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Howard Co. school superintendent goes skydiving to inspire students

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The leader of one of our area's largest school systems did something dangerous on Thursday. Was it a bad example for the kids? Quite the opposite actually. She was on a mission to inspire.

For the kids at Atholton High School in Howard County, one half of this jump was a familiar face.

“I feel great, nervous,” said Renee Foose.

She is Howard County's first female school superintendent and she scored another first today. Foose jumped out of a plane with the Army's Golden Knights parachute team.

The destination was the football field at Atholton High. Spectators watched outside the fence waiting anxiously for the superintendent’s turn.

From 13,500 feet, she managed a thumbs up as she was traveling at 120 miles per hour.

We asked student Joseph Berman what he thought about the superintendent.

“I think she's pretty awesome,” he said.

She had an awesome landing too.

But she confessed she's glad it's over.

“Yes, of course, I was scared to death,” Foose said. “They kept opening the door, turning the plane this way and I had the seat that was right there on the edge. I was a little nervous. I had a lot of second thoughts, but once you get on the plane, there's no coming back except one way and that’s out that door.”

At Atholton, 16 percent of the school population is in JROTC.

“The mission of JROTC is to make better citizens and I think the military really thrives on putting the best out there,” said student Cadet Isabella Romero.

The superintendent posed for fun selfies. But her mission is serious: inspiring kids to think big, be bold and always come prepared.

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