Letter: A banner week for MPHS in heaven
As March Madness takes center stage in the USA, I found it comforting to imagine a Tournament in Heaven in which the best and brightest are called to participate. I envision Dave Boyes “71,” Jeff Rozean “72” and Carmen Nobles-Kent “74” representing Middle Park High School and being the Cinderella team progressing easily through the Final Four.
It isn’t difficult to picture this all-star team out-performing the competition with humility and grace. These three were “doers” in high school. Between them their wonderful faces graced a combined 28 pictures in their Senior class yearbooks. The list of accomplishments included multiple year recognition in Band, Basketball, Cheerleading, Choir, Drama, Football, Homecoming and Prom royalty, National Honor Society, Photography, Speech, and even Statistics. They were captains, class officers, all-league and all-conference winners. They were the planners, the implementers, the workers, the heroes, the supporters and the givers.
As accolades and memories flood in we are reminded of the shared classrooms, long bus trips, rafting journeys, float creating, on-field and off-field victories and defeats, relationships, trials and growth and even an occasional kegger. We look fondly back on the meals enjoyed, the challenges overcome and the joys and griefs of adolescence.
This might be the time where we imagine Springsteen singing about “Glory Days” but that would be so very incorrect. These three friends and companions easily eclipsed their high school successes as adults. They were the educators, business leaders, emergency responders, and ethical and moral foundations of their communities. Most importantly they were loved spouses, parents, grandparents and true gifts to those blessed to share their journeys as their lives unfolded.
One of our more famous and loved classmates, Debbie Pellini, once proudly proclaimed about coming from a little town/school “up in the sticks.” I am sure, in my heart, that these three representatives of “little old” MPHS, who literally grew up blocks from each other, are doing our little community proud in that Tournament in Heaven. They are missed.
John Harris, Ankeny, Iowa
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