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Graham Lowe
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Fort Valley High School (1948). College: Attended North Georgia College and graduated as a Distinguished Military Student in 1952 with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a teaching major in French. U.S. Army - (July 1952 to April 1954) during the Korean Conflict. Part of his tour of duty was in Japan. After leaving the service he completed secondary teaching degree at Emory University. Emory University (1957) Masters of Education in Physical Education Florida State University (1958) Administrative Degree Louisiana State University (1959) Foreign Language Institute in French Laval University, Quebec, Canada (1960) French Degree Besancon University, Besancon University (1962) Completed Educational degree. Education Experience: Albany Junior High School (1954-57) P.E. Teacher and Football Coach of Junior High team and High School "B" team. Albany High School (1954-1966) French teacher, Assistant Administrator, Varsity Boys Basketball and "B" team Football Coach. State of Georgia Outstanding Young Educator of the Year (1965) Deerfield-Windsor School (1966-77) Headmaster, Football Coach, Basketball Coach, Tennis Coach, Baseball Coach and Track and Field Coach. Georgia Accrediting Commission (1967-Present) Awarded the Starr Miller Service Award for a distinguished career of achievement in leadership and Service of Georgia Schools. Westwood School (1977-93) Headmaster, Varsity Football Coach (9 Region Titles & 4 State Titles), Tennis Coach, Girl's Basketball Coach. He was selected to receive the GISA Coaches Association Distinguishes Service Award. Calvary Baptist Day School (1993-2000) Headmaster, Girl's Basketball Coach. Southwest Georgia Academy (2000-03) Headmaster, Tennis Coach, Junior High's Girls Basketball Coach. Deerfield-Windsor School (2003-2012) French teacher, "C" Team Football Coach.

Antonio Smith
HIGH SCHOOL: Westover High School
Contributing player for four straight years to State Championship Honorable Mention All-tournament Team KFC Christmas Tournament KFC Team Tournament Champion Georgia/Florida Shoot-out all tournament second team selection Honorable Mention All-Region Team Honorable Mention All-State Team Member of 1989-90 State Championship Team Highest GPA Award for four straight years l0th grade year lead the team in total points and total rebounds All -Tournament First Team KFC Tournament (1990-91) Second Team All-Region (1990-91) Third Team All-State Albany Herald Super Six Player (1991-92, 1992-93) WALB Player of the Week First Team All-Region (1991-1992, 1992-93) First Team All-State (1991-92, 1992-93)   Georgia /Texas Shootout First Team All-Tournament Albany Herald Super Six Second All-Time Leading Rebounder in Westover basketball history ' Third All-Time scorer in Westover basketball history Four year Letterman award winner North/South Georgia All-Star 1993 Georgia/Tennessee All-Star 1993 Georgia/ Boston Shootout Team Selection 1993 Team Georgia Travel Team Selection 1993
Georgia/West Virginia Georgia/Texas Shootout First Team All-Tournament 1993 Georgia/west Virginia Georgia/Texas Shootout First Team All-Tournament 1993 Myrtle Beach Basketball Invitational Tournament First Team 1993
COLLEGE: Pensacola State College 1993-1995 Louisiana Tech University 1995- 1997

Averaged 13.4 points (3rd highest on the team) Averaged 9.1 rebounds (3rd highest on the team) Second highest point average for freshman in conference  Third highest rebound average for freshman in conference    Second Team All Panhandle Conference Selection  Rebound Award Winner Ric Buker Ball Stars Basketball Camp First team selection As a sophomore lead the team in scoring 21.1 points As a sophomore lead the team in rebounding I0.1 Season career high 37 points and 17 rebounds    First Team all-state Florida colleges Rebound Award Winner (1994-95)    Team MVP Winner (1994-95) Averaged 10.2 points (3rd highest on team Louisiana Tech (1995-97) Averaged 7.2 rebounds (2nd highest on team Louisiana Tech (1995-97) Honorable Mention University of Oklahoma All-Tournmanet Team Highest GPA for Junior teammates

Lead the Sweden team in scoring 28.1 points (1997-98) Lead the Sweden team in rebounding 11.3 points Season/career high 39 points and 18 rebounds (Sweden team) Second highest point average in conference 28.1 Second highest rebound average in conference 11.3 Season record 327.7 rebounds in one season Winner of Swedish Division One 1997-98 Championship Tournament MVP & Tournament First Team Selection Lead the Finland team in scoring 23.1 points (1998-99) First team All-South Division

2000-2001 started Smith Show Basketball Camp for the Youth 2001-2002 started Smith Show Individual Basketball Instruction Services 2002-2003 Ken Littlefield Basketball Scouting Service (Camp Coach/Team Coordinator) Founder/CEO of Smith Show Sports Trained/Worked with division college players

Thomie Venisee
HIGH SCHOOL: Dougherty High School
Particpated in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track Won GHSA Class AAA Basketball Championship 1997 Won GHSA Class AAA Basketball Championship 1998 3x GHSA Class AAA Football All-State Selection (1998 Offense & Defense) 3x GHSA Class AAA Football All-Region Selection (1998 Offense & Defense) 100% Wrong Club's Defensive Player of the Year
Utilities Protection Class AAA Lineman of the Year All-Sowega Team, Dynamite Dozen, Gridiron Grears National Selection (1997 & 1998) Selected Who's Who in Sports All-Stars 1998 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Nominee
COLLEGE: Troy State University
Among several dozen Division I offers, accepted scholarship at Troy State Universty Assisted team in winning multiple conference championship which yielded 3 rings Assisted in leading Troy to having the #2 nationally ranked offense in Division I in 2000 Selected to Conference Academic Team for maintaining GPA above 3.0
Participated and trained with multiple NFL teams Sleected to play professional football in Europe for the Hamburg Blue Devils Helped lead Hamburg Blue Devils to German Bowl Championship in 2003 Led Hamburg Devils in recptions and receiving yards Second in the league iin Kick-off and Punt Return yards
Coached Wide receivers at Albany State University (2003-2004)
Golden Herald Award Nominee (1999) DCHS Honor Student (1995-1998)
Highest Academic Average among fellow athletes (1995-1999) U.S. Achievement Academy Scholar (1997) National Scholar Nominee ( 1997) Perfect Attendance (K -12) 13 years

Member/Mentor for FCA Member of National Association for Sales Professionals Member of National Association of Securities Professionals Registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a Licensed Broker
Facilitarotr for the Community Foundation for Financial Literacy Kiwanis and Rotary Club Big Brothers and Big Sisters Mentor Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc Member/Mentor at the Greater Traveler's Rest Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA

Bachelor's Degree from Troy State University in Risk Management and Insurance Master's Certificate from Cornell University in Executive Leadership

Deloris "Dee" Mathews
Three year member of the North Fulton Varsity Basketball Team
Three year All-Region
1 year All-State
University of Georgia Alumni of the Year Award
Outstanding Alumni Merit Award (1994)
Award of Excellence by the Albany/Dougherty
Chamber of Commerce
Albany Sertoma Club Woman of the Year Award
1963 President of Albany Newcomer's Club
President of Sustainer's of Albany Junior League
Membership of Albany Charity League
Leadership Albany
Albany Bulldog/Alumni Club First Female President
University of Georgia Alumni Association Executive Committee Member
First female appointed to the Bill Hartman Foundation Committee
Served as President of the Albany Sports Hall of Fame
First female appointed to Albany Sports Hall of Fame Board
Appointed by Governor Zell Miller to the Georgia State Games Commission
Member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Committee
President of Girls Club of Albany
One of the original founder of the Girls Club of Albany organization
Boys Club member
Served on the Executive Committee of the Boys Club Board of Directors

John Murphy
John Littleton Murphy was born to the late Littleton John Murphy and Essie Luella Murphy on July 9, 1952. His father was a farmer, carpenter, horticulturist, weatherman and all around hard worker. His mother was not only a farmhand but indeed was one of the first African-American women to work at Bob's Candy Company for 35 years in Albany, Georgia. Being raised by the entire neighborhood in the rural commune of Leesburg, Georgia on the farm, he picked up the skills of humility, hard work, perseverance, motivation, and a sense of a purpose. He had a rigorous routine every morning to feed the livestock and complete tasks alongside his mother in and outside of the house. His mother and father stayed on the go to give him the best and many times the only person to watch after him was his late grandmother, Aretha Lewis who stayed in Albany, Georgia. Through his parents and herself he was raised under a very strict disciplinarian background and gained anew residency in Albany, Georgia. He started his learning career at Albany Southside Junior High but it was the compelling force to overcome racism however, which placed him at Albany Junior High School. Here is were he was a part of a pioneer wave of students to integrate the school immediately after laws were passed. John Murphy among 20 other African-American students and one of only five black males made the Indians, a well, colorful tribe. While attending Albany High School he outrivaled in both the areas of academics and extracurricular activities. He received numerous accolades such as Who's Who Among American High School Students and participated and lettered in everything from baseball to basketball and even track and field, but subsequently it was football that he became profoundly enmeshed in. He started his major career at Albany Junior High under Head Coach Ken Allen, being one of only two black players, he began as a defensive nose tackle. When at Albany High, just as a freshman, he was moved to the varsity team and played under Coach Harold Dean Cook. As a senior he was team co-captain, votes most valuable player, and selected to the all-state football team under the mentoring of Coach Ferrell Henry. He turned down many prestigious schools such as Dartmouth, University of Alabama and the University of Florida. He was ultimately recruited by Head Coach Bill Peterson and received a four year scholarship to Florida State University. Upon arrival, yet again he was one of only three players moved tot he varsity team where he played under Head Coach Larry Jones and Bill Parcels. He played defensive end and linebacker and as junior he became defensive captain. He was a part of the first team to go to the Fiesta Bowl, but his most memorable game was that against the University of Miami in 1972. It was significant because Miami was a top ten ranked team at the time and Florida State had little notoriety. He recalled them having such athletic talents as Chuck Foreman but it was indeed John Murphy who outshines the stars this game. He was voted Southeastern Lineman of the week for his performance here; ten individual tackles and two caused and recovered fumbles. He was the headlines for the illustrious Miami Herald Sports where it read, "The Quickest Hands We Have Seen In Miami since Murph the Surf' Coach Bill Parcells dubbed him this title after an interview given describing his start and finesse on the field. Another game notes was that against Virginia Tech were he intercepted a ball from noted quarterback, Don Strock, stopping an orchestrated comeback drive against Florida State. Upon leaving Florida State he went to work for Sears Roebuck and Company and then later went on to work for Procter and Gamble Paper Products Company of Albany, Georgia. He recently retired in the department of Human Resources after 25 years of dedicated services. Today John Murphy is an active member of the Florida State University Varsity Club, Florida State Booster Club, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and The Greater Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. His hobbies include, Scuba Diving, hunting, fishing, swimming, and travel. Baed on mentoring by both his father and coaches he still preserves a work ethic of staying in shape. He says his paramount accomplishment is being married to Mrs. Katherine Murphy and having two daughters, Mone't and Matisse Murphy, John Murphy is both a legend on and off the field and states. "I have many more years to come:'

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