All American Student Classic Serendipities

The Runner

Most elementary school teachers and administrators are familiar with the term “RUNNER” referring to students that just “bolt out the door” of a classroom when things get too much to handle. This Serendipity is from a principal and her school’s Runner.

This school was only a week away from the start of their All American Student Classic when the principal was walking down the corridor. As she turned the corner, the RUNNER, a fifth grade student, was preparing to re-enter his classroom. The RUNNER suddenly bolted away again.

Well, this time the principal took off after the 5th grade student. As she crossed the grass in her dress and high heels, the RUNNER realized the principal was serious. So, he stopped and the principal stopped with him.

The first thing out of the RUNNER’S mouth was, "Wow---You’re really fast!"

The principal gasped, “Wow---You’re really fast!”

He then asked the principal if she was running in the All American Student Classic and challenged her on the spot to race against him in the 50 yard dash!

The next week the principal ended up racing the 50 yard dash 3 times!!! She raced the RUNNER, once against the RUNNER and his friend and one race against about 10-20 kids. Yes…the principal beat the RUNNER in their challenge!

SERENDIPITIES… (as the principal told AASC)

  • The RUNNER could have been in the office in trouble. Instead he ended up on the playground racing the principal

  • The principal said that since the race, the RUNNER’S mom started talking to the principal (the mom speaks only Spanish and had never talked to the principal before). There is now a relationship between the mom and the principal

  • The RUNNER received the “RESPECT AWARD” recently at school

  • The 5th grader is no longer “RUNNING”

  • Parents at the school are becoming involved in school activities

  • Kids are getting connected to staff at school

Right Track In Life...

In an email sent to AASC by a former student who had competed in the AASC in 1980.

“The All American Student Classic put me on the right track in life…from something fun to do, to showing me that I could accomplish things I set my mind to. I have never been so surprised as when I was announced as the winner in the 8th grade! What a shock! After that, I really started to break out of my introverted shell. One week of 8th grade set me onto a new path in life.

From the new Superintendent of Redwood Christian Schools

Heather was a student at Bartlett Jr. High (Middle School)

She wasn’t going to sign up for to participate in the All American Student Classic even though she was an outstanding athletic. She didn’t think she was very strong academically. She signed up and won the 8th Grade All American Student award. She won only one medal, but finished 4th in all the other events? She is now a teacher and wants to bring the All American Student Classic to her school.

A young girl with physical challenges

at Pioneer Middle School completed all 10 events. When she finished the 880 Yard Run, every spectator and competitor applauded! At the Awards Assembly she proudly accepted her Participation Certificate and Ribbon. She was a Winner!

After the Awards Assembly

at the Tule River Education Department Summer School Program, Isaiah’s mother came up to me (Bob Pugh) to tell me that her son had never won anything before. Isaiah had just won the 8th Grade All American Award! His pride cannot be denied in his face in the picture of winners.

In 1980

Gary participated in the inaugural All American Student Classic. When Dick (Schlagel) ran into Gary, he asked him about his thoughts about the event. Gary said he was quiet and shy at that time, but he did sign up for the competition. He won two medals and he knew right where they were, 35 years after the event!

All 10 Events

Jim participated in all 10 events, earning the Achievement Certificate and the Red White and Blue Ribbon.. He was voted by other Washington Learners as our All American Most Valuable Player. Jim is an 8th grader.