By Dan Domsic
Last week, I started a top 10 countdown of my favorite stories I wrote during my first year here at Current in Fishers.
The past year was a lot of fun, held a lot of stress and was full of opportunity. Without further ado, part two of my 10 personal favorite stories.
5. Cleared to land – Technology education teacher Brad Bill pulls off hands-on lesson with the help of Air National Guard
Last November, I witnessed an Army Air National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on the Riverside Junior High School football field. It was a special classroom activity put together by technology education teacher Brad Bill. It was a shining example of a teacher going all-out to make an impact on students, which also highlighted how I always have something different to write about every week.
4. Sax-tacular – Fishers High School musicians are treated to a priceless lesson from professional saxophonist Jeff Coffin and his band, the Mu’tet.
I’m not a big fan of the Dave Matthews Band, who the cover’s main subject, Jeff Coffin, plays for. But seeing him jam and interact with students on stage was a wonderful experience, and one I won’t be forgetting any time soon.
3. Life-changing – A simple tree house brought Santiago Jaramillo from Columbia to Fishers
Life is full of odd twists, and this story from early April pivoted on a big one. The interview with Jaramillo was a fantastic experience. Sometimes you sit down with people and realize that they have everything figured out and are out to do good things, and a little bit of faith in humanity is restored.
2. Expanding an appetite – Fishers child and family battles white blood cell disorder with the help of Parks and Recreation
The Fishers Parks and Recreation Dept. made it possible for Devin Hussey, a Fishers child with a white blood cell disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis, to attend one of its summer camps. To quote a commenter on the Current website, “Kudos to park & rec center for letting a kid be a kid and enjoy camp!” ‘Nuff said.
- Hip-Hop Health – Robanne Robin uses dance to teach kids to be strong
Robin’s triumphant weight-loss journey and battles with eating disorders are inspirational. It’s great that she’s bringing a positive body image message to an exercise platform that is already great. I had a lot of fun talking with her, the kids in her hip-hop class and parents.