Pet Press KALISPELL MAR 2019
PART OF ‘TEAM KALISPELL’ What Makes Kalispell Truly Special?
I had a revelation: My wife and I are (slowly!) turning into that nice, old couple who still show up at high school games and events even after their kids have graduated and we seemingly have no ties. We just love the energy of young people and can’t get enough of them. In our defense, Kalispell has two public high schools in town, and they are both incredible, which fosters raising up kids who really are worth supporting. One fun part about living in a small town is how everyone rallies together to cheer these kids on.
People want to be here — they want to live in Kalispell and make a difference in their community. You can feel this at every level, from the Chamber of Commerce down to the school board. People in Kalispell make a point to invest their time and energy into their kids. This is the kind of thing that you can take for granted if you grew up here, but I’m telling you, Kalispell is one of a kind. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the high schools. There’s a reason these schools are of such high quality. When a community cares about itself and its future, you see that reflected in its schools.
When a community cares about itself and its
When we first moved to Kalispell 11 years ago, they were just opening Glacier High School. Having two high schools didn’t seem like a big deal to me, but for the community it was a massive shift. There was tension about the new school being the “better” school and that the competition between the schools would create a rift. But if anything, the opposite has proven true. Pride in the schools elevated them both. Even if teams root against each other during games, we’re still a very cohesive town. You can see that dedication in our kids as they compete and perform, striving to take advantage of what the community has given them.
Even though both of our kids have graduated, my wife and I still really enjoy seeing high school football and volleyball games in the fall and basketball games in the winter. We judge for Speech and Debate and hit all the concerts and theater productions throughout the year. We want to be home on the weekends when they need judges for these events.
future, you see that reflected in its schools.
If you told my high school self that I would still want to go to high school events as an adult, I would have never believed you. I’m sure there are plenty of people in the community who attended Flathead High School or Glacier High who think I’m crazy, but there is something truly special about the community in Kalispell. There’s a family feel. When people move away, they almost always come back, because there’s just nowhere else like Kalispell.
I may be a transplant, but Kalispell is truly my home. It’s a privilege to be here, and I love being able to see the next generation find themselves while learning what it means to be part of this community.
—Dr. Jevon Clark 406.755.6886
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