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RES Student Scores Night as VR Basketball Team Captain

Honorary captain leads team through the victory tunnel.

Aaron Kopiej, a first-grader at Remington Elementary School, has learned that hard work in the classroom can provide big pay-offs. He was recently invited to serve as honorary team captain for the Vista Ridge High School boys basketball varsity team on Jan. 21.

Aaron worked extra hard to improve his reading skills, and his teacher, Mrs. Myers, wanted to reward his work ethic and perseverance. Knowing that Aaron likes basketball, she asked her son, Jacob, a member of the VR basketball team, to come read with Aaron or shoot hoops with him. When Jacob heard about the idea, he said, "Mom, I think I can do better than that." He teamed up with Vista Ridge Basketball Coach Joe Hites, and together, they brainstormed the idea of naming Aaron honorary captain for an upcoming game.

Aaron received a backpack full of Wolves gear and an official team poster before the game. All players signed the poster, and Coach Hites included a special message, "Keep working hard to make your dreams come alive!"

The honorary captain led the team onto the court for the match-up, participated in the pre-game huddle, and sat with his new friends on the bench.

Vista Ridge chalked up a win against the Rampart Rams, and Aaron led the boys through the victory tunnel like the star of the game.

Thank you to the Vista Ridge Boys Basketball Team for making a lasting impression on Aaron, and to Mrs. Myers for supporting and recognizing her young learner. District 49 is grateful to have such caring staff members on board!

Aaron holds his poster of the VR boys basketball team.. Aaron and the boys stack hands before the game.. Aaron fist pumps with another player.

Amy Matisek