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Refugio uncle, nephew graduates, raised like brothers, will attend TLU

By JR Ortega
June 1, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.
Updated June 2, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.

Marquis, left, and J.B. Brown  are headed to Texas Lutheran University after graduating from Refugio High School. Though grounded in their community, the Refugio natives  are looking forward to life away from home.

Graduation ceremonies planned for this week

Thursday

Liberty Academy, 6 p.m., VISD Fine Arts Center.

Friday

Victoria West High School, 8 p.m., Memorial Stadium, 313 graduates.

Bloomington High School, 7 p.m., Bobcat Stadium, 200 N. Leonard St., 44 graduates.

Goliad High School, 8 p.m., Tiger Stadium, 95 graduates.

Ganado High School, 7 p.m., high school auditorium, 47 graduates.

Edna High School, 7:30 p.m., Cowboy Memorial Stadium, 108 graduates.

Industrial High School, 8 p.m., Cobra Football Stadium, 59 graduates.

Refugio High School, 7 p.m., high school auditorium, 212 W. Vance St., 52 graduates.

Austwell-Tivoli High School, 8 p.m., high school gym, 207 Redfish St., nine graduates plus one Vietnam veteran.

Yorktown High School, 8 p.m., Yorktown Stadium, 33 graduates.

Hope School, Port Lavaca, 6 p.m., Travis Middle School auditorium, 60 graduates.

Calhoun High School, 8 p.m., at Sandcrab Stadium, or in case of bad weather, high school auditorium, 226 graduates.

Saturday

Victoria East High School, 8 p.m. Memorial Stadium, 390 graduates.

REFUGIO - Brothers stick together, even when they are not brothers.

This is evident with J.B. and Marquis Brown, uncle and nephew respectively. The two are graduating from Refugio High School and have decided to continue their constant companionship at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin this fall.

"I went to visit, and I kind of fell in love with it," said J.B., 19.

Marquis, 18, toured later and followed in his uncle's footsteps.

Throughout high school, the two were heavily involved in many of the same activities.

Not only did the two play for the Refugio Bobcats varsity football team, but both were also in the National Honor Society.

Marquis was involved in a program to tutor younger students, and J.B. is an usher with Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church.

Their ability to juggle multiple activities will continue when they attend TLU, they said.

"We were raised that way," said J.B. "We kind of learned it at a young age."

J.B. will continue playing football as a running back. He will study kinesiology and hopes to coach football one day.

Marquis is going to run track and will work on his physical therapy degree.

The two have always been inseparable, especially when it comes to athletics.

"We've been on the same team since peewee," Marquis said.

J.B. has never acted like an uncle to Marquis, though sometimes they have their competitive, seniority moments.

For instance, Marquis is No. 10 in his class, and J.B. is No. 13 of 53 graduates - or is it 55 graduates?

"53," J.B. said.

"55," Marquis corrected.

"53."

"55."

And sometimes, neither is right - it's 52.

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