Letter to the Editor

Congratulations to a great teacher

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dear Editor,

To A Great Teacher, Mentor, and Friend:

We would like to congratulate Ms. Crandall on her retirement as teacher and adviser of The Stampede school newspaper at McCook Senior High School.

Many of our fondest memories of high school come from the long hours and late nights spent in the newspaper room crafting together every page of the newspaper while Ms. Crandall patiently guided us in the right direction, surely knowing all the while that she could have wrapped everything up by dinner time if she had done it herself. That is what made Ms. Crandall such an amazing educator. No matter how long it took or how many drafts she had to edit, she was going to get the best out of you.

Similarly, Ms. Crandall always had a way of challenging you to not be content with just being average. She always had high expectations and taught in a way that the things you learned went way beyond the classroom. You could tell how much she cared about each individual student, what they were learning, and how they were progressing.

Her level of enthusiasm for writing was so contagious that you couldn't help but want to become a great writer and editor.

In short, MHS didn't win eight out of the last nine Class B journalism state championships by accident.

I'm sure it comes as no surprise to Ms. Crandall that we waited until the last possible deadline to say thanks. We are excited for you and your future endeavors but also saddened for MHS and the proud journalism program. You are an amazing teacher, mentor, and most importantly, friend.

Thank you.

Jordan Bass,

Tallahassee, Florida

Brett Burton,


Justin Stoller,


Paul Putz,


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