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Giving Back to the Team that Gave So Much in La Mesa

Davis' closing remarks.
Davis' closing remarks.

Many of the La Mesa community members know that Helix’s football program is a huge part of the school and student life. It is important to show these football players how much we support them and the students at Helix do that at 7 PM every friday night from September to November.

It is also important to acknowledge all the hard work that these players put in year-round so that the Helix community has this amazing team to cheer on.

Senior Jalen Davis, star wide receiver at Helix, and Utah State University commit, chose to do the Varsity Football Banquet for his Senior Project.

The Varsity Football Banquet is one night dedicated to recognizing the hard working players on the team and giving out three special awards: the Iron Man Award, the Scottie Football Award, and the Golden Helmet Award, all of which have been given out for many years and are very prestigious.

The Iron Man award is given to an individual to who may not be the strongest, but works the hardest to get where they want to be in the gym. The Scottie Football Award is given to the individual who is the most team oriented. Finally, the Golden Helmet Award is given to the individual who best represents the team as a whole.

Davis had to go through many steps to complete his project. First he had to “learn how to create a floor plan” for the banquet set-up. For someone who has no experience, and this is where the stretch comes in, this in itself can be a challenge.

He also had to negotiate prices with the company that was making the awards so that the football program could get the lowest price for the most awards.

Davis also was required to coordinate the potluck style dinner at the banquet and make sure that there was going to be enough food for all the players and their families.

Davis also said that he had to, “be consistent with how productive I was being so that I got all the work done that needed to be done.”

The Varsity Football banquet is a very casual affair where all the boys can hang out and reminisce about the past season. For senior Jabrion Burnside, the banquet was the outlet for his Senior Project as well. He showed a shortened version of an hour-long highlight tape of the 2013 football season.

After winning the Golden Helmet Award himself, Davis brought the banquet to its conclusion. He said a few words to thank all the parents for their continued support and he also thanked everyone for attending. The last requirement for Davis’ project was to have the people who attended the banquet evaluate his work by the quality of the food, the setup, and the event as a whole.

Davis mentioned that his inspiration for choosing this project was that, “I realized that I had the potential to complete this project and fulfilled a need of the football community at Helix because it is important that the players get recognized for their hard work.”

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