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It’s the middle of winter break at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and eight Harvard students are hiking to a cabin through snow and sagebrush in Navajo, N.M., singing Kanye West songs to distract themselves from the unsettling dark.And so the second year of the Phillips Brooks House Association’s alternative winter break public service trip began.The students traveled to the Navajo Nation reservation to live and work together for a week, forgoing electricity, the internet, and running water as participants in a public service and cultural exchange trip. Navajo undergraduate Damon Clark ’17 also made the trip, one of PBHA’s many immersive opportunities, last year.“I think this experience not only builds a foundational knowledge of Native Americans and Navajo culture, but also lets Harvard students engage with a community that they’ve never worked with before,” said Clark, a social studies concentrator. “I think getting to know each other’s lifestyles is what’s important when we’re struggling with issues of diversity and history. Harvard has a commitment to Native American students, and these experiences with the larger Harvard community are needed. That’s why I took it on — that’s why I do it.”,Clark shares his devotion to diversity and community-building with the PBHA. A student-run organization that strives for social justice through social service and social action, PBHA endeavors to support community needs and promote social awareness. Officially organized in 1904, today it has 1,500 student volunteers running more than 80 social service programs in tandem with local partners, in areas ranging from health to advocacy to mentoring.After driving from Albuquerque to Navajo, participants in this year’s trip settled in on the Clark family homestead. It consists mainly of a large shed, a one-room cabin, and a “hogan,” or traditional Navajo house, heated by wood stoves. The students stayed in the hogan, which is regularly used for a variety of ceremonies. Throughout the week, they chopped wood for heat for the nearby families, spent a day at a local high school, hiked Canyon de Chelly, shelled corn with Clark’s parents, and visited the tribal government and Navajo Nation Museum.“I liked going to sleep early and getting up before 6, and chopping wood,” Andrew Yang ’20 said of his experience, “I liked how good of a workout it was, and how we could help keep someone’s house warm in the process. There isn’t always a lot of time during the semester to volunteer, but the breaks are a perfect time to do it.”Li ’19 (right) looks over homework with a student at Navajo Pine High School. Photo courtesy of Will Li ’19Service was also a draw for Will Li ’19, who is a volunteer for Mission Hill, one of PBHA’s after-school programs: “Public service has given me a sense of purpose in finding small, concrete things I can do to hopefully better the people and communities around me.” Looking back, Li said, “The coolest thing was just getting to live in an authentic Navajo way for a week, doing manual labor, hiking into the homestead, sleeping in a hogan. It gave me a more personal perspective on the culture itself, which is something I don’t think many people get to experience.”While the Navajo Nation program is PBHA’s only Wintersession trip, there are many more run by students through the PBHA Alternative Spring Break program. This spring, students will travel to Mississippi to delve into Civil Rights Movement history, to Louisiana to explore food security and sustainability issues, and to other locations around the country. Programs give students an opportunity to partner with local organizations as they “learn about the social, economic, and political issues affecting the community, all while forging bonds with the people there and with fellow teammates,” the website says.For Clark, this endeavor is as much about personal growth as it is about respectful cultural exchange and service to the community. “It challenges students to think in a different way. Rather than citing a source, they’re working with it, they’re listening to another person, they’re listening to themselves, they’re without an answer, and they have to figure it out. Putting students outside their comfort zone to truly learn adds to the transformative experience that Harvard aims for.”,Without phones or the internet to fall back on, the shared week left the group feeling good about how they served as well as the connections they made together. “There was a moment at Damon’s grandparents’ house, and we were all just chopping wood,” Li recalled, “and it was like we were all part of a fluid machine — people were chopping, moving, stacking wood — and it felt like we were all connected to each other, because everyone was working so harmoniously.”Whether it was through working together, discussing Navajo history with the Clarks, or simply reflecting on the day over dinner, students found that the trip challenged them to engage in public service, expand their knowledge of native culture, and, in a broader sense, learn how to connect better as human beings.“We can get so caught up in what we’re doing at Harvard. We need these kind of breaks,” Clark said simply. That, and the mutual exchange between cultures, he said, are central goals of the trip he hopes will continue in its future iterations.“You bring Harvard to Navajo, but you also bring Navajo to Harvard.”If you are a student and would like to be a part of planning next year’s PBHA trip to Navajo Nation, please email [email protected]
Being blind is supposed to be a hindrance, a deterrence that takes away your vision, your future, your dreams.But don’t tell that to Jake Olson, a freshman long snapper on the football team who has no eyesight but plenty of determination.When head coach Steve Sarkisian called on him to deliver his first snap during a live field goal drill at practice one Wednesday morning a few weeks ago, Olson jumped right in.“I felt ready,” Olson said. “It was something I did thousands of times. It was not letting the situation get in your head … Just do the same thing you always do.”That mindset has pushed Olson through life, helping him cope and overcome obstacles that come with being blind.Born and raised in nearby Huntington Beach, Olson was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer at birth. The tumor spread fast and caused him to lose his left eye at just 10 months, but doctors were initially able to salvage his right eye.However, throughout the next 12 years, the cancer came back time and time again — eight occurrences in all. Olson exhausted nearly every treatment — chemotherapy, laser, radiation, chirotherapy — but the tumor was persistent. Fearing the cancer would spread to the brain, doctors had no choice but to remove vision in Olson’s right eye as well.So, at the age of 12, Olson faced a daunting, unnerving reality.“It was scary and overwhelming because I was like, ‘How am I going to walk? How am I going to know where I’m going? How am I going to text? How am I going to eat? How am I going to do all these easy things?’” Olson said. “You really have to relearn how to do them.”Before the procedure, though, Olson received an invitation to hang out with the USC football team from then-head coach Pete Carroll.At first, Olson thought he was simply going to watch the team practice. But it turned out to be the full package — Olson did everything with the team from eating dinner to sitting next to Carroll on the team bus. Olson’s final night prior to surgery was spent at the USC practice field with Carroll and the team raising his spirits and wishing him the best.“It really made me part of the team, and I felt like how I feel now … the camaraderie and the brotherhood and the support you get with being on the football team,” Olson said. “During that time of my life when I was going to confront going blind, it really meant a lot to have that love there.”After the procedure, Olson continued to play flag football in middle school, which he said was not overly taxing. But high school football at Orange Lutheran — a state powerhouse — was too much of an injury risk for him, and Olson reluctantly sat out his freshman and sophomore years.The competitive itch tore at him. He missed being on the field and having fun with his teammates. So he decided to try out for the only position in football that didn’t require sight: long-snapper. He spent every day for three months over the summer learning the position from scratch.“When I first started I couldn’t snap the ball,” Olson said. “I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. It took two or three months of really practicing hard to start seeing some progress.”But he made incredible progress, and when the school year started, Olson became the starting long snapper on the varsity football team.“It was cool to see the practice pay off, but it was also being on the field and knowing I was contributing,” Olson said.Olson has also found time to serve as an inspiration to others. Since his story became public, Olson has received numerous speaking requests. His foundation, Out of Sight Faith, raises money for blind kids to receive the necessary technology to succeed in the classroom. He has written two books, the first when he was just eight years old and the second in 2013, titled Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life.“There are a bunch of principles in there that can apply to any circumstance,” Olson said on the book, which he co-wrote with leadership coach McKay Christensen. “Just getting through adversity and how to live a happier life. It’s a very inspiring book, and that’s what I’m about — helping people and inspiring them.”Olson said that in facing adversity it’s important to always push forward and he advises other kids growing up blind to do the same.“The only thing that’s going to stop you from getting to your true potential is you,” Olson said. “And so find a will, find a way to get things done and get to where you want to be. And trust me, when you do, it’s going to be so satisfying.”Growing up a die-hard USC fan, his choice for college was a no-brainer. Olson was awarded with the Swim With Mike Scholarship, which funds physically challenged athletes, and he is settling in at USC. He uses his guide dog, Quebec, to get around. Still, there are daily challenges that range from walking to class to brushing his teeth.“I’ll never say that you cannot do anything, but I will say that it does take an extra step of thinking and being creative in ways to find how to do it,” Olson said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t do it. It’s just a little difficult to just do normal things like walk or do homework or figure out which toothpaste is on your toothbrush.”If there is a silver lining, Olson said it’s that being blind has given him the chance to appreciate others truly for who they are and not their appearances.“Sight can really deceive you at times,” Olson said. “Not being able to see has allowed me to view people for who they are. I think that’s a really cool thing. If you ask me, it really isn’t about how someone looks.”Olson cites his faith in God and his support system of family and friends as his main inspirations. But the motivation goes both ways — Olson said he feeds off others who look up to him, too.“People tell me how much I inspire them,” Olson said. “But in turn that inspires me because I know that I’m making an impact. That’s what helps me keep going, just knowing that I’m making an impact in people’s lives.”This positive mindset has gotten Olson to his dream scenario, wearing the cardinal and gold on Saturday nights.“I’m on the team that I admired for so many years,” he said. “I was so excited [to put on the Trojan uniform]. I couldn’t believe what I was wearing. The first day and the last day, it’s going to be the same feeling of, ‘This is a blessing.’”His teammates, while attentive to his needs, treat Olson like just another player, which Olson says is a “great mix.” Growing up a die-hard Trojans fan not far from the Coliseum, he said that it is surreal to head out of the tunnel as part of the team.“I always pictured myself as a kid up there looking down at the players in uniform and admiring them,” Olson said. “And so when I’m in uniform down there, I can only imagine … I’m one of those guys now, which is a crazy thing to think about.”Which brings us back to that practice a few weeks ago on a Wednesday morning, with Olson receiving the call to take his first live snap. With players, coaches and media watching, Olson calmly stepped up and delivered the snap. Not surprisingly, it was perfect, and the field goal was good, prompting a celebration and good feelings all around, a group of star athletes in solidarity with a blind kid from Huntington Beach living out his dream, continuing to say “yes” when everything around him kept screaming “no.”“It was a cool moment for everyone out there,” Olson said. “It was awesome.”
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015:Thursdayâ€¢ Regional Scholarsâ€™ Bowl.Fridayâ€¢ Homecoming Basketball at Wellington vsÂ Augusta.â€¢ Wrestling at Rose Hill 11 a.m.Saturdayâ€¢ ACTâ€¢ Wrestling at Rose Hill 10 a.m.â€¢ JV Wrestling at Wichita South 9 a.m.Thursday lunch: Beef and noodles, matched potatoes, baby carrots, hot roll/jelly, pineapple chunks.Friday lunch: Corn Dog, garden spinach salad, peas, apple.Â Todayâ€™s News*Any sophomore who missed theÂ JostensÂ meeting yesterday may pick up a ring order packet in the counselor’s office.*Students: Today is the last day to sign-up out of town dates for the Homecoming dance. The sign-up sheet is located in the office.*Students: If you need a new student ID, please sign up in the office today by 12:30. You will need a Student ID to get in to the Homecoming dance. Replacement IDâ€™s cost $5. If you do not bring your Student ID the night of the dance, you will be charged $5.00 for a new one.* WHS Juniors: Looking at obtaining a degree in education? Applications are being accepted for the 26th annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy. It will be held on the campus of Emporia State University fromÂ Sunday, June 7 to Thursday, June 11. If you’d like more information, see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselor’s office.*The WHS Madrigals and Mixed Ensemble are doing singing Valengrams this year on the 13th. The Valengrams will be sold during lunch today so find a choir member for more information.*Spirit Week is this week and the theme is Crusaders Blast from the Past.Tomorrow will be Crusaders through the decades*There will be a box outside of Ms. Vaughnâ€™s room to put song suggestions in for the homecoming dance- feel free to stop by.