Steve has worked for the school for 5 years now and has never had any of his nominated students be chosen as the Cougar Kid. That is until this last month. The icing on the cake is that it was our very own Lily who was nominated and won the honor! Another plus was that Amara was also nominated from her class for the respect award. What good luck!
So you're wondering what's the Cougar Kid? It's the school's respect award winner. Each of the teachers at Lily's school nominate 2 children from their class who are good examples of respect. All those nominated children get their names announced over the intercom at school and then 2 of those lucky nominees are randomly drawn out (1 boy and 1 girl) and get to be the "Cougar Kid" at Union High School's game, Varsity basketball in this case. The Cougar Kid is led out by their teacher to center court and the announcer basically spotlights the winner and congratulates them on showing respect. Also, the Cougar Kid gets to meet the team and the coach and then leads the team out onto the court at the beginning of the warm-ups before the game and gets to be a part of the warm-up drill by giving the team members a high five as they practice their shots.
So, Lily won! How exciting for her! And she got to be walked to center court by her teacher, her dad. That was awesome. So, first she met the team and they surrounded her and gave her some encouragement.