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Twenty-Eight APS Scholar Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

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ATLANTA – Twenty-eight scholar athletes from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) signed with colleges and universities throughout the country to receive athletic scholarships in football, baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and cheerleading during National Signing Day program held at Mays High School.

Led by the district’s department of athletics program manager for high schools Jasper Jewell, the ceremony featured APS seniors along with their coaches, family, friends and teammates announcing where they will be attending school this fall.  Several district officials were in attendance including APS Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Staff Steven A. Smith and Atlanta Board of Education member LaChandra Butler Burks.  The 2012 APS National Signing Day scholar athletes are:

New Schools at Carver—Coach Darren Myles

Ari Black Stillman College Football Scholarship
DeAndre Hayes Stillman College Football Scholarship
Amir Mills Stillman College Football Scholarship
Tyler Newton Stillman College Football Scholarship

Henry W. Grady High School—Coach Ronnie Millen/Coach Mark Davidson

Aaron Cooper Lincoln University Football Scholarship
Dorian Green Morehouse College Football Scholarship
Kieno Jones University of Richmond Football Scholarship
Quintavious Knight Georgia Military College Football Scholarship
John Law Appalachian State University Football Scholarship
Mendez Elder Savannah State University Baseball Scholarship

Maynard Jackson High School –Coach Eric Williams/Coach Felecia Belcher

Stantavius Brown Stillman College Football Scholarship
Quinton Bryant Tabor College Football Scholarship
De’Montiez Foster Post University Football Scholarship
Ashley Hightower Bethune-Cookman College Cheerleading
Trayanna Jackson University of Alabama Cheerleading
Markecia Jacobs Columbus State University Cheerleading

Benjamin E. Mays High School—Coach Dominic Calloway

Mariah Dean Tennessee Tech University Basketball Scholarship
Elmer Moreno Syracuse University Posse Scholarship-Soccer
Dominic Stegall Bard College Posse Scholarship-Baseball
John T. Blasingame Rice University Football Scholarship
Jonathan Williams Wake Forest University Football Scholarship

North Atlanta High School—Coach Stanley Pritchett

Leo Jackson III Tusculum/Shorter College Football Scholarship
Marcus Lee Lincoln University Football Scholarship
Justin Taylor University of Kentucky Football Scholarship
Donald Phillips Tusculum College Football Scholarship

Booker T. Washington High School –Coach Rodney Hackney

Maya Knight Bard College Posse Scholarship-Volleyball
Brandon Richardson Bard College Posse Scholarship-Football
Darius Williams Dean College Football Scholarship

Several of the coaches acknowledged their athletes’ grade point averages during the program.  Booker T. Washington High School’s Brandon Richardson, who received a football scholarship from the Posse Foundation to attend Bard College, has a 4.0 grade point average.  Dominic Stegall from Mays High School, who also plans to attend Bard College to play baseball, has a 3.7 GPA.  And Mays’ John T. Blasingame, who signed with Rice University to play football, has a 3.5 GPA.

North Atlanta High School’s Justin Taylor, who previously committed to attend University of Alabama, announced his decision to go with the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship.  Taylor’s coach and legal guardian Stanley Pritchett supported his decision the two sported University of Kentucky hats after his remarks.

APS’ Athletic Director Jeff Beggs closed the program with words of encouragement to the future collegiate scholars.  “This is not the end, only the beginning,” said Beggs.  “This experience will make you a better young man or woman.  But the bottom line is get that degree.  Major in something that you love – something that you have a passion for.”


Dr. Blasingame 29 Feb 2012 - 5:37 pm

Excellent job APS student athletes. With the financial and direct support and encouragement from Jeff Beggs and Jasper Jewel the future is bright and perhaps we can pull some of our students from some of the costly private schools home to there neiborhood schools We gave it a shot and it worked out very well. Tommy Blasingame

Mrs. Evans 16 Feb 2012 - 3:07 am

Congrats to Mr. Darius Williams. He was my 8th grade student at Kennedy Middle School. Take care Darius and keep up the great work.

Mrs. Evans

Andre' "RED' Barron 14 Feb 2012 - 4:09 pm


kenneth rasheed 7 Feb 2012 - 6:34 pm

Congratulations, J.T. Blasingame and all the other APS student atheletes. Kenneth Rasheed and Family send our best wishes.

Dr.T 4 Feb 2012 - 2:13 pm

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am happy to see other sports, such as soccer, volleyball, and cheerleading, recognized for their accomplishments also!!!!!!!!

Barbara WIlliams 3 Feb 2012 - 9:34 pm

Congratulations to Raider Nation signees- J.T. Blasingame, Jonathan Williams, Dominic Stegall, Mariah Dean, and Elmer Moreno. We are so proud of your accomplishments and know you will continue to be great examples as you make your mark in today’s society.

Emily Holland, District-wide Family Involvement Liaison, Parents as Partners Academic Center 3 Feb 2012 - 9:06 pm

Yet another proud moment as a counselor and adopted family member to Quinton Bryant and Amir Mills. I am sooooooo proud of these young men. They are both evidence that hard work, determination and the will to survive reaps great rewards. Kudos to the parents and guardians of all Scholar Athletes for traveling this road with them. They could not have done it without you! See you at graduation!

T. M 3 Feb 2012 - 6:16 pm

What a wonderful acoomplishment for these outstanding athletes and their families!


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