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Monday, November 3, 2008

Michelle Filer Using Leadership Skills To Promote Rebuilding Of Oswayo Valley Track

Leadership Potter County Student Charges Forward

Michelle Filer, a resident of the Shinglehouse area, has seen a need for a new Track facility in the Oswayo Valley School District for some time. Yet it was only this year she and a group of local leaders gained the momentum, organization, and strategy to form TRACK (Together Rebuilding- Alumni, Community and Kids!).

"This group of alumni and community members are raising the necessary funds to help the school district rebuild our track." said Filer. ""The community will benefit from the track by enabling our athletes to condition with fewer injuries, the elderly to stay active, our injured to rehabilitate and, overall, offer a safe place for everyone to exercise."

Oswayo Valley has made the best of their situation over the years. "OV went on to State appearances with no track to practice on." noted Filer. "Long distance used the grueling cross country course and sprints used the school halls or parking lot. Conditioning was done in the gym or on road runs up Sunnyside Road. Field Events used the parking lot or field and even used upright tires as hurdles! The bare necessities got us where we are today and we hope to improve upon that."

Filer participates in the 2008 Leadership Potter County program. Her newly developed skills were a natural fit for TRACK. "The skills I learned at Leadership Potter County gave me the confidence I needed to create goals, organize a plan to accomplish our objective, and present our proposal to the school board. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in improving their leadership abilities with respect to community projects." stated Filer.

Oswayo Valley has a long history in Track and Field. The first graduating class from OV with a team was 1966. OV track has made several state appearances throughout the years. TRACK hopes to fund the improvements primarily from donations, fundraisers and grants.

To donate to TRACK via PayPal or for more information, go to or contact Michelle Filer at Donations are tax-deductible.

Applicants for the 2009 Leadership Potter County class should contact Deanna Sherman, LPC Program Adminstrator, at 814-435-9490, or visit to download an application.

Local companies interested in taking advantage of this leadership development program are encouraged to nominate applicants.


Anonymous said...

Hat's off!
This is quite an undertaking and is needed and deserved.Oswayo has had a number of really talented runners over the years and a nice track would help alot.I am sure you will get support from all the nearby towns.

Anonymous said...

This group is going above and beyond to help the students at OVHS. Isn't it a shame the School ignored the potential of their students and let the track get into the shape it is. Parents many years ago put time and money into the track when it was first built only to see it ignored and rundown. Shame on the school and school board for letting the track turn into unusable for so many years. Hopefully this time the school will step up and take care of it once this group finishes fixing it to the standards that are required for track meets. Good luck to all.

Anonymous said...

I ran track for Coudy back in the 80's and I hated to go to O.V. to run sprints! They have needed a new track for years and I think this is a great effort in ythat direction.

Anonymous said...

It is a shame the current track is in such poor shape and was never managed appropriately. I have seen positive things coming from the current school board who are all very active in the community and committed to making the school and community a better place. I think the people in the TRACK organization will stay committed to this project even after its completion. Then there should be no poor management of the new track. Go OV!