David Douglas’ IES students on the run, for money and fun

Exactly why were all of these kids out walking and running in the rain? Take a look and you’ll find why they put their backs (and legs) into this special program …

David Douglas High School senior David Dwyer, who’s in the Industrial and Engineering Systems program, sets a brisk pace as he circles Palermini Field’s track.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Even though blowing wind and rain didn’t really provide weather suitable for an outdoor event, more than 60 students involved in the David Douglas High School Industrial and Engineering Systems (IES) program still walked, jogged, and ran, on Saturday, March 14.

“This is our Second Annual IES Run,” explained one of the department’s construction and electronics instructors, Bill Ekroth. “The students go out and get pledges – then they walk or run a 3.2K or a 5K race. All of the pledge money goes to scholarships for our department.”

Greg Carradine, automotive teacher and Chair of the school’s IES Department, supervises the event with fellow instructor Bill Ekroth.

“These scholarships are important,” Ekroth continued, “because trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities are expensive. With this event, we can provide two or three scholarships every year.”

Last year, the event raised a little over $1,500, and provided three scholarships. “I hope we’ll be able to do the same again this year,” Ekroth said.

The winners of the 2nd Annual IES Race: DDHS senior Jared Drendel won 1st place; senior Nate Hill took 2nd place; and junior Vasiliy Dikov was awarded 3rd place at the event.

© 2009 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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