When Jack Owens was Dean at DelTech, his favorite saying when something went wrong was: “When one door closes, another opens”; many good people got the ax this month from LHS, the most notable was Brian Cass who for several years rebuilt the HS band and drama class. And suddenly after years of hard effort his door closed.
But today his door opened and he was offered and accepted a position with Wesley College, Dover, a position he describes as “a remarkable, fabulous opportunity. It’s going to be great”, he told me tonight after the graduation ceremonies when I confronted him about the news I had heard in the stands. I imagine he won’t be the only great teacher we will lose.
As for the graduation, the first outdoor one at Laurel I attended, it was wonderful. As those young kids came marching out under the giant Bulldog blow-up I was thinking of the turmoil these kids have gone through; they’ve witnessed two wars, a recession, a slow economy, and the final blast the lay-off of 35 staff members they grew to know and love.
What was going on in their mind about their future; I shook my head hoping they had a better future ahead of them.
HS principal Dean Ivory welcomed the almost 100 seniors with encouragement for their future and to listen to their hearts so to speak and not be misguided by others, at which time he mentioned Blogs….hmmmmmmm. I had to chuckle since this blog has been critical of past board efforts and has pushed for less administrators in our top-heavy administrative staff.
Then I chuckled again; it was ok when this Blog supported the referendum and Dr. McCoy to the tune of an average of 3000 hits a day for almost a month.
Acting Superintendent Dr. Dorothy Nave asked the students to remember where they had been, where they are now, and where they hope to be in the future. I liked her remarks; she didn’t mention Blogs.
Almost $2 million in scholarships were awarded to this class, ($1.7 million); while you may remember graduating with one Salutatorian and one Valedictorian, this class as has been a past ritual, 4 Salutatorian’s and two valedictorian’s; congratulations to all of them; I only saw 9 who were on the National Honor Society, congratulations to them and Ivory said 67% of the class will go into higher education and two in the military; the rest like me in school will claw their way to survival. Some of these will make more than their college peers.
I guess the football stadium doesn’t have an American Flag; the pole was bare and when the National Anthem was played the students and everyone looked for a flag. I would be glad to donate a flag in memory of my bride if the school cannot afford one. Call me.
The Class of 1962 was the honored class, celebrating 50 years out of school. That was my brothers class; he died of cancer from Agent Orange incurred during his tour of Vien Nam.
Finally congratulations to two fine people, kids who grew up with my children and are advisors for this class. Mike Allen, and Tiesha Niblett, and to the teachers, and especially the graduates. God Speed.