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Posted on May 25, 2012

Gillispie Shines at Junior Olympics

May 24, 2012

What a glorious day for Gillispie at last Sunday’s Junior Olympics Day sponsored by the La Jolla Kiwanis Club. While some may be tallying medals, times, or distances, I measured the success of our Gillispie community differently. Our finest moments came from dedication, stamina, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

One of the key Kiwanian organizers shared with me her great apppeciation for Mrs. Yeagle for checking in pre-registered participants beginning at 6:45 a.m. She noted that Mrs. Yeagle had been efficient and professional, and had even managed to handle the parent (not a Gillispiean) who became irate when he couldn’t register his child on site. Also, a shout out goes to Mrs. K., mother of Ethan and Fin, who raised school spirit with banners and refreshments in the stands.

Of course, any salute to this special day would not be complete without including our dedicated Mr. Whelan. From executing on the nifty Gecko t-shirts, to staying on top of registration with Mrs. Yeagle, to taking children over to La Jolla High School for extra practices (in addition to Gillispie P.E. classes), he is tireless.

What about the composure of our athletes in facing adversity? One of our students in a relay had issues when her sneaker almost fell off, but the athlete just kept going to pass the baton. One of the final contestants of the day’s events was mistakenly awarded a medal. As the adults heatedly debated, he quietly removed the medal from his neck and with graciousness commented something like, “I guess you’ll need to figure out who this belongs to.”

Monday, Mr. Whelan and I took both the boys’ and girls’ relay teams to Jamba Juice—one team earned the bronze that day, the other didn’t place. One individual was awarded the fastest girl in La Jolla. Do you think that we preened and re-lived our victories? No, our Mango A-Go-Go and Strawberry Wild smoothies just allowed us to have a fun time together and celebrate that we had worked hard and shared an exhilarating (and exhausting) day.

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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