The Garfield High School PTA kicked off its Garfield Loser Club with guest speaker Jerry Skeabeck on Monday afternoon. Fans of NBC's The Biggest Loser remember Jerry from Season Six two years ago when the suburban Cleveland police sergeant was on with his daughter, Coleen. He made it to episode three. She got to episode nine.
The Garfield Loser Club, which will meet three times a week through May 5, has 106 students signed up of all weights and sizes, including senior Zak Boatwright, who tips the scales at 410 and stands about 5 feet, 10 inches. Zak wants to be on The Biggest Loser and got some face time with Skeabeck to talk about his chances (not good) of making it onto the show. Skeabeck was one of 255,000 contestants who applied for 16 spots on Season Six.
I'll be following the club's progress here at First Bell. I commend all the kids who have signed up, especially Zak, for taking on the challenge and I wish them success. Who knows? Maybe they can talk Michelle Obama into coming to a meeting. Update: see story in today's Akron Beacon Journal. Also visit the newly created First Bell fan page on Facebook. I''ve set up a discussion thread for anyone who wants to cheer Zak on in his quest to lose weight.
Here's Skeabeck giving some one-on-one advice to Zak, who is soft spoken. If you have trouble hearing Zak, he says at the beginning that he's been made fun of all his life.
Video by Akron Beacon Journal education reporter John Higgins