Students tell ‘a story that should be told’


Last updated 4/19/2022 at Noon

Jerry Baldock

Sisters High School student Mary Lapray presents on the journey and advice of Jane McShane.

Sisters High School teacher Gail Greaney challenged 25 students to contact various individuals in the community that they believe impacted them/their community.

Students interviewed 15 individuals and came up with perspectives from these people. They then presented their interpretations in front of an audience in Sisters High School’s auditorium Wednesday evening, in an event titled “A Story That Should Be Told.”

The featured photo is of Mary Lapray with her presentation on the journey and advice of Jane McShane, who was advised not to compete in the Junior Olympic trials, but has since gone on to advise others to follow their dreams and push boundaries.

Other interviewed individuals included:

- Alexandria Gibbon, who immigrated to the U.S. from Brazil.

- Ken Brustad, who lived though depression and pursued the American Dream.

- Alicja Edwards, who was ripped from her home in Poland during World War II and imprisoned in Russia.

- Rebekah Dunkle, a Spanish teacher, who explored different paths people can take following school.

- Michael Sticlaru, who escaped from Romania and eventually came to America.

- Jerry Baldock, on how photography can help guide our lives. A poem was created based on the interview.

- Jim Horsley, who served in Vietnam and was a Blue Angels pilot.

- Katie O’Hern, on incorporating watercolor paintings to capture an understanding of our world and how to live.

- Gary Thorson examined the lessons we can take from how his coaching and involvement in the community have impacted him.

- John Hayden, who worked as a helicopter pilot and mechanic in Okinawa during the 1960s.

- Terry Buchholz, a hydraulic engineer.

- Richard Nicklaus focused on the importance of being united as a community and a nation both as well as standing up for what is right.

Additionally, there was a “connection board” illustrating the advice that teachers with varying levels of experience would give students to help them determine how to lead their lives, and a spoken poem outlining the life of a grocery store worker and exploring the way society treats those who help our community run smoothly.


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