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PanA ~ : D~c 13 POOl Ouad Cily H~mld Derin Benson Derin Benson, Brewster Junior High School student, was selected to play on the NBC Basketball Tour Team which will go to the United Kingdom to play games for two weeks this summer. Benson attended the NBC basket- ball camp at Whitworth College last summer and was one of the many players that made the two tour teams. Players usually have to be 14 years old to be selected to the tour teams, but Benson was only 13 years old last summer. One of the coaches at the NBC camp selected him even though he knew he was only 13. Derin made it through the selec- tion process to the semifinals and filled out some more forms, before he was finally selected for one of the tour teams. Benson will go to a spring train' ing camp and a summer training camp before he travels to the United Kingdom this summer on the bas- ketball tour, where he will play games every day. "It will be quite an experience," said Benson. "This is the fourth sum,' mer I went to the NBC camp and I have made all-stars for my age group before --- but this was the first time I had been selected to one of the tour teams." "The trip will not be just to play basketball but to also be- come closer to God and become a better person." Kevin Benson and Lori Oules are the parents ofDerin Benson. Hisstep- father is Ron Oules, Chelan. Pateros JV boys win two games Pateros Billygoats junior varsity won two out of their last three games last week. The Billygoats JV started out the week with a 72-38 loss to Liberty Bell on December 3. Scott Ellis had four points, Shawn McCahe had three points, Aaron Ehlenbach had nine points, Geoff Hiltz had five points, Brody Blackburn had 13 points, Matt Neuneker had two points and Gideon Wilson had two points. Pateros JV beat Thorp 50-46 on December 4. Scott Ellis had two points, Shawn McCabe had twopoints, Aaron Ehlenbach Mansfield Kernels played hard but Thorp to gain the win. S John Cleveland II photo used their height advantage tWO Mansfield Kernels suffered losses quarter and 15-13 in the fourth. to Thorp and Watel'ville last week. Mansfield's Cody Wall had six Information was not available points, Aaron Colby had 14 points, for the Kernel loss to Thorp last Sam Gipson had 27 points. Nate had five points, Geoff Hiltz had three points, Brody Blackburn had 15points, Friday. Gipson had two points and Dusty MattNeunekerhad 13 points, BlakeZahn had twopoints, Gideon Wilson had The Kernels finished out the week Wittig had three points. five points and Jake Johanson had 10 points, with a 79-52 loss to Waterville last Waterville's Chance Landon had The Billygoats beat Soap Lake 66-21 last Friday night. Saturday night. 20 points, Devin Ryan had 12 points, Refugio Gordillo had eight points, Shawn McCabe had two points, Aaron Waterville jumped out to a 23-15 Mason Tabler had 16 points, Leon Ehlenbachhadllpoints, GeoffHiltz had three points, Brody Blackburn had lead in the first quarter and went into Gray had 13 points, Jorgensen had 12 points, Matt Neuneker had 10 points, Gideon Wilson had 14 points and halftime up 44-29. The Shockers six points and Tyler Badten had 12 Jake Johanson had six points, outscored Mansfield 20-10 in the third points. rom welfare to work Cont' d from page 1 have to learn how to get along at work, and Christine had to learn that, too. "Her ability to gain skills was evident," but "she still demonstrated poor interpersonal relationships and choices which did cost her job place- ments," Snider wrote, in a letter nominating Edwards for the award. I People have tolearn how to get along at work, Snider said, "learning howto interact in a team environment, or a work environment." And people who have not worked very much haven't acquired those skills. Edwards had a lot of things to learn. "She met "You can get several barriers where she could have given up," Snider said. But she didn't. I anywnere She told Snider one of the reasons was that she didn't want her children to think you want to it was okay to be on welfare. "She put be if you try," the effort in." It was, Edwards said, hard work. The - Christine mona support she got at WorkSource was a critical factor in making it possible, she said. Edwards Last January Edwards was told of a job opening at Brewster Drug and True Value Hardware. The drugstore participates in an on the job training program, and Edwards was hired fora short-term training position. (TheWorkSource program paid part of her wages during the training period.) January 16, 2001 was her first day on the job. She said she was nervous at f'LrSt; she knew only one Brewster Drug employee. Sometimes it was a struggle, and she was afraid, sometime of failing. "We talked a lot about failure. And how in o ler to be successful, you're going to fail." And "before I knew it March was over, and May and July." She finished the training program and was hired full-time, and she is still working full-time. She no longer needs welfare payments. She s id she learned that"you can get anywhere you want to he if you try. You have to believe in yourself. It's hard at first," but with effort and some moral support it's possible. With a regular paycheck, "you don thave to watch very penny you spend," like she did in the days on welfare. (She does have to think ahead, and make sure she has gas in the car, she said.) Welfare payments are made monthly, but for Edwards it's "'payday to payday now, and not "I can do it. I am doing it," - Christine Edwards month to month." She likes her job. "I enjoy working here." She also learned a lesson about income, and outgo. "I think it's harder to spend you money when you know you have to work for it," she said, than when it comes in a welfare grant. She didn't realize it at the time she was on welfare, she said, but she knows it now. She said she was surprised to win the Employee Award. "I didn't know they did those things." One of her fellow employees told her she had won the award, and "I said, "Oh. Okay.'" Brewster Drug won an Employer of the Year award. Edwards said she would advise other people who are in the position she was in to use the resources available through the WorkFirst program, the classes and job counseling. And they should find the moral support they need, through family, friends, a support group, the WorkSource office, or wherever they can find it. "A lot of times, that's all people need," Snider said. It requires hard work. Edwards said, but it is possible to get off welfare. "I can do it. 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