Virgin Islander Mahkeal Parris, 16 years-old, is the winner of the 2018 World Junior 9-Ball Championships held lately in Moscow, Russia. He was honored throughout a Proclamation Ceremony at Authorities Home on St. Croix this week.
Grasp of ceremonies Emile A. Henderson III, chief authorized counsel to Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp, recommended the teen for the self-discipline and dedication he had utilized not solely to his sport of selection but in addition to his educational pursuits.
Describing the ultimate match of the championship event, Carlos McGregor, principal of St. Croix Central Excessive Faculty, stated “Mahkeal, you operated on that desk like how a talented physician would function in surgical procedure. You analyzed, you targeted and also you executed. You demonstrated nice self-discipline and poise.”
Parris was launched to the game of billiards at an early age and is the primary Virgin Islander to grow to be a member of the celebrated Colorado-based Billiard Training Basis, which is dedicated to selling a lifelong love of pool and constructing the subsequent technology of gamers by way of youth packages and educational scholarships.
In extending congratulations to the younger man, the governor paid respect not solely to Claude Petersen, certainly one of Parris’ early mentors and coaches, but in addition to the broader Virgin Islands group, “Your self-discipline to play billiards and to realize such excellence… speaks volumes to the household that you just come from… your mother and father… and the values within the Virgin Islands group.”
Mapp inspired Parris to take care of his dedication and diligence in direction of his educational research. “Proceed to take your lecturers severely. It’s very, crucial,” he stated.
In 2011, Parris received the Greatest Youth 9-Ball Event on Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and competed within the Junior Nationwide 9-Ball event in DeKalb, Illinois, on the College of Illinois.
On Nov. 3, 2018, his laborious work and talent paid off when he grew to become the primary American to win the world champion title within the under-17 division.