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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Golden Oak asst. principal qualifies for Boston Marathon


Last updated 4/25/2023 at 6:05pm | View PDF

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Students and staff made Montelongo a special sign.

Golden Oak Elementary's assistant principal, Jose Montelongo, qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon and is competing against thousands of other runners from across the world.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

The students made him a special runner's number for his race.

Montelongo is no stranger to the race, qualifying three other times for the race throughout his running career. "This is a big race and was always one of my dreams when I started running," said Montelongo.

The students of Golden Oak made special poster for the event, with encouraging and motivational messages on them. Montelongo will be competing in the Elite Men's Division this year.

To send Montelongo off in style, after the Pledge of Allegiance last Thursday, classroom doors opened and 750 staff members and students were heard shouting, "Dream Big and Work Hard... Run Fast Mr. Montelongo!"

Some of the students commented that they are going to watch the race and see if they can spot their teacher.


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