Ogden column: Get your thinking caps on, tell a story

JR Ogden
Published: December 8 2013 | 4:00 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:36 am in
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This always is a special and busy time of year in sports — championship games in college football leading to bowl announcements, a sprinkling of meaningful matchups in the NFL and the transition from one season to the next.

This also is a great time of year for me — a time when our weekly “Your Page” returns to the Sports section after taking a knee during the college football season.

It feels good to be back.

So, once again, I ask you — what’s your story? This is the place for you to write about your passions, your neighbors, friends or family members. If you are not familiar with “Your Page,” we started this project in November 2011 and published our first page Dec. 18.

Honestly, we didn’t know what to expect, but the response has been, at times, overwhelming.

Since that initial page — highlighted by a feature on a local go-cart racer — we have published stories about auto racers and runners, birders and triathletes, cyclists and wrestlers.

We have a stable of regular contributors, including Erin Moeller and her wonderful running (and life) tips, Steve Charters teaching us how to improve our golf games and Jason Clark. a newcomer in 2013 with great triathlon training tips.

Today, we kick off with another great tale from Team 99 Counties, aka Daren Schumaker (who has run across 47 counties with Dennis Lee). Schumaker has a talent for weaving a little wisdom into each of his running stories. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

So, what’s your story? We’d love to add your name to our growing list of community contributors.

The other half of this project is our high school journalism program, which seeks contributions from aspiring journalists at high schools all over Eastern Iowa.

I just entered my third year of visiting area high schools and will make my 25th stop this school year next week at Williamsburg. If I haven’t already, I’d like to visit your school and talk about the program and work with students who may (or may not) be thinking about a career in media.

We have had many excellent stories this year, including a wonderful tale from North-Linn senior Hanna Adams about her twin sister and a heart-wrenching piece by Clayton Ridge junior Taylor Schaefers about how the football team rallied around her after her brother was killed in a car accident.

This program is more than just sports, too. We’ve had several “news” stories posted at www.thegazette.com, including one on the dangers of technology by Dyersville Beckman senior Jacqueline Ehrlich, our first “seasonal” winner of a Google Nexus tablet.

If you want your name in our next drawing, all you have to do is send your stories or photos to me at the email address below.


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