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BOUQUETS and BRICKBATS

December 24, 2016 GMT

Bouquets go to:

-- Lamar University cornerback Brendan Langley, for being named to the STATS FCS All-American Second Team. It’s the third All-American team honor Langley has garnered, along with the American Football Coaches and College Sports Madness squads. Langley, a 2016 first-team All-Southland pick, was in the nation’s top 10 in interceptions per game (0.5 pg). His six picks on the year tied for second in the country. The Reese’s Senior Bowl invitee recorded an interception in four consecutive games and was among the league leaders in pass deflections. The Senior Bowl - which is the premier bowl to showcase skills for both the FBS and FCS levels - will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 from Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, Alabama.

-- The Jasper Junior High School Student Council, for conducting an impressive canned goods drive for Christmas. Students in Mrs. Hafford’s and Mrs. Buckley’s class ended up collecting the most items. The six students who are in that class brought in 239 cans. All together, students collected more than 1,500 cans that will be donated to Jasper Share. The Student Council sponsor is Lynn Jones.

-- James Ashby, Kelly High School’s head athletic trainer, for being named the school’s interim athletic director. He replaces football coach and athletic director Al Rabb, who retired last week after a long career in local sports. Kelly officials also announced that Michelle Campbell will be their new softball coach. She comes to Kelly from the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School in Beaumont.

-- Two Lamar University students, for recently returning from Siem Reap, Cambodia, where they participated in the 9th annual UNESCO Policy Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers. Kelly Grogan and Jessica Hale, both of the Apple Distinguished Educator cohort of the Doctorate in Education Leadership program, and project coordinator, George Saltsman, research assistant professor in Education Leadership, provided assistance in constructing a social media platform, live streaming of the forum, and launching a platform for online dialogue and discussion regarding international policy creation. They attended the Dec. 3-7 forum with representatives from 75 countries and numerous international aid organizations.

Brickbats go to:

-- Thieves who stole numerous bicycles this week intended for Some Other Place’s Toys for Kids program at the toy distribution center at 1240 McFaddin Ave. Police have recovered 13 of the bicycles in a vacant house several blocks from the charity’s distribution center in Beaumont. But no suspects have been arrested and police are still working the case. The program this year is serving more than 500 families and almost 1,100 children. Paula O’Neal, Some Other Place executive director, took the long view of the crime, saying, “The good, by far, outweighs the bad. God has our back. It’s nothing that isn’t repairable.”

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