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Two Students Receive a Big Tennis Prize
Two Students Receive a Big Tennis Prize
Posted on 04/06/2022
This spring break two young ladies will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch one of the biggest tennis matches in Western North Carolina. Sixth-graders Lilly Wright and Laila Cuellar from Charles T. Koontz Intermediate entered a project in the Billie Jean King Cup Contest. They were selected out of 40 entries, based on their research and hardwork on the project. The Asheville Tennis Association presented the duo with a family four pack of tickets to the Billie Jean King Cup. The girls were surprised with the award in front of the peers during gym class on Tuesday March 29. By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

This spring break two young ladies will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch one of the biggest tennis matches in Western North Carolina. Sixth-graders Lilly Wright and Laila Cuellar from Charles T. Koontz Intermediate entered a project in the Billie Jean King Cup Contest. They were selected out of 40 entries, based on their research and hardwork on the project. The Asheville Tennis Association presented the duo with a family four pack of tickets to the Billie Jean King Cup. The girls were surprised with the award in front of the peers during gym class on Tuesday March 29.

“It’s exciting to get to come into the school and be a part of the ceremony,” said Demp Bradford, President of the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission. “This continues our relationship working with Buncombe County Schools (BCS) to hold contests like this in conjunction with major sporting events. We are able to leverage a sports event to provide educational opportunities for our students.”

This year marked the third time the contest has been held in BCS. The committee decided to present the contest to the four intermediate schools. The judges said they had a hard time deciding a winner, but the winning project really stood out the most to them.

“We judge them based on creativity, content, and clarity,” said Jennifer Reed, Director of Elementary and Intermediate Education. “The video that Lilly and Laila turned in was very thorough. They covered various sports, and the different barriers athletes had to overcome.”

All students were given three topics to choose from for their presentation. The young ladies said they put a lot of time and effort into this assignment. They did their homework when selecting the athletes they were going to highlight.

“We thought that these athletes were very inspirational,” said Lilly. “We wanted to talk about how they managed to break barriers for others who are similar to them. I feel very inspired by the athletes myself, because they were not afraid to show who they are.”

Lilly and Laila said they were surprised to find out that they were the winners of the contest. They didn’t think that their project would be selected.

This spring break two young ladies will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch one of the biggest tennis matches in Western North Carolina. Sixth-graders Lilly Wright and Laila Cuellar from Charles T. Koontz Intermediate entered a project in the Billie Jean King Cup Contest. They were selected out of 40 entries, based on their research and hardwork on the project. The Asheville Tennis Association presented the duo with a family four pack of tickets to the Billie Jean King Cup. The girls were surprised with the award in front of the peers during gym class on Tuesday March 29. “It makes me feel extremely special since our classmates got to see us receive the award,” said Laila. “I am happy to go see the tournament with my friends.”

The committee cannot wait to see the girls sitting in the stands cheering the teams on.

“It was a pleasure to be able to give away family packs of tickets,” said Jeff Joyce, President of the Asheville Tennis Association. “They are going to see a show featuring Ukraine and the USA team. It’s going to be quite meaningful in this community. No other place in the world is going to be able to see something like this except for us.”

The Billie Jean King Cup will be held April 15-16 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville. If you wish to purchase tickets please click here.

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