Quiet Lion

The competition had been fierce most of the day under the watchful eye of Cindy Ostrem-Johnston.

Inside Libby High School, the health and physical education teacher had brought her son to school that day, and he had been entertaining himself by challenging Ostrem-Johnston’s teenage students at the ping-pong table, dispatching eager challengers one-by-one. He made it to what would be the day’s championship match, at which time his mother made a proclamation.

“If my student lost to him he had to sweep the floor for a week,” she remembered.