By Michele Dotson
Although Independence High School Assistant Principal John Trela officially retired last June, he has continued to announce home football games as he has done for the past 10 years.
“I’ve enjoyed it more than I can tell you,” says Trela. “To me, it’s just so much fun. Seeing the kids on the field, and then going on to see them in college games, and then some of them on Monday night football; it’s thrilling.”
This year has been a bit of a challenge for Trela, who was diagnosed three years ago with polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder in which clusters of noncancerous cysts develop within the kidneys.
“Once I was diagnosed, I was put immediately on the list for a transplant,” he says.
Trela’s sister suffered from the same disorder and received her transplant about four years ago.
“We had a game against West Meck on a Thursday,” says Trela. “I knew I was close to the top of the list so I figured I’d wait it out here.”
Trela’s wife Cathy has held a position at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY for about two and a half years and the two have commuted back and forth until John’s official retirement. He took the time in Charlotte to ready their house for the market and finish packing for a final move once he recovered from the impending surgery. Continue reading
PHOTOS BY MICHELE DOTSON
Ethan Todd from Kannapolis (left) and Jost Epley from Lexington, NC, both 13, work on preparing blank rounds for demonstrations. Todd has been involved with Civil War re-enactments since he was five years old. Epley got involved last April after his uncle brought him to a re-enactment near Lexington.
By Michele Dotson
Rocky River High’s First Annual Raven Fest was held on Thursday, October 31, from 12:30-2:05 pm. The school’s student government sponsored the event as a way to celebrate their achievements and share their school spirit.
“We wanted to celebrate our students and our successes,” says Assistant Principal Quintin Chiles. “This is the first year all of our students are Ravens; from freshmen to seniors.”
The outdoor celebration included music provided by the school band, booths displays from various school clubs, food, games, and prizes.
“We have so much to celebrate,” says math teacher Amy Regan, “Our football team is 10th in the state, we had a 90 percent graduation rate last year, our students placed first in the Special Olympics, and our ROTC program is huge and highly rated.”
Rocky River High School is located at 10505 Clear Creek Commerce Drive in Mint Hill. The school first opened in August, 2010, and students welcomed the opportunity to share their school spirit as a unified student body.