Through these times of uncertainty, Excalibur Yearbook will certainly continue to Bring to Light the stories of CPHS in this year’s book. Along with the creation of this year’s book, Excalibur will cover the happenings of our community with the addition of a Coronavirus Coverage page. This page will cover the stories of students, businesses and anyone in the Crown Point community who are connecting in this time of physical disconnect.
Students and other members of our community have been going above and beyond to help. We will be highlighting these people through stories written by our staff. These people are making a difference, each in their own unique ways.
Breeann Mild – Saving Lives as a Senior
In this new decade, things are truly different. After all of the New Year celebrations, things started to take a turn. It soon became apparent that this year the world was going to change. Things started changing for the worse and people started stepping up to help. People like Breeann Mild (12) who works as an EMT for Elite Ambulance.
“My job is very important right now. [It] allows for prehospital care and a safer mode of transportation for the patient to a healthcare facility,” Mild said. “Being an EMT allows the flexibility of providing care in different places that might need extra health care help.”
Medical care is crucial during this pandemic, and so is taking precautions to make sure this virus doesn’t spread more than it already has. With the states enforcing shelter-in-place guidelines, the spread is slowing down, but the cautionary measures are only going up.
“Before my partner and I enter any nursing home, hospital or health facility we have to have a temperature taken and fill out forms that ask questions about symptoms and if we had any possibility of contact with the virus. We are also required to wear N-95 masks when we enter any facility.”
Anyone can have an impact during this time by staying home, showing their support, and wearing a mask when they go outside. Mild has made an impact by helping those in need.
“I think I have made an impact during this time by preventing the need for patients to expose themselves to others by transporting them by ambulance.”
Story By: Alexis Proudman
Jacob Woods – Isolated but Not Alone
Adjusting to our new normal can be hard, and the normal everyday lives of people have drastically been changed to fit a new “Social Distanced” world. Jacob Woods (12) is struck hard with the changes to his normal life.
“It’s been very isolated,” Woods said, “Everyday I come home from anything I need to take off everything in the garage before I come in, and when it comes to my parents it’s even stricter.” Both Woods Mother and Step-father work in the healthcare industry at St. Catherine Hospital in Chicago.
“Recently they have been given some time off, but when they are out working, they’re gone for about 10-12 hours at a time, leaving me home alone,” Woods said.
While alone at home, Woods has been trying to keep himself busy. “I’ve been keeping up with school work, brushing up on some graphic design, running on the treadmill and a lot of gaming,” Woods said.
Now more than ever it is important to make sure we keep ourselves entertained. Not everyone has a sibling or parents around to keep each other entertained. It’s important to stay strong and keep yourself occupied in these hard times.
Story By: Tyler Kaufman
Ethan Kvachkoff – Big Catch of Quarantine
Ethan Kvachkoff (12) has used this situation to take some time and connect with the outdoors. Although Kvachkoff has been spending most of his time social distancing, he has also gotten the opportunity to take his dog on walks and fish in his neighborhood pond.
“I like to pass the time by fighting my inner demons… of fishing. I always go back to this one pond that the owners take such good care for. I have been trying to catch this one fish for the longest time and each time. I go back and try to hook the monster carp,” Kvachkoff said.
Kvachkoff has been fishing since he was a kid with his brothers and their grandpa. “Being in quarantine, it’s really all I can do because it’s such a personal sport and you really don’t need anyone to fish with, ” Kvachkoff said.
Although Kavachkoff prefers to fish with his friends and family, his solo trips are what’s keeping him busy and outside during this time of isolation.
Story by: Mia Augsburger