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Long-Time Advisor to Fordian Gets Ready to Step Down
Gerri Fish has been advising Fordian staff members for about 22 years – that’s well over 100 student newspapers that have been published under her watchful eye. She has made sure each paper met journalistic standards as well as school publications standards. More importantly, she has helped young men and women become better writers and editors while infusing them with the important role newspapers and good journalism skills in today’s world as well as at Haverford High School. She will leave the post in January.
Current editor-in-chief at the Fordian, Laura Cohen, has worked with Mrs. Fish for all four years. Laura, now a senior, remembers feeling very welcomed when she entered the publications office. Mrs. Fish was more than welcoming; she was always encouraging Laura to write and guided her toward a leadership position.
“She taught me to write in a different way and she taught me what it takes to be an editor. Now I am a better writer and I am more organized. I have learned to collaborate with others and to get things done on time.”
Before presenting her with a certificate honoring her years of service, Superintendent of Schools William Keilbaugh, said her name had been synonymous with the Fordian since he could remember. “To me you always seem to be calm, clear-headed and totally enjoying your time with the Fordian staff,” Keilbaugh said. “We thank you for your dedication and for the valuable life lessons you have taught so many of our students over the years.” Mrs. Fish was recognized at the December 17th school board meeting. On that same night, staff members of the Fordian received certificates lauding their recognition by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Fordian received a silver medal certificate.
Photo caption: Gerri Fish, long time adviser to Haverford High school’s student paper, was honored by Haverford’s Superintendent of Schools as she steps down from her post.