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Meteorologist Gil Simmons goes back his high school in Danielson


DANIELSON, Conn. (WTNH)– All this week on “Good Morning Connecticut” we have been taking you “Back To School” and Friday morning Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons takes us back to his high school in Danielson.

Ellis tech…My high school in Danielson, Connecticut back when mullets were cool…1986-1990.

30 years ago I walked these halls…of course reading, writing and arithmetic. Then we had to go through the exploratory program! That involved sampling each shop including hairdressing and cosmetology. Push the cuticle back, put some curls, on the manikin’s but that wasn’t for me it was all about machine and tool!

“Mr. Nason!” said Gil.

“Gilbert Simmons!” said Nason.

“How many years?” asked Gil.

“So many, getting goose pimples. 30 years I think!” said Nason.

“That’s a long time but you look great!” said Gil.

How is a trade school different from a regular high school?

“You have to be here every day,” Nason said. “Just like in the workforce, if you’re not here you don’t get a grade. Workforce you don’t show up you don’t get paid!”

And we learned the importance of safety!

“You have to respect each other, you have to respect the machine,” Nason said. “This is a CNC lathe for turning round stock.”

“Simmons get that chuck key out of there! You’re gonna break your hand!!!” Nason yelled at Gil.

Just like it was yesterday…there you go!

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