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Gay Straight Alliance organizes equality

Abbey Jones • Event Coordinator

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgen- der (LGBT) community at Hayes is alive and thriving. This year, the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) has been working hard to promote equality in the building.

According to, the Human Rights Campaign found that LGBT youth are twice as likely to report physical assaults, including at school. 26 percent say their biggest problem is fear of being open about their sexuality. It is clear that students who are not straight are more likely to be bullied, something the Hayes GSA has been trying to prevent.

“This year’s group of kids are very energet- ic and very passionate, and that’s very refresh- ing,” said Ariel Uppstrom, a GSA adviser and English teacher.

Uppstrom said that the club was started before she arrived, when students came to a guidance counselor wanting a safe place for LGBT teens to meet. Uppstrom also mentioned that GSAs all over the nation must be started by students that also have a teacher sponsor.

“Surveys have said that students and chil- dren get bullied because they are perceived to be LGBT, not necessarily because they are, and I think we put a lot of labels on people instead of just looking at them for who they are,” Uppstrom said.

“There’s still so much work to do, even though our GSA has come a huge way in our school in making a safer place,” Uppstrom said. One overall goal for the GSA is being able to make Hayes a safer and more open place for LGBT youth.

“I’m glad I’m blessed with the confidence and the friends to be able to express myself freely throughout everyday life,” said junior Luke Lucas.

Lucas is one student who ar is able to express his sexuality freely in school, but some students aren’t able to do so. He and the rest of the GSA know that some students don’t have the support that someone needs to come out to their friends or family.

Recently, the GSA and other LGBT support- ers have been working on making it known that lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgen- ders are not the only people on the gay spectrum.

Uppstrom says that transgender equality is the next big step that equality fighters need to take, explaining how the English language is very restrictive to male and female pronouns.

There are more sexual orientations than the four highlighted in the ‘LGBT’ acronym, but they are not as widely rep- resented due to the fact that smaller sections of sexualities are not as well known as the four well publicized gay identities.

For reference, ‘gay’ is an umbrella term that includes everyone on the homosexual, but it also refers to gay men. A lesbian is a woman who is only attracted to women. Bisexuality is when a person who is attracted to both the opposite gender, as well as their same gender.

Someone who is transgender identifies as the opposite sex of which they were born to, whether they undergo physical treatment to change their sex or not.

Some of the the smaller sections of sexuality in addition to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders include asexual and pansexual.

An asexual is someone who identifies as not having a sexual attraction, or does not become sexu- ally attracted to someone until they have a personal connection with them. A pansexual is someone who is attracted to all genders, and pan- sexuality includes being attracted to transgendered people or who do not identify with a gender.

Finally, the term ‘non-binary’ includes those who do not identify with a gender, meaning they do not see themselves as a boy or a girl. It also includes people who are gender fluid, meaning they go back and forth from identifying as a boy or a girl.

This year, the GSA made new posters for teachers to hang in their rooms. These colorful posters, which feature many of the sexual ori- entation symbols as well as the different sexu- ality flags, stand out among dull chalkboards and classroom doors.

One thing students in the GSA are also especially appreciative within the school is the staff support they receive.

“It makes me so happy, and it makes me feel so reassured that my coworkers are in this job for the good of children,” Uppstrom said, noting the signs. “It makes me happy that kids can see… an adult that cares about them,” Uppstrom said.

“The signs give you a place of safety and a place of confidentiality,” freshman Griffin Clark said. Clark identifies as bisexual, only recently coming out to close friends and family until now. “I’m totally okay with who I am. I’m really, really happy with my character,” he said, playing off his already strong theater involvement at Hayes.

“I feel that teachers give that connection between friends and family,” Lucas said. Lucas, along with many other students, have shared their personal stories with Uppstrom.

“[The GSA] gives me a very easy outlet and platform to help other people,” senior Lydia Gray said. Gray a major advocate of LGBT youth at Hayes as well as an officer of the GSA. The day before Ally Day, for example, Gray was handing out pins for people to wear in support of LGBT aware- ness to anyone that wanted one.

“The GSA, for me, is an outreach for other kids.” Lucas said. Anyone can be apart of the GSA, and people do not have to tell others what sexuality they identify as, but there are some students who only feel comfort- able sharing their sexuality to the other members of the club.

“For some kids…The GSA meetings are the only times they can be themselves…this is a sanctuary for them,” Lucas said.

“The youth are the people who are going to make our world a better place,” Uppstrom said.

She and the members of the GSA, as well as parts of the general population at Hayes are commit- ted to helping the school become a more inclusive place for all people, not just LGBT youth.

“Humans are humans; we’re all the same,” Lucas said.

Clark has a similar perspective on why GSA is important.

“People will become fully accepted,” Clark said.

Gray said that she is involved with GSA because it gives the opportunity to promote equality, which she feels very passionate about.

“I’m a walking example for something I care about. I care a lot about equality… and I have a lot of chances to educate people,” Gray said.

DACC class of the month: Cosmetology

Reilly Wright • Features Editor

For those interested in the idea of diving more into the world of beauty, an available class at the local Career Center can give a head start into the world of style.

One of the many courses available at Delaware Area Career Center is the Cosmetology program.

Students interested in a beauty-related career learn through a hands on course that pushes their skills in social and style care.

At the end of the two-year program, students are available to work as a cosmetologist, nail techni- cian, and more.

If graduates choose to participate in additional education or work environments, posi- tions such as salon owner or manager, instructor, skin care specialist are attainable.

“Students who [join] are self-motivated and have an eye for detail,” Cosmetology instructor RoxAnne Ames said. “[Our] students like to help out other people to look and feel their best.”

Students are presented opportunities such as hair expo field trips as well as cosmetological guest speakers throughout the program. Students are also exposed to work experience through offering their services to the public in the DACC’s own model of a salon.

Throughout the course, students learn beauty techniques ranging from nail care to hair styling.

“Highlights of the program for most students are hair coloring and nail care such as manicures, pedi- cures and nail art,” Ames said.

In order for students to earn their high school diploma and a cos- metology license, a successful completion of the DACC class and the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology Exam are part of the requirement.

Located at the DACC North Campus, the course connects with major schools such as the University of Akron and Hocking Technical College. The pro- gram offers the chance to earn up to three college credits through its two year curriculum.

“[Students go] right into the workforce and the cosmetology career path and/or continuing on with their education in the cosmetology field or college,” Ames said. “Some use their cosmetology back- ground as a stepping stone while working through college.”

Flex improves teacher-student connections

Mallory King • News Editor

Creating a schedule to meet the needs of every student in the building is very difficult, but teachers believe administration has finally found the best solution for everyone.

The flex portion of Academic Option has been controversial since the beginning.

Some students stressed about what room they would spend the period in, how they would be able to tell the rooms apart and what would happen if the desired room was full.

Teachers had similar fears. Before the program started, they were unsure of how successful flex would be.

“[Flex is] better than I expected,” said David Morgan, a history teacher. “I expected it to be a whole lot more chaotic.”

All across the building, teachers are becoming pleasantly surprised by the outcome of flex.

“I had never heard of anything like this and I’m relatively new to the education field so I don’t ever have anything set in my mind of what’s normal,” said business teacher Jocelyn Gideon. “… I just wanted to see how it played out and it seemed like a pretty good idea. It was a little confusing at first, but now that we’re into it, I love it.”

Like anything in life, there are always ways to improve new ideas, such as flex. Some teachers have ideas of their own to help im- prove the program.

“I think we’re in the starting stages now,
so it would be too hard to do a whole lot of big changes,” Morgan said. “Maybe just the ability… for students to move around more and go see teachers that are not necessarily in their pod.”

Gideon also believes AO could be slightly changed for the better.

“I don’t know if we are going to do away with [advisory days] or if we are only going to be still flexing on the three days, but I almost feel like we could flex everyday,” Gideon said. “I think some students would like that more to have option every single day of the week.

Before flex, many teachers did not have the opportunity to connect with students outside of the classroom setting, but now flex gives them the ability to do so.

“I enjoy connecting with students, so I enjoyed meeting students who I have not had in class before in my academic options,” Gideon said.

The main goal for teachers is to help stu- dents, especially those receiving Ds and Fs.

Administration has provided intervention rooms to help these students improve their grades.

“I know right now there’s a lot more things in the works… for these students,” Gideon said. “…A lot of my students who have Ds or Fs… are just really unorganized and they forget to turn stuff in or they forget their homework. So just working in this first stage on the organi- zational component to me is important.”

And according to Karen Waselko, who runs an intervention room, it seems to be working.

“I actually run one of those rooms and I’ve seen an improvement in their grades already,” Waselko said. “They really just need someone to kind of help them figure out the best strategy and what they need to do.”

Waselko takes a different approach to her intervention room to help her students receive the best grades possible.

“I look at their grades almost every day and I look to see what kind of missing assignments they have and what will make the most impact on their grades,” Waselko said. “I give them kind of a little to do list.”

But AO has been helping other students as well.

“It gives kids a time in their day if they don’t have a study hall to actually get help from teachers or if they are struggling aca- demically, it gives them a place to go where they are forced to do their work,” Morgan said.

Teachers believe that this period will allow students to achieve the highest grades pos- sible. This new schedule provides a positive impact on struggling students, but also caters to other students’ daily needs.

“I really can’t think of the downside of any of it,” Morgan said. “Having been here for 11 years, this is the best system we’ve had of managing their day.”

Young Life brings students together

Sarah Heber • Distribution Manager

It all started late on Friday. Around 8:30 p.m. all students from Hayes who were attending Fall Weekend begin to load up the buses with all of our bags.

Fall Weekend is an annual YoungLife retreat in which high school students participate in games, skits and biblical teachings.

As the weekend begins, the sound of the engine starting leads to pure excitement on the girls’ bus. The excitement then bubbles into everyone singing Disney songs from when we were younger.

The boys’ bus had singing too, but they also used that time to scout the other guys who were going on this weekend adventure.

“I was impressed that so many people would take a chance to have the best weekend of their lives,” senior Mitch Lucas said.

After a wrong turn, we arrive to Camp Heartland. Everyone rushes to the window of the buses to get a glimpse of where we will be staying the rest of the weekend. We get off the bus and run through a tunnel of people that were a little too happy for 10:30 at night.

We look up to see a mosh pit
of what has to be 400 other high schoolers, all having a good time. Needless to say we all storm over to the mosh while yelling “Pacers to the front!”

Once at the front, the DJ’s announce to Hayes that there is food just to our left. We all rush over because we are a bunch of hungry high schoolers who love food.

“I thought [the food] was great,” junior Ashley Millet said. “I honestly I didn’t have a least favorite meal.”

While we eat our food, we notice that buses are still coming in with even more high schoolers. With every bus, the hype grows big- ger and bigger. Finally when every school was there, we storm into the gymnasium. This is what everyone has been waiting for all night.

In the gym we have this thing called ‘club’ which includes singing, dancing, skits, games, and then a discussion about God and religion. All 600 students set aside their school rivalries and get together for these activities.

After tons of singing and watching a few skits, Greg Wright, the Columbus Metro Director of Young Life, takes over the stage and we all know it is time to get serious and settle down. Wright talks to us about things we see in our schools and our own lives and then connects it back to the Bible.

After club, we are sent back to our rooms to talk in smaller groups about what Wright had just told us. This is called ‘cabin time.’

“I really enjoyed the cabin time where we go to really talk, not just a normal conversa- tion you would have with your friends,” senior Willow Mollenkopf said.

We all take turns sharing where we are with our religion and what is going on in our lives. Everyone gets to hear stories about their peers whom they see everyday in school, but never actually knew all that much about them.

Finally, 2:30 a.m. rolls around and it is time for lights out. We all jump into our bunk beds with the little bit of energy that we still have left.

Within minutes everyone is fast asleep, dreaming of doing this all over again tomorrow and Sunday.

“I was expecting a typical church group going into it but I realized it was really more of a fun social environment,” Senior Andrew Kennedy said. “I defi- nitely don’t regret going.”

Organization helps vets get wheelchairs

Sammi Piroska • Managing Editor

On a 2006 Honor Flight trip, World War II veteran Frank was a total assistance vet who endured a great deal of

pain to build the memories that he would take back to the nursing home with him.

Frank had a collection of shrapnel em- bedded under his skin, which made it very difficult on him and the volunteers.

During the day, the volunteers had to carry him from the bus to his wheelchair and then back to the bus when traveling from one memorial to another.

Throughout the whole day he did not complain once, not a single “ouch” or a “don’t touch there,” even though the volun- teers moving him continued to apologize as they moved him as carefully as they possibly could.

At the end of the day, Frank was sit- ting on the plane with a smile from ear to ear and all he would say over and over again was “this is the best day ever.”

The day was special not only for Frank, but for the rest of the vets because it is a day for the veterans to be recognized and thanked for their service.

All through Ohio and across the country there are veterans with similar situations to Frank.

The non-profit organization known as Honor Flight allows war veterans to visit memorials in Washington D.C.

The Honor Flight organization sends thousands of veterans each year to visit the memorials. On each trip leaving Columbus, the organization is able to fly out 82 veterans on each flight.

Over a time span of nine years, the organization has been able to fly 140,000 veterans to Washington D.C. to see all of the memorials.

Honor Flight founder and Hayes alumni, Susan Barr, has been working with the organization for years to allow each veteran to get the chance to see the memorials and reminisce about the friends they’ve lost.

Barr is also one of the flight attendants who experiences the emotional welcome that awaits the veterans. Even though there are many veterans arriving, there are always people waiting to greet them at the gate with appreciation.

“We land, get off the jet way and there are crowds waiting with flags and banners and clapping and cheering and shaking our veterans’ hands,” Barr said. “[Also] there are current military that come out on their days off to greet them and help escort them around for the day.”

That is only a start to the day as the many volunteers and current military mem- bers help board the veterans onto the bus and the wheelchairs under the bus. Through every trip, the wheelchairs get worn down from the use of holding the veterans and being stored under the buses and planes for travel.

“We have about 80 [wheelchairs], but that doesn’t mean we will have 80 that will last the whole season,” Barr said. “Usually we lose about 20 some [wheelchairs] a year.”

With the number
of wheelchairs slowly decreasing, the possibility of the trips continuing is becoming more and more difficult to fully pursue. The trips to the memori- als would no longer be possible if the organiza- tion do not have enough wheelchairs to accom- modate the veterans on the trip.

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the organization Wheelchairs for Honor Flight had their kick off at the Veterans Day as- sembly. This organization aims towards a goal of raising money to buy new wheelchairs for Honor Flight.

The organization is working to raise enough money to purchase 10 pallets of wheelchairs with each pallet provid- ing 15 wheelchairs. Each individual pallet costs $2,250 totaling the whole goal at $22,500

Co-Chairmen of Wheelchairs for Honor Flight, Mark Fowler and David Ayscue, aspire to get the student body along with the commu- nity involved in raising money for new wheel- chairs.

With a senior class approximately the size of 360 students, there could be a big impact on the amount of money raised.

“If every senior gave one dollar to the cause, the program would have two wheelchairs paid for,” Fowler said.

Every contribution helps not only to raise money, but raise aware- ness for this cause. If ev- ery student in the student body donated a dollar the school could raise at least 1,600 dollars to donate to the cause.

Each student could make a big difference,” Barr said. “It doesn’t seem like a lot if it’s pen- nies, nickels, dimes or quarters but the 140,000 veterans we have flown in, have been flown in with donations from kids.”

D-Town program starts partnership with city officials

Holly Petkus & Sammi Smudz • Contributing Writers

D-Town has recently partnered with the city of Delaware in order to expand their audi- ence.
In D-Town, students create a variety of original

videos and put them on YouTube. It consists of many members and is run by Tom Hering.

In October, which is Fire Prevention Awareness Month, a group of four students made a video on fire safety.

“They wanted an emphasis on having working smoke detectors,” said Josh Hill, a junior D-town member.

The partnership with the city plays a major role in giving D-Town a fresh start and more success within the community.

“We want to be taken seriously as a real video production group,” said Meg Vonada, a junior D- town member.

Hering, who is friends with Lee Yoakum, the Community Affairs Coordinator, was able to coordi- nate the partnership. D-Town produces videos for the city at no cost.

“[Yoakum] had a desire to have D-Town film projects,” Hering said.

Although there are few guidelines for the proj- ects, making videos with the city requires a lot more planning than usual. Students must coordinate between Hering, Yoakum and community members, such as firefighters.

“They didn’t really direct anything, they just kind of supervised,” Hill said.

Vonada is working on the next video, also known as the “Salt Project,” with sophomore Everett Sharp. The project deals with the salt shortage within the city. According to Vonada, the city simply gave them “little tweaks” to enhance the project.

But making a video is more than just planning, filming, and editing. Before planning out a video, D- Town members have to figure out how many people are needed to produce a video. Some videos only require one person, while others may require four.

“[It’s about] finding the right number of people to do the right amount of work,” Hill said.

In addition to gaining a greater audience through city projects, D-Town is trying to expand the types of videos they produce to appeal to more viewers.

They plan to make more comedic, informational, and serious videos. “Our main goal [with working with the city] is to expand=our audience.” Vonada said.

D-Town members also get to experience new things

outside of the classroom setting, all while producing videos with their friends. They agree that planning is a crucial part in the success of their videos.

“If you don’t plan the video, then you’ll be stuck trying to figure out your lines and set and costumes and cast right before the video is due,” said Molly Schul, a sophomore D-Town student.

The process of making videos may take longer than most realize. It’s not just throwing a few shots together and calling it a day.

“A good quality video can be made in four weeks,” Vonada said. “It’s constant work.”

Videos made with the city can be viewed on the city’s

website. D-Town is hoping that with their videos on the city’s website, more people will see them, causing D-Town to get more recognition.

“This is the most professional relationship D-Town has had with someone else outside of the building,” Hering said. “I hope students get a real life experience and public recognition for the work they do.”

New graduation assessments to replace OGT

Casey Estok & Natasha Walker • Contributing Writers

After this upcoming spring, the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) will no longer be the required graduation test for students across the state, including those of Hayes.
Replacing the OGT will be the PARCC assessments, also

known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Col- lege and Careers.

“Things have been happening politically in the whole coun- try as far as curriculum and standards,” said Toby West, data coordinator for the district. “There’s a movement for some states to adopt Common Core state standards.”

Along with this change in curriculum comes a transition to a corresponding Common Core based graduation test, which will involve a higher level of rigor. “The OGT was a pretty low-bar test,” West said. “You could get 42% of the math questions cor- rect and you pass the OGT. What does that tell us about how ready students are for college?”

The PARCC test’s purpose is to reflect on how much knowl- edge the student has gained and to determine their readiness for graduation and college education.

Testing Time

New assessments require a larger amount of testing time. This chart attempts to explain the complicated process.


Sessions Required (Part 1)

Total Time (Part 1)

Sessions Required (Part 2)

Total Time (Part 2)

English 9 English 10


225 min


120 min

Algebra I Geometry Integrated Math I Integrated Math II


165 min


155 min

American Government American History


90 min


90 min

Physical Science


90 min


90 min

“PARCC is a lot better than the OGT when it comes to mea- suring aptitude for graduation,” Sophomore US History Teacher Patrick Montgomery said.

The PARCC assessment was made to measure if student are on the right track for their after high school experience and was recently adopted by 13 states. Starting with the class of 2018, these tests will be taken during the second semester of 7 required, specific courses.

The tests will be graded on a 5-point scale, every student needing a total of 18 points in order to graduate. This must include a minimum of 4 points from English literacy courses, 4 points from mathematics, and 6 total points from science and history, leaving 4 points for students to earn credit in a subject they’re stronger in.

Unlike the OGT, the PARCC tests are based solely on the cur- riculum that the students learn. For example, if students take Algebra 1 during their sophomore year, they would be taking the Algebra 1 portions of the PARCC test.

The performance-based assessment (PBA) will be taken in March and will assess students’ ability to effectively analyze

text and reason mathematical problems. Then, the end-of-year assessment (EOY), which will be taken in April, will be primarily multiple choice. It focuses on the students’ understanding of the major concepts taught throughout the course.

Many students are happy about the performance based assessment because it will include more problem solving and application problems for more of a challenge.

“It will show if students know how to apply their knowl- edge to real life situations,” said Grace Floring, a sophomore. “The OGT only can show if students know the information.”

Common Core standards were adopted by the state two years ago, and Ohio schools have slowly been introducing them into the classroom. Angie Raquepaw, an Education Technology Specialist for the district, said that most of the instructional

changes that were going to be made in the district have already been made. The change in final assessments in order to corre- spond with the new standards is finally underway.

The PARCC test is completely computer based. When students sit down to take the test all they will have in front of them is a computer and a scratch sheet of paper.

Some freshmen said they feel especially apprehensive about PARCC being an online test op- posed to the traditional pen and paper.

“I’m sure we’ll get used to it,” freshman Jillian Haley said.

Other concerns include the increased amount of time need- ed to take both of the PARCC tests. Both sections of the test need four to five testing sessions in order to complete the assess- ment, so students who are taking multiple subjects in a school year may find themselves in ten or more testing sessions.

Also, because Hayes wasn’t involved with the development of the assessment, its exact content and question type is unknown. Therefore many teach- ers are unsure of how to prepare students for this test.

“[We’re] working on the airplane while it’s being flown,” West said, describing the transition. “There is so much confusion out there about this.”

Swisher’s Column

Mariah Swisher • Sports Editior

The Hall of Fame, for the Pacers, has been around for years. To date, 108 individuals have been inducted into the Hall of Fame programs.
This years inductees include Brent Carson ‘66, Cliff Dochterman ‘43, Larry Eberst ‘73, Tony McCleery ‘45, Abigail Nims ‘97 and Joe DiGenova (Friend of the District Award).
Starting in 2013, the district combined the athletic, academic and performing arts Hall of Fame events into one large recognition event, which took place on September 26.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to properly recognize alumni who have made a major contribution to the success of those programs.
These graduates can be from Delaware High School, Willis High School and Hayes High School.
To become eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, the alumni must have graduated at least 10 years before the induction. If it is a coach or an administrator being nominated, they must be inactive for 5 years.
Special Distinguished Service Awards are presented to coaches, employees and friends of the district who have accomplished a grand commitment to furthering the Delaware City Schools goals through great service.
These awards are given by the Board of Education and Delaware City Schools administration.

Tennis team swings season to a close

Mariah Swisher ∙ Sports Editor

As fall sports come to a close, the girl’s tennis team is one of the first sports to finish earlier than everyone else.
Many sports have struggles within their team, and because of those, they can have a rough season. For the tennis team, however, they know how to keep their heads up during those stuggles. They had goals to achieve, and one was “to become more supportive of each other,” sophomore Jessica O’Brien said.
Many of the players, like O’Brien, had the goal to prove to themselves and their new coaches that they can grow as a team. And they did. The tennis team, like every team, worked hard to build their game.
“I definitely saw a lot of growth in terms of actual tennis playing experience,” Coach Julieanne McClain said. “But also growth in terms of how really tough they are.”
Tennis is different than a normal sport. Players have to be able to work both as individuals and as a team. For a lot of athletes, doing both can be a new change.
“They don’t have to work together during a match because they all do their own thing,” McClain said. “So you really have to teach them what it means to be a team and how to encourage each other.”
The new thing this year, for all sports teams, was having a new strength and conditioning coach.
The tennis team definitely used this to their advantage. “We did a lot of strength training during the season,” O’Brien said.
Because of this addition, the overall season was strong and went well, although their numbers of wins was low.
As for the overall team improvement, “I think the girls got a lot better from the beginning of the season to where we are now,” McClain said.
O’Brien could see that everyone improved and especially were more aggressive. McClain agreed.
“I think our team tried our best and played to [the] best [of] our ability,” McClain said. “I think they worked really hard.”
Like every team, they are already looking forward to the next season. “We’re going to have a lot of kids come back next year with more experience and be better and be ready to have a better season,” McClain said.
They have high hopes for the offseason, too. “I think that this season has lit a fire to give these girls the spark they need,” McClain said.
Coach McClain is ready for the team to continue to work with Coach Coleman in the offseason and attend clinics to help get better for next season.

Swisher’s Column

Mariah Swisher • Sports Editor

Life is a gift, and influencing lives is a blessing. Ever think running influences lives? Sometimes it does.
The Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon, which was sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital for the third year in a row, has raised over three million dollars just because of people running.
Something special that Nationwide does with the race is that they have a patient at every mile, to remind the runners of why they are running.
When Hayes Principal Ric Stranges ran this year, he did something a little different.  He would stop at each mile to talk to that patient, while others might just wave and keep running. “It changed me [talking to them],” Stranges said.
Stranges started running in races six years ago. His purpose, though, isn’t for a time. “That isn’t what I care about,” he said. “I care that I have fun and make a difference.”
Along with hundreds of other people, Stranges is a part of a life changing movement. At the Columbus Marathon on October 19, they had over 100,000 people show up to just cheer on the 18,000 runners that were making a difference. Those people watching made a difference for the runners, and the runners made a difference for the patients.
Something so simple as running a race can make the biggest change. “It’s been life changing,” Stranges said. He believes everyone should do something to get out there and influence others.
Running has become one of the best ways for people of all kinds to have the chance to change lives while changing their own. The Columbus Marathon is just one of hundreds of races, which means that there are hundreds of more races where more and more people are changing and influencing others.