Designing the future


By William Plaster - [email protected]



By William Plaster

[email protected]

RED JACKET – Technology is advancing; the world is growing smarter and more complex. As the older generations try desperately to keep up with the technological evolution, the younger generations seem to be born with the information already implanted. You probably have a better chance of getting your computer fixed by asking one of your kids for help than to call an actual professional.

One such instance is Mingo County Central sophomore Kyle Toler. While the average child is getting their feet wet with the monotonous lifestyle that accompanies adulthood this kid is already working, he is on the right track and is filling his days with something he is passionate about. Toler began experimenting with the world of graphic design about a year ago. Today Toler can produce results that rival professional companies who are paid big money to design and maintain functional websites.

The average lifestyle of today is almost entirely spent online. We get most of our information from the web, we buy products online, we date online and we find our own little groups and clubs to associate with so we can fulfill our need to belong. Like the average adolescent, Toler spent most of his free time online, but something underneath all of the pop-ups, adds, comments, and puppy video’s grabbed Toler’s attention. He asked himself “how does all this work, who organizes all of this information into a way I can understand?” Google will tell you the answer is a graphic designer, and google is never wrong.

Toler began searching the web and learning the basics of how the relatively new skill is performed. He watched YouTube videos, read articles, and joined discussions and forums where veterans and rookies can share information and create a community devoted to the trade. Toler started small by designing t-shirt logos and other small insignia’s. He admits that his beginning work was slightly below par but everyone has to start somewhere.

Toler is now working on his own Mona Lisa; the Mingo County Central athletic website. The idea for the website was born when Mingo Central’s athletic director Dr. T. Micheal Kinder was wondering how he would organize and provide all the available information in one easy and accessible place. So Dr. Kinder turned inward instead of outsourcing the job. Toler was offered the chance to tackle the challenge and test himself. If you haven’t visited the website yet, you really should. Toler has designed, by himself, a functioning website that displays all the information anyone could need pertaining to Mingo Central athletics.

Since the beginning of the school year, Toler has worked on the website every day, he maintains the website to keep it functioning properly and updates it almost daily with new information. The website grows with every point scored by the Miners.

The website features all of the contact information for the school’s athletic department; as well as all of the rosters and scores from the sporting seasons that are currently active. Toler said, “My goal for the website is to include a live scoreboard that updates regularly during a game so people can follow the game if they are unable to attend.” Toler is also looking toward the future of the website. He wants to one day be able to live stream audio and video coverage of the games being played. Toler believes that as soon as winter, Mingo Central will have the first available website in West Virginia that can live stream ball games in High Definition.

Until the site can successfully bring all the Miners action to your living room you will have to watch the ball games the old fashioned way by loading up and heading to Harless Stadium. Toler does not want to lessen the whole sporting experience, and I doubt that he could. A big part of sports is the experience it provides, the thrill and suspense that a game creates. So when senior quarterback Steven Hammond steps onto the field with his brand new uniform on and that game seven look in his eye, we can scream as loud as we want to let him know the community is behind him. Hammond can slide on his helmet with the awesome new logo on the side and do what he does best. Oh yeah, Toler designed that logo too.

Toler is exceeding even his own expectations for the site. Colleges are taking notice of Toler’s ability. There has been 27 colleges contact Toler to promote their own graphic design course. He would be a great addition to any program.

Toler started this hobby because it was fun to him, now his eyes have been opened and a brighter future has been revealed. Toler said, “I want to make this my career in life, I have fun doing it and it brings a lot of happiness into my life, it takes up a lot of my time but I like staying busy and the site really keeps me busy.”

Toler has been adding player interviews prior to the games to give the site more content.

“I would really like to thank my family and friends for supporting me, none of this would be possible without them. Dr. Kinder, Coach Kinder, and Wes Wilson have been great with helping me and encouraging me to make the site bigger and better.”

This is only Toler’s first year operating the site; things are still new and growing. Toler said he will continue to operate the site during his junior and senior year because he loves his school and loves being part of the athletic department. If you are curious about the progress Toler has made with the site please go to http://mingocentral.wix.com and check the site out for yourself.

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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By William Plaster

[email protected]

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)

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