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Leadership Lite


Brotherly Rivals
Brothers David and Ricky Edison have a long-standing competitive streak that’s been ratcheted up a few notches since both now serve as superintendents of close-by school districts in the football-mad haven of Texas. They lead the tiny Abbott and Aquilla districts, respectively, both situated north of Waco.

David’s been the superintendent in Aquilla for three years, but since Ricky got his appointment to the top job in Abbott in April 2011, the varsity football showdown last October was the first with them representing opposite sides among the longtime school rivals. Their small high schools, each with about 300 students, play six-man football in the same athletic conference, and the 2011 contest was promoted as the “Marquee Matchup” of the week by a Waco television station.

The two brothers watched the game together in the end zone as Aquilla’s high school earned the bragging rights for the year, 31-24. They will renew the rivalry on Nov. 9.

Unusual School Mascot
Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, takes its nickname — the Tarblooders — from the men who worked on building the railroads in the early 20th century.

Those workers, according to High School Today magazine, would look as if they were sweating tar after driving stakes into railroad beds, causing the tar to splatter.

They became a symbol of hard workers when the school adopted the nickname in 1919.

(Source: National Federation of State High School Associations)

Cheering All These Years
Trudy Arriaga, the superintendent in Ventura, Calif., turned back the clock on her wardrobe by a few decades.

Arriaga, who is a graduate of the Ventura schools, showed up on stage recently in her old cheerleader uniform, along with spike-heeled boots and a flower headdress. The occasion for the throwback duds was the year’s major fundraiser for the Ventura Education Partnership.

“This is my uniform from when I was head cheerleader at Ventura High School, mixed with a little bit of the flower child. Some things haven’t changed. I’m still Ventura’s biggest cheerleader. But when I put on this outfit, I realized a lot had changed,” Arriaga joked during an interview with the Ventura County Star. She acknowledged she let down the hem of her original skirt, which she wore over black tights.

Favoring a Neutral Tone
Kurt Wachholz’s attire requires special attention on certain workdays. Those would be whenever the superintendent of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in West Allis, Wis., decides to attend a sports event involving Central and Hale, his district’s two high schools, in head-to-head battle.

Not wanting to favor either the Bulldogs or the Huskies, the schools’ canine nicknames, Wachholz tends to wear a shirt that references both schools.

During basketball season, according to an account in the Milwaukee Journal, Wachholz favors “a two-tone shirt split down the middle with Central maroon on one side and Hale green on the other.” When the two schools’ square off on the gridiron, out of the closet comes a maroon and green jacket.

Wachholz maintains quite the wardrobe for athletic events. He serves as a volunteer coach by skipping his lunch break in order to help both schools’ track and field teams, a sport he coached for 30 years before moving into the superintendency. He is also a graduate of the West Allis schools. 



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