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Alex Arntzen paced the music out in his head as he sat in the stands with his parents at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games in Long Beach last year. The opening would be big and brassy, the 16-year-old student at North Hollywood’s Campbell Hall High School knew. Otherwise, no one would be able to hear it over the roar of the crowd as 1,500 young special-needs athletes, representing every city in Southern California, walked into the stadium. After their entrance, the noise would die down as the emotions of the moment took over. This is where Alex would put the cello solo. The finish would come back to the beginning – big and brassy, until it reached a climax as the Special Olympics torch was lighted to a long, loud standing ovation. It took Alex most of a year to compose the piece, with the guidance and advice of private music instructors and music teachers at Campbell Hall. “When we heard what he had written, there was no doubt this was going to be our opening-ceremonies theme song,” said Ruth Ruiz, Southern California communications director for the Special Olympics. “It’s incredibly moving, a beautiful piece of music.” Alex is a humble, quiet kid, Campbell Hall music director Jim Whiting said. Definitely not a showboater. “He’d sit at his desk for hours working and reworking the composition, trying to get it just right,” Whiting said. “It’s like trying to put a giant puzzle together.” When Alex finally got a chance to conduct and have his piece performed by the school orchestra at a concert last month, “Inspiration” got a standing ovation. “The audience didn’t know it was written specifically for the Special Olympics,” Whiting said. “People were just reacting to a beautiful, moving piece of music written by a very talented student.” Her son was a different kid when he came home last year from volunteering at the Special Olympics, Nancy Arntzen said. All his preconceived notions about what is and isn’t possible in life were gone. “I couldn’t wipe the smile off his face,” she said. “He was just so jazzed and inspired by these young people. He can’t wait to go back and volunteer with them again this year.” He doesn’t deserve any credit for the music, Alex said Wednesday. The Special Olympic athletes do. They did all the real work. “They inspired me, and I owe them,” he said. “They have given me some fantastic moments and taught me lessons in patience and perseverance that I’ll never forget.” He’ll be sitting in the stands with his parents again this year when opening ceremonies begin and 1,500 smiling, young special-needs athletes enter the stadium to the sounds of “Inspiration.” The crowd will be loud, Alex knows, but his big, brassy opening will be louder. It’ll grow quiet when the emotions of the moment hit – perfect for that cello solo he’s written. And it’s going to be inspirational. The athletes taking part in Special Olympics deserve nothing less. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! These young athletes had worked hard to be here. They deserved to enter to their own Special Olympics theme song, not the traditional Olympic Games theme by John Williams. “They’re their own organization; they deserve their own theme,” said Alex, turning to his mom, who agreed. “So, write them one, Honey,” Nancy Arntzen said. And that’s exactly what her son did. When the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games kick off at California State University, Long Beach, on June15, 1,500 young athletes will march into the stadium to “Inspiration,” their very own theme. The piece flowed from the mind of a local teenager who was fulfilling his high school community-service obligation by volunteering with the track and field events at the Special Olympics last year.