JOINING STATESMEN'S SQUAD - Stephen Houston’s family, Fulton High School teammates and fellow senior classmates looked on Wednesday afternoon as he signed a letter of intent to play basketball at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Following remarks by Principal Donna Garland, where she encouraged him to work hard and keep his grades up, Houston delivered a passionate speech thanking those who believed in him throughout his life thus far – especially those who supported him on the basketball court. He thanked fellow Bulldogs for being there for him especially during his senior season where they made it possible for him to score points and encouraged him to play his best basketball. Houston said he “owed” his teammates for their support off the court as well. FHS Head Coach Jimmy Long also spoke during the signing event. Watching Houston sign the letter of intent to play at William Penn were (left to right) Coach Long; Glenda Moffatt, Houston’s grandmother; Tanya Brown, Houston’s mother; and Quanesty Ingram, Houston’s sister. Henry Brown, Houston’s brother, is standing in the group photo taken after Houston signed the letter. William Penn University is part of the Midwest Collegiate Conference (NAIA). The Statesmen were 19-11 in regular season play during this year. According to their website, the university’s mission is to “provide the opportunity for an educational experience with a focus on leadership, technology and the Quaker principles of simplicity, peace-making, integrity, community and equality.” Houston is a welcomed addition to the university's team. "We are excited to add Stephen to our program and university," said Head Coach John Henry. "We anticipate him helping us to continue to be a traditionally strong program, both on and off the court. Assistant Coach Ross Howe was the chief recruiter in bringing Stephen to WP. Coach Howe deserves all the credit in this signing."