BY LEANN DILBECK –
Not only will the Acorn track bear a new name this spring, but it will also be resurfaced following board approval during a special called meeting of the Ouachita River School District on January 4.
The board approved the purchase of $19,248.30 for material from American Recycling to resurface the Keith Willsey Track located on the Acorn campus. According to ORSD Superintendent Jerry Strasner, the expected install is when the weather warms up enough to apply it, “…. hopefully before March.”
The track was formally dedicated to Coach Keith Willsey during Homecoming ceremonies, November 17, as reported by the Pulse.
Willsey, as his plaque reads, began building in 1991 the best Track, Field, and Cross Country record in the history of Acorn High School. His efforts and motivations for the program have led numerous students in continuing their passions for track and cross country on college levels, and he has inspired countless students both in athletics and in his classroom as a history teacher.
Willsey has led his teams to victory at District, Regional, and State levels, and his ambitions show no sign of slowing down. His charisma and humor have lifted students, co-workers, friends and family up, and remind all who know him that he is a charitable and giving person at heart, even when he’s just giving a laugh.
A plaque commemorating the heartfelt dedication by the Acorn Alumni will be installed.