I went way back up into the mountains Thursday night to do an awards presentation. First dinner with the extended family and with a mom who originally was very opposed to a service career for her only child. Not sure the aunt and uncle appreciated my sense of humor for "yelling" at the candidate half way through dinner that he could not have picked up a worse time to take up sky diving. He had just completed his first jump the previous Saturday. Bubble wrap was mentioned. Anyway, on to the high school. It is a very small high school with a graduating class of around 120 with a very long awards presentation, done in alphabetical order with "U" of course coming close to the end of the three hour ceremony. In addition to the USNA "scholarship", this close-knit mountain community generated over a half million dollars in other scholarships, mostly in the $500 range so it was a long drawn out evening. One might even consider it boring. However, when I presented my candidate his Certificate from the Supt, there was a 5 minute standing ovation, the only one of the evening, I might add. It was truly a humbling experience.