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Jacket Backers Award Scholarships to Deserving Rockwall High School Athletes
The Rockwall High School Jacket Backers Booster Club was formed to work with the Rockwall Community helping provide scholarships for deserving high school athletes. Community Service, Athletic Accomplishments and Academic Evaluations were some of the criteria factored into who would be the recipient of these awards.
For the 2018-2019 school year; Brette Thornton (Volleyball), Samantha Bean (Basketball/Softball), Alana Wickham (Soccer), Kendall Brown (Water Polo), Janelle Hummingbird (Swimming) and Anna Voth (Swimming) were the Student-Athletes who earned the end of the school year recognition from the Jacket Backers Scholarship Committee. These kids excelled both in their athletic ability as well as in the classroom.
Rockwall businesses like Credit Union of Texas who is a proud supporter of the Jacket Backers also awarded a scholarship. Community Engagement Officer, Chris Gaston participated in the annual scholarship night presenting Basketball and Softball player, Samantha Bean with a $1000 scholarship. Samantha will be playing softball at the University of Alabama Birmingham in the fall.
The Wendi Conley Team Celebrates Rockwall Softball Lady Jackets Home Runs
The Rockwall community is filled with special businesses that care and support Rockwall High School. The Wendi Conley Team powered by Fathom Realty is one of those community partners that stepped up to the plate for Rockwall Lady Jackets Softball Team donating $50 to the Rockwall Jacket Backers for each home run produced by the players throughout the season.
Although the season came to a close with the Lady Jackets finishing as the 6A Texas Area Champions losing out to Belton in the Regional Quarter Finals; there were a lot of great memories for the girls. The season started off with Junior, Lexi Coward hitting a Saturday long ball in February versus McKinney North and ended with Senior Arkansas Signee Reagan Swindall hitting her first home run over the fence during the Area Championship Game versus Plano. Junior, Ella Laurence and Sam Bean, University Alabama-Birmingham Signee each had a two home run game against Keller and Tyler Lee respectively. Junior, Paige Harris, Abilene Christian Commit crushed a shot in early April during district play versus Mesquite Horn. Freshman, Elizabeth Schaefer, Oklahoma State Commit, and Ashly Minor also produced home runs in their first year as varsity players with Schaefer’s coming in the Bi-District win over Killeen Shoemaker. Megan Hampton, Carter Smith each rounded the bases along with Swindall (3 separate times) for inside the park homers. Bean led the team with 5 round trips while Swindall finished with 4. Brooke Barron, Madison Salazar, Maddie Barnes, Hanah Hill, Carter Smith and Kampbell Coker, University of Arkansas Monticello Commit also added home runs for the Junior Varsity squad with Barron sending one deep in the regular season opener versus Keller.
In the end, The Wendi Conley Team is donating $1500 to the Rockwall High School Jacket Backers Scholarship Fund. Not only is the Rockwall Realty Group committed to helping families during the home buying process; they are also very supportive of Rockwall High School. The Wendi Conley Team has truly hit it out of the park with their generous donation!
AVERY MCCRILLIS, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
BRETTE THORNTON, TRINITY UNIVERSITY
JANELLE HUMMINGBIRD, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
EMMA HULTQUIST, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
SAM WILLIAMSON, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
BEAU WIMPEE, TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
BRANDON TROXLER, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
AUSTIN BROOKS, WESTERN TEXAS COLLEGE
ALANA WICKHAM, TRINITY UNIVERSITY
SAMANTHA BEAN, ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM
REAGAN SWINDALL, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS (Soccer)
SADIE DANNA, LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (Soccer)
EILJAH COLEMAN, HOWARD UNIVERSITY
ANFERNEE ORJI, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
LOGAN CLABORN, SW BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
KEYTON LUEB, NW OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
RILEY PEVLER, SE OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
X’ZAVIER JONES, CISCO JC
JACOB CLARK (not pictured), UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Spotlight on Chris Laudermilk, a Trainer for Rockwall Athletics Department
On Friday Nights, everyone in the stands comes to watch the boys of the gridiron battle it out for Saturday morning accolades. Stories are written about summer practices and college visits. Articles highlight star players going down with an injury. College coaches roam spring practices sidelines hoping to convince the 5-Star Athlete to commit to their program.
However, if you investigate a large program like Rockwall High School or ask a Coach, one will find out that there are a lot of people who help keep a football program or any other athletic program strong.
A group of these individuals are our student athletic trainers. These trainers show up to practices early, and stay after the last whistle is blown dismissing the players. They wear multiple hats during the games from equipment manager to comforting an injured player. The students spend time learning how to prepare a player to be available when their number is called as well as monitoring exercises allowing the athlete to get back on the field to play.
These trainers travel, and spend as much time on the field as most of the players. In some cases they put in a lot more hours of preparation than athletes. Yet, they don’t see their name in print on Saturday mornings. They won’t hear their names called out on Friday Nights. Cheerleaders don’t cheer for them and the student body will not watch them perform at a school Pep rally.
The Jacket Backers and Rockwall High School Athletic Department would like to give special recognition to Chris Laudermilk who is a senior this year.
“Chris goes above and beyond every day even during this offseason” explains Coach Liz Stavos. She adds, “He is always on time or early, quick to get the task completed and finishes his tasks without being asked. He is hardworking and has a great attitude.”
On behalf of Rockwall High School Athletic Department, Jacket Backers and all of the players you have helped this year; Congratulations to Chris Laudermilk on being recognized as being the Trainer of the Month. You are truly part of Rockwall Athletics and an instrumental part of the athletes’ success!
Jacket Backers Making a Difference in Student’s Lives
The Rockwall Jacket Backer Student Scholarship Program provides financial support to graduating student athletes who meet the eligibility requirements as defined by the association. The purpose of the Student Scholarship Fund is to recognize senior students currently involved in Rockwall ISD-sponsored athletic teams and athletic training who exhibit excellent performance in the class room and dedication to community service. Recently, the Jacket Backers received a thoughtful email from a Rockwall High School Alumni and recipient of a 2014 scholarship.
Rebecca Voth, a former RHS Varsity Swimmer utilized her scholarship from the Jacket Backers while she was at Baylor University. The funds helped her with book costs and her cap and gown for graduation. Ms. Voth will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Political Science, International Studies, Spanish and Philosophy. She is contemplating either teaching English in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship or attending Pepperdine Law School on a full ride scholarship. She gives credit to the Jacket Backers. “None of these opportunities I have would have been possible without the generous support of groups like Jacket Backers that allowed me to pursue the incredible education I received at Baylor and graduate debt-free. Stories like this one, demonstrate how the Jacket Backers organization makes a difference in the lives of RHS students.
"Our Day to Shine" Campaign
"Our Day to Shine" schools simply designate one of the scrimmages or spring games as "Our Day to Shine" day with gate receipts (less expenses) sent to the THSCEF Benevolence Fund. Both schools participating will be recognized in the October issue of Texas Coach. We have had many different sports participate using one of their scrimmages as their day to shine! Participating in "Our Day to Shine" gives our athletes, coaches and schools a great opportunity for community service as well as an opportunity to give to a worthy cause.
The THSCEF Benevolence Fund will allow us as an association to help beyond our present permanent injury and memorial benefits policies that currently dictate what we can give to help student athletes with special needs and hardship cases. See the forms below for more information, a press release, letter size poster which can be posted at the school or at the scrimmage, and a reporting form that must accompany your donation.
"Our Day to Shine" Campaign information at http://www.thscef.com/ourdaytoshine.htm
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2018-19 Jacket Backer Memberships
Here's your chance to be a part of a winning tradition, and one of the fastest growing Athletic Booster Clubs in the DFW Metroplex!!!
Jacket Backer memberships for the 2018-19 school year are now available. Activate your membership today and take advantage of Jacket Backer events all year long.
Membership is easy! Just click on the Join Now hyperlink or select the Memberships page to access the convenient online membership application and credit card payment.
Thank you on behalf of Jacket Nation and the more than 800 student athletes who call themselves Yellowjackets. If you have additional questions please contact Deidre Fleming at (951) 972-2310.
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