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Two Memorable Events

Allison F. Borchers, Principal

April 2, 2017

It seems to me that every week at the middle school is exciting in some way, but last week proved particularly memorable thanks to two important guests.

On Tuesday, Travis Roy, former Boston University hockey player and the author of Eleven Seconds,  shared his inspiring story with our 8th graders.  After working very hard to achieve his goal of playing on BU’s varsity hockey team as a freshman, Mr. Roy suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury just eleven seconds after starting his first college game. 

Mr. Roy has visited Thurston annually for the past ten years, thank to the generous support of our PTO, and his message never fails to make an impression on our students. This year, he talked about the importance of setting goals and two characteristics needed to achieve whatever goals you set:  a desire to see just how good you can be and a sense of pride that comes from knowing you tried your best.  

On Wednesday, WHS senior Hannah Paterson ran a great engineering workshop for about 40 Thurston students.  Hannah introduced the field of biomedical engineering, and challenged students in mixed grade teams to design a prosthetic leg out of an assortment of (mostly recycled) materials:  everything form 2 liter soda bottles to PVC pipe. Armed with ingenuity, duct tape and hot glue guns, our teams of aspiring engineers went to work and the results were awesome.  

Hannah's first workshop filled up within days of being advertised, so she has graciously agreed to offer another session.  More information will be coming out soon, so watch your inboxes!


Pictures from both events are now available in our web site photo gallery.  

Allison F. Borchers, Principal

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