Coach Wilson Tribute
By Brandon Rivera
Starting high school, like most kids my age, I was nervous and excited at the same time. It was a complicated mix of emotions with an already complicated mix of hormones. Dressed in my freshman’s best, new jeans, new shoes and a new attitude, because in junior high my academics took a huge hit as a result of me thinking I knew what was best for me.
I arrived at Westy (Westminster High School) in the fall of 1991. My first thoughts were that the school looked less like a school and more like a large one-story office building with no windows, literally. Westy had classroom windows in maybe five rooms throughout. When you walked into Westy, you entered into a carpeted commons area with a large horseshoe wall where students congregated before classes started. Just a few steps from that wall was a door that led to the office of a man that forever changed my life, Coach Steve Wilson.
Though my attitude seemed different, my bad habits didn’t change and I spent many days in that office. I met Coach Wilson on my first day of high school and I had no idea that he would be my counselor over the next four years. As if being nervous wasn’t enough, on my first day I ran into Coach Wilson on the way to my locker and for those of you who knew him, know that his size was intimidating. He said, “Get to class freshman,” with a scowl look.
Over the next four years, Coach Wilson developed a friendship with my parents that I despised. It wasn’t until the end of my junior year that I really appreciated their efforts. Coach Wilson and I spent many hours talking about everything, including my future. That summer, and on my way to work in downtown Denver, I ran into a Marine Corps recruiter on the 16th Street Mall, who passed his card and said to come talk with him about college. College? I wasn’t even thinking about school after school, yet I tucked his card away into my wallet remembering that Coach Wilson was a huge advocate of the Marine Corps. Hoo Rah!
That fall I told Coach Wilson about my encounter with the young Marine. I won’t ever forget the smile Coach Wilson had on his face when I told him that I was interested in hearing what the Marine Corps had to offer. To stay true to my rebellious nature, I ended up joining the Navy, but had it not been for Coach Wilson not giving up on me I would have never been able to experience the things I did and the places I visited while I served my country. You were, ARE a GREAT man Coach. Our conversations and your influence will never be forgotten. I cannot thank you enough for what you did for me. Vaya con Dios.
CLLARO names Executive Director
CLLARO Board of Directors has named Alexandra Alonso as the organization’s next Executive Director. Alonso began her career in advocacy as a CLLARO volunteer, subsequently taking on roles as a Capitol Fellow and as CLLARO’s Program Manager. Now, at the age of 28, she will be the youngest Executive Director since CLLARO was founded in 1964.
Get Out and Enjoy National Park Week in Secretary Zinke’s home state of Montana. National Park sites are proud to welcome visitors from all over the world to Yellowstone’s northern gates. At the gates in Gardiner, MT, is an important phrase inscribed on the famous Roosevelt Arch that has become a guiding principal of the Secretary’s as he leads the Department. The arch reads, “For the benefit and the enjoyment of the people.”
Governor of Colorado
Today Gov. John Hickenlooper, announced that Kersey, Keenesburg, and Brush are the three Colorado towns to be highlighted in this year’s ride presented by Viaero Wireless. The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg is one of several features along the 177-mile route.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne announced that Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley is the 2017 One Book 4 Colorado selection, officially launching the 2017 One Book 4 Colorado program at the Denver Public Library, Central Branch. One Book 4 Colorado gives away 75,000 copies of the same book to every 4-year-old in Colorado. Books are available in English or Spanish and are distributed at public and military libraries across the state and at participating Denver Preschool Programs.