Parents Freddy and Adonica Powell; Jasmine Powell; Sue Mart; Joseph Petersen, principal; and Rev. Vincent Scott, pastor, at the Assumption School graduation.
Assumption 8th-grader earns
Marty Mart CYO scholarship
Jasmine Powell, a CYO track and field participant and volleyball player at Assumption School in San Leandro, is the 2015 recipient of the Marty Mart Scholarship.
Sue Mart, wife of Marty Mart and a teacher at Assumption School, presented the award on behalf of the CYO scholarship committee at the school's recent graduation.
Jasmine has run CYO track and field at Assumption for eight years, CYO cross country for six years and played CYO volleyball for five years.
At the 2015 Oakland Diocese CYO Track and Field Championship Meet in May, Jasmine set a new diocesan record in the eighth-grade girls 800-meter run. She has been a member of campus ministry and the yearbook staff. Jasmine will be going to Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland in the fall.
In her scholarship essay, Jasmine wrote: "I like that we pray before each competition in CYO so that we can acknowledge God's presence. I feel that is important because there is a sense of peace that comes with that for me. My parents have always taught me that man gives awards, but God gives reward."
Assumption CYO Athletic Director Lisa Brue said, "She gives more than 100 percent effort on the track and in the classroom. She takes the time to teach the younger teammates how to practice by leading in the warm-ups, listening to the coaches, giving full effort and encouraging all of her teammates. Jasmine always demonstrates good sportsmanship and respect for all."
Each year for the past 12 years, the Marty Mart Scholarship has honored outstanding eighth-grade CYO participants. The award is not based on athletic talent but on the candidates' expression of Christian values experienced in sports and on the ability to work with teammates and with other teams in exhibiting those Christian values. Candidates submit an application asking for their reflections on their "athletic abilities, sportsmanship, and the effects of their CYO participation on their daily life and faith." They are also asked to provide a reference from an adult who is significant in their lives. For this scholarship, there were 27 applicants from around the diocese.
The scholarship is named in honor of the late Marty Mart, former assistant diocesan CYO director, who passed away in 2002. The scholarship is funded entirely through private donations.
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