Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warriors on the `Path of Pride' to Stir Spirit

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Warriors on the `Path of Pride' to Stir Spirit

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A spirit as proud as that of the Indian warrior is echoing through the halls at Winfield High School. A "Path of Pride" has begun to wind its way through the school.

Seeds of pride and spirit were planted at Winfield High when Bob Arkfeld began as principal 5 1/2 months ago. He noticed that something was missing from the school. The 7-year-old, comfortably modern structure was well-maintained. The locker doors were spotless, the walls freshly painted.

But there was little on those clean walls to show the students' pride and school spirit. He organized several meetings with teachers and then students. They agreed that the creativity, pride and self-satisfaction of the students and the teachers were being hidden, Arkfeld said. They cleaned out closets and found 20 district championship plaques for athletic achievements that none of them knew about. They also found trophies tucked out of sight, including one for a 1980 state baseball championship. Nothing in the school indicated the school's mascot, the Indian warrior, except a framed painting set aside and forgotten in the school cafeteria. Once the new seeds of pride and spirit were planted, they grew quickly. Arkfeld had the painting of the warrior hung on the gym wall. Brandon Schilling, 18, a junior; and Steve Wilder, 18, a senior, set to work hanging the 20 district championship plaques in the entryway. Winfield High art teacher Ed O'Brien and his students took on the bulk of what those at the school began to refer to as the school's "Path of Pride." When it is completed, the path will go from one end of the building to the other. At the path's beginning, photographs of graduated classes now hanging near the ceiling in the library will be rehung in the hallways where they can be seen more easily. Murals will be painted between them. "The building was so new we didn't want to touch it," O'Brien said. "We're going to start touching it now," he said. Opposite the district championship plaques in the entry will be a wall of academic achievements, with National Honor Society letters and plaques and pictures of current members. …

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