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November 12, 2011

“In DeKalb County, there are children who are awaiting their forever home and a family they can call their own.”

Miller Grove’s standout signs early for UGA Talk on teens, sex By Carla Parker

and social media

Miller Grove High senior Brandon Morris has already helped the Wolverines basketball team win three consecutive state championships. As he prepares to bring the school its fourth championship in the season now under way, he also is hoping for similar success when he begins his college career at the Brandon Morris University of Georgia. With his mom, Stephanie Pollock, by his side on Nov. 9, Brandon signed his letter of intent for a full basketball scholarship to play for the Bulldogs in front of family, friends, teammates, coaches, classmates and school faculty. Brandon is one of four DeKalb Schools basketball players who signed their letters of intent early this week. On Nov. 10, Columbia High School’s Jarmal Reid signed with Oregon State University, and Chris Horton signed with Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Jordan Price from Southwest DeKalb High School was set to sign his letter of intent to Auburn University on Nov. 11. Brandon, a 6-foot-7 small forward, chose Georgia over Auburn University and the University of Arkansas. He said he is ready to take on the collegiate league. “This is a real big step in my life, a real big jump,” he said. “I’m just ready, man. I’m ready.” Brandon, who averages 9.2 points and

Teens, sexuality and social media will be the topics of discussion on Nov. 17 when parents, teachers, administrators, church and community leaders, and concerned citizens gather at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia. The Wake Up Call: An Adult Discussion, which is presented by District 5 Commissioner Lee May, begins at 6:30 p.m. May said that teenagers talking about and hav- Lee May ing sex is not new, but that today’s technology is taking it to a whole new level. “Cyber-bullying, posting, sharing, Tweeting, sexting and the consequences of these from a physical, mental, social, legal and spiritual perspective will be addressed,” he said. Invited panelists include Eddie Velez, youth minister/advocate and CEO of Fellowship of Holy Hip Hop; Dr. Julianne Adams Birt, a board-certified ob/gyn and president of Radiant Women’s Health; Hope E. Ashby, a psychologist/sex therapist and an assistant professor of ob/gyn and psychiatry at the Morehouse School of Medicine; practicing attorney Reginald Winfrey of Winfrey & Winfrey Law Firm; Robin May, a relationship therapist/life coach and CEO of Virtue Speaks; and Trenny Stovall, director of the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center. The Lou Walker Senior Center is at 2538 Panola Road. For more information, call 404-371-4745.

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Miller Grove High small forward Brandon Morris signs a letter of intent on Nov. 9 to play ball at the University of Georgia under the watchful eyes of his mother, Stephanie Pollock.

7.7 rebounds per game, said his versatility will be a contribution to the Bulldogs basketball team. “[I’ll bring] my willingness to play the three position and the four position,” he said. “I can play all the perimeters as well as the block. “So, I really think my versatility is going to be a contribution to UGA.” Miller Grove head coach Sharman White said this is a great moment for Brandon and his family.

“He’s been nothing but a high character guy,” White said. “Everybody talks about the number of championships that we win, but I tell people all the time that you can’t win championships if you don’t have championship people. And he defines that to the utmost.” Brandon plans to major in architecture. “I’m looking forward to a nice facility and I’m really looking for a family that I can go to outside my home,” he said. “I believe UGA has all that for me.”

Stone Mountain student a hero DeKalb to hold Adoption Day CPR. The child was transported Twelve-year-old Justice Pate to a hospital where he made a was vacationing in Bridgeton, Mo., full recovery. over the summer when he rescued a The City Council of Bridgeton young child from drowning. passed a resolution commending Justice, who lives in Stone Justice for his lifesaving actions. Mountain, was in Missouri for a On his return home, DeKalb family reunion. On Aug. 6, he was CEO Burrell Ellis called the swimming in the pool of the hotel seventh-grader “a hero.” where his family was staying when Justice Pate “He is a prime example that he kicked something on the bottom of the pool. He looked down and saw a child one person can make an extraordinary difference,” Ellis said. lying motionless on his back. “Because of his quick actions, a young He alerted his father before diving into the pool. He raised the boy to the surface and man now has a bright future,” Ellis said. handed him to his father and the father of the “We applaud Justice for his bravery and victim. The victim was unconscious and not his parents for rearing such a stellar young breathing. The adults called 911 and began man.”

November is National Adoption Month, and DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court Debra DeBerry will host the county’s first Adoption Day on Nov. 18, which is being observed as National Adoption Day. On Nov. 19, the DeKalb Department of Family and Children Services will celebrate DeKalb children who have been adopted over the past year. DeBerry’s Adoption Day event takes place at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 5D in the county’s Judicial Tower. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams will hear adoption cases. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. “I am excited to celebrate National Adoption Month by hosting an event for adoptive families to finalize their adoptions in a very special way,” DeBerry said. Since 2000, more than 35,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day.

For more information, call Fayron Woodley at 404-687-3873. Special celebration The Department of Family and Children Services celebration of adopted children takes place 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 19. There will be speakers and a children’s orchestra. Pamela Jack, a social services case manager, said there are more than 107,000 children in the United States in foster care who need permanent, loving families. “In DeKalb County, there are children who are awaiting their forever home and a family they can call their own,” she said. “Many of these children have been waiting years to be adopted.” The celebration will be held at the county’s Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. For more information, call Pamela Jack at 770-593-7426.

Seniors can seek Gates scholarships High school seniors who plan to enter college in fall 2012 have until Jan. 11 to apply for the Gates Millennium Scholars program. The program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-throughgraduation scholarship to the college or university of their choice. Eligible students must be: n African-American, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. n A citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States. n Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or have earned a GED. n Enrolling for the first time in the fall of 2012 as a full-time, degree-seeking, firstyear student at a U.S.-located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school

diploma). First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients. n Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities. n Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. n Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form), and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 on Jan. 11. For more information, visit

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