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-t" 104 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 I ! Jim Westhoff photo Autumn Dailey, 13, daughter of Scott and Deniene Dailey of Lewes gives a weather forecast as part of her exam in eighth- grade science at Beacon Middle School. Bailey received a 100 percent on her project. In the photo, she is indicating Bridgeville and discussing the differences in temperatures just after a cold front went through, pointing out a high pres- sure system moving over southern Delaware. Jim Westhoff photo Emilie Urdahl, shown with her mother Janet, earned a spot in the freshman class at West Point. After months of interviews and applications, she received her official letter of admit- tance Feb. 17. Emilie is the battalion commander of Cape Henlopen High School's JROTC pro- gram. Cape's Urdahl headed to West Point " By Jim Westhoff ed by her congressman or senators. She had to sit Cape Gazette staff " before three different committees representing the Cape Henlopen High School's Emilie Urdahl has congressional delegation been accepted at the U.S. Military Academy at West These people asked questions, tried to judge her Point, fulfilling a goal she has been striving for since character and commitment, and generally tried to ninth grade, whittle down the number of people applying for Emilie, who lives in Lewes, received her official nomination. letter ofappointmentFriday, Feb. 17. Emilie eventually received nominations from With numerous hurdles to get to the application Sens. Tom Carper and Joe Biden. process, West Point is one of the most Selective But that was just one step. Applicants to the schools in the country, Army's service academy also must interview with Before she could apply, Emilie had to be nominat- Continued on page 25 By Jim Westhoff Lenhart said. "I'm very pleased Cape Gazette staff He said he could tell it worked In Chris Lenhart's's classroom, well by the type of questions the fronts were moving in, high-pres- kids,were asking to prepare their sure systems were descending and presentations, questions that hurricanes threatened coastal demonstrated a strong depth of areas. It was not a "best-of' show knowledge, he said. on The Weather Channel; it was "The kids just needed to be re- an eighth-grade science class at affirmed that they were correct in Beacon Middle School. their assumptions," he said: As the culmination of a unit on Student Autumn Dailey said weather, Lenhart's 86 students playing meteorologist was very recently presented weather fore- instructive. "We have to show casts to the class, as if they were seven different weather systems," television meteorologists. They she said. "We have to do a local, supplied charts, maps and numer- regional and national forecast." ous weather symbols. So if someone wants to know Lenhart even built a set so the about tomorrow's weather, should forecast would seem more realis- they call Dailey? "Probably not," tic. "It worked very well," she laughed. If not now, then when? If not us, then who? If not here, then where? These are the questions that cycle through my thoughts like the horses on the carousel at Funland. The journey to be better than we are starts with a single step and though some may say it is clicht, for me, the journey needs to start now, here with us in this place. Our challenge is to take what is good and make it better, to do what is difficult and claim the gold standard for future genera- tions. To look beyond the politics and focus on what we want to leave others. To pay it forward. Our 'task bears no room for complacency. We must not ask too little or dream too small. This juncture in time demands our full attention, our connected concern and our selfless vision. This is the place and the time. The improve- ments that are on the drawing board now for the Cape Henlopen SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese School District will drive our suc- cess for the next 50 y~ars. Who knows what the future will bring, but with a positive referendum vote, the children and the commu- nity at large will have what it needs to be the best possible. A few years ago I asked my father how he voted in a referen- dum i'or schools improvements, port for the next generation, What a vision that generation had! one that would bring an increase regardless of whether or not these How grand! in taxes. After all, my parents are were his own children or grand- Now we are told that our gener- retired, live on a fixed income and children, ation is being given a choice on they spend time away from home They say a nut never falls far March 16. We can vote yes to for long stretches. They have been from the tree and, no surprise upgrade, expand, and improve our " paying taxes for many years and here, I have adopted his attitude: schools. This is not just a new they had no children left to edu- The students that go to the high high school but additional class- cate in the public school system, school this year and next will not rooms in elementary schools for Dad surprised me when he said benefit from passing the referen- new full day kindergarten classes, that he voted for the referendum, dum. My own children will not" new boilers and a maybe even a My father loves to talk so he benefit from a new high school, new Olympic size pool. explained his thinking in a But what about the children who Just ask Giacomo and Doris, lengthy discussion. He said that are in first grade now? Couid you my dad and morn! If they were there was a new generation of honestly stand in front of a first here now, they would vote yes for children who deserved the best grade class and tell them that you the referendum! They know that that we could give them. He had voted to defeat the referendum, their support is a legacy, and edu- noticed how the school building that their future does not matter? cation is one of the most valuable and the grounds in his town had When I taught at Milton Middle gifts they can give to future gener- become shabby and there was def- School I often marveled at the ations. inite need for repair work to the architecture, the columns and systems that supported the build- brick, the little cut out places in Diane Saienni Albanese is a ing. Being a very conscientious the front where itlooked like they parent and teacher in the Cape homeowner, he likened it to home intended to put-an urn but where Henlopen School District. repairs that cropped up every sea- children sat and waited for the Previous columns can be son. To him it was a privilege to start of school. The same goes for reviewed at her website dianeai- be able to provide help and sup- the old Lewes Middle School.