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Je'Sani Smith's #12 jersey retired at King High School

Friday January 31, 2020

Je’Sani Smith was a senior and a talented member of the King High School basketball team. The school will honored him by retiring his number 12 jersey.

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Beach Safety Awareness Task Force raises rip current awareness in preparation for spring break

Thursday January 23, 2020

The Coastal Bend is about 60 days out from the traditional spring break holiday, which is a time when thousands of visitors and locals descend on the Island beaches.

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Mother of drowning victim advocates beach safety ahead of Spring Break

Tuesday January 7, 2020

A Corpus Christi mom who's son drowned during a trip to the beach in April of 2019 is advocating water safety when it comes to rip currents.

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Tues. Basketball 12/3: King boys top West Oso

Tuesday December 3, 2019

The Mustangs defended the homecourt against the Bears 80-58. The team wore 'King Sani' shirts to honor their fallen teammate. 

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Je'Sani Smith's mother heads to Austin to fight for rip current awareness

November 19, 2019

Kiwana Denson, is now heading to Austin to speak to state agencies about adding rip current signage and alerts for people who visit the coastline.

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'Over the Edge' takes fundraising to new heights

October 26, 2019

Participants rappelled along the side of the Holiday Inn Marina Hotel in efforts to raise funds for Del Mar College students. The funds raised will also directly support the Je'Sani Smith Memorial Scholarship.

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Coastal Bend leaders discuss beach safety

August 22, 2019

State Rep. Todd Hunter joined Nueces County Commissioner Brent Chesney Thursday to discuss beach safety -- namely dangerous rip currents and putting out alerts through the Reverse Alert system.

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Drowning victim's family leads rip current warning efforts

July 10, 2019

Since 18-year-old Je'Sani Smith's tragic drowning in April, his family has led a number of efforts to increase awareness of rip currents.

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Drowning victim's mother working to raise awareness of dangerous rip currents

July 10, 2019

A Corpus Christi mother addressed Nueces County Commissioners to raise awareness about potentially deadly rip currents.

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County Commissioner, Corpus Christi mother propose beach awareness resolution

July 6, 2019

Resolution proposed to name July 2019 Beach Safety and Rip Current Awareness Month. 

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Resident aims to include rip current warnings in statewide Reverse Alert system

June 3, 2019

When you go to area beaches you will see warning flags and signs telling people about the conditions of the water.

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Je'sani Smith's Brother Accepts Honorary Diploma

June 1, 2019

At the 2019 King High School graduation in Corpus Christi, Texas, Terrance Denson Jr. accepted his brother's honorary diploma in a heartwarming ceremony. Read more here

Smith family hopes to boost water safety awareness with Je’Sani Smith Scholarship

May 24, 2019

After her son’s passing, Kiwana Denson plans to continue moving forward by giving back to King High School and awarding students a potentially life-saving scholarship. Read more here

Coastal Bend community gather to remember King High School Student

April 19, 2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dozens of people gathered at a vigil Friday night for King High School student 18-year-old Je'Sani Smith.

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King High School student Je'Sani Smith remembered for his joy

April 15, 2019

Terrance Denson Jr. told a crowd of King High School students and teachers about the time his older brother, Je'Sani Smith, helped him build a LEGO set. Read more here

Je’Sani Smith’s parents remember “humble, kind” son

April 15, 2019

“We lose good people all the time, but we shouldn’t lose great people all the time,” said Je’Sani’s father, Terrance Denson.

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King High School senior Je'Sani Smith missing after swimming on Padre Island

April 12, 2019

About two dozen Corpus Christi high school seniors gathered at Whitecap Beach Thursday to have a good time. Some decided to go for a swim.

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Missing swimmer identified by members of King High School community

April 12, 2019

The search continues today for an 18-year-old King High School student who vanished yesterday afternoon while swimming off Whitecap Beach.

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