Christopher DiCicco, the head of the English Department, creative writing teacher, and advisor of the Howler Literary Club at Neshaminy High School has officially retired for undisclosed reasons. However, many students have been speculating as to why.
Has he finally had enough of students crying in his classroom? Did he spontaneously become a character in his own book? Is he going to achieve his life-long dream of becoming a park ranger?
Due to his unexpected leave, Neshaminy’s administration was not prepared to fill his role. By default, his job is going to Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Howler Literary Magazine and Neshaminy juniors, Julianna Musser and Aishani Komath. But how do they feel about this sudden newfound responsibility?
Interview transcript with Julianna Musser:
Interviewer: “How do you feel about Mr. DiCicco leaving the school after having him as a teacher for three years and growing so close with him?”
Musser: “I’m so excited to take over the English department. I have so many great ideas, and I can’t wait to implement them.”
Interviewer: “Sorry, I’m not sure you heard the question. It was: ‘How do you feel about Mr. DiCicco leaving the school after having him as a teacher for three years and growing so close to him?’”
Musser: “No, I understood the question.”
So there’s that.
Interview transcript with Aishani Komath:
Komath: “It’s just so sad that DiCicco is gone. He was such a great teacher. We will miss him dearly as we try to move on from this.”
Interviewer: “You make it sound like he died in a tragic accident or something (chuckles).”
Komath: “Oh, um, I mean we don’t know what happened to him. I’m just trying to leave the past behind.”
Currently, the reasoning behind Mr. DiCicco’s sudden decision to resign is still unknown, but a few of the students of Neshaminy High will greatly miss him. Students are desperate for him to return as they will miss doing nothing in class. For now administrators are hopeful that Komath and Musser can fill his shoes and keep the English department intact.