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‘Hurricane’ inspirational

Disaster: Movie about students displaced by Katrina shows football player’s selflessn

Posted: March 9, 2010 10:45 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Last Wednesday, I was given the opportunity to see the documentary called, "Hurricane Season: Walking on Dead Fish."

After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, many students were displaced because their school was destroyed in the storm.

Many lost their homes, families, schools and structures. East Saint John High School (ESJ) was a nearby school that was able to reopen soon after the disaster and accepted many of the children that needed a school.

Some of the displaced students came out for the football team, and they were welcomed by Coach Larry Dauterive but were told that they would have to earn their starting position on the team. This was hard for not only the displaced students, but for the seasoned ESJ returnees as well. It was like starting over for most of the players, who were the stars of the team at their former schools.

Stanley was a student at ESJ and was looking forward to his senior football season and the opportunity to go to college on a scholarship. He had a starting position on the team and Dauterive said Stanley was always willing to work with any position. However, a junior named Johnny Owens was a displaced student from Brother Martin who was good with the ball and exceptionally fast.

The team began to improve and the reached the Sectional Championship. It was vital for East Saint John to bring its A game if it was going to take the title. Stanley knew that Johnny was a better player, so with the team's interest in mind, he selflessly relinquished his starting position to the junior. Stanley ultimately gave up a college scholarship because he wanted to see his football team become successful.

Stanley is an example to every aspiring athlete and leader. As captain of the team, he put the team's success over his own. As a teenager, he was able to make the mature decision to give up his position. Stanley did not need the spotlight - he wanted the light to shine on his team, and by doing that he became a hero to his team and a role model to others. His selfless leadership would be an inspiration on a high school campus. He reminded us that heroes are not made in the act of selfishness but in the willingness to make others shine brighter than yourself.

"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership," Nelson Mandela

Amber Murakami is a senior at Saugus High School.


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