Highway 75 cuts through the Sand Mountain portion of DeKalb County like a good butcher knife slices a ripe watermelon.  Going north from Marshall County you go through Geraldine, Lakeview, Fyffe, Shiloh, Rainsville, Sylvania, Henager, Ider and on into Georgia.  Add all their populations together and you get 12,183–about one half the size of Homewood.

Still, you don’t have to be big to be good.  Seth Maddox, who just graduated from Geraldine high school and is about to head o Auburn University, is proof of this.  Seth was just named as the Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint National Champion.. He finished ahead of 145 who were invited to the finals in Orlando.  He now goes to New York City to compete in the World Championship.

You can read about Seth, and watch an interview with him, by going to this article on AL.com.

For some reason, I have to think that Seth does not use a vintage flip phone as I do, and that we could help me every time my computer throws me a curve.

And in times when so many politicians want us to believe that they know more about education than professional educators do and give us a constant drum beat about how terrible our schools are, young people like Seth Maddox are a shining example of how little the politicians really do know.