DIMON KENDRICK-HOLMES: A week full of surprises

May 10, 2013 

For the past three weeks, I've written about the school district, which not everybody likes.

In fact, one of our friendly Internet readers posted a comment informing me "this horse is dead."

The web comment didn't surprise me, but two things did surprise me this past week.

The first surprise came on Sunday from my pastor, who made a startling statement to the congregation. He said that in these progressive times he's come to terms with the fact that adults are going to…

…Yes, that adults are actually going to look at their cell phones during the sermon.

That's because, as you may know, there are many fine Bible apps on the market and it's so much easier just to type that morning's verses into the search box on Bible Gateway or whatever Scripture site you happen to use than it is to hoist up your giant family Bible and flip through the gilded pages.

Bible apps are a good thing, my pastor said, and very convenient, and he gave everyone his blessing to use them.

You could hear a collective sigh from the congregation. I mean, you don't want your pastor to look at you reading the Bible on your phone and think you're checking your email or playing solitaire.

And you definitely don't want your pastor to look at you checking your email or playing solitaire on your phone and think you're checking your email or playing solitaire.

So that was the first surprise.

The second surprise came on Tuesday night in front of a thousand people at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Somebody cried at the Page One awards.

Last year, it was outgoing Muscogee County superintendent Susan Andrews who wiped away tears after Spencer High School students won three out of the first seven awards.

This year, Andre Carter, a 285-pound defensive tackle from Spencer High School, won the Page One award in the category of athletics.

Everybody knew Andre was a 285-pound defensive tackle because he was wearing his green-and-gold letter jacket (letters in football, wrestling and track) with "285" and "DT" patches sewn on one of the sleeves.

Earlier in the evening, Andre had stood on the RiverCenter stage with 17 other nominees.

Now he stood there alone, the winner, under hot lights and in front of a thousand people.

Our publisher, Rodney Mahone, told the audience about Andre's accomplishments, how he'd overcome a tough situation, how he'd succeeded in the classroom and on the playing field, how he'd mentored middle school students.

And big Andre bowed his head and wiped tears from his eyes.

A thousand people cheered.

It was a nice surprise.

Dimon Kendrick-Holmes, executive editor, dkholmes@ledger-enquirer.com

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