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Rising from the Ashes How East survived the heat, flames, and tragedies of Summer 2012
in this issue...
Center: How our Teachers Spent their Summers Remembrance Adrenaline A memorial to those we lost. pg. 3 Service through Sports Inside the emergency room after the Aurora movie theater shooting. pg. 2
East athletes make the most of their abilities. pg.7
Opinions: The Importance of Play. pg. 6
august 29th 2012
Inside the ER:
An Emergency Physician speaks about the Aurora Shooting and the heroes who responded
his particular night was completely different from any other shift I’ve had in emergency medicine in the eighteen years I’ve been out of residency, and I hope I won’t have another night like it.” July 19th began as a warm summer night with many people on the streets and for Emergency Physician Kevin McGlothlen MD, it was another night to treat routine chest pains, seizures, and minor injuries that needed stitches. At 12:38 AM on July 20th everything changed. The police radio at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) suddenly went wild with people reporting a mass shooting at Century Movie Theater, two miles from the hospital. The emergency department was already full and several patients were in the waiting room, “At first you hope it’s not true, or you hope it’s not as serious as they say. But you could feel the level of anxiety climb in the Emergency Department as the charge nurse moved the level 1 fluid warmer (warms blood for transfusions) into our temporary trauma room.” Within minutes, eleven victims were arriving by police car, ambulance, and private car. “This clearly was a mass casualty incident, which by definition is when your amount of medical needs exceeds your amount of medical resources.” That night there were two emergency doctors, one trauma surgeon, and a full complement of nurses. Immediately, the whole hospital moved stable patients, mobilized medical resources and opened up as many emergency and operating rooms as possible. Even then, the hospital still didn’t have enough resources.
An Overwhelming Response
Realizing that there was going to be a significant number of patients, McGlothlen picked up the phone and called his Medical Director, Dr. Frank Lansville, who called the EMS Director, Dr. Gilbert Pineda, and the head of the Trauma Surgery Department, Dr. James Denton. Among the calls was the order to his charge nurse, “You call your boss, I’ll call mine. Tell them to call everyone they know. And activate our internal disaster plan.” Everyone came as quickly as possible, and within 10 minutes, there were another six to ten off-duty emergency nurses, ICU (intensive care unit) nurses, trauma service doctors, the internal medicine team, operating room nurses, and even nurses from the Labor and Delivery department, all offering their services and asking, “How can I help?” The adrenaline in the hospital was running high, “My partner Emergency Physician, Dr. Paige Archey, and I immediately tended to the more serious victims as they came in, and the Trauma Surgeon working that night, Dr. Jody Taylor, also tended to the sickest patients who needed to go to the operating room right away. As I was performing a resuscitation on a critically ill patient, I hardly knew anyone in the room because they were all from other areas of the hospital, but they were all there to help me. I couldn’t do what I’m trained to EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Andrew Wise & Joie Akerson
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fatalities at The Medical Center of Aurora.” Currently, two patients remain at TMCA and are stable enough to be transferred to longterm care facilities.
A Career Confirming Moment
Doctor Kevin McGlothlen (center), an emergency physician on-duty the night of the Aurora shooting, waits to shake hands with First Lady Michelle Obama. do without such a staff supporting me and an organized trauma system behind me.” As the Biophone announced more victims on the way, extra trauma surgeons and emergency doctors came in and the hospital was able to stabilize the initial patients and triage additional patients by assessing the number of victims, their types of injuries, and the stability of their conditions. The patients were sorted according to their degree of injury then presented in a specific order to the operating room or CT scanner. When overwhelmed with limited time and resources for multiple injured patients, the ER must let the sickest ones expire so others can be saved. “Every part of the hospital was overwhelmed from registration who has to get names and IDs for all those people, to lab who has to do blood tests or give blood to all these patients, and X-ray and CT scan who has to simultaneously do all the studies we request. Everybody performed way above and beyond their usual level of expectation to an outstanding level of performance, and everybody did an amazing job.”
The Emotional Challenges
At the time of the incident, the hospital was not receiving live press reports and was not sure how many victims would be coming in, how many gunmen were involved, or if it was an isolated act of violence. “You’ve got your head down and you’re looking at your next victim and you’re just trying to take care of that patient and get a handle on what else is in the department.” McGlothlen describes it as “a chaotic and gory scene,” where multiple patients all actively bleeding and screaming in the hallways waited to be attended to, but weren’t even the most critical patients. “I’ve taken care of penetrating trauma before but some of
my Emergency Department staff hasn’t, and even less of the hospital staff that came to help has taken care of it. It’s not something the average person should see, or anybody wants to see, in spite of how it’s glorified in movies and television.” McGlothlen emotionally recalls that in the midst of all the chaos another doctor came up to him and admitted, “I have no idea how you guys do what you do.” Eventually, the number of critical patients ceased and they began to hear more news on the incident and find out who their victims were, “That patient is more than just a victim with a hole in a certain place; now they’re somebody’s teenage son or daughter or they’re somebody’s mother or father, and it makes it much more emotional and almost harder than the initial immediate response. In this case it was a random act of senseless violence, and that’s harder to explain to yourself or the patients afterwards who didn’t do anything to this person to cause such violence.” When treating high velocity gunshot wounds, the challenge was the internal damage; the track of the bullet penetrates the body, expands, and then tumbles. “A high velocity firearm like the AR-15 weapon really tears through the tissue with such force; it wreaks havoc.” That night there were a total of fifteen victims at TMCA, and the hospital later received eighteen patients overall connected with this event. Luckily, with all the in-hospital response, extra help, appropriate triage, and overcoming limited resources, McGlothlen proudly states, “We still had no
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In response to how this has changed his life, McGlothlen states, “I now have an even greater appreciation for all the people who responded, from the police and fire department at the immediate scene, the EMS who brought patients in by ambulance, the entire emergency department and hospital staff, the operating room and trauma surgery staff, and to the staff who looked after these patients, not only that night but for weeks afterwards. The day after the event I walked up to two unknown policemen on the street in two separate circumstances and just thanked them for doing what they do; that’s not something I do on a normal day.” McGlothlen doesn’t consider that night a career defining moment, but certainly a career confirming moment when called upon he could perform at his best. “You never expect to see this in Aurora, Colorado. You, as an emergency doctor, hope you never see it in your career! But if you do, the fact that I was able to do what I was trained to do when asked to do it was very rewarding.” Tearing up, he adds, “I hope any one of my partners would’ve done as good or better.” Since the tragedy, McGlothlen believes the community has become more unified and cohesive when they realized they could pull together that night to support those victims. The Medical Center of Aurora has had many extraordinary visitors since July 20th including Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Christian Bale, and the First Lady Michelle Obama in a show of support for the victims. “It was unique and a positive experience. [Meeting Michelle Obama] It was an honor to meet her; it was humbling to meet her. Not only does it underscore the significance of the tragedy, but it also underscores the heroism of those who treated these patients.” As McGlothlen ended his narrative, he was emphatic that he was just doing what he was trained to do and concluded, “The word ‘hero’ gets thrown around a lot from something like this. I felt like the local police were heroes. I felt the doctors who came and backed me up were my heroes. I felt all the nurses, particularly those who hadn’t taken care of trauma patients like this before, were heroes. But as I drove home the next morning listening to the news unfold on the car radio, I didn’t think of myself as a hero; I thought of myself as an Emergency Physician.”
“It’s not something the average person should see, or anybody wants to see, in spite of how it’s glorified in movies and television.”
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august 29th 2012
Colorado Heals: by gracemccabe
Remembering and moving forward after a summer of tragedy
Gone but not forgotten: the victims of the Aurora shooting
recent high school graduate who was known for “trying to bring the mullet back” his freshman year. A 51-year-old “Texas gentleman” with a passion for the outdoors. A bubbly 6-year-old who had just learned to swim. Theirs were among the 12 lives cut short when James Eagan Holmes opened fire on July 20 during a midnight
Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6 Rebecca Ann Wingo, age 32 Jonathan Blunk, age 26
screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” In all of the grief, anger, and uncertainty that follow a tragedy such as this one, there is one thing we know for sure: they will not be forgotten:
Micayla Medek, age 23 John Larimer, age 27
Jesse Childress, age 29
Jessica Ghawi, age 24
AJ Boik, age 18
Matt McQuinn, age 27
Gordon Cowden, age 51
Alex Sullivan, age 27
No more flames, but plenty of ashes: those affected by wildfires rebuild Earlier this summer, it seemed that Spreading like, well, wildfire, over ten the whole state was, quite literally, different blazes including the High Park burning up. From Durango to Fire, Waldo Canyon Fire, and Flagstaff Fort Collins to Boulder, an exFire quickly scorched at least 100,000 acres tremely dry year contributed throughout Colorado. to the spread of fires started The Spotlight remembers those whose by lightning, sparks from lives were lost and sympathizes with the blown-out tires, and poorly hundreds of families who lost their homes built campfires. and possessions and who now face a long, messy road back to normal. Remembering fallen officer, mother On a warm June duty since 2005. evening in Denver, City The seven-year Park was filled with families, police veteran young couples, and friends from Detroit enjoying a Sunday night is remembered Jazz concert. However, hours as a kind and later, the park was a scene of fear competent ofand chaos, as ambulances and cop cars ficer, who loved rushed to the scene where Denver police the color purple officer Celena Hollis was shot while breaking and is survived up a fight among rival gang members. by a 12-year-old Hollis, 32, did not survive, the first daughter and Denver police officer killed in the line of numerous fam- A memorial in City Park still ily members. marks the scene of the shooting.
East Pioneers a New Approach to Helping Struggling Students East’s Compass Project unveiled
by abbeylew year long course.” t East in 2009, 117 freshman students Every student learns differently, “and we failed more than two of their core class- can only control what we offer them,” adds es. This past year, out of those 117 students, Anderson. The class sizes are estimated to be 12 had remained enrolled, and only 6 gradu- around 25 so teachers will have closer relaated. This surprisingly low number has been tionships with the students and their parents. consistent and despite past efforts, the trend The classes will take the place of their core continues. After tireless years advocating for classes sophomore year and “they will put toa solution, assistant principal Shawn Ander- gether portfolios, explore activities and learn son succeeded this year by introducing a new material as opposed to “spoon fed” educaprogram to East, titled The Compass Project. tion,” states Ms. Orwig. There will be less fo“What we’re doing is not working,” states An- cus on homework, more individual attention, derson, “and our job is to fix that.” work periods, and less direct instruction. Over the years, East administrators Although there will be class stanhave noticed a disturbing pattern, freshman dards to be met, the teachers have the freestudents who fail two or more of their core dom to develop their own curriculum for the classes are likely to remain behind and drop class. Ms. Arens has an idea for the frameout. For the 2012-13 year, work of hers, “One day I’ll be the Compass Project will Graduation Rates addressing the whole class, take on the challenge of inthen the next day in sections terrupting the pattern and and groups, then a counselraising East’s graduation ing day, and then a work perates. Their plan is to idenWe will all be very flex72% riod. tify those at risk of failing National average: ible.” during freshman year and In the past, East has had will focus on putting them Academic Success classes, back on track during sophbut Ms. Arens explains, “We omore year. It will be simicaught a few students, but lar to an academic success not all.” Mr. Nagel adds that class and currently 110-120 Colorado average: 74.4% the old way was to wait till students are enrolled to enthe students were seniors ter the course this year. and have them finish reIn the past decade, quired classes that year, but graduation rates have risen since that isn’t working “we considerable amounts. Col- East High School: 88% are trying to catch the situorado is ranked 18th in the ation as soon as possible.” U.S. for graduation rates East offers lots of help for (74.4%) and East rates have risen from 78% students, there are academic success classes, to 88% within the past 3 years. Nonetheless, tutoring opportunities, tutorial with teachers, each year about 1/6 of the class slips through and meetings with counselors. Mr. Harned the cracks and doesn’t finish high school. relates this program to ones at the Rocky The Compass Project is designed specifi- Mountain School for Expeditionary Learncally for this group of failing students and the ing and Jefferson Open School, which have teaching approach will be completely differ- similar approaches. “We are figuring it out as ent from traditional classes. Students who will we go and I’m very excited. Our focus will be participate in the program will get a “pack- more narrow but the culture of East [success] age deal” and have the same four teachers; hasn’t changed.” Ms. Arens (American Literature), Mr. Nagel According to the National Center for (Geometry), Mr. Harned (U.S History), and Educational Statistics, the dropout rate has Ms. Orwig (Earth Science and Biology). “I’m declined from 14% in 1980, to 8% in 2009, excited because I really like working one-on- yet the racial disparity is still significant. Acone or in small groups,” says Mr. Nagel, “the cording to Mr. Anderson, of the group of 117 classes will be mainly project based and it’s a students from 2009, 90% of them were stu-
dents of color. Last year at East, 454 students graduated, 85% of all black students graduated, 80% of Hispanic students graduated, and 94% of white students graduated. The overall mission of the program will be to close these gaps and re-engage under-credited students. It is East’s job to promote student success, have low drop out rates and teach students as best as possible. Anderson believes the goal of the program “is to put them back in the position where they can access higher level courses and take more fun classes-such as Newspaper.” The Compass Project “will create a space at East to
re-engage the idea that learning is fun,” adds Anderson. All teachers are excited for the new program, Ms. Orwig exclaims, “This is my first job and everything’s new. The school is new, I’m new, and this program is new!” All teachers are eager to help these students reengage to succeed, become confident, and enjoy learning with the motivation to graduate. Mr. Anderson believes the Compass Project is a major change for the school, and with a smile he shares the message behind the title of the program, “We are changing the direction of East.”
“We are figuring it out as we go...Our focus will be more narrow but the culture of East [success] hasn’t changed.”
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East teachers share amazing feats and scintillating
Mario Ortiz of the Counseling Center spent his summer travelling with his wife up the west coast. Starting in LA ,the two drove more than 5,554 miles, visiting the lush forests and falls of Oregon. Ortiz, a photographer, also got some amazing shots including these two on the post card!
Science teacher Bobb took a trip land which inclu frigid snorkeling snowmobile rid glacier!
Kristy Skarphol of the math department went on a family vacation to the midwest which included stops at the colossal monuments of Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore. Her boys loved seeing the “statues” in the mountain!
French teacher Andrea Barbera and counselor Lauran Allinson both competed in three Aquaman swimming and running competitions held at the Cherry Creek Reservoir. The two college swimming teammates successfully finished one of the races with Allinson in second place and Barbera in third.
Assistant Principal Wes Ashley played a smallscale version of The Deadliest Catch while crab fishing off the northern coast of Washington... craving crab? He’s your guy!
Karen McChesney of the Future Center completed a two week trek through south Peru and did volunteer work in villages with altitudes of more than 15000 feet along the way!
Mr. Madison got his left hip replaced right here in Denver, Colorado which earned him the best friendship of Morgan Freeman and recognition as an All-American Hero.*
*Well... he got his hip replaced.
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English teacher Mark Trapino took a history and tradition-rich trip to England. This included a month-long study of contemporary British literature and Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” at the Exeter College of Oxford University. He also visited Shakespeare’s home of Stratford-uponAvon and the city of Bath which was a temporary residence of Jane Austen. After waiting in a four-hour line, he got tickets to see tennis superstars Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Maria Kirilenko at Wimbedon. He also made stops at ancient wonders such as Stonehenge and the Roman baths from over 1900 years ago.
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Margret p to Iceuded some g and a de on a
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g experiences from their well -deserved summers.
by denisemeeker and adelaidesandvold
august 29th 2012
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY
From the Editors in Chief:
Grief by Numbers
6,000. 4. 58. 12. hese are, respectively, the number of rounds of ammunition James Holmes carried, the number of guns he possessed, the number of people he wounded, and the number of people he killed. Numbers. Hollow, cold, lifeless mathematics. Yet, it was these numbers which were repeated over and over by grave sounding newscasters and printed billions of times in newspapers across the globe. These numbers were compared to other shootings, so we might understand how many more or how many fewer people were killed here than at Columbine or Virginia Tech. Rather than asking why this happened or what can be done to make sure it never happens again, we answer the easy questions: For those of you who think you are How many dead, how many rounds of amabove blowing bubbles, not all hope is lost. munition, how long it lasted. Math. Numbers. Psychologists have found that play can be True, there is very little that journalists, learned. That’s right; you can learn how to law enforcement, and government officials play better. You can even practice with your can do to answer the questions of “why,” but friends. It’s proven that play and relaxation to switch the focus to these meaningless numare vital in friendships. According to Plato, bers thoroughly undermines the humanity of “You can discover more about a person in the victims. Their families and friends will an hour of play than in a year of conversanot grieve by the numbers. Their rememtion.” In the end, a night of bowling with brance, their sadness, and eventually their some friends not only clears your mind, it closure, will come from a vast and complex also studies your friendships. How could you mental scrapbook of jokes and embraces and even say no? fights and reconciliations. It will not come Now there is a difference between disfrom knowing how many times their child or tracting yourself and completely avoiding an friend was shot, or even how many hundred issue. Denial, distortion, and escape will get years James Holmes’ prison sentence will inyou nowhere. Doodling, however, can bring clude. you to an actual solution. It does not help these people to repeat So next time you look at your enormous over and over again just how numerically bad workload or undesirable circumstances, this tragedy was. If anything, it is insulting. don’t ignore them or let them consume you; But the greater insult is to do nothing to prego play. vent this from happening again. We struggle to turn the We struggle to turn the discus- d i s c u s s i o n sion from what happened to from what happened to what happens next. what happens next. And the moment we start, the moment potential solutions start to pop up, they are instantly politicized and warped until all for free or reduced cost lunch. And yet, progress and pragmatism sits stagnant on talk we are all Angels. During my first two radio stations and cable news. years at East, I have met so many wonderIt is extremely basic logic that if fewer ful people with totally different lifestyles people have guns, fewer people will get shot. and beliefs from mine. I am so grateful Whether progress comes in limiting the for this. I know it has made me a better, amount of ammunition a person can buy, or more open-minded, more mature human preventing people from purchasing military being. level assault weapons, beefing up background checks, or creating a monthly mental health You’re scared of that? examination for gun owners, something needs to be done. We realize that this is far I do not experience gang wars on a from the only editorial calling for action. But daily basis. I do not walk out the front we would like to add our voice to the tremendoors with the fear of being jumped on dous shouting mass calling for progress. neighboring Colfax Ave. I’m sorry that Sure, there are multiple sides to the issue, this is the mental picture you have bebut frankly, the people who fight against atcause it is so tragically untrue. tempts to control weapons stand on the same side as James Holmes, and all of those who I wish you the best, but I just can’t help shaking my head. have been driven to commit such acts. The rest of us are seeking justice. Sincerely, It’s time to solve this. Watching and talkAubin Fefley ing only fills time until the next set of numbers scroll across television screens. We’ve published our opinions. We can’t afford to wait anymore. Now publish yours. Contact us at
Six through eight-year-olds play in a mud pit at Geneva Glen Camp this summer
s a crowd of six through eight year-olds to cope is through playing. stare into their dream come true, I realThis theory focuses on divergent thinkize something incredible: we are looking out ing, or the generating of ideas. When you at a giant mud pit in a Coloradan meadow, stimulate your mind with an old yo-yo or created for the simple hula hoop, the seemingly purpose of getting as “You can discover more about a tough problems in life can messy as possible. With solved creatively. As one person in an hour of play than be pure joy, these girls turns his or her thoughts in a year of conversation.” and boys plunge into to lighter things, the mind the mud, dancing and is better able to process screaming. Little do they know, as they lather everything else with ease. themselves in mud sunscreen and fashion I’ve seen a direct link between play and each other mud hats, that they are investing creative problem solving. The more creative in their health. your play, the more ways of coping you’ll It’s a new school year and you have new find under stress. Basically, the more fun stresses. Certainly, there will be moments you’re having, the more stress-free you’ll that terrify and overwhelm you. Funny be. My summer break was spent at a camp enough, playing is proven to help. It is not where I was surrounded by proof of this exactly socially advisable in high school connection. I saw kids work through adult to spend your free time with Barbies or problems and conquer their biggest fears, sidewalk chalk. But we were spot on back in unaware of the impact of their simple game elementary school; sometimes the best way of tetherball.
Dear Boy... I Danced With In 8th Grade Cotillion Who Asked Me If I Was Scared To Go To East
ear Boy, I have three things to apologize for:
1) I’m sorry that I was so much taller than you, although to be fair, I felt pretty ridiculous too. 2) I’m sorry I kept stepping on your feet. Your shoes were nice and they looked expensive. 3) But most of all, I’m sorry you had the wrong idea about my diverse and wonderful high school. While we were dancing (or attempting to, in my case) I learned a little bit about you. You were from Cherry Hills, a private-school kid, obviously privileged, leaving for prep school on the East Coast come fall. But I won’t stereotype you, or insult your lifestyle, or even make comparisons. My problem does not lie with your socioeconomic class or educational choices. I guess I just feel bad for you. I feel bad that you have had so little experience with what cynics may call “the real world” and what I will truthfully call
“the city.” While the hard core advocates of the public education system may worry for your future, once graduation forces you out of your “bubble,” I think they’re wrong. An intelligent young gentleman such as you will know how to make the most of his opportunities. Average test scores for private schools are consistently higher than the mean public school scores, especially in inner city districts. On paper, you are not missing out on anything and maybe you don’t think you are. I won’t pretend to know anything about your life, but through the eyes of an outsider, you are not in a position to be complaining. Let’s be clear. The idea of East High School scares you. It scares you. I was an overly excited incoming freshman and you shook your head and wondered “Why on earth…?!” Looking at the racial demographics of East High School: the majority is minority. A portion of the student body qualifies
august 29th 2012
Service through Sports
Breaking Barriers with School Spirit E
ast is all about inclusion. We have a GLBT club, a young democrats club, a young republicans club, and even a Harry Potter club, not to mention students of almost every ethnicity, race, and religion. But East’s special education program is one of the least integrated, residing in the back hallway on the second floor, somewhat removed from the other classrooms and students. All that is about to change. The idea [to integrate special education students into the cheerleading program] was introduced to us by a student here at East,” says coach and East counselor Terita Walker. After hearing the proposition last semester she decided to implement the concept this season, with the team preparing to hold a series of clinics that are open to any of the students in the special education program. Sean McCarthy, who works in East’s special education department, says that, “Ms. Walker and I are very excited to try this out. Part of the purpose of our program is to integrate students with
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special needs into the community. This is an opportunity for East’s general student body to get to know some of our kids.” The cheerleaders are ecstatic with the change to the team. Senior and captain of the cheerleading squad Mariah Cladis says, “We’ve seen a couple of other programs do it, and it’s a really nice feeling, incorporating other kids into the program.” Although East’s program has engaged in other community outreach in The cheerleader veterans are excited about the new additions to their team. the past, such as coaching younger kids, this is the first year that the program has involved students with special needs. Cladis knows by danielhartman-strawn that, “the inclusion of every student is impors millions around the world been down to the town of Juluchuca, tant, so that’s our goal, to watched the Olympics in Lon- Mexico, where she had established a include everyone,” and don this summer, every one of the connection with the owner of a resort. she adds, “I think it’ll be spectators and athletes were united After explaining his philanthropic fun!” by something that supersedes any goals to the owner, he was able to se The squad is language barrier or cultural differ- cure a discount on the price of rooms. looking forward to both ence: the love of the game. For six “Then I called a couple of my ‘amigos’,” the promise of a successEast students, the love of sports and says McCabe, “[who] I knew would ful year and striving to the connection that they can estab- love to help out and could offer a lot make a positive impact lish between people brought them of help in the area of sports.” In the in the East community. end, Mcto Juluchuca, The dates for the Mexico. “We had almost no ground plan other Cabe was clinics have yet East sethan to play sports with some kids that a c c o m p a to be decided, by felnior Zach we weren’t even sure would show up.” nied but an exuberlow East seMcCabe deant Cladis says, niors Matt cided that “I know we’re this summer he wanted to make Fitzgerald, Austin Neureiter, Ryan going to do it, a difference in someone else’s life, Chavkin, Andrew Palmquist, and Briand everyone’s but he wasn’t sure exactly how to go an Litvak really excited With only a population of apabout it. He knew about trips to Afabout it!” rica and South America where they proximately 528, Juluchuca, which is
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East cheerleaders invite special education students to join the squad
Making a Difference in Mexico A
could build schools or work on other projects; however, he wanted to be able to design the proj ect himself. His mother had
Squad captain Mariah Cladis
located along the southeastern coast of Mexico, is an obscure destination, to say the least. The group knew that once they arrived there, they would be hard pressed to locate sports equipment. So they set out asking coaches, teammates, friends, and family for their used soccer balls, baseball bats, tennis rackets, and more. They also gathered some supplies to touch up the town’s basketball
court, such as paint brushes and basketball nets. However despite all of this preparation, they were still taken aback when they first arrived. “I think we were all hit with the realization of how difficult this was actually going to be,” says Neureiter, “we had almost no ground plan other than to play sports with some kids that we weren’t even sure would show up.” They decided to start with the basketball court, cleaning and painting it and hanging the new nets. By the time they had finished, word had spread throughout the town about what the American boys were doing, and on the third day when they set up their soccer camp the kids came “pouring in.” The participants ranged from three year-olds to eighteen year-olds, and even some adults showed up. For the rest of the week the kids continued to come out, and the East boys instructed them in baseball, tennis, basketball, frisbee, and volleyball. Over the week they handed out the equipment they had collected back in Colorado. The boys hope that the program can continue well into future.
Upcoming Sports Events: Thursday, August 30th 1:00 p.m.
East Boys’ Golf Overland Golf Course
Saturday, September 1st 9:00 a.m.
East Football v. Eaglecrest HS East Turf
Tuesday, September 4th 4:15 p.m.
East Softball v. John F. Kennedy HS East Softball Field
Wednesday, September 5th 1:00 p.m.
East Boys’ Golf Wellshire Golf Course
Wednesday, September 5th 3:30 p.m.
East Cross Country DPS 2-Mile at Washington Park
Thursday, September 6th 4:00 p.m.
East Boy’s Tennis v. Montbello HS TBA Austin Neureiter gives the local kids a pep talk.