Access to a college education has never been more important for individuals and society! A college education opens up unlimited possibilities and helps students to discover and foster their unique gifts. It also demonstrates that students are willing to make an investment in their own futures. However, for many young people, this investment cannot become a reality, because they are unable to afford the rising cost of college tuition. For these students in our community, we sponsor an Annual Black and White Instructors Scholarship Ball.
Houston Elite Dance Productions ( HEDP ) was an organization formed to operate as a vehicle to unite the dance community in Houston and around the country, to dance for a purpose. Since 2006, HEDP has awarded scholarship assistance over $10 thousand dollars to ten students enrolled in colleges and universities across the nation, and last Saturday they awarded three young men from Worthing High School with scholarships and laptops. Those recipients are Willie Williams, Gable Langford, and Broderick Garrett.
The 2011 Black and White Ball Recipients
Broderick La’Keith Garrett
My name is Broderick La’Keith Garrett and I would love to tell you all the positive things about me; however, achievement doesn’t come without a struggle. I was born on March 6th, 1993 in Houston, Texas. As I grew up I had trouble reading since I started school. This was hard for me in a single parent home where my devoted mother did the best she could. However, even though I lacked the family structure that I desired, I found a way to overcome my struggles in and out of the classroom. I would sit alone with a book and read by myself and sometimes I would even cry but I refused to give up. Second and third grade was a struggle as I moved schools time after time, but finally, when I entered fourth grade, my life took a turn for the better. At Codwell Elementary, my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Edwards, took me under her wing and showed me that I could understand and that if I could tackle my issues with reading then I could tackle anything. She told me something so simple yet so powerful in my life. She said, “You can do it if you try hard,” and from that moment forward I used that as my motivation. All of the educators in my life helped me understand that without an education I would be nowhere. After High School, I plan to enlist in the Army to better myself and my future. Achieving this goal would not only mean a lot to me because of the doors it will open, but it will also mean a great deal because it will show me that everything I work for will be worth it in the end. After dealing with all my trials in life, I can look forward to the end of the year when I have all my college plans ready to go, and can be proud to finally say, “Yep I did it.” I know that I am making a change to better myself and to understand that everything will work out if you work hard at it.
Hello, my name is Gable Langford and I’m currently a senior at Evan E. Worthing High School. I intend on attending LCU (Lubbock Christian University) in Lubbock, Texas and will major in Social Work with a minor in Sociology. I desire to be a Social Worker, because I love to help those who are in dying need of assistance. I also love giving back to my community.
I’m currently ranked in the second quarter of my graduating class. I’m currently a member of my school’s Drama Team/Club and have been a devoted member of the University of Texas Outreach Program for five years. I am also a magnet student at Worthing, and a proud member of Who’s Who Among Academic Excellence.
On July 15, 1993, I was born to my devoted parents, Yolanda Langford and Roger Williams. My mother is a single parent who raised four children all on her own and she worked very hard to get me this far in my education, and is working even harder to get me into college. She received her high school GED, while my father did not. Even though he is barely in my life, I thank God for him everyday. When I get my degree from a University I will be the second person in my family to graduate other than my older sister.
As years go by, I continue to learn that it’s not your situation but your motivation which determines your destination. I have been through so much in life, and my biggest trepidation in life is letting my mother’s hard work go to waste.
In closing, “A wise man once said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Our destination does not lie in the stars, but in ourselves.” I would like to be remembered as a child who never gave up, and who continued to fight the trials that came in life.
Growing up in the Sunnyside area where trouble and temptation was right outside my front door, I managed to thrive in a place where many students failed. I am a young man of fine character who reaches out and contributes to our greater community through my participation in faith-based organizations and activities. The sky is the limit for me as a senior at Evan E. Worthing High School. My drive in life came from me looking myself in the mirror and declaring that I will not be a victim nor prove the “norm” to be true. I was born to two wonderful individuals by the name of Willie and Yvette Williams. My mother always instilled in me that academics was the key to success and I used this as my foundation in life. As a senior at Worthing High School, I am an active member of the G.I.V.E. Club, which is an organization whose mission is giving back to the Sunnyside community. I believe that being a positive leader in society is important because it takes a leader to make a change in the community. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of Worthings’ yearbook (The Colt), where I manage the entire yearbook staff while fostering a positive, collaborative environment. Growing up I always had an ambitious heart, I want to finish school with three majors; Vocal Music, Political Science and later on Culinary Management. Upon graduation, I plan to attend Houston Baptist University to pursue a double major in Vocal Music and Political Science. My motto has always been that God has placed me on this earth to minister to people through praise and worship and music has always been my passion since I was six years old. My goal after graduating from Houston Baptist is to become the Minister of Music at my church. I then plan to attend Thurgood Marshall School of Law and then one day own or work at a law firm. After completing Law School, I then would like to attend The Art Institute-Houston to major in Culinary Management. My goal in life is to one day own a chain of restaurants throughout the Houston area. Ultimately, my passion for cooking came about two years ago, when I realized that cooking brought out a stronger passion and confidence in myself that I never knew I had.