This letter was sent home to the parents and guardians of our students after our district final basketball game versus Riverside in Minden on February 25th.
I was astounded with the overwhelming number of positive things that happened Monday night to make it a truly memorable night for all, myself included. For the past few days, I have been searching for the appropriate words to describe the actions and events, but I continue to come up short when finding those words that would eloquently paint a vivid picture in text. Instead, I'll have to settle for a list of my top 5 things from that night (in no specific order, as these were all terrific to see and hear).
a.) The Band - It sounded fantastic! To me, there is nothing better than a high school band bringing the energy for the whole crowd to feel. I even overheard a visitor from Riverside say, "They have a band? How does a school this size have a band that large?"
b.) Community - The Wallace crowd at the game looked great. Not only were they decked out in blue and white, but also were loud, passionate, and supportive throughout the game. What stood out to me the most about the community is the fact that former members of Wallace came out in support of their former team. Actions like that speak volumes about the values of a community.
c.) Car Trouble - There were quite a few individuals that had some degree of car trouble. Whether it was a tire problem or a gas situation, these people continued on their quest and made it to the game to support out team.
d.) Students - From our student section (that has been terrific all year) to our athletes, they all handled themselves great. The students cheered and showed enthusiasm while the athletes of whom competed left their heart on the floor and played until the last second ran off the clock.
e.) Respect - On separate occasions, the Superintendent and Principal of Minden complimented me on how respectful our students were. They highlighted that our students used "Please" and "Thank You" as well as sitting appropriately and maturely while handling themselves in their facilities.
While this may just be another day to people of Wallace, these things do not happen everywhere else, I can assure you of that. As a newcomer to the village of Wallace, these are things that put Wallace above the rest.