Aiming High in School, Work and Sports
Garrett Hoover, a senior at West Linn High School, is a defenseman for the lacrosse team, but that’s not the extent of his ambition. In addition to training for and then playing lacrosse in the spring, Garrett has a full schedule of challenging AP and honors classes as well as a part-time job as an independent landscaper and facilities worker. Installing sprinkler systems, weeding garden beds, tearing down walls and cleaning floors have taught him a lot about hard work and self-discipline.
Garrett has been playing lacrosse since 7th grade, including during his freshman year at Canby High when he played for the varsity team alongside his brother, his role model in life and sports.
“My brother has always pushed me to be a better athlete and person,” said Garrett. “Halston is currently a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, and he taught me how to work hard on and off the field.”
He remembers one tough spot in particular that his brother coached him through.
“I was doing a book project that was due Monday, but that weekend I had so many different events that by the time I got started, it was late Sunday evening. I considered simply doing my other homework and begging my teacher for an extension. Then my brother walked in the room. He told me something that I remember when it gets really hard: ‘If you do what others won’t do today, you will be able to do what they can’t tomorrow.’ So I stayed up a few more hours on that project, and at the end I felt a lot better than if I had just talked to the teacher.”
That stick-to-it attitude served Garrett and the Lions well last year, when they earned West Linn its fourth state championship. It also helped them exceed their fundraising goal of $10,000 by 50 percent to pay for an annual trip to Florida that spring. There they challenged themselves by playing teams outside their conference.
“One of the biggest things that lacrosse has taught me is the importance of hard work and having battle buddies by your side,” Garrett said. “I intend to serve as an Army officer once I finish college, and the skills that playing lacrosse have taught me apply well to the military field.”
Their high ambitions paid off auspiciously for the Lions in their first conference game on April 13, in which they beat the Clackamas High School Cavaliers 15-3.
Les Schwab Tire Centers is proud to support such champions through the Oregon School Activities Association.
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Despite Paralysis, Man Stands up to Renew Wedding Vows
George Myers hadn’t stood upright since 1991, after his back broke in a logging accident. The injury left him paralyzed from the chest down and permanently confined to a wheelchair. Though it was a new way of life, he and his wife, Debbie, were determined to make the best of it together.
For the couple’s 45th anniversary, they decided to renew their vows. George wanted a way to stand beside his wife. Debbie did some research and identified a unique wheelchair that would enable George to stand for the ceremony and more.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Action Mobility Foundation, donations from Les Schwab Tire Centers and GoFundMe contributors, George and Debbie were able to obtain the special wheelchair. The couple stood together for the first time in decades as they renewed their vows. “She rode out on the chair with me,” said George. “It was slick!”
George says the chair has completely changed his life, restoring his ability to once again enjoy hunting with friends, teaching his grandchildren how to fish and tending to little handiwork projects around the home. “The other day, I went out and built a fence in it,” he said of his chair. “I wouldn’t be able to get around in anything else.”
George is a friend and important member of the community here in Southern Oregon. Les Schwab Tire Centers is honored to help the Myers have the ceremony they’d dreamed of, and to get George back to enjoying some life experiences he was missing. Here’s to many more years together, George and Debbie!
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Dinuba High Programs Prepare Students for College, Career
At Dinuba High School, some students get a jump start on their career path on their first day.
The high school has established three academies through the Linked Learning Program: one devoted to a medical pathway, engineering and construction management, which are designed to prepare students for college, career and life.
Through the four-year programs, students gain real-world experience that allows them to explore, and prepare for potential career paths. In addition to the curriculum, the academies include mentorships, internships, job shadowing and volunteer work, all of which help students become top college candidates.
“It really prepares them rigorously for whatever college they want to go to,” said Manjeet Dail, the Dinuba Unified School District’s college and career director. “They have the real-life experience that has prepared them.”
Dail said the career-specific programs help the students understand the value of the classwork. “Engineering students go into math class and may not understand why learning about angles is important, but through the academy, they are shown how their work in the classroom actually applies to their career.”
Dinuba High’s academies are funded through community support and Les Schwab Tire Centers is honored to be a part of that effort. In our second year of partnership with Dinuba High School, the Dinuba Les Schwab store has helped raise more than $120,000 to go toward the academies.
We look forward to continuing our support of this innovative school and the greater Dinuba-area community going forward. To learn more about the Dinuba High School Link Learning Academies, check out the school’s official website.
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