Cockrill Middle School eighth grade football player Quedon “Q” Baul Jr. has been selected to compete in the 2013 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl presented by All-American Games and Football University, making him the first athlete from McKinney ever to earn a spot on the roster.

The 2013 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Game, to be played on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, features the top seventh and eighth grade football players in the country. Thousands were nominated and reviewed for the honor, but only the top 50 players in the country, per grade, were selected to play in the game.

Baul is a defensive standout at safety, and a multiple threat on the other side of the ball at wide receiver, running back and as a kick-off/punt returner.

“I am very honored and grateful to play in the Eastbay Youth All-American game,” said Baul. “I would like to thank my mom and dad for the resources they gave me and helped me with along the way. I would also like to thank my coaches and trainers who helped me become who I am today. Finally, I want to thank my teachers.”

McKinney ISD congratulates Baul Jr. on his remarkable achievement and wishes him success when he takes the field on Jan. 6.

For additional information on the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, visit www.eastbay.com/eastbayyouthallamericanbowl or www.footballuniversity.org/eastbay-youth-all-american-bowl.

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,000 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, one alternative school and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.