Four Longhorn alumni inducted into Class of 2018 Hall of Honor

Four Longhorn alumni inducted into Class of 2018 Hall of Honor
Posted on 03/02/2018
Four Longhorn alumni inducted into Class of 2018 Hall of Honor
 Dobie Hall of Honor Alumni
Two successful athletes are inducted into the Hall of Honor. Pictured are John Scheschuk and Karima Christmas-Kelly.

By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

Four Dobie High School graduates returned to their alma mater recently for the school’s Class of 2018 Hall of Honor induction ceremony.

The annual event celebrates distinguished Dobie alumni and faculty members for their lifelong achievements and for bringing honor and pride to the school and the Longhorn community.

The group is the sixth class to be inducted since the Dobie Hall of Honor was established in 2013. The 2018 inductees were: Mitchell Vicknair, Class of 1983; John Scheschuk, Class of 1995; Dr. Sabia Taqvi Abidi, Class of 1998; and Karima Christmas-Kelly, Class of 2007.

The event kicked off with a reception for honorees, their families and esteemed community members, where they shared fond memories from their days at Dobie.

After the reception, the inductees gathered at the Hall of Honor to pin their plaques onto the wall – bringing the number of honorees to 44.

Dobie Principal Franklin Moses thanked honorees for inspiring the next generation of Dobie Longhorns.

“Students for years to come will walk down this hallway and stop by to see the new faces on the wall,” said Moses. “Thank you for being a model of success for our students. This is well deserved.”

The event concluded with a scholarship presentation, funded by past Hall of Honor inductees in effort to inspire future graduates to pursue post-secondary opportunities. This year’s recipients were: Cassandra Guevara, Maxine Gomez, Maliha Mir and Cyrus Gonzalez.

Class of 2018 Hall of Honor Inductees

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Pictured from left to right: Dobie Principal Franklin Moses, Hall of Honor inductee Mitchell Vicknair and Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell. 

Vicknair
 spent the majority of his career in banking and financial services before assuming his current role as president and CEO of American Finasco, a national debt management company that helps financially distressed small businesses avoid bankruptcy and foreclosures. Vicknair’s passion for small business administration lending encouraged him to team up with a business partner and launch Private Mortgage Financing Partners, LLC. a few years after joining American Finasco. Aside from his business ventures, Vicknair maintains an active role in the community. He served as a Catholic missionary for the National Evangelization team and chaired several charity events for his church. Vicknair currently serves on the core team for a prison ministry, where he regularly visits inmates to provide spiritual support and teach life skills. 


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Pictured from left to right: Dobie Principal Franklin Moses, Hall of Honor inductee John Scheschuk and Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell. 

Scheschuk 
ranks as one of the most successful student-athletes in the annals of both Dobie and Texas A&M. Arguably, the Longhorns’ most honored baseball player, Scheschuk is still remembered as perhaps the most selfless and team-oriented player ever to wear an Aggies uniform. At Dobie, he was lauded for both his hitting and pitching. The Longhorns’ starting quarterback for two seasons, Scheschuk started three years for the Longhorns’ baseball team and was chosen twice as district MVP, All-Greater Houston and first-team all-state. Dobie qualified for the playoffs in each of his three seasons – and to cap Scheschuk’s high school career, the Longhorns advanced to the regional finals. As an Aggie, he earned four letters as a hard-hitting A&M first baseman, twice was named second-team All-Big 12 and in 1999 captained the Aggies to a berth in the College World Series. Two years ago, he was inducted into the Pasadena ISD Athletics Hall of Fame. The year before that, he was inducted into the A&M Athletics Hall of Fame.


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Pictured from left to right: Dobie Principal Franklin Moses, Hall of Honor inductee Dr. Sabia Taqvi Abidi  and Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell. 

Dr. Abidi
 is a former science coordinator at New York University’s medical school who currently serves as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She earned a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M in 2002, graduating cum laude, and five years later earned her doctorate in the same field from the University of Texas-Austin. From 2000 to 2007, she held four graduate assistant and intern positions, including one with the Neurosciences Department at NASA. After interning at NYU in 2006, she joined the medical school’s Department of Microbiology as the science coordinator with duties that included grant-writing, strategy analysis and communications. After three years, Dr. Abidi accepted a fellowship in NYU’s Department of Medical Parasitology. The focus of her studies was the treatment of malaria. Her current postgraduate work is for MIT’s Department of Material Science and Engineering.

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Pictured from left to right: Dobie Principal Franklin Moses, Hall of Honor inductee Karima Christmas-Kelly and Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell. 

Last fall, Christmas-Kelly completed her seventh season in the WNBA and her second as a starting forward and double-digit scorer for the Dallas Wings.
 She shot to national fame in college as a scoring dynamo for the Blue Devils of Duke University. Over her junior and senior seasons at Duke, she led her team to back-to-back regular-season and Atlantic Coast Conference tournament titles. She became the 27th player in Duke women’s history to break the 1,000 mark for career points. At Dobie, Christmas earned 10 varsity letters, including four in track, where she won a district title in the triple jump. In basketball, she was a three-time all-district selection and an all-region pick her senior year when Parade Magazine named her a fourth-team All-American. She averaged 18.7 points and 9.6 rebounds her senior season, leading her team to a 32-7 record. Christmas-Kelly returned to the South Belt area last fall to provide Hurricane Harvey refugees with shoes and sports gear. Her Dobie basketball jersey was retired by the school last year 
during the McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament.

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