Rep Glenn welcomes Dow placekicker to governors speech in Capitol

first_img Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Tuesday evening welcomed H.H. Dow High School senior Ashton Brooks and her mother, April, both of Midland, as his guests to the Michigan House of Representatives to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address.Ashton was the Dow varsity football team’s league-leading placekicker this past season and the target of a racially derogatory Facebook post in October that drew international attention and condemnation in mainstream and social media.“It was my pleasure and privilege to have Ashton and her mother as my guests for the governor’s State of the State address,” Rep. Glenn said. “As a football fan, I was impressed and proud of Ashton’s athletic ability and performance, but as her state representative and a father, even more so by the maturity, grace and discipline with which she responded to suddenly being thrust at a young age into a national spotlight. Her example is worthy of recognition, and I hope her being here is an encouragement that sends a strong message that the Midland community and the entire state of Michigan value, respect, and support her and all our young people ‘not by the color of their skin,’ as Dr. King said, ‘but by the content of their character.’”Ashton and her mother attended a private reception in Gov. Rick Snyder’s office prior to his address to a joint session of the state House and Senate. Each state representative is allowed to invite one guest to the House floor each January as the governor outlines his legislative agenda for the coming year.Ashton last year was the first female to play for a high school football team in Midland. Also a member of the Dow soccer team, she scored more extra points than any other kicker in the Saginaw Valley League Blue Division, was named 2nd team All-Conference, as well as the Dow High football team’s Most Valuable Player and Special Teams Player of the Year. She plans to attend Northwood University in Midland on academic and soccer scholarships. 19Jan Rep. Glenn welcomes Dow placekicker to governor’s speech in Capitol Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photoslast_img read more