Salina Intermediate School

Congratulations Salina Boys Basketball Team and Coaches!


Standing amidst the crowd at the end of the game, feeling tears of joy well up in my eyes for our Salina Basketball team, I heard many people say how “proud” they were of our boys.   As I drove home I thought, Proud just does not quite say it all….so I did a word etimology (history of the word) search….


proud |proud|


1 feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated: a proud grandma of three boys | she got nine As and he was so proud of her.

(of an event, achievement, etc.) causing someone to feel this way : we have a proud history of innovation.

ORIGIN late Old English prūt, prūd [having a high opinion of one’s own worth,] from Old French prud ‘valiant,’ based on Latin prodesse ‘be of value.’ The phrase proud flesh dates back to late Middle English , but the sense [slightly projecting] is first recorded in British dialect of the 19th cent.

I love the origin of the word – “to be of value”, “valiant”. But, we are all of value, aren’t we? Let us look further at the origin of the word….Old French prud ‘valiant’…


valiant |ˈvalyənt|


possessing or showing courage or determination : she made a valiant effort to hold her anger in check | a valiant warrior.


valiantly adverb

ORIGIN Middle English (also in the sense [robust, well-built] ): from Old French vailant, based on Latin valere ‘be strong.’


Valiant – possessing or showing courage or determination. That is what really fits our Wildcat Basketball Team and Coaches. Our Basketball Team and Coaches showed determination, which is a word based upon “be strong”.


Yes, I would say our boys and their coaches showed great determination and strength. We can rightly call then Valiant Wildcats! And, yes, we, as a community are very proud of all of you! Congratulations!