We slacked off after we got the big lead in the first half, and coach made sure we heard about it (at halftime). We knew what we had to do. We had to convert our chances and start getting back on defense again.

You don't have poor schools for long if the community demands otherwise.

The parent does not have to know Algebra II by asking these questions.

Leadership requires talking about the right things and doing the right things, and sometimes you take your knocks when you do that.

Previous winners have come from all walks of life in our community, and they all had one thing in common, the uncommon way they cared about our community.

The main game started at 8, but (if) you weren't in the gym at least by 5:30 or 6, you didn't get a seat.

That was real good, ... just like home.

The only reason I'd go back to New Orleans is for closure, ... My life has gone through a dramatic change that I could not have done on my own. I was squinting before, but now my eyes are wide open. I'm blessed and grateful to be where I am today.

We all agree with that.

Getting results and changing lives, that's what matters.