For some reason I started thinking about David Johnson the other day. David was an athlete of mine when I taught at Whitewater High School in the mid 60’s. David came to Whitewater from another school system when he was a freshman. He didn’t know anybody so he joined the cross country team to feel that he was a part of his new school. Before it was over, David became an excellent runner and this let him go to college on a partial athletic scholarship. Besides the love for running, David also liked the outdoors. His college education allowed him to be a park ranger.David moved to Alaska to pursue his love for the outdoors. Before his untimely death of a heart attack, David started a marathon in his adopted state of Alaska. If you have a son/daughter who moves to a new school system as David did, make sure they find some activity that allows them to become involved and make new friends. David became one of the most popular students at Whitewater because he took a chance and came out for cross country.