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Looking back at a school year

I'm on a mission.

If I ever find out who told my wife she could save ideas by tearing pages out of magazines and catalogs, vengeance will be swift.

There's a new recipe here. A great looking landscape over there. And scattered in the middle are tips for healthy skin, neat places to travel, even recommendations for flowers that compliment azaleas.

Parts of my house look like the aftermath of a victory parade. Only the confetti never got cut -- it remains in piles of glossy sheets.

Hold on. Allow me to correct myself. As my pouting wife just pointed out, the pile of pages in the den have been replaced by a stack of unlabeled folders.

"I should get some credit for trying to be organized," she says.

I agree. Please, honey, allow me to provide the confetti.

Last week was a little bittersweet for me. It was the end of school here in McDuffie County, which means my calendar is much less hectic for the next few months.

But the break also means taking a break from working with some of the best and brightest at Thomson High School.

I've made it a point in the last two years to try and spend as much time as possible with the newspaper and annual staffs at the school.

It started two years ago with The Bulldog Bark -- the same newspaper where I got my start. I started running a Bulldog Bark page in The Mirror, featuring the work of those students in the newspaper class at the school.

When school started last August, I went back to the classroom -- although not as often as I had hoped.

But in the time I was working with Stephanie, Jill, Anna, Te'Erica and the rest of the class, I also got to know Emmie, Hanna and the other editors of the THS Archive.

I always told them to call if they needed something, and they often did. Football pictures. Basketball pictures. Senior Superlative portraits. The list went on and on.

And I was proud each time they called.

(Speaking of the annual, I owe an apology and a word of thanks to advisor Barbara Dell Poston for providing the photos for our special graduation section last week. And while I'm doling out belated thanks, the same goes to Bulldog Bark advisor Katie DeBlasio for all her help during the school year.)

The yearbook editors were kind enough to thank The Mirror in their annual note.

But the real thanks should go to the students in both classes and on both staffs.

Thanks for letting a former Thomson High journalism student come home again. Y'all certainly went out of your way to make me feel welcome.

Now, let's get ready for next year.



Web posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005











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