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Pat Hammond, Reliant Energy, 713-497-7723 Sept. 5, 2007

Eight Houston-Area High School Student Athletes Receive $1,000 Awards through Reliant Energy's Scholarship for Champions Program HOUSTON ­ Reliant Energy today announced the eight Houston-area high school student athletes who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship as part of the company's Scholarship for Champions ­ Powering Strong Minds and Bodies program. "The scholarship winners have each demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in academics and athletics," said Tracy Carmen-Jones, vice president, Reliant Energy Community Marketing. "We are thrilled to recognize these eight deserving student athletes and to help them achieve the goals they have set out to accomplish on and off the field." The scholarship recipients are: Denzil Bell, James Madison High School; Onyekachi Ezirike, Hightower High School; Erin Jackson, Stratford High School; Adrian Maldonado, Galena Park High School; Holly Moreno, Pearland High School; Ian Osei-Kuffor, Alief Hastings High School; Kortnee Danielle Pevehouse, Clear Creek High School; Tyler Jared Teykl, B.F. Terry High School. The scholarship recipients were selected by Reliant Energy and the Houston Texans. Each recipient had to be in good academic standing and display leadership and ethics to be considered for the scholarship. Each scholarship recipient will receive a surprise visit at their respective school by a Houston Texans player who will present the winner with a check in front of all their classmates. The scholarship recipients also will have an opportunity to participate in a pre-game on-field presentation at a Texans game during the season and will be honored at the Houston Texans Draft Luncheon, where Houston Texans players are recognized.


BIOS OF THE RELIANT ENERGY SCHOLARSHIP FOR CHAMPIONS RECIPIENTS Denzil Bell Bell is a three-year member of the varsity football team at James Madison High School, where he plays running back. He participated in the Research and Policy Institute of California leadership conference and is recognized by the J.C. Watts Foundation as a leader. Bell also volunteered with the Texans' youth ability camp, is a mentor to freshmen classmates and is actively involved in school fund-raising events. Onyekachi Ezirike Ezirike is a member of the track team and starting outside linebacker on the football team at Hightower High School. He organized a Saturday morning tutoring program for his football team, participated in Walk for the Cure, worked with the ACT-SO Dream Kids program and the Books for Kids program. Ezirike is currently vice president of the Houston Branch NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) youth council and a National Junior Honor Society member. Erin Jackson Jackson is a varsity volleyball, basketball and softball player at Stratford High School and has been elected team captain of all three teams. She was Second Team All-District for softball two years in a row. Jackson worked in several anti-alcohol and drug programs, as well as mentored underclassmen and mentally disabled students. She has served as officer for the Academy of Finance Business Professionals of America, president of her girl's class four years in a row and treasurer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Adrian Maldonado Maldonado is a member of the Galena Park High School varsity football and track teams. He was voted team captain of the football team two years in a row and is president of his Track Class Council. Maldonado is on target to graduate as the school's Salutatorian, is treasurer of the National Honor Society and was a Texas Boys' State 2007 participant. Holly Moreno Moreno is a member of the Pearland High School varsity volleyball team. As a middle hitter, she was selected to the 24-5A First Team All-District as a sophomore with Honorable Mention as a freshman. Moreno also made the 24-5A All-District Academic team two years in a row and is ranked third in the state with her junior Olympic volleyball team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in local food drives each year.


Ian Osei-Kuffor Osei-Kuffor is a varsity football player at Alief Hastings High School where he plays wide receiver/defensive back. He was recently voted team captain of this year's football team. OseiKuffor was a member of the 2007 regional qualifying 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams for track and field where he helped set a new school record in the 4x200 meter relay. He is also involved in community food drives and serves as an assistant Sunday School Instructor at Brookhollow Baptist Church. Last year, Osei-Kuffor exhibited exemplary leadership when he came to the aide of a fellow female student who was being abused by another male. He intervened and defused the incident until the authorities arrived and could take it from there. Kortnee Danielle Pevehouse Pevehouse is a member of the varsity basketball team for Clear Creek High School. She was selected team captain by her teammates and represented the junior class for Girls' State. Pevehouse placed second in the Houston Rockets 3-point shooting contest and first in the Houston Chronicle Free Throws for Class 5A. She has volunteered for CLEAR (a drug-free program), Red Ribbon and UTMB Children's Hospital. Tyler Jared Teykl Teykl is a varsity football, basketball, and track and field athlete at B.F. Terry High School and has been elected team captain of all three teams. He was also the bronze medalist in the Lone Star Kick Challenge. Teykl is currently No. 1 in his class and serves as president of the Terry High School Class Council. He is a three-year member of the First United Methodist Youth Group Leadership Council and an officer in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. About the Houston Texans Foundation: The mission of the Houston Texans Foundation is to encourage and enable all youth and families in Houston and the surrounding area to reach their full potential and to achieve success. The Houston Texans Foundation raises funds for five primary charities (Boys and Girls Country, Child Advocates, The Health Museum, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Rebuilding Together Houston) and administers programs that promote leadership, integrity and character through its earned ticket programs, Heart of a Champion Character Education Program and NFL programs that recognize volunteers. About Reliant Energy, Inc.: Reliant Energy, Inc. (NYSE: RRI), based in Houston, provides electricity and energy services to retail and wholesale customers in the United States. In Texas, the company provides service to approximately 1.9 million retail electricity customers, including residential and small business customers and large commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers. Reliant also serves commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers in the PJM (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland) market. The company is one of the largest independent power producers in the nation with approximately 16,000 megawatts of power generation capacity across the United States. These strategically located generating assets utilize natural gas, fuel oil and coal. For more information, visit ###


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