Hamilton MS counselor among recipients of History Maker Awards

March 5, 2018

Hamilton Middle School Counselor Christina Porter (second from right) was among 10 recipients at the inaugural Mayor’s History Makers Awards
Hamilton Middle School Counselor Christina Porter (second from right) was among 10 recipients at the inaugural Mayor’s History Makers Awards at a luncheon held Feb. 9 at the Houstonian Hotel. Posing with Porter after she was recognized is Steven White (left), Comcast’s West Division president and reception keynote speaker, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and T. Ray Purser, Comcast’s Houston Region vice president of external affairs.

March 5, 2018—Hamilton Middle School Eighth-Grade Counselor Christina Porter was among the 10 recipients of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s inaugural History Maker Awards, with the reception and ceremony held Feb. 9 at the Houstonian Hotel.

Honorees were chosen on their work and the personal impact he or she is making on Houston, the ability to overcome obstacles and their work in furthering the mission of service-oriented nonprofit organizations.

Hamilton MS counselor among recipients of History Maker Awards
Hamilton Middle School Counselor Christina Porter (right) is interviewed at the inaugural Mayor’s History Makers Awards reception and luncheon, held Feb. 9 at the Houstonian Hotel. Porter was among 10 honorees for her work with the Chauncy Glover Project, a mentoring program created to help groom inner-city teenage boys into upstanding gentlemen.

Porter, the youngest honoree, was recognized for her work with The Chauncy Glover Project, a mentoring program created to help groom inner-city teenage boys into upstanding gentlemen. The organization started in Detroit and is in its second year in Houston, bringing young men together with mentors and also including empowerment sessions, college preparation forums and community awareness trips.

Porter serves as Project Coordinator and oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization alongside Glover, an anchor for KTRK Channel 13 (ABC) who began the project while working in Detroit. Her duties include securing workshop speakers and writing recommendation letters, among many more.

Other honorees included former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space who volunteers for Communities in Schools, and Elexa Orrange Allen, a former Olympian who volunteers for Goodwill Houston.

“It was an incredibly humbling experience to be honored among such an amazing group of community leaders,” Porter said. “At the age of 36, I was considered the ‘millennial’ of the group. One thing I learned that we all have in common is that the work we have chosen to do is a ministry. It was something each of us has been called to do. It’s something Mr. Glover and I remind ourselves of all the time, so it was refreshing to know that we are not the only ones who feel the same way.”

Hamilton Middle School Counselor Christina Porter (left) is joined by Kelli Zeutschel, Hamilton lead counselor, and Kim Sempe, campus principal, at the inaugural Mayor’s History Makers Awards reception Feb. 9 at the Houstonian Hotel. Porter was among 10 individuals honored for their work in the community through volunteerism, mentorship and advocacy.
Hamilton Middle School Counselor Christina Porter (left) is joined by Kelli Zeutschel, Hamilton lead counselor, and Kim Sempe, campus principal, at the inaugural Mayor’s History Makers Awards reception Feb. 9 at the Houstonian Hotel. Porter was among 10 individuals honored for their work in the community through volunteerism, mentorship and advocacy.

The honorees will be featured in a public service announcement by Comcast, which sponsored the luncheon. In addition, Comcast will donate $1,000 to each honoree’s chosen nonprofit organization.

Porter is an active member to a number of community organizations, which includes serving as chairman of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s ASCEND program, a youth enrichment initiative for high school students.

“As a school counselor, every day I have the opportunity to advocate for students and give them a voice,” Porter said. “Unfortunately, through my interactions with kids within the community, I've learned that many students sometimes get overlooked or miss out on much needed guidance that can propel them out of their circumstances and into the successful members of society they were called to be. I am thankful for the mentorship I’ve received from people like my principal, Kim Sempe and Kelli Zeutschel, lead counselor. The wealth of knowledge I have gained from working in CFISD has allowed me to give back to the community that molded me by seeking to inspire and motivate those who will come after me.”

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