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Speak Out: High school arts programs, bad drivers, Chelby Frazier and more

Speak Out: High school arts programs, bad drivers, Chelby Frazier and more
02 Sep
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Good for Nigerian-born Uzodinma Asonye for going from walking the halls of Homewood-Flossmoor High School to becoming a powerhouse attorney and lead prosecutor in the trial of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, on charges of tax evasion and fraud. One of the things that I found most interesting about Asonye’s time at the Flossmoor school was how involved he was in the arts such as playing in the marching band, the symphonic band and the Viking ensemble. At a time when funding for arts programs in schools tend to dry up and some of these programs unfortunately get cut, the achievements of Asonye’s show that the arts are essential to education and preparing youngsters for the future.

Driving these days seems more challenging than ever. Sure, there are rules of the road to follow but I find that the biggest thing I must do is anticipate the stupid things other drivers will do. There have been countless times when I’m in the middle of the intersection waiting to turn left and would’ve been hit if I did so as the light was turning from yellow to red because the person driving in the opposite lane went through the intersection well after he or she should have. Don’t even get me started on the countless people, despite laws requiring the use of hands-free devices when driving, who pay more attention to their phones than the road. It’s maddening.

Thanks to Pat Disabato for his article on the passing of Chelby Frazier, a graduate of Thornwood High School in South Holland. The guard for Robert Morris University in Chicago was among the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s top-20 scorers for the 2017-18 season with his 14.1 points per game. Thanks also to D’Quan Applewhite for sharing his thoughts on his friend since the age of 4 especially during such a difficult time. It’s sad that someone who recently turned 21 years old lost his life so suddenly. Hopefully the memories of Frazier’s trademark smile and ability to make others feel welcome, not to mention his multicolored sneakers, will help comfort his friends and family when they miss him the most.

I was amazed when reading about Air Force Junior ROTC cadet Angelo Wilder, a junior at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, completing the private pilot license training course and earning his private pilot license. How many high school students can say that? By the time I was in high school I had only been on a plane once that I can remember, and I certainly wasn’t flying that thing. What an achievement. Bravo to Wilder for receiving the chief of staff of the Air Force scholarship from Headquarters AFJROTC. The Flight Academy scholarship program seems like a great way for the Air Force to get more people interested in becoming pilots whether as civilians or members of the military.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/opinion/ct-sta-speak-out-st-0904-story.html

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