By: Li Ling Lee/Co-Editor-in-Chief
It’s 12:50 pm on the last day before winter break. Several students are called down to the high school office, but they don’t have any idea of what it could have possibly been for. This was the case for 12th grader Jubilee DelGado, 11th grader Hailey Tripp, 11th grader Lizzie Smith, 7th grader Ian Kohlhepp, and 6th grader, Cheyenne Kohlhepp.
Rhonda Longbrake, a long time worker on computers, has donated three laptops, one to each of the high schoolers, and a desktop computer to the Kohlhepps.
Longbrake has been working on computers since the 1970’s and was a computer technician in the US Air Force working on mainframes stationed at Luke AFB, Sembach Ab in Germany, and Cheyenne Mountain Complex. After leaving the service, she worked at Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands working for the Army. Longbrake rebuilt a computer for students at High School Marshalese on Ebeye Island and also taught computers on her day off. From these experiences, she knows how important it is for students to have their hands on computers.
Due to her involvement in computer work, she knows how the computer has supported mankind in new technology and the defense of the United States.
“It is a part of our life now and it’s important to know and understand computer technology,” Longbrake stated.
Longbrake wanted a way to give back to the local area and to support education, and since she understands the need to have computers in students’ homes and for their futures, she thought the best way to give back would be to donate laptops and a desktop to students at Blue Ridge.
Tripp, one of the recipients, stated, “I was speechless. I couldn’t believe how sweet and generous she was. I felt really lucky to be chosen.”