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We’re all we need

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to PSHS art teacher, Clint Shaw, and his students: Chase Patane, Teeka Murphy, Maria Campuzano and Devon Jurcak, for being one of only 50 schools nationwide selected for the finals in the Vans Custom Culture Shoe Design Competition. The students’ designs are both unique and beautiful, representing the best of life in the Southwest. The final phase of this competition involves online voting, and schools that receive enough votes will be awarded a trip to New York for the finals and a chance to win $50,000 for their school art program. To support the efforts of these talented students and their amazing teacher, please vote at: http://sites.vans.com/customculture/vote/.

Congratulations to PSMS teacher, Sally High, for being honored as one of Ecycle Best’s top five green teachers and for her Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Ms. High’s efforts to teach students the environmental impacts of their choices will improve the quality of life for generations to come. Thank you Ms. High, and good luck in your new life adventures after retirement.

Congratulations to Chris Hinger and the staff at Pagosa Middle School for being recognized as one of Colorado’s top three Healthy School Champions. Congratulations also to Mr. Hinger for being honored as a Principal of Distinction for his efforts at meeting the needs of the “whole child.” The staff at PSMS recognizes that designing a fully developed curriculum involves more than simply looking at test scores. Students that have the opportunity for daily physical activity and experiential learning do better in all aspects of their life, including academics.

Congratulations to the tenacious Pagosa Pirates soccer team that took on the powerful Bayfield Wolverines on Friday evening. The Wolverines traveled to Pagosa having only suffered one loss all season (to undefeated Alamosa) and had every reason to feel confident of an easy win. The Lady Pirates had barely enough players to field a team but what they lacked in numbers, they more than made up for in heart. Coach Kurt-Mason and Coach Galabota started the warm-up with the cheer, “We’re all we got. We’re all we need.” and the girls proved this was true. The Lady Pirates were gritty and determined; there was no way they were going to let the Wolverines score. When a Pirate stepped up to take a penalty kick, the ball was carried into the back of the net on the energy of the entire team and the excited fans. At the end of the game, with a score of 1-0, the eleven players, along with an injured teammate, and their coaches walked off the field with the knowledge that David can indeed defeat Goliath. Well done, team.

We’re all we got. We’re all we need.

Mary Kurt-Mason

This story was posted on May 8, 2014.