By Bailee Gannon
Special To The Standard
While enjoying his last days at Woodstock Union High (WUHS), Dylan Gannon makes sure to shoot as many hoops as possible and spend time with his friends.
Gannon will be attending Lyndon State College next year, in Lyndonville, Vermont along with his older brother Ryan, who is going into his sophomore year. “I’m really looking forward to getting a head start on my career,” says Gannon.
Gannon plans on going into the field of sports management, since sports have always been one of his favorite topics.
“I grew up with football and basketball since my dad is a sports fan as well,” says Gannon
Gannon is in the middle of his fourth year of Track and Field where he competes in both discus and shot put.
During his freshman year, Gannon threw the shot put 23’ and had not yet tried the discus. The following year he was throwing 29’ in the shot put and, after trying the discus, threw 63’. In his junior year, Gannon was throwing 32’ in the shot put and 58’ in the discus.
During the months leading up to his senior year, Gannon trained hard in the weight room.
“I was interested in college sports, and had an overall interest in weightlifting. I was hoping along the way to improve my throws in the upcoming season as well.”
When the beginning of the season came, Gannon was passing his old marks and improving on almost every throw.
“Right now I’m throwing around a 94’ in the discus, and a 38’ in the shot put,” says Gannon. In the most recent meet, he placed second in the shot put and fifth in the discus overall.
When he isn’t lifting weights in the weight room during his free blocks, he spends his time playing basketball with his friends in the gymnasium. Tyler “Ty” Anstruther, a sophomore, is Gannon’s closest friend at WUHS.
“I’m going to miss my friends, but especially Ty,” says Gannon.
During his high school career, Gannon had many teachers help him along his journey. “I’d give a lot of credit to (counselor) Chris Cate, and the people in the front office. Also, a few teachers like Mr. Hiers. They are all motivational, helpful, and all around great people,” says Gannon about his high school experience.
Mr. Hiers (Horticulture) has been Gannon’s horticulture teacher for two years. “Mr. Hiers is one of the nicest, most intelligent people that I think I’ve ever met,” says Gannon. “I don’t think that people realize how much he does for the community. He’s very active in Hurricane Irene relief, and in getting students involved as well.”
Gannon credits certain students with helping him on his path to do as well as he can in sports and school. “Seth Mellinger (a 2011 WUHS graduate) has taught me everything that I know about the weight room, and he’s motivational and very professional when it comes to getting into good shape,” says Gannon.
The countdown to graduation has begun and the number of days left at school are dwindling away.|
As Gannon moves onto college and a new chapter in his life, he says he will always look back and remember those who have helped him along the way.
By Bailee Gannon