John David Andrade to receive LaVern Roach Award
Plainview High School senior John David Andrade was selected from 10 nominees as the 67th recipient of the LaVern Roach Award, the most prestigious recognition and the highest honor given to PHS male seniors.
The award memorializes world-renowned welterweight boxing champ LaVern Roach, a 1943 PHS graduate who died in 1950 from injuries received during a boxing match in New York City.
Roach’s widow, Evelyn Roach Trice, established the award after his death to promote the lifestyle her husband embodied -- clean living, good citizenship and sportsmanship.
The recipient is determined by popular vote of the student body.
Andrade’s name will be added to a plaque at PHS that bears the name of previous recipients. He will also be honored by the Plainview Lion’s Club, which administers the award.
Andrade, the son of Maria Isabel Andrade, plans to pursue a music education degree at West Texas A & M University following graduation from PHS in May. White at PHS he has been involved in band, jazz band, National Honor Society, DECA, the Amarillo Youth Symphony, the Lubbock Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Plainview Symphony.