LAHS students go the extra mile

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By Bernadette Lauritzen


First of all, congratulations to the Los Alamos High School Hilltopper cheerleaders, who brought home a third place trophy from Albuquerque this weekend.

The Spirit of Hope Challenege, raised money for cancer and the Hilltopper ladies came in third place out of 16 teams. I’m told it is their first trophy, how wonderful!

This week, this column will appear as if it is about wrestling, but it really is a column about empowerment, community values youth and support.

Last week, I mentioned how the Hilltopper team organized a last-minute fundraiser when learning a former wrestler and opponent that had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Under the direction of LAHS senior, Cory Geyer and a lot of printing from mom Leslie, the team sold about 2,000 tickets. Their efforts raised close to $2,000 for the family.

Time Out for Pizza in White Rock, The Hill Diner, the Reel Deal Theater and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce all donated small token of their appreciation to reward the team for working so hard, on behalf of others.

Cancer can take a toll on a family financially and Cory’s idea took some of the burden off of the sting of such a diagnosis, for such a young man.

The LAHS team is comprised of youth with great character that often help a variety of others on a daily basis, but this time they really went the extra mile, in having to prepare physically for the arrival of 10 teams to LAHS, last Saturday.

On Saturday, both the Hilltopper cheerleaders and the LAHS wrestlers head to district competition and then on to state the following week. 

As a community that always supports their youth, in a great deal of endeavors, we wish them all good luck.