Brett . . .
A Missouri Lions All-Star
Brett, son of Brad and Evea Thomas and a senior at Putnam County High School, has been selected to be a member of the Blue Team for the 2012 Missouri Lions All-Star Football Game. He will be sponsored by the Unionville Lions Club. Like older brother Brandon, Brett has been a standout in both athletics and academics throughout his four years. The family is close-knit and highly respected.
A four year letterman in football, basketball and track, Brett is humble, mature, and bright. He credits Brandon and his parents for his success. “They provided me with support and encouragement,” he says.
Brett led the football Midgets to the Tri-Rivers Conference co-championship in 2010 as the quarterback and defensive back. He was picked as a 1st Team All-Conference Quarterback and 2nd Team All-District Defensive Back the same year. In 2009, he received the prestigious Putnam County Hit Award for demonstrating leadership, dedication and commitment. He helped his school win the coveted Tri-Rivers All-Sports award that year.
His statistics were outstanding. As the quarterback in 2011, he completed 70 of 134 passes for 1060 yards, and he carried the ball 208 times for an amazing 1228 yards. He scored 20 touchdowns. Besides playing on offense and defense, he was on all the special teams. In 2011, he was 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-District Quarterback. On September 30, 2011, he was named Athlete of the Week by radio station KIRX 1450 and KTUF 93.7. For the past three years he was the team captain.
Though his performance in athletics has been remarkable, his academic record is equally impressive. Among his many achievements; Brett has been on the honor roll all four years and a National Honor Society member in 2011 and 2012. A four year member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), he placed first in Business Presentation at the FBLA district competition in 2010 and participated at the state level. In 2011, he won 1st place in Sports Management at the FBLA district competition.
Brett’s leadership roles have been admirable. He was junior class treasurer in 2011; senior class secretary in 2012; FBLA treasurer in 2012; helped lead the Smokebusters team to make the Putnam County Courthouse and City Park smoke free; and he was president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions in 2011 and 2012. He was a student assistant to the Putnam County High School Athletic Director this past year, and he tutored high school students three days a week during the same period.
Few students could match Brett’s volunteer community service. In 2010, he helped coach the 5th and 6th grade football camp; he participated in a Mercy Medical Center (Centerville, IA) sponsored event called the Red Dress Affair, which promoted women’s heart wellness; spent three years in “stop smoking” workshops for Smokebusters; helped organize school blood drives; aided the Senior Center in distributing and preparing food; and has assisted FBLA committees with Helpful Harvest and the March of Dimes.
Brett is highly admired by his teachers, peers and among the community citizens. Coach Wade Auld says of him, “Brett is a role model leader in school and out. He is a success story.” As a former football coach at Putnam County, I must add, “Brett’s heart is much bigger than his body.”
Despite Brett’s countless hours devoted to athletics, academics and activities, he earned credits in 8 college courses. He has a GPA of 3.84. After graduation, he plans to attend the University of Missouri and major in Nutritional Science and Fitness. Later, he plans to take pre-med courses that will prepare him to be a physician in the field of sports medicine.
Craig Hounsom, son of Bonnie and the late Marcus Hounsom, was the first football Midget to play in the Missouri Lions All-Star Football game in 1987. Since that year, the Unionville Lions Club has supported many other all-star athletes from Putnam County. The game is funded through the sale of advertising in the program book. Our Unionville Lions members must sell $750 of advertisement sales. In the near future, Lions representatives will be soliciting sales.
The game date is July 21 at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri. Our entire community should be proud of Brett’s achievements in school and community and his selection to Missouri’s showcase of high school football talent.