Archives by Month: July 2019
After bringing home two gold medals and one silver medal from the 2019 Special Olympic Summer Games, Zach’s medal count has reached an impressive 70 medals! Zach has been competing since 6th grade and has become quite the athlete. His favorite sports to participate in are swimming, basketball and track and field.
At the end of the school year, Zach graduated from the ACT Program at Olentangy. Throughout the program he gained employment experience at Panera Bread Co. and We Rock the Spectrum. After working with Zach through the ACT Program, both companies hired Zach to work for them. Zach was the first student from the ACT Program to be hired to work at the Lewis Center Panera. While Zach enjoyed his job at Panera very much, Zach chose to allow more time for college and work solely for We Rock the Spectrum.
Since graduation, Zach has enrolled in Columbus State to pursue a degree in Early Childhood. After meeting with Zach, it is clear he has a true passion for working with children. We asked Zack how he helps children at work and he said, “When a kid is having a difficult time I take them to the calming room.” Zach went on to explain how he takes time to understand what the child needs and how he can help them feel better. Zach is known to many of the children at We Rock the Spectrum as “the funny man.” If you’ve ever met Zach, you’d know why. He has an infectious smile and exudes happiness. Zach is a compassionate teacher that any student would be lucky to have.
Outside of his work and school, Zach enjoys watching movies, reading comics, traveling and playing video games with his friends. He loves learning about historical events and visiting different battle fields. His ability to rattle off movie trivia and historical facts is remarkable. We asked Zach’s mom what she would like people to know about him and she said, “That he is smart, hardworking, friendly, and has a great sense of humor.” We couldn’t agree more! We know Zach is destined for great things and we look forward to seeing where he goes next!
Passionate, adventurous, and determined are just a few of the words we would use to describe John. After 25 years of service, John retired from his beloved job at Orton Ceramic in 2015 after being diagnosed with cancer. Loving his job and the people he worked with, John had hoped to work for 30 years. While his cancer diagnosis interfered with this plan, John remains connected with his former coworkers and has not let his diagnosis keep him from living his best life.
John’s life is impressively busy. Passionate about volunteering, John works at Big Walnut’s Friends Who Share every Monday morning sorting clothes for people and families in need. His commitment to service doesn’t end there. John is also an active member of his church, St. John Neumann, sings in the choir, and is a Fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
In addition to volunteering, John stays active through various hobbies. John is a very talented woodworker and has created many pieces of furniture for his home. He is also quite skilled at model trains and was proud to show us his latest additions to his train sets. John also loves to travel. Whenever he crosses into a new state, he likes to film himself walking over the state line. The story of John would not be complete if we didn’t convey his passion for Ohio State. John enjoys cheering on the buckeyes and even has in own cheerleading uniform to share his spirit. He hopes that someday he can meet head coach Ryan Day.
John’s positive nature is enjoyed by everyone who interacts with him. His smile is contagious and spreads joy wherever he goes. We continued to be amazed by all that John is able to fit into a week and we can’t wait to see where he travels to next!