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Rio Seco School Awarded Santee Kiwanis Perpetual Trophy at Junior Olympics

Photo Credit: Kiwanis Club of Santee
Photo Credit: Kiwanis Club of Santee
Written by Douglas Key, president of the Kiwanis Club of Santee


The Kiwanis Club of Santee's Annual Junior Olympics was held at Santana High School. Fourth through eighth grade student athletes from Santee Schools competed in various track and field events. 

Grade levels 6 through 8, from each school, competed for the Santee Kiwanis Perpetual Trophy.

The Santee Kiwanis Perpetual Trophy was won by Rio Seco School, the second time they have won this coveted trophy.  Representatives from the Kiwanis Club of Santee presented the perpetual trophy to Rio Seco at an assembly on June 13.

The turnout and support could not have been better. Coaches, teachers and other helpers went far beyond the call to make this a success. The athletic staff at Santana High School, with support of many of their students, also “made the day.”

This was truly a community gathering and it was so nice to see the polite but competitive atmosphere. It was inspiring to see children from different schools and ethnicities hugging and congratulating each other. The cheering was loud but I think the cheers were loudest for those who were not quite as fast as others but continued to race to the line.  

All participants received “participation ribbons” while blue, red and white ribbons were presented to the first, second and third place finishers. From this writer’s perspective, all participants were winners - the game of life is won by those who try, not by those who sit back and watch.  

Laura Baase June 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM
What a great event!
Neal June 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM
How does one win the Perpetual Trophy. Most participants, or best finishes? I'm assuming the trophy goes on forever.

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