22 • The Beacon November 11 , 2021
Youth share thoughts on veterans
By Jen Jones
With Veterans Day approaching , several area youth shared their thoughts about veterans they know or about the bravery of all veterans .
Braidee Slaughter , 13 , said , “ My greatgrandfather is a veteran , and the word I would use to describe him is selfless .”
Emme Dreher , 8 , said a veteran is “ a person willing to risk their life for the freedom of our country .”
Stella Dreher , 6 , said , “ They are heroes .”
Fletcher Dreher ,
4 , said , “ A veteran is strong and brave .”
E l e v e n - y e a r - o l d Noah Warren Smoulder is very proud of being named after a veteran . “ I think veterans are brave people , and I think it ’ s cool I was named after a veteran , my great-pappy , Warren Hunt . He was a medic in World War II and helped people who were wounded .”
Gabby Schlabach , 14 , said veterans are brave because they want to protect or help the United States . “ What makes them
brave enough to do it is the fact they get into it when they know they may not survive , or they do survive it and are traumatized or with a disability . A simple way to put it is they are risking their lives to save American lives .”
Regan Foster enjoys hearing stories her uncle , Don Foster , shares with her . “ I think it was a cool , brave , heroic thing for him to join the Army . His stories are interesting , and I learned interesting facts about the job , like that he was a military police soldier of the year and top sniper .”
“ My dad , Travis Brill , is a U . S . Marine . Over the years he ’ s shared many stories with me — devastating , heroic and some happy
Travis Brill is pictured with his daughter Cami Brill , who was 4 months old when he came home from Iraq in October 2005 . He was deployed when she was born . Having a dad who is a veteran is a source of pride for now 16-year-old Cami .
ones . They taught me to really appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made . I ’ ve grown up to love our country and the men and women who serve it ,” said Cami Brill , 16 .
Athletes receive volleyball honors
District 5 Volleyball Coaches Association All-Stars were recently voted on by the coaches . Included on the list are the following :
Div . II athletes : Kayla Dulgar , junior , River View , first team ; Ashley Newell , senior , River View , first team ; and Cayla Shrimplin , junior , River View , honorable mention .
Dulgar also is the DII Player of the Year , and her coach Rose Olinger is the Coach of the Year .
Div . II athletes honored are as follows : Hannah Maust , senior , Ridgewood , first team ; Ella Matusik , senior , Ridgewood , first team ; Jalynn West , junior , Coshocton , first team ; Lindsay Bryant , junior , Coshocton , second team ; Miyah Davis , junior , Coshocton , second team ; Kaelynn Robinson , junior , Ridgewood , second team ; Ella Bible , senior , Coshocton , honorable mention ; and Karissa Gress , senior , Ridgewood , honorable mention .
This District 5 Volleyball Coaches Association also announced its McDonald ’ s All-Star Match . The event will take place Sunday , Nov . 14 at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School at 6 p . m . Admission is $ 3 for adults and $ 2 for students with a maximum charge of $ 10 per family household .
Coshocton County will be represented by Ashley Newell , River View ; Hannah Maust , Ridgewood ; and Ella Matusik , Ridgewood . River View ’ s Rose Olinger will be one of the east team coaches .
Lightsaber battle held at River View event
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River View High School ’ s music department hosted a Disney character breakfast on Oct . 30 at the school . Pictured providing a little entertainment with a lightsaber battle are senior Liam Stevens-Woolery , sophomores Georgia Haines and Jaden Hunley , and freshman Will Cullison . The event was held to help raise funds for the students ’ trip to Disney World this coming summer .