New Coronado student president eyes 5K run as Homecoming Parade fundraiser
The Cougar senior-to-be has been working with outgoing President Daniel Wandeler on preliminary plans for the new race.
Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, the annual parade traditionally goes east on Colorado Avenue - which gets closed for the occasion - between 29th Street and Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. More than 30 entries are typically in view during the roughly half-hour procession, including marching groups, bands and floats decorated by clubs, sports teams and Coronado feeder schools.
The fees paid by entrants in a pre-parade 5K would help cover increasing parade costs, according to Coronado Principal Darin Smith.
The race could also boost attendance for the event, Tegan suggested during an interview with Wandeler and himself. The parade usually attracts mainly Westside students, parents, staff and alumni. With runners also involved, it would “bring a lot of positivity to the parade and involve more of the community,” he said.
Race details, including the route, are to be worked out in the coming months.
In terms of the school as a whole, both incoming and outgoing presidents share a common interest: school spirit. Wandeler had made increased spirit a key goal for his year as president. He feels he succeeded, with noticeably more students going to dances and participating in the Harvest of Love donations for Care and Share.
But Tegan would like to do even better. He said he's looking for ways to make school activities a “fun experience” that more students want to get involved in.
Wandeler competed in soccer and baseball and was a member of the Inter-national Awareness Club. He plans to attend CU Boulder as a computer science major.
Tegan attended Bates Elementary and then Russell and Holmes middle schools. At Coronado, he has run track and cross-country and helped found an environmental club, called the Green Team.
Coronado elects its student presidents, as well as a cabinet of officers, in the latter part of its spring semester. They work on school activities, getting help at times from those enrolled in an elective class on student government.
Tegan has ideas for new student initiatives, including a school garden that he hopes can come together through his environmental club. Produce from the garden would go to “food-insecure” students, according to Tegan, in conjunction with the school's existing Cougars Care program that helps low-income student families.
Coronado High is the Westside's flagship high school at 1590 W. Filllmore St.
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