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    May 23, 2007



    Wow, Nils. That's some kind of wonderful accomplishment. For these particular kids to have been singled out for excellence is only interesting because they have the same common denominator...your daughter. As a former educator (8th grade English), I'm proud to claim her as one of our own. You must be bursting.


    you should be proud--that's darn impressive!!


    Congrats to her and her students and to you.


    Congrats to her and her students and to you.


    Wow... that is really, really quite an accomplishment.
    I'm guessing "proud" doesn't even begin to cover it. :)

    Way to go Allison!

    Bucky Four-Eyes

    Allison rocks the Casbah!


    Bravo, Allie!


    Kudos to Allison! What a fabulous beginning as a teacher, and how wonderful to think she is on the way to inspiring countless other future writers. This is one of those landmark moments when everyone has a right to feel proud for their own reasons. This is one of those times when you sink into a big comfy chair, kick off your shoes and say to yourself, "It doesn't get much better than this."


    That. Is. Fantastic. !!!! I'm significantly cheered by this, for reasons undeciphered, but I'm so glad you chose to share it with us.


    Congrats Allison!!! I can just see the smiles on their faces. No doubt they will remember you as a teacher who made a lasting impact on their writing, in all the years to come!


    Yay Allie! It's another thing to add to the list of her accomplishments. In the time she spent with Stumpy she certainly left her mark and I'm that little bit prouder for having met her. You've got one cool daughter there, Nils. As Stumpy might say: she totally rocks! ;)

    Von Krankipantzen

    How great is that? Those kids will feel proud of themselves their whole lives and your daughter had a major hand in that. How cool.



    I'm the coordinator of the Island Literary Awards. I'm delurking to add to your comments about Allison. She submitted nearly 80 student entries into the Aliant Creative Writing Awards for students and the Department of Education Young Writer's Award categories of the ILAs. In addition to working with the students and having all entries done on the computer, which made them eminently more readable for our judges, she did up a cover sheet for each one herself that clearly displayed all the info that a coordinator needs to contact award winners. Thank you Allison! And you, sir, have a daughter to be very very proud of. Though you already knew that, right?

    Nils Ling

    I did, Laurie, and thanks for adding to this. Allison brought my attention to a small - and I would say inconsequential - inaccuracy in my post. Evidently there's no fourth place - it goes from third to Honourable Mention. But - as always - she's more concerned with details than her Dad, and she wants to make sure she doesn't get more credit than she's due.

    It makes me wonder if she's really my daughter ...


    Nilbo, You indeed do have much to be proud of, including your own parenting skills which helped shape your competent and delightful daughters. How proud Allison must be to see these words on the computer, from her dad. I'm happy for both of you!


    Thank you, everyone, for the kind words. Saying now that I really didn't have that much to do with it sounds like false modesty, but truly I just gave out the assignments and watched as the kids did the rest. That said, I am very proud that I might have been able to pass on the best gift I received from my dad: the joy of writing.


    you make me miss my dad. thanks for sharing this... it made me smile for a lot of reasons... not the least of which is the fact that Allison is going to be "one of those teachers" who students remember ALL their lives, and whether she influences their creative writing the most, i am also betting she will be simply an incredibly impact upon those kids as human beings. there are teachers i had who i still recall. she will be one of those...

    congrats to her, and her students! i cant imagine how proud of them she is!



    Proud papa, and you should be.

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