BY NICK FERGUSON
INTERVIEWS BY BERNADETTE ZOM & SHAWNAY LOCKETT
ON an early March morning, Apollo faculty learned that Apollo principal Charles Eisenreich would be leaving Apollo High School in July to lead the helm at St. Cloud Technical High School. As faculty dispersed to finish last-minute prepping and grading, it was unknown who would arrive at Apollo to serve as the new principal. Hours later, the St. Cloud Times and the Apollo faculty were informed of who would become our new principal. Adam Holm, current interim principal at Tech High School, will take over at Apollo this summer and begin his new position. This principal swap will lead to new and engaging opportunities for both men. While students and faculty will be losing Mr. Eisenreich, we know he will serve Tech High School well.
The Paper staff worked together to interview a dozen Apollo students ranging from 9th to 12th grade to learn about their perspective of the swap. Newspaper staff Bernadette Zom (11) and Shawnay Lockett (9) interviewed students to ask them three questions about this principal swap:
1. Did you know principal Eisenreich and interim principal Holm are switching positions next year?
2. Do you think this will change Apollo?
3. What are your memories of principal Eisenreich?
Of the 12 students interviewed, all of them had heard of the principal swap. One 11th grader learned about it from Facebook, and a 12th grader reported he learned it from the St. Cloud Times. Students revealed more information when asked if they believed the swap will change AHS.
12th grader Bri Larcom stated, “Yes, because Eisenreich has been here for so long.” Alexis Senn, a junior, thought about the personalities of the two principals – she speculates that there might be new rules because of the difference in personalities. Interestingly, two 9th graders responded that they didn’t think life at Apollo would change. While the students interviewed had differing opinions on how AHS might change with Adam Holm as our new principal, the majority of students have fond memories of Mr. Eisenreich and his impact at Apollo.
The seniors, who have never experienced life at Apollo without Principal Eisenreich, commented overwhelmingly that Mr. Eisenreich is “not a bad guy,” who “was chill and really cool.” One anonymous 12th grader responded that, “he was a good principal.” Even our 9th graders, students who have had less than a year to interact with Principal Eisenreich, decided he was a good principal.
After all the interviews were finished, one final memory retold by Bri Larcom stands out: “he [Eisenreich] was very friendly and also he cared a lot about Apollo High School.”