaining a higher education now often leads to low-paying wages and crushing student debt, harming one’s mental health—all thanks to exploitative employers, increasing tuition, and corrupt administrators and loan providers.

People’s immediate responses to student debt statistics is often to condemn those who took out the debt in the first place, citing irresponsible behavior. But with college costs increasing at almost 6% per year with no sign of slowing down, college could very well cost half a million dollars by the year 2035. At that rate, only the most elite will be able to afford college. And even now, the cost of attending a state university is already unattainable for many, disproportionately so for people of color, the disabled community, and other minority communities.

College is—without a doubt—a privilege, and I was privileged enough to attend. But I can also personally attest to the fact that, every month since graduation, I put hundreds of dollars towards my loans, yet barely scratch the interest that accumulated while I was in school.

“This is a huge problem.” says Seelig “It is critically important to understand how much debt you are taking on and the future consequences. It is wiser to go through school more slowly, working along the way, than to accumulate crushing debt that will lead to ongoing stress and pressure years after you graduate.”

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Only a few months after completing undergrad, I started my next degree and moved into an apartment closer to school. My classmates were excited about small errands like picking up textbooks and printing out schedules, but I was filled with a sense of apathy that I’d never experienced before. It didn’t take me long to realize that I had made a mistake. I’d put myself into more debt because I was, above all things, uncertain about my future and feared life outside of the structure of school. It would have been comforting to know that I wasn’t the only student there who felt this way.

“With so many options today, it’s extremely anxiety-inducing for those unsure about what they will do.” says Amba Brown, author of Finding Your Path: A Guide To Life & Happiness After School. I can definitely relate to this. When I graduated, I was over the moon, but at the same time suffering from severe panic attacks and generalized anxiety.”


I started graduate school in September. It took me only until the end of October to realize that my program wasn’t working for me.

I dropped out.

For decades, college education has represented the key to a better life, whatever that means to the individual. It’s sold as a cure-all for financial struggles; it’s the resume builder that will land you your dream job; it’s the answer to that terrifying question, “What are you going to do now?” But as times shift, so do the opportunities made available to us—and so do the financial difficulties born from paying college tuition.

“Students have so many expectations during this time, family expectations, teacher expectations, and personal expectations that they set for themselves,” says Martha Castillo, M.S. Ed. “Focus on what you want for your future and not what others want for your future. Many times, the sources of your stress and struggle come from trying to meet other people’s expectations at the cost of your own happiness.”

I eventually did return to grad school, but only because I genuinely wanted to and I knew exactly how it would help my career. Before I reentered academia, I waited until I found the right program for me, and I waited until I was accepted into that program. So to all those soon to be wearing a cap and gown, now is the time to start considering what next steps actually make sense for you and your future—regardless of what you’ve been told about college. If you don’t know what you want to do next yet, that’s fine too. Graduations are supposed to be about new beginnings—take time to find your own.

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Twenty years after the Columbine High School massacre, two pistol-packing students walked into their school just seven miles away and opened fire, killing one teenager and wounding eight others.

Police took into custody two suspects at STEM School Highland Ranch outside Denver: 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a younger student whom police said they initially misidentified as a boy but later realized was a girl.

“It was a very confusing situation,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a Wednesday morning press conference. “We originally thought the juvenile was a male by appearance.”

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A Texas mom couldn’t enroll her child into school because of her outfit, and this is unacceptable


A Texas mom couldn’t enroll her child into school because of her outfit, and this is unacceptable

A Texas mother who went to her daughter’s high school to register her for class says she wasn’t allowed on the property because she was wearing a headscarf and a Marilyn Monroe T-shirt dress. Joselyn Lewis told Houston NBC affiliate KPRC that she thought an administrator at Madison High School mistook her for a student, so she explained who she was.

“She went on to say that she still couldn’t let me on the premises because I was not in dress code and I still didn’t understand what that meant,” Lewis told the news outlet. “She said that my headscarf was out of dress code and my dress was too short.”

Madison High School and the Houston Independent School District did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.

Lewis explained to KPRC that she was in the middle of getting her hair done, so she decided to keep it up. Her dress also passed the finger-length test and wasn’t shorter than her finger, she added.

Lewis decided on Monday morning to enroll her 15-year-old daughter at Madison High School because she had been previously bullied at Lamar High School. Lamar did not immediately return People’s request for comment.

“When I went to Lamar, I had no problems, but when I got to Madison High School, they refused me access to the premises because of what I had on,” she told KPRC. “I mean, I didn’t understand why my headscarf and my dress would conflict with me enrolling someone in school.”

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When she asked to see if there was any documentation of the parent dress code, the school wouldn’t show her anything, the mom says. And when she refused to leave, the school called the police department.

“They called them on me and I guess he was coming to tell me to leave, but I was already on the phone with the school board,” she said.

Speaking with KPRC, Lewis remained firm on her stance that “I can wear what I want to wear,” and added, “I don’t have to get all dolled up to enroll her to school. My child’s education, anyone’s child’s education, should be more important than what someone has on. That shouldn’t matter.”

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When invited to cover the Disney Dreamers Academy hosted by Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I haven’t been to Disney since I was in high school and I didn’t think I would get caught up in all the “magic.” Boy, was I wrong. The weekend ended up being inspiring, enthralling, and yes, magical.

First off: Disney holds nothing back in helping the high performing kids in attendance dream even bigger. The program is hosted over a weekend, with kids arriving on Friday and leaving on Sunday. The weekend is jam-packed with events, but the best part is that their all in the interest and the betterment of children. Each year, Disney and Essence chooses 100 kids to come for the inspiring weekend. The kids are allowed to bring one parent or chaperone for the event (yes, all of their amenities are covered as well).

Upon arrival, I dropped my things off and immediately rushed to a luncheon followed by a press conference where Tracey Powell, Vice President, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and DDA Executive Champion gave opening remarks along with Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications who explained what would occur over the weekend. Disney Dreamer Alumni also spoke to get current Dreamers excited for the weekend.

Disney is all about the magic and even if you think you’re not going to feel it, they will make sure you do! There is a daily parade at the Magic Kingdom and Disney organized to let the Dreamers’ lead it. Very cool and exciting for the kids. Afterward, the kids have an option to go to a Deep Dive. Deep Dives happen throughout the weekend with the kids being able to explore area of interests and connect with experts and leaders in that field.

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In addition to Deep Dives, the weekend also consists of a lot of motivational speaking. Princeton Parker, Mikki Taylor, Lisa Nichols, Yolanda Adams and more poured words of strength, encouragement and love into the students. I surveyed the room and you could just see the kids sitting straighter, off their phones, and minds turning. The greatest part is that a lot of these speakers are returning speakers. Mikki Taylor helped found the program and Lisa Nichols also spoke to the students last year.

Of course, kids don’t just want to hear from adults, so the Dreamers’ Academy also brought in Black-ish stars Marcus Scribner and Miles Brown to talk about how they deal with balancing their dreams, enjoying being kids throughout the fame, and more.

In an interview with Steve Harvey. We discussed how the program had evolved. He reflected on past years and how he had met so many parents that had “poured everything into their children and forgotten about their own dreams.” Harvey admitted to being a “big dreamer” and still dreaming at 62, so he found it important to also make sure that parents were still doing the same. There were organized “Parent Tracks” to allow parents time to reflect, learn, and grow. The whole event felt like a family reunion. There was a family dinner and on Sunday, the commencement felt more like a Sunday church service.

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Yes, throughout the busy weekend there is still time to enjoy Disney and all the parks. It’s a lot of work and character building, but also an equal amount of magic and play. The event is diverse, with kids of all races and a range of high school ages in attendance. This is like a hyped up summer camp and after speaking to Dreamer Alumni, they still keep in touch with people from their cohort.

If your kid or a high schooler you know is looking for an opportunity to ensure their future is bright, encourage them to apply to Disney Dreamers Academy. I wasn’t even a part of the program and left incredibly inspired by the students!

 

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