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WSB coordinators pose during the Winter Wishes assembly skit.
WSB coordinators pose during the Winter Wishes assembly skit.
Josh Certeza is presented with a Disneyland ticket.
Josh Certeza is presented with a Disneyland ticket.
Great Oak Step Team takes beginning stance before being joined by administrators, such as Mr. Horton, to perform.
Great Oak Step Team takes beginning stance before being joined by administrators, such as Mr. Horton, to perform.
L-R Brennan Eisenhut (senior), Josh Constant (senior), Brooke Lowery (senior), and Brad Wegman (senior).
L-R Brennan Eisenhut (senior), Josh Constant (senior), Brooke Lowery (senior), and Brad Wegman (senior).

Winter Wishes assembly brings joy to Great Oak

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.
Andrea Henthorn
Special to the Valley News

If thereís one thing Great Oak couldnít have wished for, it was a better Winter Wishes rally.

December 13 marked another edition of the annual assembly hosted by the Wolfpack Student Body (WSB), in which students of any grade level can submit a wish, no matter how elaborate, for WSB to try and grant with the aid of local sponsors.

Wishes granted in past years included giving flowers to a parent or a friend, getting an ice cream party for a class, or getting the chance to perform with the cheer or dance teams. This year many of these wishes were repeated, but some unique wishes were also presented.

The theme of the assembly was based around making the Grinchís heart grow another size, which it did with every selfless or heart-warming wish that was granted. WSB members performed in skits between wishes, with Brad Wegman (Class of 2014) as the Grinch, and Brooke Lowery (Ď14) as Cindy Lou Who. The tale of the Grinch was dictated by Brennen Eisenhut (Ď14) dressed as a grandmother to the children, played by Sydney Carper (Ď14), Lizzie Hansen (Ď14), and Trey Endris (Ď15).

WSB had been preparing for over two months.

The assembly commenced with Jamie Bennet (Ď16) giving her brother Alec Bennet (Ď14) flowers and thanking him for being supportive, despite the fact that they fight.

Perhaps the most touching wish granted that day was for senior Page Groce (Ď14). Page and many of her friends wished that Pageís brother, Alex, could return home from his army base in Germany for the holiday. While she knew this couldnít happen, WSB surprised her with a video that her brother recorded for her.

"I canít breathe," said Paige after watching the video. "Itís really hard for me because this is the longest Iíve gone without seeing him, so the fact that he did that for me means the world to Advertisement
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Alex Groce has been overseas for six months and will be for six more. Communication is difficult because of the nine hour time difference, but on average they try to text each other three times a week. He is currently military police and is training for Special Forces. He graduated from Great Oak in 2008.

Special needs student Josh Certeza (Ď16) was also gifted a Disneyland ticket, something Brooke Lowery says was the wish she was most excited to grant because she didnít find out until the morning of the assembly that it would be able to come true.

Two upcoming events were also featured at the assembly: a movie night created by three girls to help their friend raise money after her house recently burnt down, and a new club to spread CPR awareness throughout the school.

Cassie Sieyes (Ď15) is the founder of the movie night, which will be held Jan. 10 in the Performing Arts Center and will feature the film White Chicks.

All money raised will go to best friend Sammie Aguilar (Ď15), whose family home was destroyed by a fire, who says, "Itís really nice of [my friends] to come and do this for me and I thank them a lot for it."

Dawson Anderson (Ď17) is in charge of the new CPR club. His wish is to have everyone at Great Oak become CPR certified. Dawson witnessed a cardiac arrest while with his friends and informed the assembly that 90 percent of cardiac arrest occurs outside of the hospital. This served as his motivation for creating the club.

One more wish was also hinted at – snow at Great Oak – but how it is granted will be a surprise.

"The goal is the day we get back from break," says Mr. Don Skaggs, Activities Director at Great Oak.

Thatís just an additional incentive to not stretch out those Christmas break vacations.



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