TimeOut with Tambo: Ramona’s blessed with thousands of good people

Recent events, both tragic and joyous, have reaffirmed my opinion of the community of Ramona, the students and student/athletes of Ramona High School, and the importance of athletic competition and athletic teams.

The exploits and character of Ryan Morgan have been well documented in the Sentinel, on television and in the daily papers. The support that this community and Ramona High School has given the Morgan family and the outpouring of pure love that has been displayed is truly awe-inspiring.

While attending the Celebration of Life and the funeral services for Ryan, I was truly inspired by the number and caliber of individuals who attended both. I remember talking to a former player at the celebration and he said, “There are a lot of good people here.”

That was an understatement. There were thousands of very good people there. Students, teammates, fellow athletes, parents of students and student/athletes, grandparents and great grandparents, cadets, active members of the military, retired military, veterans and veterans of foreign wars, young and old, can all be lumped under the same title “The good people of Ramona.”

They paid their respect the way that they felt comfortable about paying respect. However, to pay respect for somebody else, one has to have self- respect and the community of Ramona is a self-respecting community.

I attended the Awards Ceremony 2012 and Scholarship Night 2012 at Ramona High School and the caliber of individuals who received awards and scholarships was awesome. Awards were given for every academic discipline. Scholarship money was given for every aspect of student accomplishment and from every segment of our community. Everything from auto to zoology was recognized and awarded.

There were very good students who did not receive awards and scholarships. There are thousands of very good students and people in this community.

I had dinner with the male and female Athletes of the Year, the male and female Bulldogs of the Year and the male and female Scholar Athletes of the Year. Their athletic ability was overshadowed by their class and character.

The valedictorians at Ramona High School were involved in RHS athletics. Kia Turner competed in golf. Katie Cobian sustained an injury but was the statistician for the boys soccer team.

“Katie is the second valedictorian that has been my stat girl. The smart girls know who to hang out around,” joked Coach Michael Jordan II.

Students at Mountain Valley Academy compete in athletics for Ramona High School. Student/athletes were well represented on Mountain Valley’s scholarship list along with several other outstanding young adults.

Taylor Uekert was the valedictorian. RaeAnne VanTol was the salutatorian and played some hoops for the Lady Dawgs. Alexis Hogan, Sammy Schmidt and Christian Rajcic are names that have been fixtures in the sports section and they did okay on scholarship night.

Through good times and bad, Ramona is a good place to be. There is community pride, respect and support. One does not have to attend an awards night or a scholarship night or a celebration of life. Ramona celebrates life every day.

I truly believe that God has blessed America and I also believe that God has blessed Ramona and the GOOD PEOPLE OF RAMONA.

While attending the Celebration of Life and the funeral services for Ryan, I was truly inspired by the number and caliber of individuals who attended both. I remember talking to a former player at the celebration and he said, “There are a lot of good people here.”

That was an understatement. There were thousands of very good people there. Students, teammates, fellow athletes, parents of students and student/athletes, grandparents and great grandparents, cadets, active members of the military, retired military, veterans and veterans of foreign wars, young and old, can all be lumped under the same title “The good people of Ramona.”

They paid their respect the way that they felt comfortable about paying respect. However, to pay respect for somebody else, one has to have self- respect and the community of Ramona is a self-respecting community.

I attended the Awards Ceremony 2012 and Scholarship Night 2012 at Ramona High School and the caliber of individuals who received awards and scholarships was awesome. Awards were given for every academic discipline. Scholarship money was given for every aspect of student accomplishment and from every segment of our community. Everything from auto to zoology was recognized and awarded.

There were very good students who did not receive awards and scholarships. There are thousands of very good students and people in this community.

I had dinner with the male and female Athletes of the Year, the male and female Bulldogs of the Year and the male and female Scholar Athletes of the Year. Their athletic ability was overshadowed by their class and character.

The valedictorians at Ramona High School were involved in RHS athletics. Kia Turner competed in golf. Katie Cobian sustained an injury but was the statistician for the boys soccer team.

“Katie is the second valedictorian that has been my stat girl. The smart girls know who to hang out around,” joked Coach Michael Jordan II.

Students at Mountain Valley Academy compete in athletics for Ramona High School. Student/athletes were well represented on Mountain Valley’s scholarship list along with several other outstanding young adults.

Taylor Uekert was the valedictorian. RaeAnne VanTol was the salutatorian and played some hoops for the Lady Dawgs. Alexis Hogan, Sammy Schmidt and Christian Rajcic are names that have been fixtures in the sports section and they did okay on scholarship night.

Through good times and bad, Ramona is a good place to be. There is community pride, respect and support. One does not have to attend an awards night or a scholarship night or a celebration of life. Ramona celebrates life every day.

I truly believe that God has blessed America and I also believe that God has blessed Ramona and the GOOD PEOPLE OF RAMONA.

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