Saturday, November 14, 2015

Kind Of A Big Deal

The Pony is a small-town celebrity. News of his recent academic accolades was splashed on the front page of the local paper Friday. He didn't make the three revolving pictures, but he was one of the four top stories in the online edition. That means people clicked on his story, then saw his picture. Scholars enjoy the fame of athletes in Backroads.

In fact, when he ran into Casey's to pay for the gas I treated T-Hoe to on Friday afternoon, the clerk congratulated him. "Way to go man! I read that, and told everybody, 'Hey! That kid comes in my store all the time!'" Not that The Pony is a stunning creature to rival the self-assessed beauty of Ashton Kutcher's character in Cheaper By the Dozen. Nor is he misshapen and rememberable, like The Elephant Man. He's actually kind of nondescript. But he DID twice take back money that the (other) clerks had handed back by mistake. So now he's famous in that store for being honest AND smart.

The guy who runs the school sent me an email congratulating The Pony. He said that The Pony's news, posted on our school Facebook, had garnered over 6100 hits, the most ever since the page was started.

I daresay that if The Pony was to get his driver's license next week, the license office gal would make sure she took a good photo. People congratulate me all the time now. I don't know why, it's not like I got the score. They add things like, "He can write his own ticket now." "He can go to college anywhere he wants." "Colleges will be fighting over him." "He won't ever have to pay for college now."

Au contraire. That's where reality sets in. Nobody's breaking down the door offering The Pony a full ride. It's not like when he DOES choose a college, and sign a letter of intent, the paper will show up to photograph him at the table with a pen, his parents and teachers standing behind him.

Nope. That's reality. To the Backroads citizens, The Pony is worthy of a free education for being one of the less than 1/10 of one percent of students who achieve a perfect score on that test. Like an accomplished athlete. But not to the colleges.

He is going to an informational dinner Tuesday night, in the city, to talk to a representative of the University of Oklahoma. They actively recruit National Merit Scholars, and have a package worth $124,000 to offer them. That does not include room and board.

The Pony could probably get a full ride at a smaller university. One not known for the strength of its engineering program.

He remains undecided. Yet still tickled pink over his score, as he awaits the results of his SAT.

2 comments:

Sioux said...

A pink Pony? THAT is something I'd love to see.

Hillbilly Mom said...

Sioux,
You may never see that. In fact, that's part of the reason The Pony got his name. It all started with a ne'er-do-well drive-thru employee at McDonalds, who stuffed a girl Happy Meal toy in The Pony's bag. Which happened to be a My Little Pony pink carousel. He squalled and bawled and huffed away, inconsolable, after we got home. The #1 son and I played with that thing for 30 minutes. Until we broke it.