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Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 9.20.12 AM.pngThank you, Bruce Seely, for the being our morning radio voice. Our car radio has tuned into you for over a decade. Every school morning has been started well with your “Great Music, Sound Ideas.” Thank you for sharing the beautiful classical music. It has been a great way to start the day. Your voice on the air will be missed, but we all wish you great joy and success in your future adventures!

Bruce started on the air in junior high and is retiring from broadcasting after 50 years. For more fun details, read here: http://www.classical89.org/about/hosts/seely/

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Over the last two weeks, two fine local high schools, Skyline and Olympus, have been in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money for the Souper Bowl of Caring, a charitable organization that works with our local food bank to get food to needy students in local school districts. These two high schools have been rivals for over 50 years, a rivalry that both my husband and I were part of, being alumni of these schools. Skyline and Olympus have participated in this fundraising rivalry for the past three years. Though both schools have a percentage of students who receive free and reduced lunch, each dollar raisedand can of food collected through this fundraiser goes to feed students throughout the district, not at just at these two schools. A friendly competition can work magic.

Souper Bowl of Caring is a nationwide event. Every state participates. Utah has placed second for most money raised, after Texas. In 2016, Utah raised $883,000, with half of that being raised by SHS and OHS’s district. For the last three years, Skyline has won their friendly competition with Olympus, with both schools raising a substantial amount for their district’s fellow students. In 2015, both schools combined collected just over $10,000 and about 9,000 cans of food. In 2016, these fine student bodies again answered the call with similarly amazing results.

This year, Skyline and Olympus have out-shined everyone. Not only have they raised money for hungry friends, they have shown what good sportsmanship, friendly rivalry, and a truly charitable attitude really look like. This year when the call came, Skyline raised $40,800, setting a new record for most money raised by a Utah school, and collected 6,571 cans of food. One school, just over 1,400 students. Winners and totals were announced during halftime at the Skyline-Olympus football game this weekend, and you can imagine the cheers that camefrom the packed stands on both sides. True to their good nature, the Skyline student body officers who accepted the win gave credit to their worthy rivals, noting that Olympus, with just over 1,500 students, raised $25,138 which more than doubled the amount of money raised by both SHS and OHS combined in 2015. Both schools beat the old state record of $25,000.

What do these amazing students get for their efforts? What motivates them to dig up their change and raid their pantries to help others? Serving is in their nature, and they have fun with it. Students had incentives like duct taping a willing teacher to the wall at lunch, watching their SBO’s get their legs waxed, or getting 10-15 extra minutes of lunch. Other motivators include having an obnoxious song play over the loud speakers in between classes and at lunch until the daily goal is met. (“The Song that Never Ends” needed to end.) They do not serve for recognition; that’s just a bonus.

There are moments that make you proud of the teenagers in your life. This is one of those moments.

Thank you, Skyline and Olympus students for your example and generosity. I already knew you were amazing, and this again proves it. You did not seek such recognition for serving, but you deserve this shout out. You have put us adults to shame in a good way. I have no doubt that when the call comes again to serve your fellow people, you will again accept it without hesitation, whether or not a record is set or a competition is at stake. You have inspired others with your selflessness and joy in service. You have also proven that the need to serve is often found among the friends, friendly rivals, and strangers within your own walls and boundaries. And you have proven, yet again, that teenagers are a force to be listened to and acknowledged. You continue to help me prove that teenagers are awesome.

Go Eagles and Go Titans!

It’s evening. My dad calls me into his room with a tone of anxious excitement and shock. When I go in, he’s in front of the TV. This is what the two of us see:

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Sparky tells me that I was looking at the Berlin Wall. I had learned about that in school and knew of its significance. The two of us watch in awe as the people dance and cry and sing on top of the wall that just the day before was unapproachable. The TV announcers are as awed as the rest of us. Sparky tells me he never thought he would live to see this day.

I am watching history with my dad. And I gain another significant lesson in sharing important life moments with my own kids.

Share history and make it real. It matters to those you share it with.

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