The word "Hero" means something different to everyone; however, "Hero" means two words to one local high school: DeAngelo McDonald.
On Wednesday, October 5, McDonald – a 2010 Glenbrook High graduate – received a hero's welcome as he returned home to Minden from Afghanistan on a two-week "R & R" leave.
McDonald has been stationed in Afghanistan since February. The entire school showed support by painting posters for McDonald and lining the driveway in red, white and blue as Glenbrook's Head Basketball Coach and good friend of McDonald's, Chris Kourvelas (Coach K), brought him to Glenbrook for a large surprise party.
"I would like to thank all the administration, teachers and students for making this a special welcome for DeAngelo," Kourvelas said. "Especially to Judy Moorehead and Sandy Wilkie for the coordination and food they helped bring in to make his return extra special.
"DeAngelo, never without a smile, willingly, has always gone above and beyond the call of duty, which is why he has turned out to be an amazing young man and US soldier," the coach continued. "I, along with everyone who knows DeAngelo, holds a special place in our heart for him. He is a shining example of what a young man should be."
McDonald said he loves coming home.
"I really enjoy coming home and seeing the kids and being able to talk to them and see a lot of my high school friends," he said. "My day seems a lot more important because each kid has a figure they look up to and it makes me feel good that a lot of these kids respect their soldiers and look up to someone like me.
"It means a lot to me and totally mind-blowing that kids from Kindergarten all the way up to seniors will come out just to say hello and tell me they miss me," he said.