By Sandy Schenck

Students from Five Oaks Academy watched a tall pine tree  come down last week and the one word I heard over and over – “Awesome!” The tree, which was over 80 years old, had to be cut because of a pine beetle infestation. After much preparation by Scotty and Mark that morning, early in the afternoon the students gathered at a safe distance as the final cuts were made. There was a brief moment of silence, a loud crack followed by the crashing of the tree as it fell.