Cy Creek student wins CEC’s Yes I Can! award
Jan. 9, 2012—Cypress Creek High School student James Parker was one of 21 winners in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s annual Yes I Can! Awards.
The Yes I Can! Awards have recognized thousands of children and youth since the program’s inception in 1982.
The winners are nominated for their outstanding achievements in the categories of academics, arts, athletics, school and community activities, self-advocacy, technology or transition. Parker was chosen for transition, highlighting his accomplishments in employment, vocational training and independent living skills.
Cypress Creek principal Jim Wells, who wrote Parker’s recommendation letter to the CEC, cited Parker winning an Academic Achievement Award in 2010-2011, as well as his role as a student assistant for multiple teachers, his participation in the Teen Leadership and SPARKS clubs and starting up his own business—Shredding on the Go—in which he shreds documents for customers either at their place of business or from home.
“The vision for James as an engaged individual, contributing to the betterment of his community with a viable service rendered allows for a sense of shared fulfillment for his family members, educational system and responsive community,” Wells said.
Parker has been invited to a special awards ceremony at the CEC 2012 Convention & Expo in April in Denver, and will receive a small statue titled “Youth Victorious,” designed by nationally renowned sculptor Michael Naranjo.