Kids Who Make Us Smile

 We are so excited to have Jordan as the May recipient of “Kids Who Make Us Smile!”  He is a phenomenal young man who has overcome personal obstacles and who has never let those obstacles get in his way.  Jordan will graduate this year with a 4.8 GPA and has been able to keep that up even while participating in numerous activities.  He is a 3rd year recipient of the Rotary Award; a consecutive 4A tennis state Champion and has received the Major M award.  Besides all of these amazing accomplishments, he still finds time to be a role model for other students and to be involved with campus activities.  Wow!

Way to go, Jordan!


Amanda Le is the April winner of our “Kids Who Make Us Smile” program! She is a very busy young lady with activities such as:  being a member and officer of FCCLA; attending and presenting at various workshops; promoting and coordinating a breast cancer awareness campaign; organizing and leading a health fair for local elementary schools; participating in FCCLA competitions and advancing to state and national levels; and, developing an anti-bullying program and presenting it to nearly 800 students and adults in the school district.  She is such a hard worker and truly cares for others. 

Congratulations, Amanda!  We are so proud of you!



Jackson is an amazing young man!  He is a faith-speaking cancer survivor who has kept a positive attitude throughout his illness and has encouraged other patients while at Children’s Hospital.  Jackson has started a non-profit organization called Miracle N Progress and the proceeds from this cause go to Children’s Hospital and Make a Wish Foundation.  He has spoken on behalf of Make a Wish and has been able to not only tell about his own battle with cancer, but also tell his story of faith and his own miracle. 

We are so excited that Jackson is our March recipient! Congratulations!


 Brandon Handy is our February “Kids Who Make Us Smile” recipient.   He is quite an amazing young man.  He is dedicated to working in his school and community with things such as:  working over 200 hours of community service while in high school; volunteering at school with tutoring other students and helping teachers with tasks; serving on the Crash Youth Leadership Team at church; attending Camp RYLA; sponsoring a child through the Compassion organization and being an advocate for them; and, working so incredibly hard for the International Justice Mission.

 He does all of these things and is still able to maintain a 3.88 grade point average while taking AP and Dual Credit courses.  Wow!  We are so delighted that he was chosen as this month’s winner! 



Nikki Houston is the January recipient of our “Kids Who Make Us Smile” program.  We were so impressed with her willingness to help others and her kind heart. 

Nikki has collected canned goods for the Salvation Army; she used her birthday money in November to buy toys for the “Toys for Tots” program and she loves to help keep Eli Park clean by picking up litter there.  This is all quite impressive because Nikki is only 7 years old!

Way to go, Nikki!  We are so proud of you!




 Katie Jane Brashier is the proud winner for the December 2012 “Kids Who Make Us Smile."  Katie Jane is a leader in her school and community.  She volunteers to serve others, even though she is extremely busy with all Advanced Placement classes, National Honor Society, ballet lessons, flute lessons, Austin College band, cross-country, track, pole vaulting, French Club, Denteens, FCM, and serves as Head Drum Major for the Touch of Gold Band.  She volunteers her time with the Big Brother/Sister organization, Mane Gate, Hannah’s Horseshoes of Hope therapeutic riding stables, and the Sherman Animal Shelter.  Katie Jane has also prepared and served meals for the homeless shelter, collected toys, and delivered cookies to the women’s shelter.  She has taught a one day class about diabetes to 2nd year nursing students at GCC each semester for the past 4 years.  She has also participated and volunteered both her time and body in world-wide diabetic studies for the past 5 ½ years.  You see, she does all this while overcoming Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes.  She faces her own battles every day with grace and dignity beyond her years. 


All photos are actual patients of Stokes Orthodontics and are courtesy of Kristen Jackson Photography