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Te Campbell boys’ varsity basketball team members enjoy an afternoon of basketball with Special Olympic athletes during Trevor Duquette’s sophomore community project
Duquette and his ‘mates spent two plus hours with their new basketball friends, sharing their skills and conducting some friendly, laid-back shooting competition; included was a brief dunking exhibition by Cougar center Caleb McKearin. After their time on the hardwood, all the athletes fled the court to the school’s cafeteria where they feasted on delicious cheese pizza, donated by local business Rocco’s Pizza of Hudson. Coach Roye extended thanks to his former Cougar team captain, Chris Lepine, for facilitating the arrangement with Rocco’s which included the donation and delivery of the pizzas. Roye also thanked the Campbell Boosters Club, in particular Sandy Munn, for their interest in the event and efforts in providing water and Gatorade for the participants. Having spent 11 years involved with the Special Olympics (four of them as coordinator), Terry Savage elaborated on the network that comprises the program. Savage indicated that the Hudson program is comprised of younger kids who experience intellectual disabilities. Noting that the local program includes 57 Special Athletes, Savage indicated there is a heartfelt connection with the community through the interaction with unified partners. According to Savage, the partners are “role models that become friends” adding “it’s like a big, huge family with our team.” She continued by saying that the unified partners contribute their time and energy in more ways than just in community events. Savage cited several instances where the partners extend their assistance to ‘person-sitting’ roles by going to the Special
Athlete’s homes thereby allowing the parents to go out and socialize for an evening, knowing that their child is safe and being cared for by a responsible and concerned partner. The partners also enhance the socialization process of the athletes; “getting out and having friends and being accepted is huge,” expressed Savage. While watching the smiles on the Special Olympic
athlete’s faces blend in with his fellow players’ genuine display of enjoyment and participation, Duquette assessed his new friends’ time with the Cougars; “I think they had a good time, they must feel good to come out and play with a high school basketball team. It’s a good experience for them.” Acknowledging that he is blessed with the ability to play high school ball and also does not incur many of the challenges his newfound friends experience on a day- to-day basis, Duquette added it “makes me feel lucky, it feels good to help out kids.” Campbell High School’s mission is to join together with parents, students, staff and community to become a collaboration of learners born of character, courage, respect and responsibility. In fulfilling his project, Duquette noted that it was important for him to understand and be aware of these Campbell cornerstones. But at the end of their time together, it was apparent the interaction that had just transpired, ascended a simple community service. It was wonderfully refreshing to witness the inherent joy of sharing emerge during this holiday season, from the gathering of several ‘Special Athletes’.
Campbell Teacher Inspired Students to “Think,” Believe in Themselves
Assistant Principal Rothhause, Mr. O’Keefe and Principal Manseau
by Kristen Hoffman Some teachers make a huge difference in their student’s lives. Often times, that appreciation goes uncelebrated. Other times, a whole school can come together and show a beloved teacher how much he really means. Monday, December 19 was one of those days. Campbell Students, faculty and staff showed their appreciation for Mr. Mike O’Keefe, a well-liked Chemistry teacher who left Campbell this year due to a rare form of cancer. Students entering the gym were given pictures
of O’Keefe pasted to Popsicle sticks. When O’Keefe entered the room, students, especially the seniors, burst into applause, while chanting, “Think!” “Think” was something O’Keefe told many of his students to do in his class. The sentiment stuck with many of his students, five of which attended the assembly wearing body paint spelling “Think.” O’Keefe taught at Campbell for three years, but had to leave to better manage his illness. He was diagnosed with Sinonasal Adenocarcinoma two years ago. O’Keefe, a senior advisor has not taught class this fall, but his students did not forget how important he is to them, even in his absence. In this spirit, a scholarship was announced in his honor at a recent ceremony dedicated to him. “Although it is not really for you but instead in your honor … We would like to present a “Think” scholarship to a graduating senior and possibly others in future graduating classes,” Ashlyn Daniel-Nuboer, a senior said at the ceremony. “The man just loves to
teach,” Jeanne Schratweiser said. Schratweiser, a science teacher at CHS worked closely with O’Keefe. “He is truly a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. All of you know anyone can tell you what he/she expects of you, but a teacher awakens your own expectations. Your dreams often begin with a teacher, such as Mr. O’Keefe, who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next challenge,” Schratweiser said. O’Keefe was then presented with a plaque by Principal Manseau and Vice Principal Laurie Rothhause. While O’Keefe attended
the event, he spoke a few words during the assembly. He thanked his former students, colleagues and the Campbell High School community;
awestruck by the outpouring of support he received. After the assembly, many students milled around for their chance to speak with O’Keefe, most of them teary eyed. Despite everything going on in his life, O’Keefe was genuinely interested in which colleges his former students and advisees were planning on attending, offering advice and extending well wishes. The ceremony was student driven from the get-go, “Ashlyn came to me in September or October and said she would really like to have a celebration for Mr. O’Keefe. I responded absolutely,” Manseau said. From there, Daniel- Nuboer and fellow students began to plan the school wide assembly and scholarship in his honor. “We knew we had to do something for him,” she added, “and a scholarship came to mind. O’Keefe was Daniel-Nuboer’s advisor for three years. They both began their careers at CHS on the same day. “He always told us to think, it was thought
provoking,” Senior Cam Branco said, “It was so we weren’t just regurgitating facts, he encouraged us to sit and think,” he added. O’Keefe made an impression on Branco, who is contemplating entering a pre-med program in college. “This is the best job I ever had,” said O’Keefe. Before teaching at Campbell, the 62 year-old Bedford resident had several corporate jobs, but his heart is really in teaching. “I try to get my students to think, and develop confidence in their capabilities,” O’Keefe said. But his words of advice don’t stop with think; he also encouraged his students to get a full understanding of the topic by asking why. To him, teaching was not only about informing students on chemistry, but also teaching them to believe in themselves through learning.
Despite all the fanfare, O’Keefe is a humble
man. “I don’t know what I did to deserve all this, it must be the place (Campbell High School),” he said. O’Keefe had several facial and other surgeries as part of his treatment, adding that he would be tearing up with his students if his treatments hadn’t destroyed his tear ducts. Though he is no longer at CHS, he made an indelible mark on the school as a whole. The first “Think” scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior this spring.
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