For four years of high school I had to walk across a small pedestrian bridge that connected my high school campus to the football practice field. Before you could cross over Saddle Brook River to practice you saw the same words painted on the pavement, "Choose To Lead." Every year Coach Johnson freshly painted those words in white paint so that they popped off the grey pavement.
Five years ago Missy Smith chose to lead. After hearing multiple times from colleagues from around the state that no one was doing anything to help develop the leadership skills of Oregon female student-athletes, she announced she would create a program. This weekend will be the 4th Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit. Over six hundred young women from all over Oregon will arrive on campus to develop new skills, attend workshops, network, and listen to other women share their stories of discovering and developing their leadership skills. It is an amazing day and our OES student-athletes not only attend but lead discussions and break out activities. How often do you hear people talk about developing leaders, but can't explain how they do it? Missy created an event that provides the instruction, mentorship, and inspiration but most importantly provides hands-on experience for a female student-athlete to develop her leadership voice. To learn more about this amazing event check out the information online: https://www.oes.edu/athletics/girls-leadership-summit
Last Saturday our girls and boys soccer teams competed in the OSAA State Championship game. The girls loss 2-1 to Catlin and our boys fell 3-1 to Catlin also. It was a special day. There were so many moments that filled me with pride. Watching Sophie C play her final HS match after fracturing her knee earlier this season, attending the Tailgate Crew's parking lot party between matches and seeing a senior class focused on celebrating their classmates' achievements, watching both teams handle defeat with such character and respect. Congratulations to Catlin Gabel on their championship seasons. Thank you to our student-athletes for doing such an amazing job representing OES. Seniors thank you for four inspiring years of fall sports.
More photos from the Championships: https://holloran.smugmug.com/School/State-Finals-Soccer-Games/ and https://jimfitzhenry.smugmug.
Thank you to John Holloran, Kate Lieber, Donna Morrow and Jim Fitzhenry for taking photos this fall! Thank you to Todd Mansfield for broadcasting soccer matches on Mixlr. Thank you to all of our team parents who helped organize team dinners, extra snacks for road trips, and everything else that makes the season so special! Lastly, thank you to our bus drivers for getting the student-athletes to and from events safely.
Congratulations to 8th graders, Mia G and Jackson R for competing at the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympics Championships on Saturday. Moving from a 3,000M to a 4K both 8th graders had exceptional performances. Jackson finished 35th and Mia finished 24th. Mia's younger brother Mateo(4th grade) entered for his age division and finished 11th. Way to go Aardvarks!
Alex Slusher'19 spent last weekend in Columbus, Ohio with the U-19 USA mens lacrosse team. Team USA had two scrimmages and then they had to cut their roster down from 32 to 26. Alex served as captain for the second scrimmage and made the latest round of cuts. The next training session will be in January in San Antonio for Team USA. Alex is currently a freshman at Princeton University and will play lacrosse for the Tigers this spring.