Claressa Shields enjoys an eventful start to 2013
Historic Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) has enjoyed quite the start to 2013. The 17-year-old high school senior started the week with an appearance at the BET Honors award ceremony in Washington DC and that was only the beginning. Shields walked the red carpet along side Hollywood A-listers, and was quickly a favorite to celebrities and media members alike.
The award ceremony, which honored Chaka Khan, Halle Berry, basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes, will air on February 11 on BET. The BET Honors highlights African Americans performing at top levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, education and more. After entering the Warner Theatre, Shields received special acknowledgement from BETs CEO, Debra Lee, before the award ceremony.
Yet, Shields week didn’t end with her whirlwind trip to the nation’s capitol. Her historic accomplishment this past summer in London was recognized with a question on Jeopardy on Tuesday’s episode of the highly-acclaimed game show. Commemorated as the $1200 question in the Women in Sports category, her question was, “American Claressa Shields won gold as the women’s version of this sport made its Olympic debut in 2012.”
She enjoyed another unique milestone today as her high school, Flint Northwestern High School, install a sign this week honoring her historic gold medal.
Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram will no longer be the only Flint athlete with a sign posted on his high school alma mater; Ingram's sign is at Southwestern High School. The historic marker is displayed on the bottom half of Northwestern's main entrance sign.