and students of Millard Fillmore Middle School:
First of all,
I would like to thank you all for accepting me into your
hearts and lives, even though I recently transferred from
In order to get
better acquainted with the good people of Millard Fillmore,
I took a listening tour of the gymnasium. I met a soccer
coach who said the team needed new cleats and soccer balls.
I spoke to a sixth grader who wondered about his future,
and if an eighth grade dance were in store for him.
I have heard
countless stories, in the locker room, at first base in
kickball and under the bleachers, where I was making a
perfectly legal investment in high-yield Pokemon cards.
These stories have been real; they have touched me.
Some of you have
asked me, don't you go to Turnerville? But many more have
inquired, what is this election about? Well, it is about
Bobby Yusinski, the boy in sixth grade I met, who still
doesn't know how to tie his shoes. It is about the kid
with the headgear, who nobody will talk to, just because
he drools on himself. It is about Samantha Dorfman, Melissa
Nichols and Tammi Winters, the seventh graders I talked
to who have a mad crush on Billy Swift. Oh, wait... was
I not supposed to say that? In closing, let me remind
you that it takes a homeroom to raise a seventh-grader,
so get to class on time!