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YMCA - Waukee Middle School Collaborate to Develop Healthy Leaders and Community

















On Monday, March 21, the YMCA had the opportunity to host the student ambassadors from the Waukee Middle School and South Middle School for a day of leadership development, community building, and educating kids on their fitness levels. About 60 6th and 7th graders participated in the program in 2 large groups. Mike Havlik from the Des Moines Y-Camp taught kids components of his “communities” program focusing on team work, self confidence, and leadership. YMCA Wellness Director Ami Bolles, spent time helping kids measure and record information on their fitness levels including stretching, sit ups, push ups, body fat composition, and heart rate. There was also time for open play with open swim, wallyball, and basketball.

Chris Bergman, Waukee Extended Learning Teacher, said, “The kids (and teachers) had a wonderful experience. I am sure that the leadership lessons learned today will serve the kids well in the future.”

Here are some comments from the students who participated in the event.

Bryce Hingst: “The leadership games taught me that we need to learn from our mistakes because they will impact our daily life.”

Maddie Green- “The experience made me think hard about the simple things in life.”

Hailey Buzynski- “Teamwork was emphasized all day long.”

Taylor Luther- “Doing the little things right can make life simpler.”

Char Halley- “Learning these leadership skills makes a big impact on the community.”

Maddie Pals- “One thing I took away was that you can learn from others' mistakes; life is too short to make them all yourself.”

Team Spirit is Golden in YMCA Swimming!

107 Waukee Family YMCA Swim Team attended the 2011 Iowa Y State Meet on March 5 & 6 at the Marshalltown Community YMCA!

Team spirit was alive amongst all the swimmers and parents as they swam in their last YMCA Meet this season! The Waukee Family YMCA Rays came home 2011 Y State Champions! We were champions this weekend in so many ways! The parents were all dressed in GOLD cheering loudly and enthusiastically for all the Rays swimmers. The swimmers cheered each other on, went out and swam the best they could and achieved many personal best times!

Jordan Reinard and Kaytlin Tippin were recognized as part of the 2011 Iowa YMCA All-Star Team for exemplifying character. Jordan and Kaytlin were nominated by their coaches because of their passion in and out of the pool. There leadership is outstanding, taking an active role in a lifelong sport and modeling service to community.

9 State Records were broken this weekend by Waukee YMCA Rays Swimmers:

  • 9-10 Medley Relay – Madeline Huntley, Abigail Heimlicher, Kayla Rinderknecht, Emily Baeth – 2:11.61 (broke a 2005 State Record)

  • 9-10 Free Relay – Emily Baeth, Kayla Rinderknecht, Alex Thorson, Madeline Huntley – 1:55.76 (broke a 1977 State Record)

  • 12 - Over 50 Fly – Maddie Gehrke – 26.55 (broke a 2010 State Record)

  • 13-14 100 Backstroke – Jenny Brown – 59.59 (broke a 2009 State Record)

  • 12 and Over 200 Freestyle – Jenny Brown – 1:58.19 (broke a 1980 State Record)

  • 12 and Over 500 Freestyle – Jenny Brown – 5:12.12 (broke a 1975 State Record)

  • 13-14 Medley Relay – Jenny Brown, Tori Bussanmas, Maddie Gehrke, Maddison McCormick – 1:56.71 (broke a 2005 State Record)

  • 11-12 Medley Relay – Cameron Briggs, Josh Rinderknecht, Jacob Heimlicher, Jackson Kuhlers – 1:59.65 (broke a 2008 State Record)

  • 12 – Over 100 Breast – Jordan Reinard – 1:03.58 (broke a 2004 State Record)

85 swimmers are now training for the 2011 MYAS Midwest Regional Championship at the University of Minnesota in April.