It’s great to be a Seminole County Indian! I may have graduated from the red and black worlds of Cairo High School and the University of Georgia, but after two and a half years of living in the land of the green, the blood flowing in my veins is that same color – the bright shade of Seminole County Indian green. I proudly wear my Seminole County Indian hat and shirts in support of everything that is good about the Seminole County school system.
I have proudly covered the football games, the amazing performances of the Green Machine Band, the baseball and softball games, tennis matches and cross country meets, one act plays, honors nights. literary events, 4-H and FFA and more. I have watched the faces of the Seminole County Middle/High School students light up in pride of their achievements and my pride for them has grown with each and every event. I have learned their names and the names of their family members and I feel like, even if it is in a very small way, that I have become a part of their lives. When I first arrived two and a half years ago, I felt a little unconformable attending events surrounded by crowds of strangers. Everywhere I went I felt a little disconnected but always welcome. At that time I was a stranger and I was known as Mr. Newspaperman.
But after living in this community and now calling it home I feel so very, very different and it is because of the foundation of the Indian nation – each and every one of you. Everywhere I go now I feel right at home and I smile inside when the students and others welcome me, speak to me and refer to me as Mr. David. I am part of that strong foundation and so very proud to be.
Webster’s defines the word foundation as something, such as a person, an idea, a principle, or a fact that provides support for something.
Throughout Seminole County’s schools, students are continuously recognized for achievement in academics, athletics, music, and citizenship. This community strongly supports its youth and that effort is second to none. Parents are actively engaged in supporting each school. This is evidenced by a large number of parents who regularly volunteer in classrooms at school events and fill the stands to capacity each and every occasion.
Outstanding schools help build attractive and prospering communities and provide future leaders for our region’s services and businesses.
There is a rich tradition of family values within the Seminole County community and this combined with everything else provides a most impressive and substantial foundation for the very proud Indian nation.
As another chapter is set to unfold Friday night and the opportunity for the football team to go 11-0 and become the winningest team in Seminole County history, I am proud and honored to be in a position to tell that story on the pages of your newspaper. I am proud to be a part of the strong foundation that supports the mighty Indian nation. Go Indians!
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