Former Middle School Basketball Starter, Anissa Rivera, Enjoys Multiple College Offers

Anissa Rivera

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Though she relocated to Maryland a few years ago, Anissa Rivera left a lasting impression on her Paul Cuffee teachers and coaches. As a starter on our middle school basketball team, she sealed Cuffee’s victory during a championship game when she hit a 3-point winning shot at the buzzer. That was her last game at Cuffee.

Now a sophomore at Rock Creek Christian in Maryland, she has committed to West Virginia for college, although she has had multiple offers from other schools, including a scholarship offer from Rutgers.

Lower School Coach and Physical Education teacher Marlon Mussington commented, “One of the main purposes of our Physical Education program here at Paul Cuffee is to get our students to be physically active for a lifetime. Though Anissa has been gone for some time, we see that many of our core principles and skills that were taught have remained with her. As with all students that participate in our program, they work not only on physical skills, but mental skills as well. We believe that dealing with emotions, people skills, goal setting and commitment, and a positive attitude are important to the success of all students on and off the field of play. What Anissa has shown us, along with so many others, is that she recognized the importance of strengthening those skills in order to attain the goal that she set so many years earlier. With committing to West Virginia University, she is now one step closer to attaining her goal of playing college basketball and we couldn’t be happier for her. It is a proud moment for our school, our athletic program, and our physical education department.”

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