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I graduated university two years ago and the most valuable knowledge I gained didn’t come from my course load. It gradually seeped in, every other Friday, after I joined the professional work force.

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“Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this president.”

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I am passionate about education. I plan to be a lifelong learner and can’t deny part of my joy stems from the wonderful teachers I’ve had throughout the years.

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Amid our nation’s student loan debt crisis, Rick Singer set up a fake charity so Hollywood’s wealthiest could buy their children’s college admission. Jokes on them though, because now they are paying for trying to cheat the system.

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As the new school year picks up, I’m reminded of a consistency that followed me throughout my years as a student.

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This weekend, I returned from my family’s annual vacation. My parents, siblings and I spent all last week amidst the sand dunes, piers and awkward tan lines of North Carolina.

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There’s a rule in AP Style, the grammar hand guide for news writing, that states journalists should type out the words for numbers nine and under and use numerals for 10 and over.

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This month, across the nation, rainbow tutus pranced through the streets. Some of us donned color and marched alongside. Some of us were uncomfortable.

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I grew up in Cleveland, which means I call age 23 my LeBron year. Though the NBA star is long gone, his influence and impact are still embedded in the streets of my hometown, and in who I am.

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I drift asleep to the moon as a little boy across the world rises to the sun. In my dreams, I follow him around his new day, as I did three Mays ago.

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This weekend I drive west. As I make my way along, I’ll think of jellybeans and paper grass.

Death Notices

BARRY - Charles W., 65, of Dilliner, formerly of Fairmont, W.Va., January 10.

BEDILLION - Gary L., 73, of Waynesburg, January 11.

CRESS - Sonja Ann, 73, of Waynesburg, January 7.

FOX - Justin Francis, 31, of Khedive, formerly of Waynesburg, January 7.

KELLER - Karen S. Wood, 69, of Waynesburg, January 7.

MATTEUCCI - Janet Rae Welling, 90, of Redstone Highlands Senior Community in North Huntingdon, formerly of Rices Landing, January 1.

RUSNOCK - Mary Rita Antal,101, of Jefferson, January 7.

TUSTIN - Nellie Louise (Gorby), 75, of Richhill Twp., January 7.

WADE - Wilma Jean Moore, 89, of Mt. Morris, January 8.

Full obituaries can be purchased and placed through the Regional Obit Center, 800-222-6397.

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