Local students put inside spin on Olympics

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Students from St. Paul Lutheran School's kindergarten classes held their own "Winter Olympics" Feb. 23 and 25 in the school gym.

With the aid of the fourth grade classes, kindergarten athletes participated in six events: bobsled (kneeling on a wheeled scooter and pushing off to see how far they would glide); speed skating (sliding stocking footed in heats to a finish line); curling (sliding a paper plate on the floor and measuring the distance traveled); figure skating (weaving in and out of cones and being timed); ski jumping (jumping a measured distance from the bleachers); cross country skiing (timed while sliding along a balance beam until they stepped off).

Fourth graders of Tammy Mueller and Joseph Graefe helped with judging, measuring and keeping records. Kindergarten teachers, Lisa White and Marilyn Hoffstetter, and student teacher, Lauryn Loftis, also directed events each day.

Official Olympic music was played during the awards ceremony on Feb. 26. Winners were (listed gold to bronze placement):

Curling -- Britton Griffin, Aaron Birk, Mason Bagley

Figure skating -- Dylan Weber, Dillon Jenkins, Tristan Birk

Bobsled -- Julia Schneider, Tristan Birk, Dominic Scott

Ski jumping -- Flint Guilliams, Mason Bagley, William Jones

Speed skating -- Matthew Clippard, Flint Guilliams, Caleb Gast

Cross country skiing -- Drake Geringer, Layton Lipke, Jacob Simmons

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