With more than 15,000 medals ordered, competitors in the Show-Me State Games have to do something with the hardware they have won. Here is what some of them did.
“She’s been showing them off to the neighbors,” said Suzanne Alewine, Erin’s mother.
“If (the medal) is stolen,” he said, “it’s not worth anything.”
The medal doesn’t mean much to Bauer, but it serves as a reminder of what he has accomplished.
“It’s just a thing of achievement,” Bauer said. “It lets you know all the work you’ve done means something.”
“My son displays them down in his room,” Harl said. “He hangs them up or puts them on either on a shelf or on a wall.”
Fritsch awarded the medals to her students if they did outstanding work or had a good week she said. She gives them to her grandchildren when they come and spend time with her.
“I found out kids are motivated by medals,” Fritsch said.
The medals she hasn’t given away are in a box that her grandchildren can go through whenever they want.
“They are all in a box and nobody sees them,” Fritsch said.
She keeps them in the box because it is the experience of competing that is important to her, not the medals she said.
“It is in my heart,” Fritsch said. “I don’t even need a medal.”