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Local Prep Star is Watkins Finalist

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By Gary Montgomery
BVN Staff

I see kids with talent all the time, but the talent is nothing without the grades.
-Vincent Oatis

Chino -Chino resident Shawn Oatis has been selected as o­ne of five finalist for the highly esteemed  Watkins Award.   Shawn is senior at Chino High School in Chino with a 3.65 GPA o­ne of the primary criteria for his selection.  “We were so excited when we heard the news of Shawn selection” said his mother Grace Oatis. “For Shawn to be selected as a finalist from thousands of candidates is amazing”.

The Watkins award is presented each year to the top Black male scholar-athlete in the nation.  In addition to his academic accomplishments, Oatis was an offensive and defensive star for his Chino High School football team.

Oatis is set to play football next season for Coach Karl Dorrell and the UCLA Bruins.

“Its awesome (Shawn’s selection)... because I strive for academics, grades are important” said Shawn’s father Vincent Oatis. Continued Oatis, “I’m just a working stiff and a Pop-Warner coach, so I see kids with talent all the time, but talent is nothing without the grades.”

The five finalist will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for a gala weekend of activities honoring the accomplishments of these young men.  No matter the outcome, to be a Watkins Finalist is an outstanding  accomplishment for any young man.

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