The teacher-appreciation letter I wrote to my adviser.
I got a notification on Facebook today—my friend Peter tagged me in a status where he quoted his cousin saying, “This has got to be the coolest yearbook I’ve ever seen, I wanna go into journalism next year!” Someone said that about my book…our book…after spending my whole high school life wishing I could influence someone like Keisha James influenced me freshmen year, maybe I finally did. Or maybe I didn’t, but the point is that I wouldn’t even have had the chance to do that if it wasn’t for you. Like I said in my editor’s note: I was overwhelmed by the amount of creative freedom you gave me with this book, and together we made it everything that I ever dreamed it would be! This book is going to be my high school legacy…thank you. Thank you so much for giving me this. I honestly believe that the success of this book may have changed my life somehow. I’ve always had trouble believing in myself - but I love this book, you love this book, the whole school loves this book, and this book was my beautiful brain baby. You helped make me a better, happier person, Mr. P, I dunno if I could ever thank you enough for that.
On a less sappy note, you also helped make for a very fun senior year, or at least as fun as it could be for an over-obsessed editor-in-chief. Sitting in your room working on the book was never boring. I’m gonna look back at this year and remember hysterically laughing at the pictures of Mrs. Montgomery doing yoga, hysterically laughing at the first draft of the gaming spread…I’ll always remember JJ’s personal chopsticks and Courtney asking if Korean was Asian and Owen & Austin slow-motion walking to “We Are Young”…and I’ll always remember that even when nothing interesting was happening, there was never a quiet moment because we spent a lot of time complaining (ha ha?) I’m really glad that most of my senior year was spent working on the yearbook and hanging out with you in room 204. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it if I could, except maybe I’d get rid of Shane…just kidding! Except I’m not. I wish you all the luck in the world with next year’s book, not that you really need it. You were the best adviser of them all.
- Haley Hart