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8th Annual Houston Scholarship Awards Banquet


With over 200 people in attendance at this year's scholarship breakfast, PCA-Houston awarded 20 student-athletes a college scholarship. Supporting these student-athletes, who were each recognized for exemplifying the Triple-Impact Competitor® spirit (making themselves, their teammates, and the game better), is something PCA-Houston is proud to do on a yearly basis.

Below is a list of the 2017 scholarship recipients (pictured above):

Alexis Aboulafia, Episcopal High School
Abel Aguilar, Northbrook High School
Eric Allen, Obra D. Tompkins High School
Ashley Barrett, Stratford High School
Sean Daly, Stratford High School
Carah DeLao, Clear Creek High School
Dominique Dore, Cinco Ranch High School
Jesus Garza, Northbrook High School
Nicole Giron-Quintanilla, Chinqapuin Preparatory School
Faith Hernandez, Chinqapuin Preparatory School
Adam Houghtaling, Glenda Dawson High School
Abigal Howeth, Dayton High School
James Humber, MacArthur High School
Yesenia Ipina, Northbrook High School
Alyssa Jackson, Stratford High School
Blake Johnson, Jersey Village High School
Kohl Klopfenstein, Tomball High School
Laurel McKelvey, St. John's School
Zachary Smith, Texas City High School
Brihu Sundararaman, Clements High School

Thank you to Former Houston Texan Wade Smith (Wade Smith Foundation), who partnered with us for the 3rd year in a row on the scholarship program that he has titled “Smitty’s Scholars.” Wade also served on the scholarship selection committee for the past two years. This year, Wade received the Inspiration Award.

Wade Smith with a scholarship recipient, a 'smitty scholar.' Wade Smith with a scholarship recipient, a 'smitty scholar.'

Other highlights of the event:

  • PCA-Houston was lucky to be joined by Butch Alsandor as the Master of Ceremonies. Butch is a Houston broadcasting legend.

  • Kenny Baldwin, the CEO of Spring Spirit Baseball, received the Triple-Impact Professional Award.

  • Lance Berkman, former Houston Astros player and current head baseball coach at Second Baptist School, received the Scotty Zornes Award (given to coaches that have coached less than 5 years).

Ultimately, the event made an incredible impact on the student-athletes throughout the Houston community. Marilu Garza, the Director of Development who attended the banquet from Chinquapin Preparatory School (who had two student-athletes receiving scholarships), remarked..."I would like to thank PCA-Houston for believing in our girls, Faith and Nicole. There were so excited on Saturday and I was so proud to be there with them. You have given them both so much confidence which is so important as they move on to this next phase of their lives!"

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Many thanks to our Board, Scholarship Selection Committee, and Melissa Houser for helping organize another outstanding event. Thank you also to the following for their participation at the breakfast -

Scott & Mam Zornes and the SZ Foundation, Annie & Bob Graham, Leticia & Stephen Trauber, Murry Bowden, Ed Chavez, Atlantic Trust, Bob Graham, Wade Smith & The Wade Smith Foundation, Dr. Bill & Sandy Bryan, Kenny Baldwin, Tudor, Pickering & Holt, St. John’s School, Kim & David Sterling and Just Her Sports.

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