This month, we’re focused on the students and teachers of our area schools.

The ladies on the cover photo might look familiar. Perhaps Sarah Sponcil (left) sat next to you in class. Maybe she was your student, or on your child’s volleyball team. If not – she’s definitely been on your television screen, especially if you’ve been keeping up with the Olympics.

The former Veritas Prep student and her teammate, Kelly Claes, took their volleyball careers to the sand at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo – the opportunity of a lifetime for the 24 and 25-year-old athletes. We were able to learn more about Sarah’s journey through the eyes of her parents, as she’s been out of the country since she qualified for the Olympics in May.

We’re also introducing a few new staff members at Arcadia High this month – the spiritline mat, football field and swimming pool will have new coaches running things this year. While each of them brings their own experiences and coaching styles, they do have one thing in common: They are all ready to become part of the AHS community.

There are still a few days left to send in summer vacation photos – email or share them through social media@arcadianews for a chance to be featured in the summer vacation section in September. Your photo might even be featured on the cover. The deadline to send in photos is August 8.

Happy back-to-school days, Arcadia!

— Mallory Gleich