2012 Quiz Bowl a Huge Success!

Here are the 2012-2013 ROPP Candidates! They stood and competed in the 2012 IRON SHARPENS IRON Scholastic Bowl on Sunday, November 18th. Although the young men of Drum Majors, Inc left with the championship, the ROPP-ites held their own! The first round was tied, with both teams answering questions on a wide range of questions, from Geography, Religion, Science, Music and more!
The Drum Majors pulled away by the end of the bowl, but everyone agrees that the quiz bowl was enjoyable, informative and exciting!
Spoken word artists, La Love Robinson and Element 615 offered refreshing breaks between the rounds. Sharing skillfully crafted words of wisdom. power and motivation, they both inspired and awed the assembled crowd.

Let's ROPP and Bowl!

On November 18th, ROPP-ites will compete with The Drum Majors of Round Rock in IRON SHARPENS IRON, the 2012 Scholastic Quiz Bowl.
The two teams met each other and participated in a practice session. Team Captain Devoreaux greeted the Drum Majors and Candidate Gabriel led a tour of our church facility.
ROPP Candidate Gabriel serves as tour guide.
Candidate Devoreaux and Drum Major Mitchell work together.

Pastor Mkwanazi greets Drum Major Leaders, Ron and Nicki Sullivan.

Drum Majors Program Director, Nicki Sullivan and
ROPP Director, Lisa Grant Davis

Academic Core Focus Continues

Three of the four ROPP Candidates are juniors in high school this year.
Metropolitan member, Michael Pratt, extended an invitation to a recruitment event by one of his alma maters, Southwestern University. The event was called a "Road Show", and it was held at Maggiano's, an Italian restaurant in The Domain.

Candidates Devoreaux, Davonte and DaJour attend the Southwestern University Road Show at Maggiano's.

Each high school student was asked to introduce themselves to the room, sharing their grade, school, future aspiration and reason for attending the Road Show. Our candidates were clear and engaging!

We Park Hard for the Money!

Sunday, October 7th, ROPP candidates took advantage of a fundraising opportunity. They assisted attendees of the Jamaica! festival/ carnival being held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church down the street with parking safely in our lot for a donation. In the middle of a warm season, the temperature dropped dramatically, but our loyalty and commitment held firm. We put on our jackets, drank our hot chocolate and warmed each other with smiles and fellowship! Rev. Baker surprised us with a special spiced tea and chicken salad sandwiches. The monies raised will help fund the reception for the quiz bowl, out major Fall fundraiser!
Not pictured: Candidate Davonte, who was a great help before he had to leave. Candidate Gabriel and Candidate DaJour's mothers hung in there with us, offering food and running to get change for us when we needed it. That's how we ROPP and Roll: together!

October 2012 Core Focus

Whoo!!! Today was chock full of activity!

We started at the Blackshear Garden, where Bro. Anthony provided an overview and the candidates received their ROPP Garden Projects. Candidates will have a choice of: a) planting a vegetable bed at the community garden, b) planting a flower and/or vegetable bed at home or c) creating an inside herb garden at home.

Afterwards, we headed over to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity House, where Bro. Dr. Eric shared some Alpha history and shared an academic preparedness presentation.

At the Alpha House, ROPP candidates received General Information packets about the 2012 Quiz Bowl and learned that the Drum Majors of Round Rock accepted the challenge to compete. Candidate Devoreaux was selected to be the 2012 ROPP Quiz Bowl Team Captain.

Once, we finished at the Alpha House, we headed over to H-T U for a tour and lunch! The A Phi A Delta Chapter President took time from his busy schedule and showed the guys around and joined us for lunch.  He's a double major (Comp Sci and Mathematics) and in the middle of studying for his GRE.
It was a great day!

ROPP Orientation/ September Core Focus

The ROPP 2012-2013 year has officially begun and the first day of September was full!
The four ROPP candidates, parents and ROPP leaders met for the first time. Candidates received an overview of program requirements and scheduled activities for the year.

ROPP Candidates took a close look at the core beliefs of Christianity and the AME denomination. They reviewed the AME Motto: "God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family", The Apostles Creed and learned that there are 25 Articles of Our Faith.
Candidate Davonte was the first to complete a puzzle that reflected The Apostles Creed AND recited it from memory. It helps to be an engaged church member! He will receive a $5 gift card to a local restaurant for his accomplishment.

After focusing on our own religious beliefs, we ventured over to The Friends Meeting of Austin, where Quakers welcomed us to learn about their beliefs and style of worship. After sitting in the meeting circle with them, we participated in a brief "silent worship" and several candidates were moved to share their gratitude for the opportunity. We all agreed that the Quakers were very nice and that the experience was a valuable one!

ROPP returned to the Nueces Mosque on the UT campus for a second year. Candidates were allowed to tour the facility, which included their conference room, recreational areas, Wudu (cleansing) space and prayer hall. In the prayer hall, Sana, a Muslim student, shared a presentation of Islam, which covered their beliefs and requirements.After Sana spoke, the Imam (priest), answered questions about Muslim dress and customs. ROPP candidates learned that shoes are removed before entering most areas in which Muslim business/ prayer is being conducted. Candidates were invited to help themselves to a wide range of pamphlets that explain common questions of Islam. Upon leaving, we were offered tasty cupcakes!

Core Focus CHALLENGE for September:

- Select 10 AME Articles of Faith to explain in your own words. Use at least 3 sentences for each.
   (www.ame-church.com is a good resource)
- In a short essay, describe the similarities and differences between Christianity and the Quaker and Muslim religions we experienced.

DUE DATE: 9/30/12, Midnight

2012-2013 ROPP Calendar

Below is a tentative ROPP calendar for 2012-2013.
Not reflected on the calendar are three major events that are currently in planning stages:
- Robotics Workshop at UT Arlington
- Quiz Bowl (Fundraiser)
- Basketball Tournament (in conjunction with YPD)


August 2012         
19- ROPP Participant Orientation (Pastor, ROPP Team, Parents, 
               Participants, BFF, Mentors, Interested Persons)- 1:00 PM
30- ROPP Team Mtg

September 2012- Religion/ Spirituality           
1- Core Area Event  8:00AM- 2:00PM
17- ROPP Team Meeting-  6PM     
October 2012- Academic Planning           
6- Core Area Event (Participants)- 8:30AM- 12:30PM
22- ROPP Team Meeting (Pastor, ROPP Leadership, Mentors)-  6PM
November 2012- Sexual Health           
3- Core Area Event  (Participants)-  8:30AM- 12:30PM
11- Quiz Bowl Practice Session- 2:00
17- 2012 ROPP Quiz Bowl!- 4:00 (Candidates arrive at 2:00 PM)
19- ROPP Team Meeting (ROPP Leadership Only)-  6PM 
December 2012- Hygiene/ Etiquette/ Barbering           
1- Core Area Event (Participants)- 8:30AM-12:30PM
10- ROPP Team Meeting (ROPP Team)-  12:30 (After Church)
15- An Evening Out (ALL ROPP Participants)

January 2013- Automotive Care
5- Core Area Event (Participants)- 8:30AM- 12:30PM
21- ROPP Team Mtg- 6PM

February 2013- Black History
2- Core Area Event (Participants)- 8:30-12:30PM
9- An Evening Out (ALL ROPP Participants)
18- ROPP Team Meeting (ROPP Leadership, Mentors, Finale Volunteers)- 6PM
March 2013- Program Wrap-Up           
2- Last Day for Make-up Challenges (with Approval)
18- ROPP Team Meeting (ROPP Leadership, Mentors, Finale Volunteers)- 6PM

April 2013-Closure/ Finale Prep
1- ROPP Meeting (ROPP Team, Finale Volunteers)- 1PM

May 2013
         18-19- Graduation Weekend

ROPP 2012-2013 Is HERE!

The ROPP Leadership Team for 2012-2013 is in place and the candidates have been selected.
We are ready for God to bless us with another strong year of bonding, learning and growth!

ROPP Leadership Team:

Rev. N. Jordan Mkwanazi- Pastor
Sis. Lisa Grant Davis- Director
Bro. Dr. Eric McDaniel- Consultant
Sis. Yolanda Gary Fisher- Administrative Coordinator/ Financial Secretary
Sis. Deborah Franklin- Youth/ YPD Liaison
Bro. Gerald Rowland- Character Development Mentor
Bro. Anthony Johnson- Outdoor Skill Development Mentor

2012-2013 ROPP Candidates:

Gabriel Eliacin

Davonte Lawson

DaJour Richmond

Devoreaux Shoaf

2012 ROPP Graduation Weekend

ROPP Graduation Weekend was full and rewarding. On Saturday, candidates completed their final challenges of the year: Preparing a meal, learning some sewing and ironing basics and participating in a financial literacy workshop led by the neighborhood Wells Fargo branch manager. Everyone agreed that the brunch was delicious! Omelettes, french toast, potatoes o'brien, fresh fruit, sausage, bacon and Canadian ham, hot coffee, orange juice and fresh squeezed lemonade!

The next day, the candidates' graduation was marked by a ceremony during the 10AM worship hour. Graduates received gift bags with a load of goodies and their year in ROPP was complete.

ROPP graduates are eligible to be invited to serve as Jr. Mentors for future ROPP candidates. More
information will be provided as this new aspect of the ROPP program is developed!