'Satelo touches a lot of hearts'

Ashland Middle School sixth-grader Satelo Cole was the Rotary Club's April youth of the month. At the award ceremony, the Rotary's Kevin McKelvey praised Cole for his enthusiasm, warmth and ability to meet the challenges associated with having cerebral palsy. Teacher Janet Voorhies said Cole was the sort of student for whom she wanted to be a teacher.

"He's a bright light, the sort who keeps you going in the world of education."

Cole smiled at the many compliments, but said everyone "went too far" in their praise.

McKelvey, noting the standing ovation Cole received at the event, said, "This is one of the strongest responses from the crowd I've seen. Satelo really touches a lot of hearts."

The Ashland Daily Tidings managed to catch up with the busy 12-year-old and ask him a few questions.

DT: What are your favorite subjects in school?

Cole: Math. I like figuring out the problems.

DT: What is your favorite sport?

Cole: I love basketball. I try to play basketball every weekend.

DT: What are some of your other interests?

Cole: I play drums and I'm involved in WAMS, the AMS video production club.

DT: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Cole: I want to be a police officer. Police officers are really great and I like the police cars.

DT: Can you tell me about someone who inspires you?

Cole: My band teacher at AMS, Mrs. Carstensen.

DT: Can you tell me about a struggle you have had this year?

Cole: Nope, none. I just do the things I want to do.

DT: Of all your accomplishments what are you most proud of?

Cole: I was assistant basketball coach for the eighth-grade boys' basketball team. I'm really proud of that.

DT: Tell me something about your mom or dad that makes you proud.

Cole: They make me feel good. Also, my mom and dad like to dance. My dad is funny, he tells lots of jokes.

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