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January 28, 2015

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Vol. 23, No. 4 January 28, 2015 www.oakwoodregister.com A record-breaking regional win for OHS Academic Decathlon Team in Cleveland The Oakwood Academic Decathlon Team exceeded every- one's expectations at the Ohio Regional Tournament held in Cleveland. Not only did the team win the competition handily, but the team total score of 48, 497.3 set a record for OHS and ranks as the highest team score ever for the state of Ohio. Oakwood students competing at regional competition includ- ed seniors Spencer Aidt, Graham Garner, Tim McCarthy, Grant Pitarys, and William Powers; juniors Emmaline Bennett, Emma Dalrymple, Lukas Drumheller, Ryan Wood and Alexandra Yungblut; sophomores Tommy Galvin, Clay Goertemiller, Connor Hart, Cynthia Hong, John Jones, Matt Koch and Garrett Spikes; and freshmen Juliana Chen, Alex Polete and Jimmy Wood. The team won all three com- petitive divisions, and dominated the Honors Division with Bennett tak- ing the gold, and Powers the silver. Pitarys won gold in the Scholastic Division, and McCarthy won gold in the Varsity Division. Amazingly, six students scored over 8000 points: Aidt, Bennett, Garner, Goertemiller, Pitarys, and Powers. The OHS team also placed first in the competition's Super Quiz Relay. Led by OHS English teacher and Academic Decathlon Coach Lori Morris, the team brought home a whopping 72 medals in their fourth consecutive regional win. The team will advance to the State Competition, which takes place March 5-7. Social media effort hopes to help Oakwood preschool student battle cystic fibrosis Brooke Fulham of Oakwood has organized a social media campaign to encourage her son, Weston, 3, a preschooler at Smith Elementary with cystic fibrosis, to increase his daily caloric intake as he struggles with the disease. In the weeks of waning New Year's resolutions, little Weston Fulham faces a problem that runs contrary to the season — the 3-year- old has six months to gain 6 pounds. A preschooler at Smith Elementary in Oakwood, Weston was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was five days old. At the time, a physician encouraged his parents — James and Brooke Fulham — to avoid Google and online blogs for fear that they would be overwhelmed or bombarded with conflicting infor- mation. Now, the Fulhams are turning to social media to help Weston over- come his latest physical challenge. "A part of cystic fibrosis is that he has difficulty gaining weight," Brooke explains. "Doctors have been monitoring his growth and found that in the past four months he's stopped growing, both in height and weight. That's not uncommon with cystic fibrosis, but it's not com- mon, either." To remedy the problem, Weston is now faced with the task of packing on the calories in hopes of gaining weight. If the effort is unsuccess- ful he could be looking at surgery to implant a feeding tube, which would be used at night to enhance his caloric intake. "We hope we can avoid surgery by getting him to eat more," adds his mother. "We're trying to feed him between 3,500 and 4,000 calo- ries a day, which is a lot. He could eat McDonalds all day long and he wouldn't get fat." Enlisting the help of others in the effort, she and her husband have set up Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and they're encouraging online supporters to post photos of people eating, or pictures of food, meals, or snacks that might inspire Weston to pack on the pounds. "Candy bars, meals, sandwiches, anything you're eating," Brooke says of possible posts. "I'm asking people to take pic- tures of themselves, or their animals, or meal preps, post them and tag me," she explains. "I've been show- ing him pictures people post and, honestly, it helps him. I put them in a collage and we talk to him about different foods. When he sees peo- ple eating he doesn't feel different. He gets curious about what others are eating and that might inspire him to go get a donut or other snack. It's very encouraging for him." A military family, the Fulhams arrived in Oakwood in 2012, and Brooke says the support Weston has received from the community and the Oakwood Moms Group, has been "amazing." "The residents in Oakwood have just been phenominal," she remarks. How you can help Facebook: Brooke Fulham Twitter: Brooke Fulham Instagram: brooke_fulham Hashtags #EatWithWest #ChubbyChasingMission #CysticFibrosisAwareness To learn more on cystic fibro- sis, visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.CFF.org See Student on page 2 u

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