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Page 8 Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Xhe Adams County Record Community Spotlight a Zollma He Knew What He Wanted To Do By Deb Wilson At eight-years- old, Adams County Sheriff-elect Ryan Zollman determined his life direction. "I was fascinated by law enforcement, he shared. "I knew that's what I was going to do. Ryan hails from Enterprise, Oregon, where his ancestors homesteaded and cattle ranched. His parents still live there. He lived in town, but worked for his uncle's ranch from age 11 in exchange for raising his many FFA animals there. Ryan's parents, Steve and Joyce, supported their four children's dreams, The outdoors was their playground, and dad seldom missed his children's sports. Ryan credits his parents and time spent at the farm for an exceptional childhood. "I couldn't ask for better. Sometimes I think I lived a fairy tale" "You never quit at anything;' his parents taught him. When his 50 chicks arrived at the post office, young Ryan and his friend spent three days building a chicken coop. When the brothers wanted a basketball court, they borrowed a backhoe and built it themselves. He thrived in FFA. In 8th grade he entered speaking and judging contests. Fortunate to attend the Washington, DC National Leadership Conference, he learned leadership and organization. He was one of 180 grateful students nationwide who received a National FFA degree in 1998. His wife, Anna, is grateful for Ryan's other skills. "His morn taught him to be a gentleman, and to help around the house;' she grinned. Mom made her sons tako 4H ,,cooking. Meals are important times, especially saying grace together. In his teens, a seriousauto acci-dent injured his sister. His grandmother suffered a heart attack, but fortunately survived because of an implanted pig heart valve.His grandparents hated pigs, and Ryan teased them mercilessly about the pig part. His senior year, Ryan packed mules into the back country for his summer job. He returned stunned at news of a friend's fatal car crash. "We'd been cat fishing the day before I left;' Ryan mourned. "His death changed my life" In high school he joined the Oregon State Police Cadet programl His satellite law enforcement class trained 48 students statewide his senior year. Unhesitatingly he pursued an Associate's degree in law enforcement. At Eastern Oregon University Ryan worked for "campus security and became the most unpopular campus cop, the parking ticket police. But Ryan made it work. "It was good training, keeping relationships with people but still holding them accountable for their After college she came mistakesi'he explained, home and worked five He came to Council years at the County to go hunting with his Assessor's Office. new brother-inqaw, Dan Shumway. Ryan's sister Amy, who teaches school in Council, set him and Anna up on a bind date. Anna was ~ Council native; her grmdparents, Mack and Ethd Gossard, owned the -'lying U Ranch. She's tN daughter of Don Holton, the county building inspector. "I grew up very similar to Ryan, loving the ranch life. My grandpa was my hero;' she shared. She raised 4t-I sheep and played every sport available. "At 8 years old I prayed to God for a rodeo horse" she recalled. She credited Brownie, a 20+ year old retired rodeo horse that the Harrington's. sold her for $1, for her first barrel "I first saw Ryan at Shaver's;" Anna shared. "He was so good looking, I got nervous. I hid in the store, trying to avoid meeting him." They were both nervous the first date. Ryan remembers thinking, "She's really pretty, but she does.n't say muchY Fortunately Amy had the foresight to set up more dates, and they finally broke the ice. ',My gas bill from LaGrande got really huge;' Ryan laughed. "The more I got involved here, the more I fell in love with the area and the girl." Head over heels for Anna, Ryan transferred to Treasure Valley Community College. Married now 11 years,he counts his racing success. "He was blessings. "Everything I do awesome;' she regaled,revolves around Anna and "I've been addicted tothe kids. I'm excited every rodeo ever sinceY A later night to come home to horse took her to 10thher" place in the national P01e After graduation and bending championships,field work, he applied with the Adams County Sheriff's Department (ACSD). Ironically he lost to Jeff Brown, the man who will become his under sheriff. Fortunately, a maintenance job came up with Council. "They really liked me because I was skinny enough to fit down the manholes," he laughed. Finally, a grant created an ACSD school resource officer position, which Ryan fit perfectly. Ryan remembers his elation. "It was the culmination of everything I had worked so hard for. I'd made it to the championship match." He completed POST training, and was ready for the next patrol position. Ryan discussed his ideas of an exemplary sheriff. "Never put yourself in any situation where people question your honesty;' he advised. "Be conscientious and community oriented, and lead by example. Treating people with respect and deescalating the situation pays off in 95% of situations" lie's concerned for the fate of the town's young people.He and Anna startedchurch youth groups their first year together, and open their home to teenagers. He gives-them good advice-- "Call for help. Don't make a bad situation worse:' He worries that work is scarce and there's little entertainment. "The more people are out of work the more they commit crimes;' he predicted. He also worries about his family. Anna's had threatening phone calls from unhappy citizens. "Don't get a scanner," others had advised her when Ryan first went on patrol. "It takes strong faith to be an officer's wife;' Anna emphasized. He and Anna dreamed of owning a farm. With help from many friends they poured a foundation for their hand built house 5 years ago. "Matt Paradis and I stood on this roof side by side laying tarpaper;' Ryan remembered. "I found Matt's old sock in the concrete:' They're proud of their three children. '!They're good kids;' Ryan acknowledged. Athletic and energetic, the kids uphold the Zollman tradition, craving sports and outdoor action. Third grader Rylie works hard at everything she does: Hope is in first grade, and lo~:es standing on her head, even while watching TV. Youngest brother Ethan gets dragged into playing Barbie, and happily chats about riding his pony. Sports are still big for Ryan and Anna. They play volleyball on Wednesday, basketball on Sunday, and both coach student activities. "I want to create a Sheriff's office that people are proud of;' Ryan said in closing. "It's not about me or the position. It's about what's best for the office and the town" Cambridge Principal Notes pros cons By Angie Lakey- Campbell I have several teachers relay concerns of par- ents about the iPads. We have allowed students in grades seven through twelve to take the iPads home. However, if you are not comfortable with your child doing so, you are welcome to have the device kept at school. Please call the high school office to make arrange- ments if you are interest- ed in that possibility. As with most technology there are pros and cons with its use. We are finding the same to be true with the iPads. At this time, I am concerned about the lack of social interaction seen witt~ our students before school since the iPads have been introduced. I am hoping that as the new wears off of the devices, we will see a return to students visiting with each other before school rather than staring at an iPad screen. On a more positive note, we are seeing benefits of the iPads, also. Last week, we had tutoring happening with the assistance of Facetime. One of our younger students had mentioned to an older student that he was struggling in a math class. The older student made arrangements for the younger student to contact him that evening and helped him through the process. Teachers are also noticing that students are revising assignments much faster via e-mail. This'morning I had two seniors bring me a video they had created about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It seems that we have rappers in our school interested in these two documents. Congratulations go out to JT Clinton for winning the Geography Bee last week! JT will be competing in the state competition later in the year. Congratulations also go out to Hunter Clinton and Ryan Kindall for being selected as the December Students of the Month. The character trait was caring. The character trait for January will be responsibility. Mr. Schumacher, our superintendent, had to have back surgery last Week. Due to his inability to attend and a lack of business, there will be no board meeting this month. If needed, there will be a special meeting in January. This week's activities include the drama presentation on Wednesday at 1:15 and 8:00 in the commons and the elementary music concert Thursday evening at 8:00 in the gym. The boys' basketball team will host Canyon Springs on Thursday at 6:00 in Midvale. The girls' basketball team will host Garden Valley on Friday at 4:30 in Midvale, and both teams will travel to Cascade on Saturday. The action begins at 3:00 in. Cascade. Our first semester will end Thursday, December 20.Teachers will be available to assist students as needed from 8:00 until noon on Friday, December 14.