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Dewar joins West Side staff leaving a notable legacy

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Former principal Scott Dewar poses for a photo with a cake for him. HHS staff held a goodbye party for him Nov 21.

As the old saying goes: “When one door shuts another one opens.” This quote has proven true for the administration in our district in the past few years. The most recent occurrence of this has happened between West Side and HHS. 

Principal Phillip Nyberg is moving on to another job and former HHS principal Scott Dewar has taken his place, leaving former assistant principal John Crabb as the principal at HHS and Andy Fehrenbacher as the new assistant principal.

For the student body, it is a little sad to see someone they have known for so long move on. Many of the seniors have known Dewar since they were in elementary school as he has been principal for both East and West Side in the past. 

Dewar has done so much for students in his time at the high school. One thing students can always count on was being greeted in the morning, at lunch, and even in the hallways. Despite the weather, Dewar always stood outside to tell students “good morning,” ask them about their lunch or their day.

 Another notable aspect Dewar brings to the table is his positive attitude. When there is a problem he can fix, he always finds a solution in a timely manner. This year, he added lunch tables to the rotunda area after noticing students sitting on the floor to eat. He has been very observant of student’s needs and ready while the high school principal. 

Something that is also hard to ignore is his school spirit. Dewar almost always dresses up for spirit weeks and shows his Bulldog pride at games. His support doesn’t end with sports though; he shows support to all extracurricular activities.

While this leaves Crabb with pretty big shoes to fill, we are confident he will fit in just fine. This will not be his first time acting as a principal so he knows his way around. As long as he shows care for the students and school, he will live up to Dewar’s legacy as principal. 

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Francesca Messerschmidt, Staff Writer
Francesca Messerschmidt (she/her) is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her third year on the Purple Clarion staff.  She participates in theatre, plays percussion in the band is on the speech team, participates in Key Club and Art Club. She is passionate about music.  Francesca also cares about animals and things going on in the world around her. In her spare time, she likes to play games, listen to music and draw. After high school, she plans to continue pursuing journalism as a career.   “Student journalism is important to me because it helps give students a voice and a platform to educate themselves and others about current events and can help people learn how to make the world a better place.”

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