By Nelson Nix
As I reflect upon influences in my life, teachers always come to mind. As a good foundation is required for many pursuits, schooling figures into almost any success. Current disappointing national statistics concerning school dropouts and the large number of people without a high school diploma are becoming ominous.
It seems I was in school for a very long time — more than 17 years. Add to that all the business training and the military and a big chunk of life was invested with a sharp pencil in hand. But the skills gained are invaluable and the experiences and friends made have been most rewarding.