Good morning Columbus. What you need to know — weekend whiplash; top students at Columbus East; fundraiser for new Columbus skate park; Republic basketball player of the year

Greetings Columbus —

I’ve got whiplash from a whirlwind weekend. You may too.

Spring then winter. We went from a slightly balmy Friday to a snow-filled, accident-riddled Saturday. Here’s the look out my back door on each of those days. #whereisspring

no snowsnow

Blue bloods then the underdogs. We learned that the slipper still fits, with Cinderella Loyola University Chicago (No. 11 seed) grabbing an improbable Final Four berth and creating a new national nun superstar — the 98-year-old team chaplain Sister Jean. She’s got her own Twitter account and a bobblehead too. #teamofdestiny

Stormy then the Greek Freak. If you didn’t stick around for the “60 Minutes” story on Giannis Antetokounmpo, you missed out on pure joy. #onlyinamerica

The past then the future. There was a history-making movie and a history-making march from the weekend that helped heal my whiplash.

One was a movie that gave me the feels and is worth your time. “Love, Simon” is about a closed gay high school student. report that it is “essentially the first major-studio/wide-release romantic comedy starring a gay teen at the center.”

And it’s just a lovely film.

The other was March for Our Lives, one of the biggest youth protests since the era of the Vietnam War. Whether you agree with the policies they are advocating or not, their passion and knowledge were evident.

Our kids are going to be all right (#weareingoodhands) and here’s more reasons why —

Passion and smarts.
Columbus East valedictorian Lizzy Frazier is already making a big difference in our big world — in New Orleans, in the Dominican Republic and in Columbus. Her long-term goal is this: Make medical technology more accessible to low-income people. Story here.

Top 10 students at Columbus East.
They plan to study nursing, biochemistry, exercise science, environmental management, international studies and more. Meet them here: Click.

Fundraiser a skate in the park?
So far, about $184,000 toward the $385,000 project has been raised for a new concrete skate park in Columbus. The wooden Jolie Crider Memorial Skate Park has become worn. Learn about the efforts, what you can do to help and why this project is called Crider 2.0. Tuesday’s Republic.

The Republic Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
He’s from Hauser. He’s tall. And he says this: “You kind of have to (play basketball) when you’re tall in Indiana. But I didn’t want to play basketball until about third grade. I joined in third grade because I built enough nerve to actually try out.” Learn who made The Republic All-Area Boys Basketball Team. Link here.

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