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April 14, 2010 > Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Chaunise Powell

Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Chaunise Powell

This week the spotlight shines on Newark Memorial Cougar, Chaunise Powell.

As a high school senior and now 17 this young woman has had some major exposure to the sport of basketball.

Playing the sport and taking it more than serious, Powell began her hoop dreams way back in the fourth grade. She wanted to play in a league and the only nearby available means to that was one just for boys. When the coach at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church observed the talent that Chaunise possessed, he immediately signed her up. Powell has fond memories of those days as her sister was a cheerleader for the team while she played.

Powell stays steeped in the sport by playing for multiple teams, simultaneously, for most of the year. Whether it's for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), National Junior Basketball (NJB) or school league competition really doesn't matter to her. As long as she improving her skills and winning for her team Powell is a happy girl.

Now a senior with math as a favorite subject, Chaunise eagerly awaits her near future. In autumn she will embark on her next level of education as she's earned a scholarship via her basketball skills at the University of Denver. She vows to study hard with aspirations of being a computer security systems analyst one day.

When asked about her biggest influence in life, Chaunise doesn't hesitate to say one of her eighth grade teachers, Patsy Lockhart, had a major impact. Ms. Lockhart goes continually out of her way to assist young African Americans to follow their creative interests and guides them all of the way. When Powell's mother was diagnosed with cancer, Pasty was there helping the family to keep it together through the worst of times.

What do you do for fun when all you do is play basketball? Chaunise will play volleyball or soccer with her younger sister when she can. Then she and her dad will settle in for some TV time, watching CSI, Law & Order or 24.

When the dinner bell rings Powell will hope to grab some of her mom's mac and cheese. If that's out of reach she'll probably settle for the KFC variety. Dessert is usually a Hershey's Cookies and Cream bar.

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