The Meadowbrook School is excited to spotlight Brett, Meadowbrook student and a member of the Class of 2020, and his recent achievements on the soccer field. As a member of the Philadelphia Union Soccer Youth Academy, Brett has excelled as a playmaker both on and off the field during his young soccer career. Starting in 2018, Brett has been invited to play in international tournaments; first during the IberCup in Portugal, followed by the IberCup in Marbella, Spain in 2019. The IberCup is one of the largest international soccer tournaments in the world. He then went on to play with the world’s best youth academics from the Celtics and Rangers futbol clubs in Glasgow, Scotland.
This past January, Brett was selected once again to play in two IberCup tournaments in Brazil! Along with celebrating his 12th birthday while there, Brett’s team also claimed second and third overall prizes in each respective tournament.
The level of athleticism that Brett exhibits, and the reason he is consistently selected to be part of these tournaments, is credited to his high level of dedication to the sport of soccer. For four days a week, you can find Brett training at the Youth Soccer Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania. On the weekends, he is traveling to multiple competitions in the area and throughout the country. Brett is extremely hardworking, and has a real love and passion for the sport. We at Meadowbrook have been lucky enough to watch Brett play at some of our own games, as he has lent his talents on our field (and on the basketball court as well!)
When Brett is not playing soccer, he enjoys listening to music, playing basketball or fort-nite with his friends, and playing the piano, which he takes private lessons for every Friday night. He also enjoys spending time with his family, and golden doodles, Ollie and Niko, and cat, Sophie.
The Meadowbrook School has been celebrating and learning about black authors’, artists’, teachers’, scientists’ and mathematicians’ contributions to society in a little more depth throughout February. Classrooms are filled with different projects. In the art program, the students learned about black artists, Faith Ringgold, Jacob Lawrence, Horace Pippin, Alma Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley, and created their own works honoring their style of art.
Interested students, teachers, and parents can walk through the Goldsmith Greenfield Gallery to appreciate the art lent to us by the Moodyjones Gallery.
Thank you to @ moodyjonesgallery for lending us these pieces made by talented black artists to help us celebrate Black History Month!
These two particular pieces were painted by Philadelphia-born artist, R.L. Washington. Learn more about him and other artists in our art wing! Each artist’s bio is available. @ The Meadowbrook School
Meadowbrook Third-grader, Nia , presented a brief essay on Black History Month spoke about contributions that so many African Americans made to our society. With confidence, and a microphone she spoke to the entire student body and faculty at Monday morning assembly. Meadowbrook offers the opportunity for all students to present and speak in front of large audiences throughout their elementary years.
“Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans throughout history. During this month we recognize individuals that have paved the way for many of us to be sitting here today.
We remember Civil Rights activists such as Dr. King, Medgar Evers, Angela Davis, Bayard Rustin, and Malcolm X. Many of us have read about at least one of these famous individuals.
Then there are those African Americans that have been neglected or forgotten too often throughout US history, such as inventors Patricia Bath, Otis Boykin, Frederick Jones, and Dr. Shirley Jackson. All who were amazing scientists and inventors that have created devices that still impact our lives every day.
Although February is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean we (should) stop remembering and recognizing the many prominent African Americans that help shape our country. ”
In addition to all of the classwork projects related to Black History that Meadowbrook students have created, Moodyjones Gallery has loaned us stunning artwork for community viewing in our Goldsmith-Greenfield Gallery at The Meadowbrook School.