CONGRATULATIONS TO JORDYN WHITAKER, THE FIRST SOFTBALL PLAYER FROM JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS TO PLAY IN THE WOMEN COLLEGE WORLD SERIES!

Jordyn Whitaker-#5 Position: DP/Right Field Hometown: Jacksonville, Texas High School: Jacksonville H.S. Travel Ball: Texas Bombers-NTX Another "Lone Star State" native and No. 61 in the Extra Elite 100 Class of 2020 player rankings, Whitaker really made an impression this past spring as a junior at Jacksonville H.S. by hitting .444 with 36 hits, 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, 14 HR's and 49 RBIs on her way to reaping 2019 Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention All-State, Tyler Morning Telegraph All-East Texas First Team, Cherokee County Offensive Player of the Year and District 16-5A Most Valuable Player honors. As a sophomore she also received honorable mention all-state and all-East Texas accolades as well as district offensive player of the year and an all-district nod for posting a .421 average with 12 extra-base hits and 28 RBIs. A 2018 TCS Power Pool All-Star and a 2016 TCS All-Star and All-American with the Texas Bombers-NTX, Whitaker hit .357 with seven HR's and 18 RBIs for her travel ball squad during fall 2019. Mike White on Jordyn Whitaker: "Jordyn Whitaker is a corner infielder and a power-hitting machine. She hits the ball so hard that it comes off the bat with a force that can only be described as 'explosive.' Jordyn is a solid athlete who can spray the ball around the field and drive it 300-feet thanks to her quick, short stroke." Jordyn has completed her Freshman year @ The University of Texas at Austin with a 3.78 GPA. She was recently named to the 2021 All Big 12 Freshman Team with 24 starts and 39 games played. Her current batting average is 350 with 3 homeruns 1 of which was a “grand-slam” against Texas Tech. The Longhorns will be playing in the Super Regionals in Stillwater May 28-30….2 wins away from advancing to the WCWS in Oklahoma City June 3-9. Jordyn is the daughter of Paul and Michelle Whitaker and the youngest of her 2 siblings: Joseph and Taylor (her personal “hype” squad). Jordyn has played softball since she was 5 years old all over the United States and through adversity and success she has kept her love and passion for the game allowing her to play this game on the biggest collegiate stage. She is majoring in Kinesiology and plans to teach and coach upon graduation.

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Thank you for reviewing and providing feedback on the proposal to establish a community garden on the property in the Lincoln Park area where the Fred Douglass schools were once located. I am writing to share some of the benefits of this project. Since 1991 (30 years), the Fred Douglass Alumni Association (FDAA) has had a goal of putting a structure on the property to house programs that will help re-build the surrounding community. However, efforts to reach that goal have not been successful. Therefore, we are proposing a different approach for utilizing the property, which we feel will serve our community and help us reach our goal. Attached is a list of some of the benefits that can be realized by this project. We strongly believe that the community garden concept is the "right" kind of project to start first in the community. As soon as possible, we are going to launch a fundraising plan to raise money for this community garden project and subsequently, a building structure. George Davis suggested that we contact the agriculture department at Jacksonville ISD schools to engage their participation in this project, which is a great idea. The talents and abilities of FDAA members, with various backgrounds, are needed to help with this project. Next month we will be reaching out to the elementary schools to start developing relationships. Our Fred Douglass Family includes a fine group of people operating as a team with the common objective of keeping the Fred Douglass dream alive and improving the community. All of us play an important part in making this happen. I am pleased and honored to be part of the Fred Douglass Family, and I am looking forward to all of us working on this important community project together.

Sincerely,

Willie J. Howard 

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