One and Done for Bryon Clouse
“Our PE teacher is ‘walking the walk’, or in this case ‘running the run,’ said Assistant Principal Denise Cordrey. Middle School teacher and HCHS Varsity Basketball Coach, Bryon Clouse won the 40-44 year old division of the ‘Pump and Run Quad Cities Marathon.’
The Quad Cities Marathon is a USATF certified course that sends runners through four cities, over three bridges, into two states and on one island along the Mississippi River between Illinois and Iowa. If running 26.2 miles wasn’t enough, participants had the option of taking part in the “Pump,” portion of the event the day before the race. Mr. Clouse chose to Pump and Run. “I was weighed right before I lifted and they took a percentage of my weight to figure out how much I had to bench and curl. I had to bench 130 lbs and did 34 reps. My curl weight was 75 lbs and I did 9 reps. Total of 43 reps and they took 30 seconds off my marathon time per rep. So my marathon time was 4 hours 26 minutes but my Pump and Run Marathon time was something like 4 hours and 5 minutes,” explained Mr. Clouse. The official time for Mr. Clouse was 4 hours, 4 minutes and 39 seconds.
Why did he do it? Though proceeds from the race benefit two worthy causes: prostate cancer research/screening and the Erika Kate Hope Alliance which helps families of children with life threatening heart conditions, Mr. Clouse had a very personal reason for participating. “I turned 40 in July and have always wanted to run one, so I decided I was not getting any younger and needed to do one sooner rather than later.”
Mr. Clouse shared his story of sore legs, blisters and bruised toe nails with his P.E. students. “I did share with my middle school PE students mostly to explain why I would not be at school on Monday. I did not tell any of my basketball players until I was finished,” said Mr. Clouse. His message is simple; “You can do anything you set your mind to if you really want to do it. I do think this is a good example of lifelong physical fitness which is what I try to teach to my students.”
Will he ever run a marathon again? “No more marathons for me. It is now checked off the bucket list. I am not new to running, I have been running most of my life but I will stick to the 5K's from now on,” he said.
Tony Hiatt is a native of Versailles, Indiana who currently resides in Kentland with his wife Sharon Riegle Hiatt. He has four children and eleven grandchildren. Mr. Hiatt brings impressive education and experience credentials to Hanover Central Middle School. He is a graduate of South Ripley High School, Purdue University, and Indiana Wesleyan. He has also earned additional credits from San Jose State, University of San Diego, University of Southern Colorado and Valparaiso University. Mr. Hiatt taught for 31 years in the South Newton school district.
During his years as a teacher Mr. Hiatt earned many accolades including Runner-up Indiana Teacher of the Year, Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Purdue School of Science Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in K-12 Teaching and the Sigma Xi Purdue Science Research Society’s Outstanding Educator award. “None of these recognitions is as important to me as the satisfaction I get hearing from former students who have gone on to successful careers in science and thank me for having a significant impact on their lives,” said Hiatt.
Moving from the small South Newton school district, where he was Assistant Principal and Director of Technology, to take over the reins of the brand new Hanover Central Middle School in 2012 was an exciting challenge. “It has been four great years so far and I have been blessed with an outstanding staff,” says Hiatt. “I look forward to continuing to build on the great things we have already accomplished.”
His message to students stresses respect as a key element in improving any school’s success. Students should; “Respect themselves first and foremost, respect their fellow students, respect adults and teachers and respect the taxpayers who have made educational opportunities available to them.” Each day he reminds the students that “the choices you make today shape your world tomorrow.”
October Dates To Remember
The PTSO is collecting Boxtops NOW through October 21st.
October 25th - Student Council meets before School...Please bring shirt order form to the meeting
October 25th and 27th - Yearbook meeting after school
October 25th - 6th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts from 3:00-5:00
October 27th - Picture Retake Day
October 28th - Middle School Halloween Dance - 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. $5.00 includes entry, food and drinks. Tickets will be on Sale Oct. 24th and 25th in the Commons beginning at 7:15 a.m.
Any 7th or 8th grade student interested in purchasing a year book from 2015-2016, copies are available for $35.00 in the guidance office