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Mtn. Grove High School Arena dedication held Friday

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Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 1:24 pm

The entire student body and community members gathered Friday morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Mountain Grove High School Arena.

In his introductory remarks, Assistant Superintendent Tom Johns pointed out that “for the first time in school history, we have an inside location where we are able to seat over 2,000 people.”

“This is the fourth high school gymnasium in school history. The first one lasted about 16 years. The second gym lasted about 30 years. Our current gym has lasted about 50 years. We believe this arena will surpass all of those,” he stated.

Johns thanked former superintendent Bridget Williams and the school board for their contributions in making the project possible. Johns also recognized the building’s architect, Sam Winn and contractor ,Greg Crawford Construction, and area businesses that contributed over $200,000 in assistance to support the arena.

“The future of this gym is sitting in this building right now...strong bodies and strong minds go together. We strive for the young adult that leaves this school and goes into the world pursuing their future--to be a well-rounded individual. They will get all that and more while attending Mountain Grove R-3 Schools. The education and strength of our young people is the ultimate goal. People living and working in the large area that encompasses the school district will lead to the stability of the city of Mountain Grove. Some might say we don’t need a state-of-the art gymnasium in our small town. Who’s to say Mountain Grove will stay small? The city of Mountain Grove will thrive with the on-going growth of the Mountain Grove School District...we believe Mountain Grove Schools-and this new facility-are an important part of the greater Mountain Grove community and add to our character and quality of life,” school board president Howard Hawkins stated.

“As I look around this wonderful facility and all the people inside, I ask myself what makes a building? Some of you may believe it is the size, or the price, or the amenities that make a building exceptional. I believe it is the people who will make this building exceptional. The people who will walk inside these walls and play games or musical instruments in this gym, those who will teach and coach in this building, and those who will learn inside this arena. All of these groups will define this facility, because buildings don’t make a school or a community, people do,” retired superintendent Bridget Williams stated in the keynote address.

“Students, all of you K-12, and those that will follow you, will determine what this building becomes. You will learn and play here. You will achieve dreams here. You are the beginning of what the future holds, not just for this arena, but for our community. I encourage you to work hard and always strive to accomplish your goals and create memories here. Teachers and educators, all of you will decide what this arena will become and how it will be used. Your determination to teach and for students to learn will help define this arena. You have so many opportunities to use this facility for conferences, professional development, parent nights, and education. I encourage you to use it for learning and promoting education throughout this area. Community members and parents, you have an opportunity to create a place for learning and networking that others will want to use in their communities. This place will be used for your meetings, conferences, concerts and items we can’t even begin to name or imagine. I encourage you to use the building for events in the future,” she added.

“You have been given this opportunity. You may listen to middle school and high school band and choir concerts performed here, including conference and district performances. You will have the opportunity to watch volleyball and basketball games, and celebrate wins and tournament championships. In addition, you will be able to participate in community events held here. It is our dream that this arena will become a place for students, educators, parents and community members to use and make history here. Remember, it will be the people that create the arena, without you it is only a building, with you it is a future that holds great opportunities,” she concluded.