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Elementary school holds torch parade

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A smiling Max Mutz wanted to show off his missing teeth during the parade.

Sierra House Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade students followed two torchbearers through school Friday during their own Winter Olympic parade.

Mutz, 10, donned an Australian hat and plastic gold medal around his neck as he followed the line of snaking students through hallways and classrooms.

He said he felt embarrassed from “all the people in front of me looking at me.”

Max and fellow classmates were led by Marcia Sarosik and Jan Ashcroft, who carried a torch when the Olympic flame came through town Jan. 20.

Before the parade, the women held their torch and spoke to a group of students sitting on carpet.

“Where did the torch start?” Sarosik asked the students.

Hands appeared like ruts on a downhill course.

Mexico was one guess. Alaska was another.

Sarosik revealed the torch began in Greece, which resulted in several blank looks from the young crowd.

Alexis Wahl wore a Norwegian dress and carried a stiff paper Norwegian flag over her curly blond hair. Her shoes resembled Dorothy’s in the “Wizard of Oz,” but she didn’t think so.

“No, because she has red bows on them,” she said, as the parade line made its way into Principal Mark Romagnolo’s office.

Megan Fails carried one end of a large red poster reading, “Olympics 2002.” Her arm was tired from holding the sign, but she never let it go.

After the parade, Max was busy doing a calendar lesson. He offered some final thoughts.

“The best thing about the parade was my Australian hat and I was missing teeth and I smiled a lot except I didn’t like smiling all the time,” he said.


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