Catalyst Freshman Izaiah R. shook hands with President Obama, not once but three times! “It was really cool,” said Izaiah. “Obama’s speech was only 15 minutes long — it was really good! Everyone was so excited!” Asked how he managed to shake Obama’s hand so many times, Izaiah said, “I was standing right in front of him and stuck out my hand and he shook it. There were so many people around me I couldn’t move, so I just stood there. Then he kept shaking and shaking hands, and then he grabbed mine and shook it. Then he did it again!”
Izaiah’s meeting with the President fit in well with Catalyst’s Wednesday Community Experience Day. Also known as Wellness Wednesdays, students engage in activities related to community service, fitness and health, creativity or civic engagement. While Izaiah and a few other students chose the political route, other Catalyst students spent the day in the colorful foothills working on wildland restoration of the South Mesa Trail.