Calib Perez receives Glenda Dawson Legacy Award

PEARLAND DAWSON — Glenda Dawson was widely known for her encouraging and positive attitude. She always wore a smile, and she was able to find humor in every situation. Her passion was education and working with young people. Not only did she work hard in the classroom to invest in students, she also served in the state legislature to promote Pearland and edify those involved in making a better future.

Mrs. Dawson always said that you get 80 points for just showing up, and she showed up all over town to support her community, school, and family. She was a woman who overcame great obstacles without complaint.

As a young woman, she experienced kidney failure, which resulted in her living on dialysis for 18 years while teaching full time. After receiving a kidney from her sister, she continued loving life and getting involved in the Pearland community. She taught at Pearland High School for 34 years and served two terms as our State Representative.

Dawson senior Calib Perez received the 2020 Glenda Dawson Legacy Award. Perez embodies an attitude of determination, service, and positivity. He believes that character is more important than entitlement; that challenges do not determine outcome, and that service is a prerequisite to leadership.

Perez views life as an adventure and sees the best in others. In spite of any challenges he may face, he maintains an upbeat outlook. Perez strives to find blessings around every turn.

A Dawson All-District football standout, who stands at 6-foot-6 and 285 lbs., has committed to play football and continue his education at the collegiate level for the Duke Blue Devils. He chose the Blue Devils over scholarship offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Boise State, Boston College, and Minnesota.

"Calib is an outstanding young man that has grown up in the Pearland community," Dawson head coach Mike Allison said. "He has been blessed with size and talent, and is one of the hardest working kids (both on and off the field) that I have had the pleasure of coaching. Calib is a great example of what we want in the Dawson Football Family."

"All of my teachers throughout Pearland ISD have influenced me to push myself on getting the best education available," Perez said. "Dawson football's coaching staff has influenced me to make top-notch grades, and always checking on us doing right in the classroom. Pearland ISD has always emphasized that grades come first more than any extracurricular activities.

"Coach Allison always has goals to follow to be successful, always A's and B's, Be respectful, Be on time, and NO zeros. This has put me in a position to go to Duke for football and academics."