2017-10-19 / Columns

Fifth Grade Runner Osborn Inspires All at Cross Country Meet

Engadine Consolidated Schools
Angie McArthur

This past weekend, I attended a cross-country meet in Rudyard to watch my son and his teammates compete. Before their runs, I was blessed to watch a young man run in the junior high race. This athlete, fifth grader Johnny Osborn of JKL Bahweting, ran with the assistance of crutches supporting his weight. His perseverance and drive impacted so many other athletes and spectators. I was told he had fallen early in the race, and the crowd cheered and encouraged him to continue. Shortly after, the young athlete ran past where I stood cheering the runners. Other parents and I cheered for him and clapped as loud as we could, as tears streamed down our faces. This young man embodies what so many of our students encounter: seemingly overwhelming obstacles, incredible support of friends and families, and absolute determination. This young man continued to the finish line, speeding up in the last few minutes. I congratulate him, and thanked him for his lesson to me and others that day about determination and perseverance. I hope other student athletes are as inspired by him as I have been inspired.

Engadine STEAM Course

Our seventh graders are taking a STEAM course this year. STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. A large portion of their class time is the FIRST TECH Challenge Robotics program. The class is divided into two teams and will design, build, and program an 18”x18”x18” robot for competition. The teams will compete in Petoskey Saturday, November 11. Much of the cost of this program is funded by grants. We also have an incredible opportunity to start a high school FIRST Robotics team with a grant from the state. Seniors on FIRST Robotics teams have access to more than $50 million in dedicated FIRST scholarships. Universities and companies view students with FIRST robotics on their applications as frontrunners for admission and internships. FIRST students work alongside industry experts in engineering, coding, business, and skilled trades to build their robots in what amounts to an internship. We are hoping to join more than 450 high school teams. We need parents or volunteers to serve as coaches and technical mentors for the team. No prior knowledge is required. FIRST will train you. Please contact the school office if you are interested in volunteering at (906) 477-6449.

The third annual Color Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, at 10 a.m., at the Engadine Schools track. Students, parents, and community members are invited to join in the fun to raise funds for elementary field trips. Participants will get splashed with color every lap they complete. Forms are available in the office.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, October 20: No School, Teacher Training.

Tuesday, October 24: Dig Pink Volleyball Game at Newberry.

Saturday, October 28: Third Annual Color Run.

Wednesday, November 1: Financial Aid Meeting at 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 9: Parent Teacher Conferences.

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