New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung a Wednesday, October 23, 1996 □ SA
The Candlelight Pep Rally Committee celebrates completion of the luminaria design. Pictured are (from left) Jennifer Allison, Leah Balderson, Richard Grohman, Leilani Parra, Emily Melick, Erin Ousiey, Ryan Friable, Grog Nollkamper and Stephanie Balderson.
CHS Homecoming Week a big success
Leadership entails understanding
This year’s Canyon Cougar Homecoming Game was a most memorable game, especially for Miss Damey Meyer, who was crowned the 1996 Homecoming Queen. This was an exciting and special moment to conclude a fantastic Homecoming Week.
All of the effort and work put into this week was greatly appreciated by all who attended the celebrations.
Candlelight Pep Rally took place Wednesday night at the Cougar Stadium. The student body joined together in the stands with their candles and flashlights to celebrate
Homecoming. The Candlelight Pep Rally’s luminaries were beautifully engineered jj ''•reg Nollkamper and Ricky Grohman. The Aristocats, cheerleaders, twirlers and band participated in the Pep Rally by leading our spirited fans.
.The Homecoming Walls were judged and awarded places ttys wjeek. The walls were judged on J,, creative originality apd a message of spirit to the school. This year the seniors and juniors tied for first place. The freshmen took second place, and the sophomores took third.
The biggest and most anticipated event was the selection of the Homecoming Queen during halftime at the Cougar football game, which was against Corpus Christi King.
The halftime celebration started off with the introduction of the “Coming Home’’ King and Queen. Domingo Medina, Class of ’96, and DeAnn Hanz Tews, Class of ‘86, were selected from the pool of alumni as this year’s Coming Home King and Queen. As the band proceeded to play, the introduction of the Homecoming Court began. The duchesses were: freshman duchess Maggie Gottsacker escorted by Curt Covington, sophomore duchess Regan Price escorted by Jonathan Meurin and junior duchess Jenise Harborth escorted by Robert Renner. Next, the senior princesses were introduced. The four senior princesses were Gail Gitcho, escorted by Frank Mitchell, Damey Meyer escorted by Micah Davenport, Tyana Michalec escorted by Peter John (P.J.) Gottsacker, and April Rheinlaender, escorted by Greg Nollkamper. This year’s queen, selected by the student body, was Damey Meyer.
After the game, which the Coogs w».n 25-0, all of the students were invited to the Homecoming Dance. The dance took place in the CHS Commons and lasted until 12:30 a.m.
It was disk-jockeyed by Cross Country.
Many students filled the Commons to “get down” and to “cut a little
Everyone had a great time at the dance, which was a perfect ending to a great week.
Homecoming Week ‘96 at CHS was a week that held many special moments for many people and will not be soon forgotten.
All of the hard work that was put into this week shined brightly and thanks to all who made this year’s Homecoming a success. So now, the student council launches into Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 21 to 25. Red Ribbon Week is devoted to the awareness and prevention of the use of drugs and alcohol.
(Clinton Flume is a representative of the Canyon High School Student Council.)
When the boy was in the fifth grade Medford drug himself into the classroom. Medford had big metal crutches with padded loops that he put his arms through, forcing him to lean forward into a stooped posture, his legs dragging behind him as he walked. Each day Medford would struggle up the steps and laboriously move to his classroom seat.
After finishing his assignment the boy would watch as the teacher leaned over Medford’s desk — helping, explaining, encouraging. As the boys played football or baseball, Medford stood on the sidelines leaning forward on his crutches, laughing along with the fun others were having, cheering for good plays, clapping when a team scored.
Sometimes the boy would visit Medford’s home, sit on his front porch and talk with him. Medford never had much to say. Nonetheless, the boy developed a deep admiration for Medford who wrestled with the routines of life, but never complained, smiled most of the time, and seemed surrounded by peace.
Medford stood apart. He couldn’t think or play like the other boys. His classmates ignored him and never spoke to him or about him. He was alone except for the boy and the teacher. The next year Medford was gone. No one knew where. No one cared. The boy decided to become a doctor. He would help people like Medford.
He entered college with a passion to get his medical degree. His high school classmates laughed at him because they knew he was a poor science student. The young man struggled. The other students were much smarter. Calculus, physics, and organic chemistry seemed beyond his
capabilities. He felt almost like Medford.
The young man sat on his bunk bed looking down, elbows resting on his knees, arms crossed at the wrists. Should he quit? Or go on? He wanted to help people. He knew that. What about being a preacher? Or a coach?
A social worker, maybe? No.
None of these would do. Doctors made more money.
As a boy he had been very poor. Often the family would have bread and gravy at supper. Two pairs of blue jeans given to him by his grandmother on his birthday were tom and ragged by the next year. He remembered his mother crying when bill collectors pounded on their door, demanding money she didn’t have. He would be a doctor. He would be secure. He would take care of his family. He would help others.
Many, many years ago in another state, this young doctor was my best friend. As we developed a trusting relationship, his prime motives became apparent: financial security first; helping others second.
This story is told to help leaders understand that motivators are more complex than they seem. There’s more than what others tell us when we initially get to know them. A great leader finds out what those underlying motives are and helps others get what they want.
Outstanding leaders think in terms of other people’s interests. They trade minds with the people they want to influence.
They consider the other person’s situation. They ask themselves, “lf I were in his situation, what would I want?” “Is there more to what I’m being told?” They ask questions — numerous questions — to know all about those they lead. To lead, ask, don’t tell.
General Robert E. Lee was revered by his men because he knew them
and felt compassion for them. His knowledge of his men allowed him to maximize their talents. He ' assigned his leaders tasks that fit their personalities and their strengths. Leaders use the strengths of others
— by knowing and caring for them
— to develop a unified team that can accomplish individual and group goals.
(John Ingram Walker, MD. lives in the New Braunfels area and writes a weekly column for the Herald-Zeitung.)
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