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December 13, 2015---2015 Football Awards Banquet

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Now, Trojan Candy and Jim walked downstairs to the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom where the Football Awards banquet was being held.

Christy, Cody, and Don Kessler
The first friend whom I saw was Cody Kessler (9/8/2011) and his parents, Christy and Don.
Dinner was now being served. Some trophies were awarded before dinner.
Robby Kolanz
Robby Kolanz posed with his Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award trophy. He maintained a 3.5 GPA. Congratulations, Robby!
John Plattenburg
John Plattenburg smiled with his Community Service Award trophy. Congratulations, John!

Trojan Candy really didn't eat dinner, because Jim and I had attended a reception earlier and had just eaten at 2:00 p.m. That gave me more time to roam around the room and take pictures. I saw Spirit of Troy friends nearby.

Sandy and Rex Johnston, Jerry Ensom and Gaston Escamila
Seated are Jerry Ensom and Gaston Escamila. Sandy and Rex Johnston are standing.
Jim Yee, Jennifer Probert, Kwinci Griffith, Genaro and Lai Tan Carapia, Nicole Probert, Linda Babcock, Judy Hunter and Kara Griffith
Then, I thought I had better take a picture of the guests at our table. Back row: Jim Yee, Jennifer Probert, Kwinci Griffith, Genaro and Lai Tan Carapia. Front row: Nicole Probert, Linda Babcock, Judy Hunter and Kara Griffith. Yes, we sat with two sets of sisters!
Kenechi Udeze and Antwaun Woods
I took this picture of Coach Kenechi Udeze and Friend Antwaun Woods (1/26/2012).

Then, I made a decision to take pictures of players sitting nearer the back of the banquet room. I found three full tables of football players!

Bo St. Geme, Jake Russell, Deontay Burnett, Isaac Whitney, De'Quan Hampton, and Deion Hart
Front row: Bo St. Geme, Jake Russell, Deontay Burnett, Isaac Whitney (2/4/2015); back row: De'Quan Hampton, Deion Hart
Matt Boermeester, Conner Sullivan, Chris Tilbey, Wyatt Schmidt, Reid Budrovich, and Zach Smith
Sitting: Matt Boermeester, Conner Sullivan, Chris Tilbey, and Wyatt Schmidt; standing: Reid Budrovich (8/22/2015), and Zach Smith
Steven Mitchell Jr., James Toland IV, Malik Dorton, Jonathan LaBonty, Jonathan Lockett, Chris Hawkins, Leon McQuay III, and Ykili Ross
Front row: Steven Mitchell Jr., James Toland IV, Malik Dorton, Jonathan LaBonty (8/22/2015) who resides in my Trojan Candy locker, Jonathan Lockett back row: Chris Hawkins, Leon McQuay III, Ykili Ross.
Michael Hutchings and Jonathan LaBonty
Jonathan LaBonty teased Michael Hutchings about not being in the picture.
The formal program was starting now. Trojan Candy was able to take pictures of award winners and Senior friends whom I have interviewed over the years.
Anthony Sarao and Kevon Seymour.
Senior Friends Anthony Sarao (7/14/2011) and Kevon Seymour (8/16/2012)
Quinton Powell, Jabari Ruffin, Jahleel Pinner, Tre' Madden, Scott Felix, Chad Wheeler and guest
Senior Friends with a dinner guest: Quinton Powell, Jabari Ruffin (7/13/2012), Jahleel Pinner, Tre' Madden (8/4/2011), Scott Felix (9/27/2012), Chad Wheeler (3/23/2012) and guest.
Reuben Peters
Reuben Peters was the winner of the Joe Collins Walk-on Award. Congratulations, Reuben!
Don Hill and Joel Foy
Service Team Players of the Year Don Hill and Joel Foy. Congratulations, Don and Joel!
Justin Davis
Junior Justin Davis
Seniors and Managers
Seniors and Managers on the stage.
Jahleel Pinner, Soma Vainuku and Tre' Madden
Seniors Jahleel Pinner, Soma Vainuku (1/21/2011) and Tre' Madden
Tre' and Adrian Madden
Tre' Madden and his Mom Adrian
Su'a Cravens
Su'a Cravens
Max Tuerk
Senior Max Tuerk (8/22/2015)
Don, Cody, Christy, and Dylan Kessler with Coach Clay Helton
Cody Kessler with his dad Don, mother Christy, Dylan Kessler and Coach Clay Helton
Adoree' Jackson
Mike McKeever M.V.P. Adoree' Jackson posed for Trojan Candy. Congratulations, Adoree'!
Howard and Ray Wong, Charlie Garcia, Suzanne McDonald, Rose Miller and John DeLuna
As Jim and I were leaving, I took this picture of the people at friend Ray Wong's table. Howard and Ray Wong, Charlie Garcia, Suzanne McDonald, Rose Miller and John DeLuna
Antwaun Woods
Trojan Candy said, "Good night" to Senior Friend Antwaun Woods with all his awards. What a night, Antwaun, and good luck in the NFL!
George Katrib, Conner Sullivan, Ryan Dillard and JuJu Smith-Schuster
In the lobby, I said, "Good night" to George Katrib, Conner Sullivan, Ryan Dillard and JuJu Smith-Schuster (5/26/2015). JuJu is holding his Offensive Perimeter Player of the Year statue. Congratulations, JuJu!
Kevon Seymour, Kirkland Schuessler, and Khaliel Rodgers
Finally upstairs, Jim and I said, "Good night" to friend Kevon Seymour, Kirkland Schuessler, and new friend Khaliel Rodgers.

Khaliel RodgersTrojan Candy couldn't help herself. I had to interview Khaliel. Luckily, he oblidged. Khaliel will be a Junior next season. He is majoring in Sociology and plays Center on the team. He told me that he is the first USC football player from Delaware. He chose USC because of our Tradition. Khaliel started playing football when he was six years old. His hobby is to go to movies. His favorite movie is "Goodfellows." Khaliel likes all types of music. His favorite food is shrimp Alfredo. Mmmm! Thank you for choosing USC and FIGHT ON, Khaliel!

We three were the last ones out of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. With that, I say, "Good Night!"