2019 Patriot Award winner: Gary Arndt
Every year, Appleton East awards the Patriot Award to an East alum who has done notable work following graduation. This year, it was awarded to 1987 grad Gary Arndt.

Arndt runs a travel blog called "Everything Everywhere," which was named one of Time magazine's top 25 blogs of 2010.

He sold his house in 2007 in order to travel the world and has since achieved many milestones, including visiting all seven continents, all 50 US states, and every Canadian province. He has visited 198 countries and territories in total. He was won numerous photography awards, such as the 2014 Society of American Travel Writers Photographer of the Year and the 2013 and 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association Travel Photographer of the Year awards.

Prior to starting "Everything Everywhere," he was the debate/forensics coach at Appleton East, where he coached the third-best team in the nation in 1994 - the team's highest finish in school history.

Arndt, a debater himself, finished in the nation's top 10 at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in 1990 and 1991 while studying at Macalester College in Minnesota.

Among his journeys while writing and photographing for "Everything Everywhere" are bungee jumping in New Zealand, riding in a Formula 1 car in Spain, diving in the ruins of the Great Lighthouse in Egypt, and swimming with great white sharks in South Africa. His blog can be found at everything-everywhere.com.

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Written by student Jack Pingel and originally published in the March 2019 edition of The Courier .
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Sophomore needs heart transplant
Connor Iwaoka is a sophomore at Appleton East High School/Tesla Engineering Charter School. He's a quiet kid who likes to read, hates to write, and loves his phone.

While on vacation in Florida in February, Connor was rushed to the hospital in Clearwater Beach. Doctors discovered a viral infection had ravaged Connor's heart. He was airlifted to Tampa and then to Miami. Doctors determined that Connor, 15, will need a heart transplant.

On March 2, Connor was airlifted back to Wisconsin. Doctors at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee installed an artificial heart in Connor's chest. He was sedated for nearly two days so the heart could safely bond with his body, but he is now sitting up and moving gently. A machine at the foot of his bed keeps the heart pumping and keeps Connor alive until a donor is found.

The road to recovery is long and uncertain. Not only has Connor's life been turned upside down but also those of his mother, sister, and other family members. In short, they need our help. Connor is just a kid. He has his whole life ahead of him. Let's come together to help him get through this chapter. Sometimes heartbreaking stories have heartwarming endings.

You can help Connor and his family by donating to his GoFundMe account:

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East Class Reunions
Class of 1969 West and East  50th class reunion
August 17, 2019 at Waverly Beach – 6 p.m.
Classmates can contact  Libby Ernest  for more information.

Class of 1970 West and East   – 50th class reunion
August 8, 2020 at Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens
More information available in this  Facebook group .
Contact classmate  Richard B. Schoenbohm  for more information .
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