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Leadership Lite


Creative But Naughty
A graduating senior at Bangor Area High School in Bangor, Pa., took some liberties when he filled out a form listing his scholastic accomplishments for the commencement program booklet.

After failing to receive any scholarships for which he had applied, the student indicated he had received the fictitious Jack S. Hitte Award. The bogus scholarship drew titters from audience members who caught the joke when reading their booklet, but the school’s principal wasn’t among them. He delivered a stern lecture to the student for his creative prank.

Pained by the Experience
Linda Zeigler, a 25-year district employee, has used humor to defuse some tough situations during her stint as interim superintendent of the South San Antonio, Texas, Independent Schools.

During the district’s convocation in the fall, she delivered a brief motivational speech that played heavily on her empathy for those in the audience.

“I remember being in those chairs last year,” Zeigler said, “and I remember feeling your pain, thinking then, ‘My butt hurts.’ So I promised myself if I would ever be up here, I would keep it short, to two minutes.”

(Source: San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, Texas)

Mushy Opposition
The sports teams at Rocky Ford High School in Colorado probably are accustomed, ad nauseum, to all manner of snide comments about being “squashed” in competition. That’s because the teams’ nickname is the Meloners.

The name originates from local agriculture, as Rocky Ford claims to be the “melon capital of the world.”

The mascot is depicted as “a surly-looking watermelon with shorts,” according to High School Today magazine. And the team plays its indoor sports in the Melon Dome.

(Source: National Federation of State High School Associations)

Confused by the Politics
Mark Stock, superintendent in Laramie County School District 1, Cheyenne, Wyo., once worked as a school administrator in a Midwestern state that had passed a law requiring students at every school to say the Pledge of Allegiance and participate in a moment of silence to start every school day.

A transfer student at his school refused to do so and was sent to the dean of students. The dean, a veteran of Vietnam, was not amused, explaining how his friends had died for her rights. The student politely said she knew her rights and that the school could not make her stand for the pledge.

The next morning, her parents called Stock, who was the superintendent, to say they were considering suing the district and had contacted the ACLU. He asked the parents if he could visit with their daughter first, and they agreed.

When the student came to his office, Stock apologized, explaining the courts already had decided these issues and that the school could not discipline her as long as she was not disruptive. But he did want to know why she refused to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

“She explained, ‘I don’t know why we have to say ‘I pledge allegiance to Republicans. What is wrong with Democrats!’'”

Short, humorous anecdotes, quips, quotations and malapropisms for this column relating to school district administration should be addressed to:
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