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December 9, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 10, 2013

Proud of diploma from McLean HS

I want to express my gratitude to the faculty, students and staff at McLean Alternative High School. The experience I’ve had with the McLean family will forever be a model in the skills I carry with me through college and the rest of my life.

The teachers offer help on a personal level and push you to succeed even when obstacles seem impossible to overcome. To me, it didn’t feel like just a school with a teacher and a classroom. It was a place where you had a friend there to help work with and talk to. I think that makes all the difference to the students.

I want to major in education, and the remarkable qualities displayed by the staff at McLean have shown me that teaching is determination because the futures of the students are rested on the shoulders of those that prove role models to the kids who need someone.

At some point everyone needs a little help or push, and the students I have grown to care about as my classmates know the faith and support that McLean provides them. They are great peers, some in bad predicaments, but good kids just the same. However, that does not involve giving up on us, and McLean knows that.

In my opinion credit is not given where it is due, because McLean has the potential of being a five-star high school with high test scores and extracurricular sports and activities. I’m proud to say I am a graduate of McLean with the first Academic Honors Diploma, but I hope I will not be the last.

— Abigail Mincey

Terre Haute

Sports could use drone’s eye view

Given the technology exists to fly miniature drones to American households as the Amazon founder envisions, other uses could be considered for these marvels.

Instead of an eyesore cable line supporting an elevated camera above a football gridiron as is the case with NFL and collegiate football games, drones carrying a camera could instead be used to provide these aerial shots. The thing could fly about the stadium high and low, be positioned at ground level, or zoom over the crowd. In fact, these drones could replace stadium blimp overflights.

The same applies to baseball. The drone could fly about the outfield several feet above its surface giving television viewers a moving vantage point-of-view of the baseball action from an outfielder’s perspective. It could land atop a dugout for a view from that location. It could be flown to the bleachers, be perched atop the grandstand, or set down by the third base coach’s box.

Whatever the case, drone technology providing a moving vantage point of a sports event is far better from what fixed-positioned camera shots and angles offer nowadays.

— Earl Beal

Terre Haute

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