November 11, 2016
ISD students joined a community celebration for Veterans Day on November 11,
2016, at the Granbury Resort Conference Center.
during the program were the Granbury Marine Corps JROTC color guard and the
Acton Middle School honors band and choir.
The music ensemble performed several patriotic pieces, including a
medley of Armed Forces songs to conclude the festivities.
High School junior Brian Hall was named the winner of an essay contest among
Hood County secondary school students.
contest’s objective stated, “Many students think Veterans Day is simply a day
to “celebrate” a day off from school. They don’t realize it is instead a ‘celebration
to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and
willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.’ The objective of this
contest is to help students understand the true meaning of this day.”
essay is framed and will be displayed in the Hood County Courthouse over the
next year. The text of his entry
Day Means to Me
This is dedicated to my former
math teacher, Mr. [Steven Blocher, teacher at Manitou Springs High School in
Manitou Springs, Colorado].
The class sighs and groans
knowing that this year's math class will be terrible and boring, but little did
we know that our teacher is the most inspirational man I have known. Mr.
Blocher enters the class, and the first thing he says is, "Before we start
class, I want you all to know that I will dedicate everything to helping you be
successful, and I will give my life for any of you." Already, I know that Mr.
Blocher is not just your average teacher, he is an inspiration. But what I did not
know is that he is a hero.
I spent nearly half a year
in his class before I knew that our teacher was a national hero. How I found out is when I
saw his iPad screensaver. It was him wearing
an Air Force uniform shaking the President's hand, George W. Bush. I then did a little research and found out that
Mr. Blocher served 8 years in the Air Force before
he was shot down in his plane by an enemy. He was then tortured for two weeks straight
and then saved by the United States Air Force Reserve team.
After that, he tried to live
a normal life, but he had the shell-shock disorder where he had intense flashbacks
of him being tortured and going crazy. This was a very serious problem, but it did
not stop him from being what he wanted to be: a teacher. He later got special
treatment from a specialist in therapy. Now, Mr. Blocher could go on to teach in
Even though this happened
decades ago, he still has to listen to relaxing and calming music to keep relaxed.
Mr. Blocher was also the most calm, amazing teacher I have ever had. This shows
me that no matter what you have been through, you can always accomplish your
dreams. Mr. Blocher did, and he is still
one of the best teachers at the high school where he teaches.
Mr. Blocher, you are an inspiration.
GISD campus-level winners were: Megan
Bednarz, Acton Middle School; Madison Bills, Granbury Middle School.