OPINION: Successes greet student columnist

A monthly column written by Braden Dohrmann, a sophomore at MHS

Dog Dayz

By Braden Dohrmann

This month we had our first snow-out of 2018 which made for a five-day weekend and two basketball teams making it to regionals. It’s a great day to be a Bulldog.

As I mentioned both the boys and girls basketball teams made it to Regionals. The boys played La Center on Friday and the girls played Freeman on Saturday. I am writing this before then, so hopefully they both came out with wins and are preparing for the state tournament in Yakima.

I finished my JV season for basketball on a great note beating Forks and Hoquiam at the beginning of the month to clinch “JV League Championship”, which should definitely be a thing. I am preparing for baseball now, by hitting the cages and throwing as much as possible. The team and I will be practicing when you’re reading this. I am pumped to get on the diamond. Bring on Spring Sports.

This month I participated in the FBLA Winter Conference for the first time ever and it was super fun. For those who may not know, that stands for Future Business Leaders of America. The Winter Conference is held for competitive events between individuals and teams from different schools around the region. There was some extremely good competition and the tasks were pretty hard. The top six individuals or teams from each category moved on to state.

First, I did two objective tests that I did not place in but got some good learning experience in the business field, which will help me in the future. However, things went better in my team event.

The event was for sports and entertainment management and it was a role play event. We were given a situation and had to present our solution to a “board of directors” who in the end were the judges. Also on my team were Cameron Wyatt and Sam Winter, who were great to work with because we all pitched in and created a great presentation.

In the end, we got first place, which qualified us for state. I was a little surprised, because going into it we didn’t know what to expect, but we left champions and it was pretty rewarding. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy it. I look forward to the years to come.

On a different side of things I am saddened, as are many at our school and our world, by the shooting in Parkland, Fla., and many more all over the country. I can’t imagine being in the students’ shoes or in the families of the victims’ shoes. I am not sure what the answer is, but I hope and pray that we, as a small town, clear to the top of our country leaders are working on it. Something definitely needs to change until it isn’t happening at all. As a teenager this is just on your mind unfortunately, and hopefully we won’t have to worry about it in the future.

Finally, as I was inducted into National Honor Society last month I got to go on a field trip to the University of Washington. It was a pretty cool campus, with a lot of students, and it was huge. College visits are a reality for me as I finish the home-stretch of my sophomore year.

As you have read in the past, my family and I often like to visit different colleges when we go away on vacation. Will a big college like “U-Dub” be something I want, or maybe a smaller one? Only time will tell. Other fun things I did this month were going to a TobyMac concert in Seattle with my family and watching the Winter Olympics in my warm home. The Summer Olympics may be a little more successful for the U.S., but it is still fun to watch.

Anyway, enjoy the snow while you can, because this spring we are going to have plenty of sun, so we can have lots of baseball.

Braden Dohrmann is a sophomore at Montesano High School. He writes about what it’s like growing up in Montesano. He participates in many school sports and activities, works hard in class and enjoys taking vacations with his family.