Below is Usain Bolt of Jamaica crossing the finish line in first place at the 2012 Olympics in the men's 100 meter final. Bolt is nototrious for being slow out of the starting blocks and often does not take the lead until about halfway into the race. In this race, Bolt was losing at 50m to Justin Gatlin of the USA (#6 in red below). It is important to take a lesson from this as we are also approaching the end of our school year, our race. Regardless of how this year has gone for you--whether you had a rough start and struggled to get your footing or you started off strong and have since petered out--we all see the finish is now close. How we finish is up to us. In two weeks, less than two weeks for some, we will be enjoying the summer and hopefully looking back at the year happy with the effort we put in. When I was on Boston College's crew team we always used to say: "You can do anything for one more minute." And it is true, you can always keep moving for one more minute, or in this case, one week and a couple days. So I encourage you all to make the most of the last few days of school and finish up strong. It will make for a more enjoyable and fulfilling summer.
Mr. Lynch, German teacher, Yearbook moderator and good friend, has been hounding faculty members to turn in our yearbook quotes for this year's book. Being a big John Wooden fan I stumbled across a few quotes of his that mean a lot to me and I thought I would share them with you. For those who don't know John Wooden, he coached the UCLA Bruins basketball team from 1948-1975 and in that time period won 10 national championships, 7 of them in a row. He coached greats Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabar (pictured below) and is revered as one of the greatest coaches in the history of sport. He is most well known for being a teacher who never raised his voice, never mentioned the word winning in his 30+ years of coaching and was more interested in shaping his players into good people than basketball stars. I think he would have been a good fit at the Prep, in fact I think there are many people here similar to him. Enjoy the quotes, I think you will like them.
Wooden with two of the best basketball players in NBA and college history, Kareem Abdul Jabar and Bill Walton.
John Wooden began his coaching career at the high school level. He coached high school ball for 11 years while also teaching English.
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