Mercedes Jefflo, center, a senior at Compton Unified School District’s Centennial High School, recently signed her letter of commitment to play basketball at the University of California at Berkeley during a special assembly in her school’s library.
Looking on are, from left, her sister Nayiceya Newell, mother Sueila Williams, godmother Janine Jaco Turk, and Coach Keldric Bradley.
Jefflo, whose GPA is above 3.0, hopes to become a sports therapist after graduating from college. She credits her coach, her mother, her teachers, and teammates for motivating her to succeed on and off the court. “My mom is very supportive and helpful. “She’s the person who motivates me the most. I’ve never seen her cry or struggle,” she said. “What I love about Centennial is that all the teachers are here to help you be successful. Coach Bradley is more than a coach, he’s like my father. He’s very motivating and fun to be around. And, my team is everything to me.”