Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Pierce celebrates 40 years

by A.J. Hakim Staff Writer

November 22, 2012

Pierce Middle School celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Turkey Trot Run Friday, Nov. 16; this year’s event run in honor of trot founder Jerry Keith, a former physical education teacher of 25 years at Pierce.

Even in retirement, Keith has attended the event each year. He was presented a “perpetual plaque,” to be hung in the school, engraved with the names of race winners dating back to 1987.

In this year’s event, Cameron Francis (2.40) placed first in the eighth-grade boys race, followed by Jack Flynn (2.46.40) and Evan Sutherland (2.46.94), while Katie VandenBrink (2.55) won the eighth-grade girls race. Kendall Grayczle (3.01) placed second and Grace Scott (3.30) third.

In the seventh grade races, Jordan Rush (2.53) finished first for the boys, ahead of Conor Garvey (3.01) and Jacob Hinkle (3.03). Sam Skalarski (3.02) won the girls and Katie Konneczny (3.04) and Camryn Zak (3.29) finished second and third, respectively.

Roanan Lowell (2.57.34) earned the fastest time in the sixth-grade boys race, followed by Josh DeBerry (2.57.88) and Conor McKenna (3.07). Rachel O’Cunan (3.17) won the girls race, while Olivia Meynarek (3.19) and Kiki Simopoulos (3.22) finished second and third.

First- and second-place finishes for boys and girls from each grade level received a turkey. Francis and VandenBrink also had their names engraved on the plaque.