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The Star on the Ridge

Kenny Sholl

Men of McCallie,

I hope you stopped by to look at the star in front of our house on campus.  Mrs. Hughes refers to it as the LZ…..Landing Zone… it is about 30’ by 30’!  I have constructed it for the last 23 years, and it remains one of the highlights of the season for me….even though as I was making last minute adjustments to the top of the star, I slipped, rolled down the hill for the third year in a row…...

Here is why I love the star:

One is for what the star represents…...Hope...Forgiveness...Eternity...Guidance...Glory

Two is the process required to make the star geometrically sound.  

The 5-point star is a fun and challenging shape to construct. It requires a piece of rope with the desired dimensions marked, 10 stakes, about 10 strings of lights, some good climbing shoes, a rubber mallet, and a few good helpers…..which are usually from my two sons.  First, choose the location for the top of the star. Second, strike a straight line with the rope and place stakes in the ground at the tick marks on the rope. Third, create an isosceles triangle with the rope at the top of the star and place the fifth stake in the ground at the base angle of the triangle. From here continue to move the rope in a straight line placing the stakes along the way. 

I am not going to claim this as a “real world” example for using geometry, but the star can’t happen without it.  

Men, I wish you well as you head off for Christmas vacation and Holiday celebrations. I know it has been a busy time for you to prepare for your end of semester projects, tests, and papers.  I hope you enjoy this well-deserved break. 

Be Well and Continue to Do Good in this Season of Giving!

With my compliments,

Dean  Sholl


P.S.  Men, thank you for all you did to support the kids at Westside school who wouldn’t have a Christmas without you!