Friday, May 30, 2014

Bits & Pieces: T.E.A.M.

Teamwork.

I saw lots of evidence of team work taking place throughout Grove in the last few days as various members of the community pulled together to respond to the water crisis.

From city employees working tirelessly to get the repairs made, to community members finding resources for folks in need, Grove residents did what they do best – pulled together to help others.

We even had a bit of teamwork happening in The Grove Sun’s office.

Christian Favalora, our new sports editor, caught the scanner call regarding the barge accident while I was out of the office.

He jumped right in, tackled the story, and kept up with things throughout the two-day process.

It let me stay in the background, work on other stories for today’s issue, and update readers on Facebook.

He did a great job and definitely earned his “stripes” in his second week in Grove. I’m excited to have him be part of the team.

Teamwork.

Things taking place this week remind of a favorite anocrym involving the word TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More.

When the dust settles, and the immediate crisis is over, we’ll bring you more information about the incident and how it will impact different aspects in the community.

But for now, kudos to everyone – from local non-profits, businesses, community leaders and city officials, for pulling together during this crisis.

We were fortunate. It could have been much worse.

* * *

During last week's graduation, several things blessed me in the midst of the ceremonies.

One image which continues to resonate with me, involved two young men in wheelchairs with ginormous smiles.

Honestly thought, I'm not sure whose smiles were bigger - the young men, or the women who helped push them into the ceremony.

Kudos to everyone who worked as a team to help them achieve this moment in life. It was awesome to see the happiness shine through their smiles and eyes.

* * *

In the last year, I've had an opportunity to meet and talk with numerous members of the Class of 2014 who have some amazing stories.

One of which involved a young man named Matt Cordero.

To say that Matt impressed me is an understatement. I, and others, expect amazing things to take place in his future.

Matt's managed to not only support himself, and help his mother while attending Grove High School.

He's held down a job, served as a member of the student board at the hospital, balanced volunteering with academic demands, and set a goal for himself - to pursue a career in oncology.

Matt's dad, you see, died from brain cancer. It's made Matt a bit passionate about pursuing a career to help do something about the disease.

He plans to attend Northeastern A&M in Miami and Grove, to get his basics before transferring to Oklahoma State University. He's received several scholarships and honors, which will help get him off to a good start to his higher education goals.

He's even taken the lessons he's learned from the adults mentored him, and worked in the last year to pass them along to freshman in the AVID program - hoping to help them make the right choices in life.

Matt Cordero. Remember that name. I know we'll be hearing it again.

Congrats to the grads. Remember it takes a T.E.A.M. of voices to make it through life. Choose your team wisely.

Editor's Note: This was originally published in the May 30, 2014 issue of The Grove Sun.

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