Speaker, friendly competition motivate Kahla students for STAAR

May 11, 2017

Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams, right, passes a basketball off his knee to Kahla Middle School eighth-grade student Za’ire Sublett during a STAAR pep rally in the school gymnasium on May 5.
Former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams, right, passes a basketball off his knee to Kahla Middle School eighth-grade student Za’ire Sublett during a STAAR pep rally in the school gymnasium on May 5. 

May 11, 2017—Former professional basketball players visited Kahla Middle School on May 5 to motivate Knights students for STAAR testing the week of May 8.

Retired Harlem Globetrotter and motivational speaker Melvin Adams delivered an encouraging speech to the students during an afternoon pep rally. Then he and his guest, former NBA player Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson, joined the Kahla staff in challenging the eighth-grade district champions to a full-court basketball game.

Kahla eighth-grade student Tre Shon Clay, right, defends former professional basketball player Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson as he drives to the basket during a students vs. staff basketball game after the STAAR pep rally.
Kahla eighth-grade student Tre Shon Clay, right, defends former professional basketball player Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson as he drives to the basket during a students vs. staff basketball game after the STAAR pep rally. 

“This was their second STAAR testing administration, so we wanted to put something in place to motivate them to do their very best,” said Sandra Dilworth, Kahla eighth-grade assistant principal. “The speaker talked about taking advantage of a second chance and what you do with that chance.”

Kahla’s staff came from behind to defeat the students by 1 point, after a layup at the buzzer by the eighth-graders was waved off. Kahla’s band performed during the entertainment as the student body cheered on the Knights.

Kahla teacher Ernest Baskin and eighth-grade student Joshua Cormier compete for a loose ball during the students vs. staff basketball game coinciding with the STAAR pep rally at the school on May 5.
Kahla teacher Ernest Baskin and eighth-grade student Joshua Cormier compete for a loose ball during the students vs. staff basketball game coinciding with the STAAR pep rally at the school on May 5. 

“We wanted to give them something to look forward to so they can elevate and get to that next level,” Dilworth said. “I think they responded very well and I think they’re going to do fantastic on the test.”

Kahla students Alexander Hernandez, left, and Héctor Lucio join the school band in performing during the STAAR pep rally on May 5.
Kahla students Alexander Hernandez, left, and Héctor Lucio join the school band in performing during the STAAR pep rally on May 5. 

Sandra Dilworth, Kahla eighth-grade assistant principal, gives a motivational speech to eighth-grade district champion basketball players as the Knights played Kahla staff in a basketball game.
Sandra Dilworth,
Kahla eighth-grade assistant principal, gives a motivational speech to eighth-grade district champion basketball players as the Knights played Kahla staff in a basketball game. 

Teacher and coach Randall Shepard congratulates eighth-grade student Marc Jones on a good game after the STAAR pep rally at the school on May 5.
Teacher and coach Randall Shepard congratulates eighth-grade student Marc Jones on a good game after the STAAR pep rally at the school on May 5. 

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