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Skiers of Latrobe Assist with Special Olympics

Local high school skiers volunteered to help children with special needs hit the slopes at Seven Springs on a pleasant afternoon on February 15, 2024. According to senior Jason Spillar, “The day at seven springs was sunny with temps in the mid to high 30s.” 


This event was part of the skiing portion of the Special Olympics where athletes were encouraged and assisted by a handful of students from Greater Latrobe. “The athletes were all very nice and were a blast to work with. The only challenges we faced were a couple of falls during a race,” Spillar said.


For some volunteers this is not the first time attending the Special Olympics at Seven Springs. Josh Enfinger attended several times. “This is not my first time volunteering for the Special Olympics. But it was not any different from the past years. There were new athletes and some returning athletes,” said Enfinger.


Austin An, a senior, said he signed onto the event because of his love for skiing. He said that, “the opportunity to help special needs skiers do something they loved.”  Austin explained that, “the day was great, we skied with our assigned athletes for about three hours and took them to their various events.” 


The reward of volunteering was the pride in helping those who needed some extra attention. These special skiers came from all over the area, many even coming in to participate from out of state. “We were assigned athletes based on our skill level so we could keep up with them on the slopes. I was assigned to Ryan, an advanced skier, with a group of my friends. He was from Boston and was spending the week at Seven Springs just for the Special Olympics,” said Austin.


Once the students were assigned athletes the races then began. “My athlete’s competition took place at the sunset slope which is right next to The Alley. He did the events Super G and Saloman,” explained Austin.


Once the races were all finished the students and the athletes went back to the lodge and ate lunch either with the assigned groups or broke up to eat with other friends and family. 


 After lunch the volunteers were able to ski on their own. However, some chose to watch the Special Olympics award ceremony.


“The award ceremony was a great experience to see all of the athletes have a great time,” said Josh.


 Spillar said of his time at the event, “Overall it was not difficult and quite a fun time. I thought the athletes performed amazingly.”


Both the students and the athletes were rewarded through mentorship, a love of skiing, and were touched through the service of volunteering.

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Willow Murphy
Willow Murphy, Staff Writer
     Willow Murphy is a senior at Greater Latrobe High School. This is her first year in multimedia journalism which makes this her first year doing The High Post. She is a very academically focused student recognized  by the National Honors Society. Willow is interested in writing about the student life at Greater Latrobe during her last year of high school to express how high school can be an intense yet enjoyable experience to everyone. She is planning on attending college after high school in hopes to study biology. Willow has always had a passion for writing stories and since this is her last year to write for The High Post she decided to express herself publicly. Her favorite endeavors is to learn about the world through traveling and opening her mind by experiencing the world. She tends to spend much of her down time with family and friends, doing mundane activities such as board games and simply sitting at home watching tv to more adventurous pursuits such as hiking cliff walks in Rhode Island or exploring more urban environs like Dallas and Boston. Willow is planning on going to college in a New England state due to her love for New England and the various schools she has toured. Her passion for traveling has allowed her to meet new people and see so many different places at a young age. Willow’s love for traveling is always accompanied by family and friends.  Willow has been to several different schools because of her family moving around when she was younger, but has been settled down in the Latrobe school district since she was in eighth grade. She knows what it is like to be a new kid in school and wants to use this writing platform to illustrate to new kids or incoming freshmen that Greater Latrobe is a family and that you can find a home anywhere, whether it be in clubs, sports, or the student section. Her main goal is to leave a positive impact on others by writing on The High Post.

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