COMMENTARY: Supporting the good works of Caesar Rodney High School

In advance of homecoming weekend, I wanted to express my support for Caesar Rodney High School.

After several, recent unfortunate situations, it is an appropriate time to take a step back and acknowledge the terrific students and teachers at the school. My family’s three children graduated from CRHS and earned a high quality education. The school provided opportunities with athletics, the arts, clubs and organizations.

Lyndon Yearick

In my legislator role, I have had the honor to acknowledge world-class student achievement as students earned awards from organizations like Google and Microsoft. Students gain college acceptance into our military academies, Ivy League institutions and other high-caliber colleges.

Jennifer Heffernan, Jay McCormick, Melissa Rapp and Carla Lawson are examples of the excellent teachers who challenge and educate our sons and daughters. Military leaders Col. Mitch Berger and MSgt. Jay Wedel lead one of the state’s best JROTC programs and premier drill performance teams.

For athletics, experienced coaches like Dan Candeloro, Darrell Gravatt and Bill Victory teach student-athletes more than Xs and Os; they are preparing our future leaders for success well beyond the athletic arena. Dan Rigby, Brittney Stewart, and Jeffrey Gravatt represent an excellent crop of young coaches who have returned to their alma mater to pay it forward from the education they received at CR.

How about the arts? Band director DuWane Sandlin continues to demand the very best from his marching and concert bands. Keith McCarthy and John Muller with CRHS’s stage crew & thespians perform at a near Broadway caliber. For clubs and organizations, Stephen Cook and his FFA leaders prepare the next generation of agricultural leaders with one of the state’s best FFA Chapters. DECA, National Honor Society, and the Letterman’s Club are just a few examples of organizations where students can get engaged with their high school.

There is not any perfect organization when you involve over 2,000 diverse individuals. The actions of one or two by no means represent the whole. I would encourage everyone with or without children at the school to participate with homecoming, Rider Pride Day, an upcoming play, concert, or athletic event. Take pride in your community high school and … Go Riders!

EDITOR’S NOTE: State Rep. Lyndon Yearick is a Republican legislator representing the 34th Representative District which contains the municipalities of Camden, Wyoming, Woodside and a portion of Dover

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