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April 23, 2004

Albany-- The Class of 2004 is nearing graduation.

Many seniors have decided on a college or a job-- and for some, the military.

We met one teen who says becoming a Marine has been a dream his entire life-- and he is going to make it a reality.

Welcome to "High School, High Tech."

These Albany high school seniors are using any means necessary to complete their avionics project at Chehaw Park. Today, they are making hot air balloons and electric planes.

It's more than just fun though, "I learn a lot about team work and how to get along with others and how to really try and practice being patient and taking orders and sometimes even giving orders."

Donovan Toole is counting on those skills, "I'm going to the Marine Corps. I'm going to be in the infantry."

This Westover High School senior and science whiz is joining the Marines, "Like I have always had my G.I. Joe's and my green army men that I have always played with. Some people want to be firemen, some policemen, I really want to be in the military."

His advisor, Susan Mercer, says "Oh, our heart is with him."

Donovan's High School High Tech advisor says what he is learning here he can take to the battlefield, "And all we can hope is they come back real soon and accomplish their mission. And that is what Donovan is all about. He wants to serve his country, he wants to accomplish his mission for our country."

Today's mission is complete: the hot air balloon is finished. Donovan's next mission will be much more dangerous, but he knows he will accomplish that too.

The High School, High Tech annual awards ceremony took place after the aviation project. Donovan Toole won a $1,000.00 dollar savings bond for his outstanding work with High School, High Tech.

Posted at 4:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com