California’s Pre-Teen Queen, Warriors Jr. Jam Squad and Cheerleader to Graduate “louder”
By Paul Cobb
Brea Nicole Hammonds, a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School who maintains a 3.0(+) grade point average, is an Ambassador, high achiever and a cheerleader for her school.
She was singled out by several African American elected officials as a student with a bright future and an educational role model to be honored during Black History month.
“Brea Hammonds combines educational excellence with volunteer service. She represents the hope for our future,” said Marlon McWilson, member of the Alameda County Board of Education.
She puts grades, homework and class attendance at the top of her busy schedule, but she finds time to serve as Captain of the Varsity Cheer Squad, perform in the theatre program and is an active member of both The Sisters of Success and the executive council of The Black Student Union.
At the tender age of 11 she ran for the title of Miss Pre-Teen American Coed Pageant. Showing an early instinct for diplomacy and leadership, she waged her own campaign to get support from her family, friends, both Mayors Jerry Brown and Ron Dellums, councilmembers Desley Brooks, Larry Reid and Henry Chang. She boldly sought the support of Oakland Police Officer’s Association President Robert Valladon and Public Information Officer Roland Holmgren.
Of course, Brea was crowned Queen and represented both Oakland and the State.
As a child prodigy, Brea began piano at 3, appeared in Operas at 7 before her first hip hop dance lesson at New Style Mother Lode at age 8 under the direction of Corey Action and Teela Shine. Eventually she became a member of The Warriors Jr. Jam squad that dances at half time for the Golden State Warriors.
Proud of her achievement, Brea points to her team’s WE BELIEVE!!! wall poster.
It’s a slogan that keeps her constantly focused.
The Bishop O’Dowd drama department, the Bay Area’s leaders under the direction of Trina Oliver, won the Ohlone Theatre competition and is currently ranked #1. The cheerleading team, which is under the direction of Mama Green and Coach Shaunice Kelly, has started a new program to work with younger girls, called Jr. Dragons. Brea’s team will also compete in a National Cheerleading competition in March.
After her graduation Brea plans to attend college and major in Drama and Entertainment Law.
She plans to combine her acting and legal careers so she can manage and control her own finances, while helping others. Brea said her “Bishop O’Dowd family and community has played a huge role in developing me, especially with the requirement that we complete a Peace and Justice course.”
She said, “The class was an eye opener.”
As Brea prepares for Black History Month activities, she thanks her family and school for helping her see the need to live in a just society.
“To bring our society to a better place, we all must work for a change,” says Brea.
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