A young man for all seasons

ELDRED, NY—When Eldred senior Catlan Sardina looks up at the banner in his school’s gymnasium, the one that commemorates last spring’s Division V and Section 9 track championships, he beams with pride. He was a key part of that milestone 8-0 season, which will long be remembered in the annals of Eldred’s long and illustrious sports history.

“Someday I’ll come back here with my own kids, show them this banner and tell them about how their dad was a part of something special,” Sardina mused.

A three-season runner who works relentlessly to give his team every ounce of his effort throughout cross-country, indoor and outdoor track, Sardina is not the school’s fastest runner, but he is unquestionably vital to the team’s success.

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Living and working in the land of plenty

When I was growing up, my parents believed that hard work would lead to prosperity. To a degree this was true as they worked their way out of the city and bought a home in the suburbs. However, even with my Dad’s three jobs and my Mom’s job, they struggled to pay the mortgage, buy food and keep the creditors quiet. They were what are now called the “working poor.”

There is something inherently wrong with that phrase. If you work, you should not be poor. No one ever said it was easy, but it could be easier for a lot of our fellow citizens.

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