Turlock High School is jumping in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and in the past several weeks the social phenomenon has swept the campus.
It all began when Turlock High School ROP Teacher and Cheer Coach Jennifer Cullum was recently called out to take the IBC.
Two weeks ago she made good on the challenge, taking on the ice-cold shock in front of the entire THS student body at a spirit rally.
But if she was going down, she was going to take a few folks down with her, namely Head Football Coach and Special Ed Teacher James Peterson, Assistant Principal Aaron Mello, ASB President David Lazar and Special Ed teacher Dave Cheney.
On Sept. 12, those four men took the IBC and even the seemingly immovable Peterson was chilled to the bone, which assuredly amped him up for the Bulldogs’ first home game of the season.
But as the IBC often does, more “victims” were called out. Peterson called out his fellow Special Ed faculty, Undrae Walker, Robbie Cornell and Rodney Machado. Cheney called out Patti Soiseth and Joel Olivera.
Lazar called out fellow students Fallon Beaber, Ryan Downs, Marcus Lopez and Lance Cornell, but the biggest challenge of all was made by Mello, who called out Psychology Teacher Ryan Tribble… and every single student in his classes.
Yes, Aaron Mello went maniacal. Tribble subsequently accepted his challenge and volunteered all of students in his psych classes to a massive IBC “pool jump” in the THS pool, completed Tuesday.
Undoubtedly it was the largest IBC in the history of Turlock.
“This is about raising awareness of ALS and working together to move forward,” said Tribble. “Together is the only way we can make a change.”
Dozens of his students grabbed hands and jumped in at the same time.
Of course Tribble went ahead and made his own challenge, the THS Boy’s Soccer team.