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The Game Plan SUPPORTING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH ATHLETICS Issue No. 12

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE BOSTON SCHOLAR ATHLETES PROGRAM

November 2012

BSA THANK YOU RECEPTION "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy  

Despite the efforts of Hurricane Sandy, BSA staff along with BPS coaches, Headmasters, and partners celebrated another successful year of programming at the Liberty Hotel on Tuesday, October 30. In light of Halloween, the party turned festive with many guests arriving in full costume. BSA founder and Suffolk Construction CEO, John Fish, said a few words of thanks to all the guests for their support and enthusiasm.

Scholar-Athlete Spotlight

Rebekah Splaine Salwasser, Executive Director of BSA, spoke to a new marketing initiative that will highlight scholar-athletes, and encourage academic achievement and excellence. We look forward to hosting another thank you reception at the end of this exciting year!

BSA ALL-STAR RECEPTION

Despite the precarious weather, the BSA team came together to host two exciting and memorable events for the Volleyball & Soccer All-Star players.     On Wednesday, November 7, twenty-nine (29) Volleyball All-Stars were in attendance at the BSA Offices, along with their Coaches of the Year, Gladys Byrd (Madison Park Technical Vocational High School) and Trudy Fisher (John D. O’Bryant High School). And on Thursday, November 8, forty-five (45) boys & girls Soccer All-Stars attended the dinner accompanied by their Coaches of the Year, Adrian Kawuba (Brighton), Denis Allen (Latin Academy), Richard LaCara (East Boston), and Edner Cayemite (West Roxbury). It was also wonderful to see so many parents, siblings, teammates, and other coaches in attendance to support the All-Stars.     These banquets are a way for BSA to formally recognize the accomplishments and dedication of some truly amazing scholar-athletes. In addition to a delicious pasta dinner, All-Stars received a special gift from the BSA. Congrats to our fall season All-Stars!  

Lily Rosario is our November ScholarAthlete of the month! Lily visits her Zone at TechBoston Academy every day, and so far this year has had excellent feedback from all of her teachers. As a sophomore her current GPA is 4.33. Lily is a second year volleyball player for the Dorchester Bears, and has shown great accomplishment both on, and off the court. This year, she was chosen to be the captain of the girls’ volleyball team. Additionally, Lily works diligently to support herself outside of school by working at The Bird Street Community Center with children ages six to eighteen years old. Recommended by: Terrell Maddox, BSA Senior Zone Facilitator & Ali Dumais, BSA Zone Assistant at TechBoston Academy


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BSA Tours Google UPCOMING EVENTS: College Fair: Graduate with a plan! Saturday, December 8, 2012 9:00am – 12:00pm – Madison Park High School •

Roadmap to College, hosted by The Princeton Review

Navigating the Financial Aid Process, hosted by UAspire

College Athletics & Recruitment, hosted by BSA

Raffle Prizes & Breakfast will be provided

Open to all BPS students and parents

On Wednesday, October 17th BSA Zone members from The TechBoston Academy along with BSA staff had a unique opportunity to meet with Google employees, and tour their office located in Cambridge, MA. Chris Woods, Head of Global Industry Relations & Strategy facilitated the tour around the Google office, followed by a question and answer session featuring three (3) Google employees. The BSA Zone members had a chance to interact with Google employees, enjoy lunch in the cafeteria, and get an inside look at the eccentric environment behind the website!

Facilitator of the Month

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Contact Kelly Parrish 617.517.4447 kparrish@bostonscholarathletes.org

Our Facilitator of the Month is Shanell Mosley! This is Shanell’s first year as a full-time Zone Facilitator at Dorchester Academy, after serving as an Assistant Zone Facilitator at TechBoston Academy last year. Shanell excels at providing students with the resources necessary to make them better scholar-athletes both on, and off the field. She thrives when personally interacting with Zone members, recognizing that through her strong relationships with students, she is able to impact their lives in a positive way. Shanell received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Global Perspectives from Bentley University, and attended Northeastern University to obtain her Master’s degree in Non-profit Management. In addition to her strong academic background, Shanell loves Halloween and was the 2012 “Best Dressed” at a recent BSA reception.   Congratulations Shanell – keep up the great work!


BSA November Newsletter