Widefield of Dreams
November 2017 WOD ~ Patrick Medina
Football and basketball season are extremely busy for Patrick Medina. He is constantly running around on the field and court, traveling to and from games, and making sure his teammates are ready to play. Patrick, sophomore at Widefield High School, is the manager for both teams. His duties include everything from assisting referees to getting the coach and players what they need during practice and on game day. He became the manager for both teams last year and plans to hold that position until he graduates in 2020. Patrick is also training as a student athletic trainer to better support his teammates. Patrick said being a team manager gives him confidence and helps him make friends. He gets to be involved with sports and still gets that team bonding experience. Patrick’s dream is to be a team manager and athletic trainer for the Denver Broncos.
October 2017 WOD ~ Aiden Meacham
Lucky for us, skates are not allowed in school or we would never see Aiden Meacham.
Aiden is a fifth grader at French Elementary and a local speed skater, both inline and ice skating. Aiden found his calling as a skater when he was pursuing hockey. He joined a learn-to- skate program and met a speed skating coach. Since then he was placed in the top three of several regional, state, and national competitions, and he is currently training for indoor regionals. Aiden said skating is important to him because it keeps him healthy and fit, it’s fun, and he gets to travel and meet people. Aiden’s dream is to skate in the Junior Olympics and when he is of age, the Olympics. He also wants to be a speed skating coach for kids when he grows up.
September 2017 WOD~ Malachi Clark
Malachi Clark, freshman at WHS, is proving you can do anything you put your mind too. Malachi has a form of cerebral palsy that makes his muscles tight and prevents his brain from sending signals to his legs. He has had three surgeries on this lower body to improve his balance. Despite physical challenges, Malachi plays sports just like everyone else. He has played sled hockey for the past four years with a local team and just recently started playing with a wheelchair basketball league out of Denver. Malachi said he wants to be a detective when he grows up, but more importantly, his dream is to inspire other disabled people and encourage them to follow their dreams.
September 2017 WOD~ Teagan Keeler
Meet Teagan Keeler! She’s a sophomore at Widefield High School who spends all her free time fostering puppies. In the past three years, Teagan has fostered more than 200 dogs! She volunteers with Mile High Lab Mission out of Denver. Her latest rescue of puppies came from Houston, Texas where Hurricane Harvey recently hit. Dozens of puppies were lost or left behind during the floods. Teagan took in seven puppies and will be helping them find forever homes soon. Teagan said she loves making people’s lives happier by adding a furry family member. Her dream is to continue rescuing puppies as a hobby, and to help people by becoming a school psychologist or English teacher.
May 2017 WOD~ Shaelynn Williams
After spending a month in the hospital and rehabilitation, Conor returned to school continuing ROTC and wrestling. While he may not be on the mat, he is still a part of the team taking pictures. Conor continues outpatient rehab once a week. His “Plan B” is to attend Pikes Peak Community College and transfer to UCCS to major in chemistry and minor in biology. His dream is to become a neurologist and study rehabilitation.
Shaienne Knox is a rising star Mesa Ridge high school. Besides being involved in marching band, KMRG, National Honor Society, and cheerleading, she can now add “award-winning filmmaker” to her resume. During the summer Shaienne completed a fellowship with the Youth Documentary Academy. She was selected to attend YDA at the Bemis Arts School for a six week, intensive workshop on filmmaking.
Shaienne's film “OUT OF OUR HEADS” explores the variety of hairstyles that African American girls wear, the commodification of black hair, the pressure to straighten and conform to white standards of beauty, and the role of hair in a political movement of change. Her film won the 'Excellent Experimental or Documentary Film' and 'Young Filmmaker' awards by the Pikes Peak Arts Council on October 4.
Shaienne's documentary will screen on October 26 at the Fine Arts Center.
For more information on the event visit: http://www.youthdocumentary.org/2016-yda-premiere-announced/
It’s a mix of the saxophone, accordion, bajo sexto (12 string bass) and drums. Wesley comes from a long line of musicians including his brother, father, and grandpa. His brother inspired him to play an instrument and taught him how to play the saxophone. La Nueva Lealtad is based out of Denver and performs all over Colorado and surrounding states. Most recently, the band played at the Colorado State Fair. Wesley practices at least 10 hours a week, along with his school work and working part-time at KFC. Wesley plans to pursue his music career after graduation and to one day make it big!
Micahel Westberg may not be the youngest Eagle Scout ever, but he is pretty close. At just 13-years-old this Watson Junior High seventh grader has earned the highest honor of Eagle Scout, which is pretty rare. The typical age to earn the rank of Eagle is 17 or 18 years old. Scouts must earn a total of 21 merit badges of which 10 are required, provide leadership to their unit for six months after earning their Life Rank, and plan, develop, and give leadership that benefits a religious institution, a school, or a community organization. Michael helped rebuild a playground at a local elementary school. Michael’s drive to become an Eagle Scout so young stems from healthy competition with his older brother who earned his Eagle rank before his 14th birthday. Michael says his dream is to become a mechanical engineer and professional soccer player.
Over the summer she took part in a leadership class called Leading Edge through Leadership Pikes Peak. The program is designed to help students make a difference in their community. Kylie was one of 35 students chosen to participate in Colorado Springs.
Her group worked with TESSA, a non-profit organization that helps women and children. Kylie’s group created a video to show parents warning signs of teen abuse. Kylie received a "Community Trustee Award" from TESSA for her hard work and dedication, and got the opportunity to speak to the El Paso County Commissioners and City Council representatives. Kylie says her dream is to become a leader and help other people.