Congratulations to our Fulton Homes Be KOOL Stay In School winner this week…Lorenzo Martin Celis. He has had to cope with the loss of his best friend…his Dad.
Lorenzo Martin Celis is a sensitive and clever 14 year old young man in the 8th grade. Lorenzo has always been a sweet and outgoing kid, sometimes he comes up with thoughts that you’d swear would come from an adult. Lorenzo has always done well in school and participated in sports. Lorenzo has played basketball, baseball and football for his school, St. Louis the King. Lorenzo’s best friend, his dad Martin, was very involved in activities at St. Louis the King, he volunteered to coach and anything the school needed, if he could he would do it. Martin stayed until 2am after working construction all day to install new tile in the school church, and did it for free. Lorenzo could usually be found by his dad’s side, they would go to Diamondback games, golfing, to the gym to shoot hoops, anything and everything. On Lorenzo’s first day of school for the 7th grade, his dad was killed on his way to work in a single auto accident. Lorenzo and his mom, Corinna, were awakened that morning by the highway patrol with the most unimaginable news ever.
Lorenzo has tried to stay strong and be there for his mom, and he and she have supported each other though this, along with his sister Deandra. Lorenzo accepted this with a faith and a conviction that he will see his dad again, that many adults wouldn’t be able to. Lorenzo maintained good grades, that 7th grade year, although he of course did struggle.
The previous year Lorenzo had competed in the Knights of Columbus league for free throw champ and made it all the way to the finals at US Airways Arena; and finished 3rd, with his dad there to cheer him on. The next year and the same year he lost his dad, he competed again, only this time he won it all.
Lorenzo and his sister and mom, attend the annual Martin Celis Golf Tournament that Martin’s family started, the goal to raise money for Deandra and Lorenzo’s college fund. Lorenzo’s dream is to go to Uof A in Tucson, and next year he will be attending Bourgade Catholic High School. Lorenzo has made the honor roll this year, excelled in basketball and football. He is a joy to his mom and grandparents and no doubt his beloved dad Martin is beaming with pride over his son. I have listened to many of the winners of this award on your station, and been moved by them all. I have often thought that Lorenzo is a perfect candidate for this award. I am his proud aunt, and can tell you that he is a fine and caring young man.