Community comes together to celebrate retiring principal

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SPENCER COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT)- After more than 30 years in the same building a school principal said goodbye to the school where he began his career. Nick Alcorn was celebrated tonight with a parade that never seemed to end.

A parade hard to miss and emotional to watch. The Heritage Hills community said goodbye to a beloved principal. Nick Alcorn started his career in education at Heritage Hills High School 32 years ago.

“When you’re in a place so long it kind of comes full circle,” he says.

So staff members, who were once students, and several generations in some families, once sat in his room. But now, he says, has come the time to retire and close this chapter of his life.

He says this won’t be an easy task, “for 32 years I’ve spent many hours here. I wake up in the morning and I come here and at night I leave here and for suddenly that to end, just suddenly stop, that’s going to be tough.”

He couldn’t keep his gratitude to himself, getting emotional at the display.

“You start just smiling and all of a sudden it hit and you feel it welling up,” Alcorn explains.

For Alcorn and the graduating class he was exiting with, this wasn’t the plan.

“We typically end the year with an academic rally and we’ll acknowledge retiring teachers there and that was the plan. I would have been acknowledged there.”

Be he says, he hopes they remember a phrase spoken to them every morning, “make it an excellent day or not the choice is yours. and I would encourage all of them, to keep their heads up, shoulders forward, and move on in life and make it the best that you possibly can.”

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(This story was originally published on May 22, 2020)

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