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Our Principal is a Hero!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pictured left to right are Cherokee Middle School students Evan Wharton, Kim Eberly, Corey Daugherty, Andy Brandt, Emily Lewis and Jared Spence. On the desk beside Principal Weede are his Park Ranger hats and he explained his story of the hats to the students as part of an interview with the class. Photo contributed
Fifth graders in Carol Higgins' Cherokee Middle School classroom were given a writing assignment to compile a list of interview questions to ask their principal, Larry Weede, With pencils on ears, and questionnaires on clipboards, the "grilling" of the principal began.

The students learned far more about their principal then they expected. It's common knowledge at CMS that "Mr. Weede" collects neck ties. He owns 105. But what we didn't know is that he also collects hockey pucks. Weede is actually president of the Sioux City Musketeers' Booster club. He and his wife, Diana, have become avid hockey fans over the past few years. And while in Sioux City, Famous Dave's is a favorite restaurant of his.

Students found out that Weede loves his wife of 38 years so much, that even though he is a dog lover, he lives with her two cats. He even got a cat for Father's Day once! Weede is a proud father of two sons, two daughters, and has eight grandsons. He also has a twin sister and a younger brother.

Even though Larry has been a principal for 31 years, his first job was as a Park Ranger in Sequoia National Park in California. Weede was awarded the medal of Valor after he rescued a young boy from water, performed CPR, thus saving his life. The honor is awarded in recognition for courageous actions that involve physical risk to oneself. Weede was not able to attend the awards ceremony because of a class he was taking for his Education degree. After two years of being a ranger, he taught for about five years before becoming a principal.

Anyone at CMS can tell you that Mr. Weede is a great principal and cares about his staff and students. One interviewing student made an observant comment relating to the fact that for Mr. Weede only being 58 years old, "he's sure done a lot!"

True statement, and still… the most commonly asked question of him at school is "How many neckties do you have?" But the class found out - ask Mr. Weede if he has a Sponge Bob tie, and he will wear one the next day!

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