APS Honors Student Athletes, Artists, Coaches, Administrators at 2017 Monk Jones Lecture Series & Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Awards

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The 2017 Calvin “Monk” Jones Lecture Series and Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Golden Helmet Award winners (l-r) Frank C. Bailey Jr. (South Atlanta High School), Myronme T. Bell Jr. (Washington High School), Bardenie A. Phillips Jr. (Benjamin E. Mays High School), Corey R. Clems Jr. (B.E.S.T. Academy), Trevion J. Baker (George Washington Carver High School), Maurice D. Jones Jr. (Maynard Jackson High School), Chancey D. Payne (D.M. Therrell High School) and Johnathan X. Ford (Douglass High School).

In what has become a signature sign of spring in Atlanta Public Schools (APS), the district hosted its ninth annual Calvin “Monk” Jones Lecture Series and Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Awards on Tuesday, May 16, on the campus of George Washington Carver High School.

Event named in honor of APS legend Calvin “Monk” Jones
The event honors the student athletes and artists, as well as athletic coaches and administrators, who had noteworthy accomplishments throughout the school year. It is named in honor of legendary APS basketball player and coach Calvin “Monk” Jones, who was an all-city and all-state player at Booker T. Washington High School and went on to become an all-conference and Black College All-American player at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), where he graduated in 1948.

Jones became a teacher and coach in APS in 1958. In 1967, he played a significant role in the desegregation of schools in Atlanta and throughout Georgia when he led all-black Carver High School to the Class AA state basketball championship in the first season in which black schools and white schools were allowed to compete against each other.

Keynote provided by two-time Super Bowl champ and Georgia native Tyrone Poole

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Atlanta sports reporter/commentator Sam Crenshaw (left) moderated a Q&A session with keynote speaker Tyrone Poole (right).


Prior to receiving their awards, the students, coaches and administrators listened to two-time Super Bowl champion Tyrone Poole give his thoughts on the keys to success. The LaGrange, Ga., native was a two-sport (football and track) All-American at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University) and became the first defensive back selected in the 1995 National Football League (NFL) Draft.

Poole went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL with six different teams, including the New England Patriots, where he won two Super Bowl titles in 2004 and 2005. He told the audience the keys to success are passion, preparedness and partnerships.

“Find what you are passionate about and then do it. Go all out,” he said. “Prepare yourself as best as you can for doing whatever it is that you are passionate about. You must be prepared so that when your opportunity comes, you can take advantage of it.

“And you have to have good partners, good partnerships,” Poole said. “No one has ever accomplished anything all by themselves. You have to have good people, good partners in your life to help you reach your goals.”

After his remarks, Atlanta sports commentator and reporter Sam Crenshaw moderated a brief question-and-answer session where Poole interacted with students.

Here are the 2017 Calvin “Monk” Jones Lecture Series and Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Award winners:

Fine Arts Award IMG_0956

SCHOOL AWARD RECIPIENT 
B. E. S. T. Academy Philip T. Edge
CSK Young Women’s Leadership  Academy Kyarra A. Perry
Carver High School Omari S. Hargrove
Frederick Douglass High School Peter E. Smith
Henry W. Grady High School Caroline  M. Bray
Maynard Jackson High School Gerradeus M. Williams
Benjamin E. Mays High School Ja’Vodrick T. Smith
North Atlanta High School Yvonne  M. Shea
South Atlanta High School Ar’Mon S. Blackwell
D. M Therrell High School Kyran S. Huckaby-McCrory
Booker T. Washington High School Jamarya Y.  Wilkerson

Golden Helmet Award

SCHOOL AWARD RECIPIENT
B. E. S. T. Academy Corey R. Clems Jr.
Carver High School Trevion J. Baker
Frederick Douglass High School Johnathan X. Ford
Henry W. Grady High School Cailyn J.  Newton
Maynard Jackson High School Maurice D. Jones Jr.
Benjamin E. Mays High School Bardenie A. Phillips Jr.
North Atlanta High School Majeste’ G. Hansberry
South Atlanta High School Frank C. Bailey Jr.
D. M. Therrell High School Chancey D. Payne
Booker T. Washington High School Myronme T. Bell Jr.


Scholar Athlete Award

SCHOOL MALE FEMALE
B. E. S. T. Academy Dionte L. West  
CSK Young Women’s Leadership  Academy   Lakeitha N. Taylor
Carver High School Adrian A.  Pizano Chaide A. Wynn
Frederick Douglass High School Matthew C. Yarbrough Kayla F. Trawick
Henry W. Grady High School Chase E. Kleber Beatrice A.  Brown
Maynard Jackson High School Martin A. Clarke Jr. Lucille A. Grant
Benjamin E. Mays High School Samuel J. Weekes Sydney N. Stepney
North Atlanta High School Sterling L. Spiegl Yvonne M. Shea
South Atlanta High School McKenzie D. E. Bacon Xavia M. Simmons
D. M. Therrell High School Daniel M. Martin Jr. Asha O. Redhead
Booker T. Washington High School Benjamin L. C. Leverette Jala N. Hawkins


Athletic Achievement Award

SCHOOL MALE FEMALE
B. E. S. T. Academy Charlie A. Spear  
CSK Young Women’s Leadership  Academy   Lekeitha N. Taylor
Carver High School Quentin A. Gates Jr. Jamia S. Brewer
Frederick Douglass High School Ezekiel O. Njoku Riann M. McCollum
Henry W. Grady High School Erik N. Tischer Melissa  M. Brown
Maynard Jackson High School JaQuavius R. Hayes Tierenee L. Smith
Benjamin E. Mays High School Joshua V. Smith Kamiyah L. Street
North Atlanta High School Rausey P. Mason Alaina K. Van Nort
South Atlanta High School Frank C. Bailey Jr. Lawrencia A. Simon
D. M. Therrell High School Corey L. Moore Shandrea D. Lockhart
Booker T. Washington High School Rashaard J. Sheats Sabree T.  Gallishaw


Superintendent Scholar AthleteIMG_0965

SCHOOL MALE FEMALE
North Atlanta High School Sterling L. Spiegl  
North Atlanta High School   Yvonne M. Shea


Coach of the Year Nominees

SCHOOL MALE FEMALE
B. E. S. T. Academy Tony Rambo  
CSK Young Women’s Leadership  Academy   Cameron Storey
Carver High School    
Frederick Douglass High School LT. Col. Ray Hill Alana Allen
Henry W. Grady High School Brian Weeden Martha Jones
Maynard Jackson High School Russell Thomas Michelle Powell
Benjamin E. Mays High School Reginald Austin Dana Booker
North Atlanta High School Robert Bramlett Lois Bracken
South Atlanta High School Michael Reddick Candice Smiley
Booker T. Washington High School Inglis Hunter Denise Wright


Coaches of the YearIMG_0974

HIGH SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL MALE FEMALE
APS High School Reginald Austin

Benjamin E. Mays High School

Dana Booker

Benjamin E. Mays High School

APS Middle School Dwike Leonard

Sutton Middle School

Kristen Greene

Sylvan Middle School


Athletic Directors of the YearIMG_0968

SCHOOL AWARDEE
D.M. Therrell High School APS High School- Rodney Hackney
Luther Judson Price Middle School Middle School – Gregory Spriggs


Athletic Trainer of the Year

SCHOOL AWARDEE
Booker T. Washington High School Craig Boyd


Community Service/Partnership Award

ORGANIZATION AWARDEE
Atlanta Falcons Amanda Dinkel

 

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