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Long before the Friday night lights fired up, and hours before the first play was called, Wilson Central students were already hard at work preparing for the big game against Beech.
These are the kids that won't get the glory of putting it in the end zone, but still have plenty of pride. Perhaps no student has more of it than 19-year-old cheerleader Gabryelle Conklin, who doesn't let cerebral palsy keep her from energizing the fans or inspiring her fellow cheerleaders.
"I just like the support of my girls," Conklin said. "They mean the world to me and I don't even know if they know how much they mean to me."
Going into Friday's game, the Wildcats had 7 straight wins, and Head Coach Brad Dedman said some of that success is thanks to the team's unique source of inspiration.
"We've got Frazier Frans on our team," Dedman said. "He's an equipment manager for us."
Frazier suffers from a mental disability that keeps him from suiting up, but not from supporting the team, or from being one of the guys.
"You know, they treat him just like one of the guys," says Dedman. "He hangs out in our locker room. He sits around and jokes around with them."
Dedman says when it's time for the players to leave the locker room and put on their game faces, they carry Frazier's infectious energy with them onto the gridiron.
"You know, he inspires our football team with just his enthusiasm," says Dedman. "He's definitely big for our football team. He's definitely one of Wilson Central's biggest supporters."
Saturday, October 6 2012, 09:46 PM CDT
Supreme court justice to speak at Belmont
June 19, 2013 14:57 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Belmont University College of Law has announced that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will speak at the school's first graduation next year.
Law school Dean Jeff Kinsler said Wednesday it will be an especially great honor to have the justice address Belmont's initial law graduates. The commencement is scheduled for May 10, 2014. The college anticipates about 120 graduates completing the three-year program.
Belmont announced last week that the American Bar Association has granted its law school provisional accreditation. New schools must have two years of provisional accreditation before being granted full accreditation, but graduates are entitled to the same recognition.
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