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The Purpose of the Pedometer Program By Matthew Clendenin

At NYIT/VIP there is currently a program that features pedometers.  It is sponsored by Ernst VanBergeijk, associate Dean of the Vocational Independence Program, and Erin Vlasak, an administrator.  They both came up with the idea because it encourages students to become more active and physically fit.

Later on, pedometer prizes were awarded based on the number of steps each student walked during the week.  For instance, they received gift cards, T-shirts, and backpacks.  However, the best prize of all was to get Dean Ernst to do something daring at the end of each school year.

One year, he went skydiving.  The following year he wore a pink dress and ran around the school like a little girl.  He then dressed up as a hula girl with a coconut bra and did a traditional Hawaiian dance in front of the entire school.  Last year, he was submerged in a shark tank filled with man-eating sharks at the Riverhead Aquarium.  It was filmed by News 12 Long Island.  He was being watched by the whole school and whoever else went to the aquarium.  So he survived the shark tank and that means he will be doing something daring this year as well.  If we hit our goal of 62,000,000 steps by the end of the year, the school will take a field trip to the Circus in Manhattan and watch him swing on the trapeze.  Otherwise it will be cancelled.

Even though it is fun to get the amount of steps as needed to get Dean Ernst to do something daring, there is something more important about the pedometer program.  You should “Stay fit and be proactive,” which has been stated by Ernst and Erin numerous times!

A Junior’s Perspective By Morgan Echman

Over the last three years, V.I.P. has become like a second home to me and most of the junior class. We have become very comfortable on campus, and with each other.  Since this is our last year together it makes it harder for us to say goodbye to one another.

I know it’s only October, but being a junior means it’s time to say goodbye to all of our friends and move on to new exciting adventures that we may encounter.  For example, some of us might be going to another college or living in an apartment building with a friend.  Many of us may think this year is scary because of all the decisions that we have to make on our own.

I know that it might be hard, but in a year from now, we won’t be under one roof anymore. We would have to find a way to see each other. I do understand that it is not easy being a junior, just try to have some fun this year. Live, laugh, love, and create memories that you will remember after you leave V.I.P. I already know that I have so many memories from being here and I will continue to make more as the year goes on. If you are still feeling scared about junior year after reading this, take my advice with you and you will have a great year.

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