Titus Wright, Thomasville High School senior mens' basketball team member, was selected as a recipient from across the state for the Vincent J. Dooley Award at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
Wright was accompanied by his mother Mia Harris-Wright, his sister Tara, and THS Academic Coach and British Literature teacher, Sally Hawthorne. It was Hawthorne who wrote a letter to the selection committee nominating Wright for this honor.
Hawthorne explained that the award is about more than just stellar athleticism and good grades; it is also about one's character and how one lives his life to make the world a better place.
“I thought of the numerous times Titus offered to help teammates of his who, prior to and during the season, were struggling in some of their classes. I thought of the manners and respect he shows to everyone with whom he comes in contact. I thought of what a dedicated student he is, and last but not least, how hard he's worked on the basketball court to get the attention of so many colleges and universities across the country,” said Hawthorne.
Wright said that he was glad that he came to the ceremony. “I appreciated the recognition by actually being handed the award from such a legendary UGA coach,” said Wright.
More than 250 student-athletes and their guests attended the awards ceremony of the Vincent J. Dooley Awards and Scholarships for Athletes for a Better World, which featured inspirational messages from Coach Dooley and Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association Dr. Robin Hines. Guests enjoyed refreshments compliments of The Chick-fil-A Foundation. The Hudgens Family Foundation was once again the Presenting Sponsor for the annual event.
Wright has plans to attend Western Michigan in the fall. “I have every confidence that Titus will represent THS and Thomasville well during his time at Western Michigan; and with a little luck, Titus's skills, and Divine intervention, we may all get to see him in the NBA in the future,” said Hawthorne.
By Destini Butler
Thomasville High School is set to compete in Orlando this summer at the HOSA International Leadership Conference after coming in 3rd place in Public Health against hundreds of schools in Atlanta at the State Leadership Conference.
Sierra Perkins, Renderea Perkins, Brenae McCray, Zaria Meeks, Samantha Althoff, and Camryn Williams make up the award-winning team. The team advanced to the International Leadership Conference by performing a phenomenal skit about how to prevent school shootings.
“The process of making it to where we are today was fun. Every Wednesday after school and on Sundays we would meet up, work hard to come up with ideas, and improve the skit to make it better,” said Althoff.
“It feels amazing knowing that I’ll be going to ILC this summer after doing Public Health for two years in a row. With all the hard work that we’ve put in to our skit, I honestly felt like we deserved this opportunity,” said Meeks.
HOSA, also referred as “Future Health Professionals,” is an organization that gives students the guidance to become future health professionals and experience and knowledge from interacting with other students around the world.
THS Health Occupations instructor, Barbara Grave de Peralta serves as the advisor of the organization. Peralta expects her students to learn more about the medical field and to learn how to use their social skills to later reflect in their future occupations.
“I would like for my students to understand that HOSA isn’t all about the medical field. It is all about meeting new people and learning ideas from other schools that could be used at our school,” said Peralta.
HOSA is an open organization that anybody can join; students don’t have to be in Peralta’s class. This helps out students that are interested in a future in the health profession, but not be able to schedule into Peralta’s class.
The organization starts off each year going to conferences such as the Fall Leadership Conference and the State Leadership Conference to learn, compete against other schools, and simply enjoying meeting new people from around Georgia. Students choose an event that they would like to compete in and gain knowledge from of their event. Part of the experience is knowing how competitive these competitions can really get. Events at the State Leadership Conference are: Public Health, HOSA Bowl, and Health Care Display. Throughout the school year, members work hard after school in Peralta’s room to work on their events and practice them in front of their peers for better judgment.
“I participate in HOSA because I love the experience of learning something new every year and getting prepared for the competitions,” said Malaysia Baker.
American Lit - May 1st and 2nd
GSE Algebra I - May 3rd
U.S. History - May 6th
GSE Geometry - May 7th
9th Grade Lit - May 8th and 9th
Biology - May 10th
Economics - May 13th
Physical Science - May 14th
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