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San Antonio’s Destiny Sherman fulfilling her destiny as a resourceful social worker, photographer

DESTINY STEPS

GOD’S FAITH STEPPER — A native of San Antonio, Destiny Sherman is owner and chief executive officer of Faith View Media, her newly-erected Dallas/Fort Worth-area venture whereby her mission includes, among other things, encouraging others to live their life by faith or, as she puts it plainly, by telling others stories through creative media, she emphasized.

FRISCO, Texas — For a young, vibrant Texas businesswoman, amongst the notable things that stands out about Destiny Sherman is that she’s proven to be true to herself.

Interestingly, it is an awe-inspiring attribute that has greatly enabled her to enrich and enhance the lives of others.
“It is so important for me to inspire others, because I know it is what God destined me to do,” Sherman told Making Headline News this week.
To her distinctly unique credit, God has deemed it essential to enlarge Sherman’s territory, most notably through her immeasurable gifts as a rising professional photographer.

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Aside from offering photography services, Sherman’s Faith View Media also is widely known for servicing clients through videography.

A native of San Antonio, Sherman is owner and chief executive officer of Faith View Media, her newly-erected Dallas/Fort Worth-area venture whereby her strategic mission includes, among other things, encouraging others to live their life by faith or, as she puts it plainly, by telling others stories through creative media, she emphasized.

Aside from offering photography services, Sherman’s Faith View Media also is widely known for servicing clients through videography.

Aside from emerging as one of the area’s best kept secrets in the ever-so-competitive photography industry, Sherman is an accomplished social worker.

“I love that I get to encourage others to walk by faith and I also love that I get to build relationships with my clients…to see what faith means to them,” Sherman said of the continuous progress of her endeavor.

Aside from emerging as one of the area’s best kept secrets in the ever-so-competitive photography industry, Sherman is an accomplished social worker.

A University of Texas at Arlington graduate, who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work, Sherman also holds a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on Community and Administrative Practice.

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made both in her profession as a social worker, as well through her up-and-coming business venture, Sherman doesn’t away from the notion that God has had major plans for her life for quite some time.


“I have been through too much for me to just keep the knowledge I’ve gained to myself,” Sherman said. “I want to make sure that I pour into others so that they can either avoid, what I went through, or power through it, because of knowledge and understanding.”


A Faith View Media business that is a few months removed since its inception, Sherman credits Almighty God for introducing her to a craft that, by all accounts, has become her passion.

“He gave me a vision and I kept it in my heart for over a year…almost two,” Sherman said. “Then in 2019, He was like, ‘Start the business now.’”

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made both in her profession as a social worker, as well through her up-and-coming business venture, Sherman doesn’t away from the notion that God has had major plans for her life for quite some time.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Much to her delight, Sherman is savoring the best of both worlds as a Corporate America professional and a resourceful photographer, whose best and brightest days seemingly are well ahead of her.

Much to her delight, Sherman is savoring the best of both worlds as a Corporate America professional and a resourceful photographer, whose best and brightest days seemingly are well ahead of her.

“I’ve always been a creative, but I did not buy my first professional camera until 2018,” said Sherman, adding that she had to “find the courage” and take a “leap of faith.” “So for a year-and-a-half, I have been shooting.”

All the while moving ever so closely toward her destiny in the process.

With God, her Helper, steering the way.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Destiny Sherman of Faith View Media, visit her website under Faith View Media. Also, connect with her via social media at:

Instagram: @FaithViewMedia

Facebook: @FaithViewMedia and,

YouTube: Faith View Media.


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Simona Badger’s S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC is nothing short of brilliant

WOMAN ON THE MOVE

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — Simona Badger’s S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC, a credible, progressive Newark, New Jersey-based venture that customarily provides what is known as culturally sensitive, trauma focused psychotherapy, and professional education to the communities she serves.

DALLAS — To her distinctly unique credit, Simona Badger can be appropriately described as an empowerment extradionaire.

Consider, for instance, how Badger had gone about establishing S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC, a credible, progressive Newark, New Jersey-based venture that customarily provides what is known as culturally sensitive, trauma focused psychotherapy, and professional education to the communities she serves.
“I’ve always known as a child that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” Badger, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining how her competitive drive in life has greatly propelled her for her business venture.
“Growing up, I was interested in social issues such as inequality, women’s rights, and racism. Starting my own business gave me the freedom to serve my community on a deeper level than if I was working for someone. A lot of the things that I accomplished in my life — degrees, marriage, children, business and finding my purpose — are all things I wanted to achieve before I turned 40.”

Because of the purpose for which God has created her, Badger has accomplished that and more — this for a thriving, 39-year-old businesswoman.

Armed with over a decade of experience in her chosen industry — most notably through treating survivors of domestic and sexual violence — Badger’s mission is centered largely on (but isn’t limited to) educating and supporting teens and adults about unhealthy relationships.

Interestingly, her upcoming book will provide a more in-depth and strategic emphasis on assisting teens and young adults, particularly with regards to healing from unhealthy relationships.

“Simona believes that her gift is to educate and support as many lives plagued by inter-generational and trans- generational trauma, and she believes her work would be incomplete unless she is able to give back to her native country (Jamaica) through her volunteering work,” said a spokesperson for Badger’s S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services LLC.


MORE ON BADGER’S VENTURE: https://www.sbempowerment.org/

Much to her delight, Badger will be afforded the golden opportunity to share with the masses her longstanding mission through her organization when she host the Changing The Language of Men’s Health Conference on June 22, at Newark’s Source of Knowledge Bookstore, located at 867 Broad Street.

A conference that will be highlighted by what organizers have dubbed, “Real Talk With A Dynamic Panel Of Men,” tickets for this event can be purchased by calling 973.392.9473 or by paying via PayPal at: http://paypal.me/simonabadger.

“The reason why I’m hosting this conference and focusing on men’s mental health is because for far too long, men have suffered in silence, which has negatively impacted families and communities,” Badger said. “I grew up seeing how toxic masculinity affected males in my own family of origin. I remember seeing the males in my family drink away their problems, gamble away their money and date multiple women at a time due to being stressed.”

For what it’s worth, she credits her immeasurable experiences as a foster care caseworker and New York City Administration for Children Services clinical consultant through The Child Center of New York for her notable accomplishments of becoming what she refers to as a “momprenuer,” as well as a psychotherapist, educator, and advocate.

SAVE THE DATE

Her empowerment and consulting firm, in fact, provides holistic mental health treatment, as well as prevention and education services to women, men, families, children and adolescents, and under-served populations affected by health disparities, trauma, self-identity issues and poverty.

Widely regarded as a compassionate, professional and culturally competent therapist, who provides what it known as a “strengths based” perspective to therapy, Badger strongly believes that in working together through a trusting collaborative relationship, one can gain support to alleviate emotional pain and begin the journey of self-acceptance.

To her credit, her extensive experience includes — but isn’t limited to — helping clients with traumatic experiences, divorce, relationship problems, sleep problems, grief, work-related stress, family stress, and immigration concerns, among others.

A native of Jamaica (West Indies), Badger Simona Badger attended Ferncourt High School in her native establishment before reuniting with her parents in the United States at 15 years of age.

Consequently, she attended Harry S. Truman High in the Bronx, New York, where and graduated in 1998.


MAKING IMMEASURABLE STRIDES

For what it’s worth, Badger credits her immeasurable experiences as a foster care caseworker and New York City Administration for Children Services clinical consultant through The Child Center of New York for her notable accomplishments of becoming what she refers to as a “momprenuer,” as well as a psychotherapist, educator, and advocate.

Badger advanced her education at Herbert H. Lehman College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology (she minored in Black Studies) in 2003.

Then in 2008, she earned a Master of Social Work Degree from Fordham University. During her graduate studies, she majored in Clinical social Work with a certification in Law and Social Work Practice.

Interestingly, in 2013, Badger completed a post-graduate program at New Jersey Institute for Psychoanalysis-Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Certificate Program in nearby Teaneck.

“I love empowering people to reach their full potential,” Badger said. “We are all resilient, but that’s easily forgotten when we are going through hard times.”


For more information about Newark, New Jerssey Businesswoman Simona Badger of S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC, or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: https://www.facebook.com/sb.empowerment.37. Also send email to: badgersimona@gmail.com.


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Bay Area business professional Sheila Ann Pullum Jr. goes from high school dropout to well-educated entrepreneur

DEFYING MONUMENTAL ODDS 

HOLDING IT DOWN — A native of Oakland, California, Sheila Ann Pullum Jr.’s entrepreneurship stint include functioning as credit repair consultant through the globally-acclaimed company, whose longstanding financial services venture that was organized as a strategic, effective way to support the financial opportunities of consumers.

Sheila Ann Pullum Jr. could be appropriately described as a resourceful businesswoman, one whom has always kept what she deems a “good paying” job.

Still, aside from acquiring a steady flow of income through her regular 9-to-5 gig, Pullum Jr. admittedly has always clung to even loftier goals and ambitions, many of which centered on her quest to thrive as an accomplished entrepreneur.
A native of Oakland, California, Pullum Jr.’s entrepreneurship stint include functioning as credit repair consultant through the globally-acclaimed company, whose longstanding financial services venture that was organized as a strategic, effective way to support the financial opportunities of consumers.

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Generally, this is done largely by implementing positive habits to create and maintain a strong financial future, Pullum Jr. told Making Headline News this week.

“Our unique collection of services have been carefully selected to provide protection and opportunity over the many aspects of your finances — all combined into one easy-to-use system,” Pullum Jr. explained. “Our membership can help to ensure you and your family are safeguarding the assets that you’ve earned and those you have to come.”

A thriving, progressive venture that caters mostly to individuals ranging from ages 19 to “all the way to 70 years old,” Pullum Jr. acknowledged, this Hayward, California-based businesswoman said it is due in large part her keen passion, coupled with her diligently displaying a heart for people that have contributed mightily to her sustained success.

“My passion has always been helping others, so I love being the vehicle to betterment, whether by assisting someone in the credit repair process or by helping someone start a home based business,” Pullum Jr. said. “Our program has helped people achieve goals of homeownership, getting approved for business loans, and simply upgrading lives through the power of credit and entrepreneurship.”

Once a high school dropout, who resumed her education and obtained her GED, Pullum Jr. steadily defied the odds when she had ultimately graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services BSHS.

To her credit, her business-related achievements have been nothing short of remarkable since she delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.

That’s because Pullum Jr. is one of the top 65 producers in her company, a feat that resulted in her being awarded a seven-day cruise on the largest ship in the world, during which she traveled to Bay Islands, Honduras, Costa Maya, Cozumel Mexico, and Nassau Bahamas.

Interestingly, her entrepreneurial success has been put on display in such places as various parts of Florida, Las Vegas, and Houston, just to name a few.

As for her personal mission for functioning in her selected line of work, Pullum Jr. embraces the notion that experience undoubtedly has been her best teacher, in some aspects.

“I was never taught about credit and financial literacy, so like many others, I made mistakes and ended up with bad credit,” Pullum Jr. said. “Once I fixed my credit, my life changed for the better.”

Once her life changed, she sensed she had no choice but to devise ways to help change and enrich the lives of others.


“I felt it was my moral responsibility to share (my knowledge) with others,” Pullum Jr. said. “We cannot do better until we know better. “My personal mission for doing this is educate and assist others and to create generation wealth, retire my parents, and to build a legacy for my sons, grandsons, godchildren, and nieces and nephews. Also, I must have control of my time and income.”


Besides her fellow colleagues and business partners, Pullum Jr. said that arguably her grandest inspirations are Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Iyanla Vanzant, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Myles Munroe, and Jim Rohn, among others.

“(These) are influencers who have inspired me to push past my limiting beliefs and to fight for the life that I deserve,” Pullum Jr. said.

A little less than two years removed from having started her business venture, Pullum has become a fixture for hosting what is known as weekly overviews in the Bay Area.


DESTINY STEPS 

“I consider myself a growth advocate and mindset mentor, encouraging others to stand in their power,” Pullum Jr. said. “(I love) helping people get from where they are to where they desire to be, to break the crabs in a bucket theory as I grow I reach back for others.

“Nothing in life is easy, but we have to choose our hard. Growth starts with the belief that you are capable of doing something different and stepping out of your comfort zone to greatness.”

Well said by a thriving, West Coast businesswoman, one who’s gone from a high school dropout to a well-educated entrepreneur in her own right.


For more information about Oakland, California-area Entrepreneur Sheila Ann Pullum Jr., call 510. 736.2402, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/thecaramelprincess. 


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Winners BBQ has been nothing short of remarkable since its 2015 Dallas/Fort Worth inception


“The highest human act is to inspire.”Late superstar rapper Nipsey Hussle


WINNER’S CIRCLE 

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — A former Iowa State football standout, DeAndre Jackson had ultimately delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship as the proud founder of Winners BBQ, a family-owned restaurant that has established three franchises since its inception in 2015.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — If there’s one thing that DeAndre Jackson has learned as a former athlete, it’s how to make good on a seemingly unfavorable situation.

Consider, for instance, how when Jackson’s bid to land on an NFL roster spot fell short amid a career-ending ACL injury, he diligently had become resourceful in that he miraculously found his niche, both as an athletic trainer and real estate agent.
Much to his delight, things for the Garland, Texas native would only get better.
A former Iowa State standout, Jackson had ultimately delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship as the proud founder of Winners BBQ, a family-owned restaurant that has established three franchises since its inception in 2015.

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THEY ARE LIT — Winners BBQ, in fact, has become a fixture throughout North Texas, in large part because consumers have come to enjoy — and embrace — its delectable meat plates, meat by the pound, its assortment of sandwiches, not to mention its smoked turkey legs, as well as its distinctly unique meat loaded potato that’s famously deemed “The G.O.AT.”

Winners BBQ’s original location is housed at 3200 14th Street in nearby Plano. A popular Dallas/Fort Worth restaurant that Jackson owns along with his cousin, Tevin Jackson, Tevin’s wife, former University of Texas and professional track and field star Nichole Denby-Jackson, Winners BBQ has since added two locations — one in Cedar Hill and in Austin.

Following what the Jacksons described as “massive success” of the Plano location, DeAndre opened Winners BBQ Cedar Hill in 2017, and in less than three months ago, Nichole, Tevin, and Nichole’s sister, Nichale,  opened the Austin location. 

For DeAndre Jackson and Co., it’s been all good ever since.


RED ZONE EFFICIENCY 

To their credit, the Jacksons have gone to great lengths to form what has become an All-Star lineup of Winners BBQ CEOs.

“We pride ourselves on bringing flavorful craft BBQ with having a one-of-a-kind menu and delivering exceptional customer service,” Nichole Denby-Jackson told Making Headline News this week.

Winners BBQ, in fact, has become a fixture throughout North Texas, in large part because consumers have come to enjoy — and embrace — its delectable meat plates, meats by the pound, its assortment of sandwiches, not to mention its smoked turkey legs, as well as its distinctly unique meat loaded potato that’s famously deemed “The G.O.AT.”

Following what the Jacksons described as “massive success” of the Plano location, DeAndre opened Winners BBQ Cedar Hill in 2017, and in less than three months ago, Nichole, Tevin, and Nichole’s sister, Nichale,  opened the Austin location. For DeAndre Jackson and Co., it’s been all good ever since.

And then there are Winners BBQ’s mouth-watering sides and its kids menu, not to mention its sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and its flavor-packed dry rub, which takes all of its smoked meats to “another level of flavor,” DeAndre Jackson acknowledged.

Interestingly, Winners BBQ has earned mentions in a slew of food publications, trends that have given way to this star-studded restaurant chain having garnered a host of food awards and magazine honors.


“As high profile collegiate and professional athletes, we are highly competitive by nature and this competitiveness and drive spill over into every faucet of our lives,” DeAndre Jackson explained. “Sports is what we all have in common, and the discipline, dedication, perseverance, mental toughness, sacrifice, motivation, and determination that athletics have instilled in us has taught us very valuable life lessons and how to never quit, no matter what curve balls life throw your way.”


To their credit, the Jacksons have gone to great lengths to form what has become an All-Star lineup of Winners BBQ CEOs.

Surely, their competitive drive as former athletes has contributed mightily to their sustained entrepreneurship success.

For starters, DeAndre and Tevin Jackson, both were legitimate hopeful to land NFL contracts before injuries reduced their effectiveness, thus bringing their careers to unceremoniously ends.

ON A MISSION — As for the Jacksons’ mission for having delved off into entrepreneurship, what it all boils down, they said, is devising ways to leave a legacy for their children — and their children’s children.

Both, in fact, had sustained torn ACL’s, and were forced to tackle — and sack — what they label as the “real world” for the first time in a long time.

And then there was Nichole, a Los Angeles native, who was the catalyst of Texas’ track and field program that captured a national championship before she enjoyed a professional stint with Nike and Adidas that spanned a decade.

Interestingly, Nichole maintained a top-10 world ranking and represented the U. S. on its World Championship Team, as well as served as an alternate on the U. S. Olympic team.

Winners BBQ’s original location is housed at 3200 14th Street in nearby Plano. A popular Dallas/Fort Worth restaurant that Jackson owns along with his cousin, Tevin Jackson, and Tevin’s wife, former University of Texas and professional track and field star Nichole Denby-Jackson, Winners BBQ has since added two locations — one in Cedar Hill and in Austin.

As for the Jacksons’ mission for having delved off into entrepreneurship, what it all boils down, they said, is devising ways to leave a legacy for their children — and their children’s children.

“My personal mission is to be able to pass down something for my children to own and start them off at an even better place in life than I was,” Nichole said. “I would also love to use my platform to motivate and inspire others, whether that be on speaking panels, through a published book, public appearances, and various events or seminars.

“Another mission is to have enough financial freedom for me to give back to many communities through charitable acts of kindness and build water wells in certain parts of Africa for those without clean water,” Nichole added. “We are all big on philanthropy and are big advocates for our community.”

DeAndre and Tevin Jackon both were legitimate hopeful to land NFL contracts before injuries reduced their effectiveness, thus bringing their careers to unceremoniously end. Both, in fact, sustained torn ACL’s, and were both forced to tackle — and sack — the real world for the first time in a long time.

In addition, the Jacksons announced strategic plans to create what they call the “WINspiration Foundation,” an organization that would allow them to display their notable philanthropy efforts.

“Something that I learned from the late great Nipsey Hussle is that the highest human act is to inspire,” Nichole said. “If I can use my platform to reach at least one person — I would love to inspire many — I would be happy.”

Said DeAndre Jackson: “It is important to pass down knowledge and wisdom to better those around you and make them want to become the best versions of themselves and to be able to pass down and instill these things in the next generation which will pick up the baton as it will be their turn to run the world.”

Just as the Jacksons are presently doing as successful entrepreneurs — this after having made good on seemingly unfavorable situations.

Talk about true Winners.


For more information about Texas entrepreneurs DeAndre Jackson, Nichole Denby-Jackson, Tevin Jackson and Nichale of Winners BBQ, call 972.424-2400 (Plano), 205.572-0256 (Cedar Hill), 512.861.5066 (Austin), or connect with Winners BBQ via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/winnersbbq/


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Texas Northeast First Jurisdiction to descend upon Garland for this year’s AIM Crusade

Lead photo taken and submitted by Tiana Boyd 


GARLAND, Texas — Superintendent Andrew Jackson Jr.’s clergy track record is such that he customarily exemplifies displaying heart for people.

Especially young people.

Such was the case in a recent Facebook post when Jackson Jr., the Senior Pastor of West Irving Church of God In Christ, offered a modern-day term often uttered by today’s millennials.
Said Jackson in a post before his nearly 2,300 social media followers:
“AIM Crusade 2019 is going to be LIT!”
Jackson was alluding to the AIM Crusade, an annual three-night event that’s hosted by the Texas Northeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
Powered by Texas Northeast First, this year’s AIM Crusade will take place May 22-24 at Greater El Bethel Church of God In Christ, located at 517 Helen Street in Garland.

An acronym that stands for Auxiliaries In Ministry, last year’s AIM Crusade took place in nearby Corsicana, Texas, and holding the event in various Church of God In Christ-affiliate institutions throughout Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex essentially aligns with part of Texas Northeast First’s mission, Jackson Jr. told Making Headline News on Monday.


“It is a vision of our Jurisdictional Bishop (James E. Hornsby) to service churches in our jurisdiction,” said Jackson, who’s now in his second full year as Texas Northeast First AIM Chairman. “There are several churches in the Garland area, and basically, this is an effort to galvanize ministries in the jurisdiction, impact communities, and win souls for Christ.”


Just like last year’s AIM Crusade, when Texas Northeast First officials honored representatives of the Corsicana Independent School District, Jackson Jr. said a number of whom he refers to as “high achievers” through Garland ISD will be recognized during this three-night event.

“We recognized about 25 students, at least a dozen counselors, as well as Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow and Mayor Pro-Tem Ruby Williams,” said Jackson, acknowledging that this year’s recipients will include students, educators, and administrators.

As usual, the AIM Crusade will be comprised of three nights of power-packed praise and worship services, each of which will begin at 7:30 CST and will highlighted by a featured speaker.

Texas Northeast First Youth Department President Elder Mark Harry will bring forth the unadulterated word during the opening night of what is customarily dubbed, “Youth and Music Night.”

Superintendent Anthony McCrary, the President of Texas Northeast First Evangelist Department, will be the featured speaker on the second night of the crusade.

Jurisdictional Prelate Bishop Hornsby will close out the three-night crusade as the featured speaker.

STRAIGHT FROM THE CHAIRMAN — “It is a vision of our Jurisdictional Bishop (James E. Hornsby) to service churches in our jurisdiction,” said Jackson, who’s now in his second full year as Texas Northeast First AIM Chairman. “There are several churches in the Garland area, and basically, this is an effort to galvanize ministries in the jurisdiction, impact communities, and win souls for Christ.”

One-hour classes will take place at 6:30 prior to the start of services.

A Pentecostal Holiness Christian denomination with a predominantly African-American membership, the Church of God In Christ is comprised of nearly six million members throughout the United States and roughly 12,000 congregations.

Established in 1996 behind the influence of the late Bishop C. D. Owens, AIM is a part of what is known as COGIC’s umbrella format.

Widely regarded as the largest Pentecostal church and the fifth largest Christian church in the U. S., Church of God In Christ-based institutions can be found in more than 100 countries. Interestingly, its worldwide membership is comprised of somewhere in the neighborhood of six-to-eight million members.

Also, there are more than 15,000 Church of God In Christ congregations globally.


TEXAS NORTHEAST FIRST ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION AIM OFFICIALS

 

Jurisdictional Prelate — Bishop J. E. Hornsby

AIM Chairman — Supt. Andrew Jackson, Jr.

Youth Department — President Elder Mark Harry

Chairlady — Erica Milton

Mission Department — President Pastor John Delley; Elect Lady Evangelist Sharon Williams

Evangelist Department — President, Supt. Anthony McCrayElect Lady Evangelist Cathy Green

Sunday School Department — Superintendent, Pastor Larry Polk; Field Representative, Evangelist Cynthia Guyton


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Mid-South AAU hoops player Christian Brown following in foosteps of his mom and dad

BEAST MODE 

REMEMBER THE NAME — To his credit, AAU basketball standout Christian Brown went into beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville. In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining. That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.

He’s only 12 years of age.

But for a youth basketball player, Christian Brown is a beast on the court.

To his credit, he certainly went into full beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville.

In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining.
That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.
Brown was the catalyst for a Storm team that stormed back in the waning moments, erasing a double-digit deficit and miraculously coming away with a 50-49 victory, having outscored the opposition, 18-3, the rest of the way.
In manufacturing 17 points in what was an AAU game for the ages, Brown managed some late heroics when he stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled as a result.

His two clutch free throws helped the Storm ease out to the final margin and, most importantly, his immeasurable display proved to be a microcosm of his resiliency for which he customarily exemplifies in close-game situations.

So remember the name, much sooner than later: Christian Brown.

Because if there’s one thing he’s proven, it’s that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“I always tell him he’s destined for greatness and to always make the most of each day,” said Chelsea Brown, Christians’s mother, during interview with Making Headline News this week. “That day will be confirmation of what we speak into his life on a daily basis.”

If anyone can appropriately assess — and critique — Christian’s progress on and off the court, it’s his mother.

Chelsea Brown was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits. Brown went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.


RESPECT DA HAVEN

IN RETROSPECT — Christian Brown’s mother, Chelsea Brown, was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits.

Given that her son seems on path to following in the footsteps of his parents – both his mother and father are former athletes — it’s safe to assume that, well, the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree (with all due respect).

“Of course, I will be overjoyed to see his dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Chelsea Brown how special would it be if her son is fortunate to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball. “But most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity for him to continue to grow as an athlete.”

Chances are, the 5-foot-10 Christian Brown will grow — literally and figuratively — in the foreseeable future as he looks ahead to next season as one of the marquee players for Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee.

A slim 113-pounder — yet with so much growing to do and weight to put on — Christian often rotates between playing the small forward and shooting guard positions.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“He beat everyone down the court and played good defense,” Chelsea Brown said. “And he was the tallest kid on the court most of the time.”

The possibility exist that will surely be the case when he transitions to the prep basketball ranks, an attribute that figures to garner the attention of scouts and recruiters.


“He never ceases to amaze me,” Chelsea said her son’s continuous progress. “I love watching him exceed my expectations through growth and development. He always plays to the end.”

He sure does.

Remember that recent game against Eagleville?

His mother sure does. There’s a good chance she won’t be forgetting it, either.

FULL RIDE — Brown (in powder blue) went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.

“I actually witnessed him lead his team to victory with two minutes on the clock and they were down by 12,” said Chelsea in pure wonderment. “I saw it in his eyes. He reads his opponents and went into (attack mode) and came out victorious.”

That, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come — much sooner than later.


“My parents always tell me that as long as I work hard, developing as a student-athlete, they will always provide an avenue for me to succeed,” said Christian, who recently was the beneficiary of the Athlete Academic Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (he manufactured a 3.6 GPA), as well as being named Offensive Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“My dad is always there to support me, and his presence always motivates me to play hard.”

Interestingly, although he has plenty of basketball left to play before bolting the high prep ranks, Christian doesn’t shy away from the notion that’s he’s presently auditioning for a full-ride athletic scholarship.

As far as he’s concerned, there’s no time to waste, not when he’s closing in on 6-feet in height as a preteen and making his presence felt against more experienced players.

“I would like (scouts and recruiters) to know that I am a hard worker and coachable,” said Christian, who will attend a hoops camp at Duke University over the summer. “I am a team player and have experience, playing every position on the floor. Most of all, I’m always open to learning and using skills learned from camps and other resources.”


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Dallas entrepreneur JerTerria Dawson’s VySion Events comes full circle, just as her late mother said


And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV)


VYSION UNFOLDING 

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman JerTerria Dawson is owner and chief executive officer of VySion Events. Located at 360 E. Beltline Road in the heart of Desoto, Texas. VySion (pronounced Vision) is a 6,000 square feet venue that is suitable for hosting an array of events

DESOTO, Texas — As a longtime Texas entrepreneur, amongst JerTerria Dawson’s strategic objectives is striving to view virtually every business-related transaction from a broader perspective — to steadfastly devise ways to demonstrate a team-oriented concept, if you will.

“I honestly believe that everyone can win if we work together,” Dawson, 37, told Making Headline News this week. “There is enough business and clients in DFW that everyone can be successful. With that being said, I believe in assisting others and referring my potential clients to other venues if I am booked and other business owners have done the same.”

SEE THE VYSION : https://www.vysionevents.com/

It is due in large part to Dawson’s passion for displaying a heart for people that has contributed mightily to her sustaining entrepreneurship success as owner and chief executive officer of VySion Events.

Located at 360 East Beltline Road in the heart of Desoto, Texas, VySion (pronounced Vision) is a 6,000 square feet venue that is suitable for hosting an array of events, most notably (but not limited to:

  • Weddings and Receptions

  • Parties

  • Celebrations

  • Social Dances

  • Quinceaneras

  • Baby Showers

  • Video Shoots

  • Photo Shoots

  • ​Repass (Funeral Reception)

  • Sweet 16

  • Banquets

  • Reunions

  • Graduations

  • Corporate Events

  • Fashion Shows and,

  • Art Galleries

CATCH THE VYSION 

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — Because this venue has emerged as one of the finest of its kind, particularly in North Texas, Dawson is convinced that her latest endeavor’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

In essence, this spaciously luxurious establishment is widely deemed a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth’s Metroplex, in large part because its staff specializes in providing elegant social and corporate events to residents throughout the area.

“One major difference between VySion Events and other event facilities is that we not only provide our clients with a rental facility for their events, but we provide exceptional customer service while offering decor, linens, and vendor packages,” Dawson, a native of Dallas,  said.

Having credited her mother for fueling her desire to delve off into entrepreneurship, Dawson’s quest to owning an event venue essentially commenced during her undergraduate days.

A business that is nearly its first full of year of existence, Dawson and her staff are overwhelmingly appreciative of the instant — and continuous — success  VySion Events has enjoyed since its inception.

Most importantly, because this venue has emerged as one of the finest of its kind, particularly in North Texas, Dawson is convinced that her latest endeavor’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“I like how my staff and I make my clients feel from start to finish,” Dawson said. “I believe in delivering exceptional service to my clients and that is what we strive to do with each event. We just love making each event a memorable one.”

Interestingly, when it comes to going above and beyond to ensure that each event is indeed an unforgettable one, there is virtually no limit on ages of individuals and groups to whom Dawson and Co. cater.

In other words, when pitching a call to VySion Events, rest assured that Dawson and staff will accommodate your every need and will provide the kind of service that undoubtedly will be nothing short of remarkable.

For Dawson, it wasn’t until after she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (with a minor in Film Studies) from the University of Houston that she began to become more diligent in the purpose for which she was created.

“We do not have a particular age group that we cater to,” Dawson emphasized. “Our youngest client has been one years old and our most seasoned client has been 70 years young. We welcome and cater to all age groups.”

Having credited her mother for fueling her fervent desire to delve off into entrepreneurship, Dawson’s quest to owning an event venue essentially commenced during her undergraduate days.

“While in college I would help people and different organizations plan events,” Dawson said. “However, the love for planning and having nice events grew when I became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.”

A business that is nearly its first full of year of existence, Dawson and her staff are overwhelmingly appreciative of the instant — and continuous — success  VySion Events has enjoyed since its inception.

For Dawson, it wasn’t until after she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (with a minor in Film Studies) from the University of Houston that she began to become more diligent in the purpose for which she was created.

Much to her delight, that is when the concept that is entrepreneurship had become more and more inevitable.

“After graduation I knew that I wanted to have my own event venue,” said Dawson, who also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. “I would often talk to my mom about my desire to pursue this business venture.”

MOM CALLED IT — Interestingly, it wasn’t until after the sudden passing of Dawson’s mother on May 7, 2016 that such a prophesy had come full circle.

Without question, mom knew best, as Dawson had ultimately found out for probably the umpteenth time.

“She would always say, ‘You are going to open up your own event facility, just wait and see,’” Dawson recalled. “I always believed in my mom’s words, but fear, procrastination, doubt, and the No. 1 deterrent of not having money got in the way.”

Interestingly, it wasn’t until after the sudden passing of Dawson’s mother on May 7, 2016 that such a prophesy had come full circle.

“One major difference between VySion Events and other event facilities is that we not only provide our clients with a rental facility for their events, but we provide exceptional customer service while offering decor, linens, and vendor packages,” Dawson, a native of Dallas,  said.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

“We talked for about an hour and she imparted all of her knowledge about the business and, because of her and my mom pushing and guiding me, that is how VySion Events is her today.”

Talk about writing the VySion down and making it plain only to run with it.

 


In a related development:

 

Dawson announced that VySion Events will be hosting its inaugural Entrepreneur Pop-Up Shop/Back To School Bash on August 3 from 2 to 7 p.m., an event during which vendors and attendees will be able to donate school supplies.

There is a $100 vendor fee and the deadline to lock in an allotted space is May 24, Dawson said.

For vendor information or to make a donation, call 469.920.1363, or send email to: vysion.events@ gmail.com.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman JerTerria Dawson of VySion Events, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/VySion-Events-1819333784945429/. Also, send email to: jerterria.rodney@yahoo.com.


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Detroit business couple Roderick and Mablene Gillison advancing the kingdom as resourceful recovery coaches


Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)


STANDING IN AGREEMENT 

GOD-ORDERED STEPS — Together, the inseparable union between Roderick and Mablene Gillison is so superabundant and close-knit that this godly couple deemed it essential to collectively established a business venture that would not only benefit them mightily, but, most importantly, it would help enrich and advance the kingdom.

Roderick loves his wife to the moon and back.

Mablene undoubtedly shares the same sentiments.

Together, the inseparable union between Roderick and Mablene Gillison is so superabundant and close-knit that this godly couple deemed it essential to collectively established a business venture that would not only benefit them mightily, but, most importantly, it would help enrich and advance the kingdom.
A native of Detroit, Roderick Gillison is a longtime real estate broker whom, along with his wife of 27 years, is state licensed recovery coach, whereby they are routinely afforded the golden opportunity to offer strategic support and assistance, particularly through helping people make the necessary recoveries that will ultimately prove beneficial to them.
Aside from functioning as a dedicated business couple to complement their longstanding union, Gillison is the Founder of the Recovery Today Television Network, an awe-inspiring milestone that is a far cry from his season in the wilderness, during which he was once saddled by drug and alcohol additions.

“A recovery coach is a person who has lived experiences and can identify with the peers he or she is serving,” Roderick Gillison told Making Headline News this week.

A venture that is powered by Roderick’s wealth of experience as a licensed minister of the gospel, the Gillisons’ recovery coaching endeavor is centered largely on aiding others to press and navigate toward a rewarding, successful future, not to recall and dwell on their turbulent, discomforting past, the couple acknowledged.

“Recovery means to gain back what was lost,” Roderick Gillison said. We offer support, assistance in helping persons to make a recovery that will work for them.”

AND THE BIBLE SAYS…

Interestingly and to their distinctly unique credit, the Gillisons’ Christian-based venture has become a fixture for attracting and accommodating today’s youth — or these millennial.

“We are trying to show the young generation it’s not what you do, it’s why you do what you do,” said Roderick Gillison, who accepted his calling to engaging in ministerial work in 1995.

Beloved members of Detroit’s historic After Christ Christian Center — under the leadership of Apostle Rudolph and Kingdom Recovery Ministries founder, Pastor Lois Ellis — Roderick Gillison credit these notable clergymen for greatly steering him on the right path in ministry, as well as in the business sector.

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Beloved members of Detroit’s historic After Christ Christian Center — under the leadership of Apostle Rudolph and Kingdom Recovery Ministries founder, Pastor Lois Ellis — Roderick Gillison credit these notable clergymen for greatly steering him on the right path in ministry, as well as in the business sector.

“These are my pastors, whom I love dearly,” Roderick Gillison said. “They accepted me and my family in 1995 at the lowest times in my life when I was struggling and hurt, and with their love and prayers, they raised us up to be who we are today — overcomers in Christ.”

Aside from functioning as a dedicated business couple to complement their longstanding union, Gillison is the Founder of the Recovery Today Television Network, an awe-inspiring milestone that is a far cry from his season in the dreaded wilderness, during which he was once saddled by drug and alcohol addictions.

RODERICK’S COVERING 

POWERFUL WORDS —– “Having my husband for 27 years as a business partner gives me the ability to grow, not only as a friend, partner, and lover,” Mablene Gillison said. “We encourage each other in the good and bad times. Things I can’t see and hear, I have the man I trust to help me navigate through life’s situations. In this partnership, it teaches us to pray, love, forgive, and celebrate life daily.”

But God…Whom this devout man of faith had ultimately discovered would emerge as the Author and Finisher of his faith.

Talk about a dramatic comeback from after having endured a major and potentially life-threatening setback.

“I’m working in the field that I once fell victim to,” said Roderick Gillison, recalling his life-changing testimony for probably the umpteenth time, yet for all the right reasons.

Aside for the valiant support of his spiritually coverings, he has his wife to thank more than anything.

“My wife’s impact as a business partner is very special,” Roderick Gillison said. ‘Not only is she a wife, but first and foremost, she’s my friend. (The fact) we can achieve and love each other at the same time is mind blowing to me. Our marriage of 27 years is based upon (the Biblical passage) Amos 3:3, which reads: How can two walk together except they be agreed? She knows everything about me…how I think, how I’m feeling…man, she is definitely a gift from God. None of this would be possible without her.”

WE ALL IN — A venture that is powered by his wealth of experience as a licensed minister of the gospel, the Gillisons’ recovery coaching endeavor is centered largely on aiding others to press and navigate toward a rewarding, successful future, not to recall and dwell on their turbulent, discomforting past, the couple acknowledged.

Of course, Mablene Gillison likewise has a few favorable pleasantries to pass along while assessing her husband’s immeasurable impact as a business partner.

“Having my husband for 27 years as a business partner gives me the ability to grow, not only as a friend, partner, and lover,” Mablene Gillison said. “We encourage each other in the good and bad times. Things I can’t see and hear, I have the man I trust to help me navigate through life’s situations. In this partnership, it teaches us to pray, love, forgive, and celebrate life daily.”

With God, their Helper, steering the way.


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SALUTE TO GRADUATE TRIBUTES: Louisiana prep student athlete Ca’lib Watts proven to be an all-around champion

BAYOU CHAMPION

ON CENTER STAGE — As if his 3.4 grade point average wasn’t enough to emerge as the center of conversation in the family, Ca’lib Watts helped propelled Lafayette Christian football team to an impressive 14-0 record that was culminated with a LHSAA Division IV state championship, courtesy of a 56-7 rout of Ascension Catholic.

DALLAS — Call him Ca’lib The Champ.

That’s because Louisiana high school student athlete Ca’lib Watts has proven to be a champion in every stretch of the imagination, especially during what undoubtedly has been a remarkably memorable tenure for the 18-year-old senior at Lafayette Christian Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“I am still in awe that God allowed this handsome, young man of mine to make me a mommy 18 years ago,” Shameka Sampson said of her son to kick off Making Headline News’ annual Salute To Graduate Tributes for 2019.

“To say that I am proud of him would be an understatement.”

To grasp a thorough concept of why Sampson essentially couldn’t offer enough superlatives when recalling the legacy her beloved son continues to create even at this stage in his young life, look no further than the flurry of accolades and achievements he’s garnered as he prepares to earn his diploma on May 17.

KLEENEX FORTHCOMING — Come May 17, chances are Sampson and the rest the family will be crying tears of joy when Watts’ name is called to receive his diploma.“When I hear his name called on graduation night, I will feel like I’m in a dream,” Sampson said. “This time in his life has come way too fast for me and I will probably cry as I have been doing since the first day of his senior year, but they will be happy tears and maybe a few sad ones, too.”

For starters, Watts boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.4.

As if that isn’t enough to emerge as the center of conversation in the family, Watts helped propelled the Lafayette Christian football team to an impressive 14-0 record that was culminated with an LHSAA Division IV state championship, courtesy of a 56-7 rout of Ascension Catholic.

Not to be outdone, Watts is a member of LCA’s varsity track squad, which recently won the regionals, thus advancing to state championships at LSU, where he will compete as part of the Knights’ relay team.

HER BEGOTTEN SON — To grasp a thorough concept of why Shameka Sampson essentially couldn’t offer enough words when recalling the legacy her beloved son continues to create even at stage in his young life, look no further than the flurry of accolades and achievements he’s garnered as he prepares to earn his diploma on May 17.

While he is just days away from earning his diploma, Watts has already devised a strategic plan for life after high school.

According to his mother, Watts will attend Basic Training for the U.S. Army National Guard before enrolling in Spring 2020 at nearby McNeese University, where he plans to major in Pediatric Nursing.

Though Auburn, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University- Commerce capped off Watts’ short list of colleges, Sampson admittedly was convinced all along that her son wanted to stay within close proximity of the family’s residence.

Not to be outdone, Watts is a member of LCA’s varsity track squad, which recently the won the regionals, thus advancing to state championships at LSU, where he will compete as part of the Knights’ relay team.

“(There were) a couple more colleges, but I believe they were a little too far away from his mom and sister,” Sampson jokingly said.

All things considered, Sampson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s overwhelmingly in awe of the favor God has bestowed upon the life of her son, whose best and brightest days are well ahead of him, she said.

“My son has inspired me to be a better me,” Sampson said. “He has never judged me for my shortcomings as a parent and he has told and showed me how much he admires me and how hard I’ve worked to take care of him and his younger sister.”

Once Watts enters the next chapter of his life, he will be missed considerably, his mother acknowledged.

“My daughter, Jaeda, will miss him a lot as well,” Sampson said. “Her ‘bubby,’ as she so fondly calls him, has looked up to him and trusted him to never lead her wrong. Ca’lib calls himself his ‘Sister’s Keeper.’”

Though Auburn, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University- Commerce capped off Watts’ short list of colleges, Sampson admittedly was convinced all along that her son wanted to stay within close proximity of the family’s residence.

As for going away in the coming months, that will certainly take some getting used to.

“Ca‘lib has never been away from me or his sister this long…ever…and it will definitely be a challenge, because I will be praying for him, wondering if he’s okay and if his superiors are treating him right, but I have to give him to God and have to let him become a man,” Sampson said.

Come May 17, chances are Sampson and the rest the family will be crying tears of joy when Watts’ name is called to receive his diploma.

“When I hear his name called on graduation night, I will feel like I’m in a dream,” Sampson said. “This time in his life has come way too fast for me and I will probably cry as I have been doing since the first day of his senior year, but they will be happy tears and maybe a few sad ones, too.”

Much to his delight, it has been one heckuva ride the past few years for Watts, whom Sampson said has held fast to a rare sense of integrity in ways many of his peers haven’t.

WELL ON HIS WAY 

THE LORD’S DOING — “I am still in awe that God allowed this handsome, young man of mine to make me a mommy 18 years ago,” Sampson said of her son to kick off Making Headline News’ annual Salute To Graduates Tributes for 2019.

“I am proud of my son for keeping himself pure and in waiting for the young woman that God has for him,” Sampson said. “A lot of young men don’t make it to the age of 18 without several sexual partners or children, but I thank God that he listened to me and he and his girlfriend, Londyn, have made a pact between themselves and God to keep themselves pure, because God said so. There is no limit for him. The boundaries are limitless because he serves a limitless God.”

Talk about demonstrating the attributes of a true champion.

“The favor on his life comes not just from being who he is, but because of his obedience,” Sampson said. “And, as long as he honors the Lord, he will not fall, break, or bend.”

That’s because this Louisiana high school student athlete has proven to be a champion in every stretch of the imagination.

Big ups to Ca’lib The Champ.


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Thanks to a former NFL player, Duncanville’s Barak Gurnell has found his niche and passion in football


TEXAS CLASS 6A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW


DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Tamara Gurnell was going on and on Wednesday morning about how her son, Barak Gurnell, doesn’t routinely watch football.

“He doesn’t watch a whole lot of football,” Tamara Gurnell told Making Headline News. “I could turn it on a game and he’ll go in another room. He’s just not into watching football like that.”


EYE OF THE PANTHER 

HEART OF A CHAMPION — A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p.m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

That certainly isn’t the case for her son on the field.

A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0, ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps.com) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0, ranked No. 10 nationally by MaxPreps.com) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p. m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

Led by former Dallas Skyline coach Reggie Sample, Duncanville is ranked No. 1 in Texas Class 6A, according to MaxPreps. North Shore is ranked No. 2.

A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win in the state semifinals.


“Football has become a very important part of my life in a very short period of time and I honestly can’t see going to college without it. It pushes me to be a better version of myself every day.” — Duncanville senior defensive tackle Barak Gurnell 


STOCK IS RISING — What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

Football alone isn’t the only factor that has greatly inspired Gurnell to maximize his potential as he continues to lobbies for a full ride scholarship as a member of a nationally-ranked Duncanville team that’s loaded with Division 1-caliber players and is back in the state championship for the first time in two decades.

Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis.

A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

PIVOTAL EXTRA POINT — Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis. A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

As Tamara Gurnell recalled, Lewis was rather direct when suggesting that her son — who already exhibits the size of an NFL defensive lineman — should serious consider giving football a try.

“My friend, Rod Lewis, hadn’t seen Barak for some time until his daughter’s 17th birthday party,” Tamara Gurnell explained. “Rod’s face lit up with excitement and he began to pat Barak on the back and chest, commenting on how big he had gotten.”

As it turns out, it seemed that divine intervention essentially couldn’t keep Barak Gurnell off of Lewis’ mind days after the two had crossed paths.

MOM KNOWS BEST –— Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

“A few days later, Rod called me to discuss Barak’s future, highly encouraging (him) to consider football as a viable option to add to his high school portfolio,” Tamara Gurnell recalled.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

That’s because not only did Barak Gurnell heed the pertinent advice of Lewis but, much to his delight, it’s safe to assume that competitive football, by all accounts, has become an integral part of his life.

Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace some wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

Yep. What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

“I have spoken to Lyon College over the phone and Texas State University (scouts) in person,” said Gurnell, adding that Oklahoma State and SMU have expressed interests in his services.

REMEMBER THE NAME — A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win.

Surely, Gurnell’s short list of schools, in all likelihood, will expand, considering just this past summer, he attended camps at SMU, OSU, Baylor, TCU, the University of Houston, Rice University, and Texas A&M Commerce, among others.

“There will be no problems off the field,” said Gurnell, when asked what direct message he’d like to send to college scouts and recruiters. “I always make sure to conduct myself in a respectable fashion and that my grades are never a problem. Right now, I’m preparing for the state final game against North Shore, and I plan to continue to lift weights through the winter and do some conditioning once it gets warmer.”

If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential for landing an athletic scholarship.

“The coaches give honest feedback,” Tamara Gurnell said of her son’s constant progression to the sport. “Essentially, Barak is a diamond in the rough. Because he is so new to the sport, the learning curve is massive.”

All things considered, one would be hard-pressed to discover just how “massive” of a curve it is, given the sustained success Gurnell has enjoyed in such a brief timeframe.

“He is a quick study, and in football, intellect is key,” said Tamara Gurnell, sounding very much like a prep football insider. “(The Duncanville coaching staff) believe he will be offered a (partial) scholarship, if not a full one, mainly because there is limited film due to his late start in the sport. They believe he will surely be an asset, because of his character and great grades.”

PUTTING IN WORK — If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential to landing an athletic scholarship.

Something even a former NFL player had recognized at a birthday party.

Speaking of party, expect the Gurnells to host one if the Panthers upend North Shore Saturday night in Arlington, which is roughly two towns over from Duncanville.

Heck, expect them to throw an even bigger party if Barak Gurnell pulls off the unthinkable by signing a National Letter of Intent in the foreseeable future , which undoubtedly would be a massive, remarkable feat for a relatively newcomer to the sport.

“I will be proud (if he earns a football scholarship), because he is one step closer to his independence,” Tamara Gurnell said. “I am enjoying the man he is becoming.”

A youngster who already exhibits the frame of an NFL defensive lineman.

Talk about impressive.


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