Child advocate wants proper correctional facility for juveniles

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Child advocate wants proper correctional facility for juveniles by: – April 7, 2012 Share Fr. Franklyn Cuffy.An advocate for children’s rights want has called for authorities to swiftly address the issue of a proper correctional facility for young offenders in Dominica.Fr. Franklyn Cuffy believes that the lack of such facility could be a major contributing factor for the increase in criminal activities among juveniles. “I think our constitution says when a young person commits an act they should be sent to a training center but we send them to the state prison. To my mind this is a violation of the constitution, a violation of the rights of the young person,” he said.Cuffy said justice is not being done hence the reason for the increase in violence.“People do not want to feel insecure. People do not want to feel humiliated, people do not want to feel rejected so they are taking it into their own hands and this is one of the reasons why this ugly picture of violence is showing its face in Dominica”.He noted his elation however at the number of youths who participated in a National Youth Rally last weekend in Mahaut.“Over 100 young people showed up on the grounds of the Mahaut School on Palm Sunday. They displayed their talents, they prayed, they had clean fun,” he said.Cuffy believes that the nation needs to continue to put their trust in the youth to help motivate and encourage them to engage in positive and socially acceptable behavior.“We need to encourage them to display and share the gifts and talents that they have, if we can do that there will be less violence among our young people,” he explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Hullinger, Scrivens, Decker, Meridith named 2015 Wall of Recognition inductees

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Rick Phelps, Wellington Wall of Crusader Recognition chairman — Garrison Hullinger, president of an interior design company in Portland, Ore.; Dale Scrivens, a national championship college wrestler; Russ Decker, a former Wellington head wrestling coach and administrator; and Bill Meridith, a Wellington High School supporter and contributor have been named to the 2015 Wellington Wall of Crusader Recognition.All four inductees will be honored with an awards presentation at Wellington’s Class Day ceremony tonight at the high school gymnasium at 7 p.m.The inductees will also attend the Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. at the Daylight Donut Shop and at an all school assembly at 2:15 p.m. The following is a biography of each of the inductees: Garrison Hullinger – WHS Class of 1983Garrison Hullinger is the President of Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Inc. located in Portland, OR. Garrison grew up in Wellington and attended local schools through graduation at WHS in 1983.Since college proved not to be in Garrison’s future, he jumped excitedly into the retail field and excelled with jobs at Dillard’s, Foley’s, Neiman Marcus and The Gap. He was one of the founding employees of a new Gap division called Old Navy and eventually worked his way up to Store Technology Project Manager.He was an integral part of the Old Navy team that helped them become the first retailer to do more than $1 billion in its first four years of business in 500 stores nationwide.Garrison is a prime example of how life’s misfortune can guide us to our ultimate purpose. He suffered a serious work-related accident in 1999 where he suffered a traumatic brain injury, which caused him to hit the reset button on life…spending four years relearning how to read, write and walk again.As part of his recovery he began managing small projects like replacing the kitchen sink and faucet to help regain motor skills. As his improvement progressed, he began buying and remodeling homes in San Francisco, which led to increased confidence in his design skills. At that point he knew he found his true career, so he officially launched his design business from his home attic with one part-time employee.That particular home was published in more than seven magazines and highlighted on a couple different TV shows, which caused his design business to skyrocket. Today GHID has 19 employees and in 2014 was recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington.Garrison is well respected within the design industry because of his generous ability to share best business practices and for embracing a forward-thinking philosophy in creating a working business model.He is proud to say he is an ‘early adapter’ and is quick to adapt his business needs that have taken a $75,000 company in 2009 to over $2 million in 2014. Garrison is known within the building industry as a marketing genius with his company’s online and social media presence. GHID has over 30,000 twitter followers and is listed in the top 25 Interior Design firms (out of 3 million professionals listed) in the U.S. by houzz.com.Garrison’s design work continues to be featured in magazines across the country each year.Dale Scrivens WHS Class of 1934Dale Scrivens grew up in Wellington and attended Wellington schools graduating from WHS in 1934.  While at WHS Dale was an outstanding athlete in football and wrestling but it was in wrestling that he made his mark.Dale was a three time AVL Champion  and was a state runner-up in 1932 and 34 and was a state champion in 1933.  Dale helped lead the Crusaders to state runner-up in 1933 and 34.  The WHS Yearbook Megaphone  in 1934 said: “Scrivens possesses all the speed and muscular strength of a champion, besides his hard-fighting attitude and quick-thinking”After graduation Dale took his wrestling talents to Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State) and wrestled for the Hall of Fame coach Ed Gallagher .  Dale helped lead the Cowboys to national championships  in 1937 and 38.  As a junior Dale placed third in the nation and in 1938 became only the second wrestler from the state of Kansas to win a National wrestling title. Since then there have only been four other Kansans to be NCAA wrestling champions.After graduation Dale became the county extension agent in Marion County, Kans. until duty called.  Dale enlisted in the Army Air Corp during WW II and was the bombardier on the Sad Sack II a B-24 in the 44th Bomb Group known as the “Flying Eight Balls” of the United States Eighth Air Force.While stationed in Libya North Africa, Dale and his crew were sent out on August 1, 1943 on a crucial and extremely dangerous mission.  This, their seventh mission as a crew was part of the ill-fated operation known as “Tidal Wave”.The objective was to destroy the rich oil fields at Ploesti in Romania which supplied the Nazis with 60 percent of their oil.  The planes flew in at tree top level under radio silence but the Nazis were prepared.  Through thick clouds of smoke and under heavy fire from the ground and Nazi fighter planes Dale was able to direct the pilot to their target and drop their payload on target.Riddled with bullet holes, some as the pilot said, “the size of a mans fist” caused the plane to crash and Dale was killed on impact.  The Sad Sack II was one of the 54 planes lost out of 177 that took off on a day that became known as “Black Sunday” and Dale was one of the 532 men of the 1,726 that did not return. For his bravery and service to his country 2nd Lt Dales Scrivens was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.In 1987, Dale Scrivens became the second WHS alum to be inducted into the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of FameRuss Decker – WHS Teacher and Coach 1982 – 1995;  WJHS Administrator  1995 – 1998; WHS Administrator 1999 – 2007Russ Decker has been wrestling since his youth.  Although Russ’s wrestling career as a competitor was not stellar, he recognized and was able to use wrestling as a springboard to influencing kids and to achieve career goals.Russ began his wrestling career as a seventh grade novice in 1964 at Oakley, Kansas. After a self-described sub-par career as a wrestler in high school, Russ graduated in 1970 from Oakley. He went on to attend Ft. Hays State University where he joined the wrestling team as a walk-on.Russ struggled as a collegiate wrestler, but it was at Ft. Hays State that he began to build his future and to examine the lessons taught by his experiences. He was quoted by the Wellington Daily News upon his retirement from coaching that, “There’s a lesson, there. No matter what you do, no matter how talented you are, you must work hard. I think that is what I learned most …”Consequently, he made education his career choice and used wrestling to secure his future. The lessons he learned were first put to use at Belleville High School where Russ began his teaching and coaching career. He guided the Buffalo wrestling program to three league championships, two regional team championships, and three regional team runners-up. Russ’s Buffaloes had 45 individual state qualifiers, 10 state placers, and two individual state champions. Belleville also finished in the top ten in the state three times.In 1982, Russ, his wife Rita and their two young daughters Rusti and Kelley made the move to Wellington. He successfully built upon the Wellington tradition compiling a remarkable 125-14-1 dual record along with eight Chisholm Trail League titles. The Crusaders were regional champions four times and regional runners-up five times under Coach Decker.Wellington qualified 91 wrestlers to state competition during his tenure with 44 earning state medals and 10 winning state championships. The Crusaders claimed the 1991 4A state championship and were state team runners-up twice.In addition, five Wellington teams placed in the top five in state under Coach Decker’s guidance. Coach Decker’s efforts earned him recognition as the Class 5A Coach of the Year in 1984 and Class 4A Coach of the Year in 1991. Russ’s success in wrestling was recognized by his peers when he was inducted into the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.Russ was very well liked and respected by his wrestlers but he also  had the same high expectations of his students in the classroom as he did for his wrestlers and consequently gained the same respect and success as a classroom teacher with his students in the classroom.Russ retired as wrestling coach after the 1995 season and left the classroom but continued in USD 353 as an administrator, which included doing double duty as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director from 2000 until his retirement after 25 years of service to USD 353 in 2007.To this day Russ continues to support the Crusaders by listening to games, reading articles and spending time with the coaches and he frequently attends ball games and of course Crusader wrestling.Bill Meridith – WHS Supporter and ContributorMr. Meridith graduated from Argonia High School in 1957 and began his career working in machine shops learning the business from the ground up. In 1966 Bill decided to run a machine shop of his own and became a founding partner in Precision Machining Inc.For 33 years Bill used his good business sense and a strong faith to build “Pre-Mac”, as it became known, into a very successful business that was also an integral part of the Wellington economy.  Through the years “Pre-Mac”  employed over 700 employees many who were WHS graduates that were grateful to have the opportunity to work for a great company with a fair, honest, generous and caring ownerBill knows that the reason he was blessed with success in business is because of his strong faith and he has returned these blessing to the community of Wellington by generously supporting and contributing to many churches, organizations and individuals.Along with faith Bill also knows that education is important to individual and community success and he has been a great supporter and contributor of education in Wellington.  Mr. Meridith founded the Wellington Christian Academy in 2003 supporting education beginning in pre-school. WCA and its students have had high achievement scores and obtained many academic awardsMr. Meridith has five children all of whom attended Wellington public schools and are WHS graduates  Through Pre-Mac many WHS graduates were awarded scholarships upon their graduation to help further their education and attend the college of their choice.In 2001 after two bond initiatives to build a new high school  had failed Mr. Meridith as President of the D.S.S.R Foundation stepped forward and gave a donation to USD 353 to purchase the land where WHS sits today and as a result this helped the next bond issue to pass.  The foundation also gave money to the USD 353 technology department in 2000 and 2001 to purchase fiber optics between buildings.WHS is proud and grateful to acknowledge Mr. Meridith’s contributions and support of education in Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more