Duncanville High School alumna and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings was named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player on September 22. The 1997 graduate led the Fever to the top seed in the Eastern Conference, averaging 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals. Currently the league’s all-time career steals leader (775), you can read about Tamika’s numerous achievements and accolades on the WNBA website. There you can also see a video of the MVP recognition. In honor of being named the WNBA Most Valuable Player, Catchings will receive $15,000 and a specially-designed trophy. Want more news? You can also read an article from USA Today and ESPN.
Another former Duncanville High School student is gaining global recognition. Byrd MS student Adam Smith founded the technology company Xobni, which produces a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook that pulls useful information from emails and contextualizes it according to sender. He was named one of the Top 35 Innovators Under 35 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review, and Bill Gates used Xobni in a public demo at a Microsoft conference. You can read about Smith and his company by clicking here.