Students in Mary Arnott's second grade class stood in front of their schoolmates Friday Dec. 3, holding posters and note cards as they prepared to introduce some special guests. Standing off to the side, looking larger than life in their state championship shirts, were members of the Lakers boys' championship soccer team.
Passing a microphone, the second graders took turns describing the championship season and introducing the players. (They read from carefully prepared cards).
The cards said:
"This year the Skaneateles Boys' Soccer team was AWESOME! They won all 22 games they played giving them 22 wins and 0 losses. The team's last game was played on Sunday, Nov. 21against Burke Catholic. Skaneateles won that game 1 to 0. They were State Champions! This is the first time the Skaneateles boys' soccer team has won a State Championship. We want to introduce the State Champion Skaneateles Lakers to you for Laker Pride Day."
Then they did the names, calling the boys up one by one.
"Congratulations to the State Champions for 2010, Skaneateles Lakers! We want to lead you in two cheers. When I hold up this sign, you all say WE ARE! And, when I hold up this sign say THE LAKERS! Ready...This time when I hold up this sign say LAKERS ARE. And when I hold up this sign, say NUMBER 1!"
The second graders had the entire gym cheering.
Co-Captain Jeff Higman talked to the crowd, saying "it is great to be on a team ... when you work together and love each other."
Assistant Coach Pete O'Connor said the coaches worked hard "to show these players how to work hard and to have fun." They aren't just good athletes ... they are good people, he said.
Incorporating the character education focus at Waterman, he said the players are "good athletes ... good guys ... and they do a good job of taking care of themselves, and others and their school."