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Blackcat Hall of Fame - Pettit-Shannon

Nov. 3, 2011 at 6:03 a.m.

High School – Defensive Player of the Year 1998 & 1999, All-Region 1998 & 1999, Member of 1998 State Runner-Up Team, 1999 State Semi-Finalist, 1997 Regional Semi-Finalist, All District First Team 1998 & 1999, Member of District Champs 1997, 1998, & 1999

College – San Jacinto: Team Captain; Set record in 2001-2002 for steals (11 steals in 1 game). Sam Houston State University Team Captain 2002-2004

"My years in Bay City meant the beginning of my future, my aspirations for college as well as college athletics, and my professional career. God put some amazing people in my life to make sure I was able to stay on the right path in order to have a bright future. There are several coaches who had a huge influence and impact on my life like Sherry Levi,Kristen McReynolds, Sherby Wilkerson, Linda Smith and David Jones.

My first year in Bay City ISD I was able to meet Coach Levi and Coach McReynolds. They helped mold my defensive skills, always challenged me, and made me meet their high expectations on and off the court. My high school coaches, Coach Wilk and Coach Smith, were tough on me, but it was because they recognized my potential and wanted me to be my best. These two women are spectacular and I am honored that I was able to be a part of their basketball and track teams.

The most influential person that I met in Bay City was in the summer of my sixth grade year, my guardian angel, the late David Jones. I owe the majority of my successes to Coach Jones. I never really understood the late workouts, early morning workouts, and the “just because he felt like it” workouts until my freshman year in college. He took me under his wings and instilled lifelong values and skills in me from the moment that we met. Even now, three years since his passing, I can still hear his words of encouragement as well as his criticism. I just hold on to all of the moments that we shared; picking me up for a workout with Chandi, getting me to AAU games, helping me get a scholarship to Sam Houston State University, and most importantly caring for and looking after me like I was his own.

Clearly my years at Bay City helped me become the career woman, wife and mother that I am today. Thank you to all

who helped me become the successful woman that I am today."

Where is she now? Nikita has been married to her amazing husband, Robert Shannon, for 4-1/2 years. They have one handsome son named Khayri who was born on January 1, 2010. She is a certified teacher in Texas and a PPCD (Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities ages 3-5) teacher in Round Rock.



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