2016 Heart of Houston Recipient

Grace Gill 2016 Heart of Houston Recipient   [LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE]   ALEXANDRIA — Former University of Alabama football player Jeremiah Castille came to this community’s high school Wednesday to recognize someone who’s risen above adversity, as he did in his childhood. He found that person in 14-year-old 8th grader Grace Gill. Castille awarded […]

Heart of Houston Recipient

John Oliver “Ollie” Tetloff Heart of Houston Recipient John Oliver “Ollie” Tetloff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 18, 2006, and rarely gave his parents a moment’s rest. He loved running, jumping, chasing and throwing balls, and playing with his toys. When they could get him to settle down, it was to snuggle with his […]

2015 Heart of Houston Recipient

Greer Underwood 2015 Heart of Houston Recipient Matt McKean, Photographer Above: Jeremiah Castille, left, a former Alabama football player, congratulates Muscle Shoals Middle School student Greer Underwood and her mother, Dawn Woodall, after presenting Underwood the 2015 Heart of Houston Award. Below: Underwood’s family stands and applauds with her classmates after she receives the award. Muscle Shoals […]

2014 Heart of Houston Recipient

Randy Turner, Jr., 2014 Heart of Houston Recipient   Randy Turner Jr., a member of the Oak Park Jazz Band, has osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that prevents the body from developing strong bones. Turner was honored for his hard work and determination Thursday by former Alabama football standout Jeremiah Castille. If there is anything […]

2013 Heart of Houston Recipient

Tyler Gautney, 2013 Heart of Houston Recipient Brooks High School seventh-grader, Tyler Gautney, is the kind of person Jeremiah Castille calls “a winner”. Known as a student dedicated to his studies, family and church, with an easy smile and always ready with an encouraging word for others, Gautney also might just be the kind of person […]

2012 Heart of Houston Recipient

SHEFFIELD Teen honored for fighting spirit But when it comes to character and spirituality, no one can question the quality of Austin’s heart.Physically, Evan Austin suffers from congenital heart disease. The Sheffield Junior High School seventh-grader has undergone a lifetime of surgeries because of his condition. He underwent his first operation when he was 4 months […]

Dream Visit: Houston Thrailkill

WEST POINT — To say Monday was a special day for Houston Thrailkill would be an understatement. State Legislature proclaimed the day as Houston Thraikill Day to honor the 14-year-old, who lost his home and all his possessions in a Feb. 13 fire. The West Point Middle School eighth-grader received an even bigger surprise at […]