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Overcoming Obstacles

Cindy Ramunno
Special to the DailyMatt Kroscell found a secure niche at Red Canyon. He'll miss the student-teacher relationships.
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During his first decade, being Matt Kroscell was not all that fun. When he turned 2 years old, he didn’t talk for a year, he says, because of his parents’ divorce. Then, just before entering second grade, Kroscell was diagnosed with a disorder called Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism.

“This is a disorder that shrinks or dwarfs the bones in my legs, hands, and arms,” Red Canyon High School senior Kroscell explains.

While Kroscell was in the second grade, he was running outside with a friend and somehow ended up underneath a car.

“That day, I got over 550 stitches in my head,” he says. Kroscell says that when he reached the third grade, his three best friends moved away.

Then things got better. He spent his fourth- and fifth-grade years cautiously at Meadow Mountain Elementary, attended Minturn Middle School for sixth grade and then transferred to the Eagle Valley Christian Academy for seventh and eighth grades. Now, the senior at Red Canyon High School can breathe a little sigh of relief.

Kroscell grew up in the valley with his older sister, Heather. His dad is Barry and his mom is Robin Sifers. When asked about his heroes, he does not hesitate: “My heroes are my sister and my mom ” my sister because of how she went through high school and all of her accomplishments. My mom because she is a single mom and she has made it through two children to at least age 18. Lastly, Jesus is one of my heroes because he died for all of us taking all of our sin.”

He chose Red Canyon after hearing how great the school was.

“The thing I will miss the most about RCHS is the teacher-student relationships,” he says. This summer, he’ll work so he can attend Central Christian College, Mesa State College or Colorado Mountain College. Then, he wants something very simple ” a career that he enjoys.

“Matt has really worked hard to be where he is today and has really overcome some amazing hurdles to find success at RCHS,” says Principal Wade Hill.

And to all of the elementary kids who are or aren’t dealing with the same struggles that Kroscell did, he advises, “Don’t mess around during high school because if you do, you will have to do more work later.”

Then you, too, can breathe a sigh of relief.


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