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Oak Harbor High School is the home of a new spirit rock donated by Galen & Sue King. The spirit rock is located near the front entrance to the high school by the flag pole. Mr. and Mrs. King indicated that they were motivated to make the donation because they were so appreciative of the Senior Passes that allow senior citizens (62 and older) to attend home, B-C-S sponsored, athletic events for free, and that they are paying it forward with this gift. The B-C-S Board of Education extended its gratitude at a recent Board meeting to the King's and others who helped to install the approximately 8.000 pound boulder valued at $800. Others that the Board thanked included Henry Gurtzweiler, who donated the use of a crane to lift the boulder into place; Jeff Winterfield and Ron Lajti who oversaw the project; students Jeffrey Winterfield and Dylan Mansor who dug the hole in which the boulder sits; and Tait Miller for his time operating the crane.
Students at the High School were excited about the addition of the spirit rock. Senior Maddie Rathbun said, “I love our spirit rock! It is something I’ve never known Oak Harbor to have, so I feel it is especially special that the Class of 2017 could help bring one to our school.” Senior Matt Harris commented, “It was a little rocky at first but now it is pretty cool.” Art Club student Savannah Hetrick said that the spirit rock “ties all the students together.”
Mrs. Schell, High School Principal shared that “the Art Club at the High School has taken the lead in christening our donated spirit rock, and I am sure there will be other groups to follow! We have a great student body that has embraced school spirit and truly cares for and supports each other's club and sporting events. The rock just adds a visible shout out to these groups!” Mr. Drew Grahl, Athletic Director said, “he would like to thank the rock donor and all of the other volunteers that made our Oak Harbor High School Spirit Rock a reality. We have an amazing number of activities available to our students at Oak Harbor High School, and this rock will give all of our students an opportunity to express the pride that they have in the activities that they participate in. I am sure that this Spirit Rock will provide a lot of great memories to B-C-S students for many years to come!”