By: Halie Holland
August 26th, 2019. Heritage High School students returned after a long summer vacation. Many students, including me, were not thrilled to come back. However, I was excited to see some friends and teachers I hadn’t seen in a while. I was thrilled to see Mr. Schweickert, Mr. Sellek, and Mrs. Weaver the most because they are the teachers I have the best relationship with. But that day, I received the most world-rocking news. Sellek was gone! No, he isn’t dead or anything morbid, but HE ISN’T HERE AT HERITAGE ANYMORE. “How could this be?” I asked myself. How was I gonna get through my senior year without the guidance of one of the people I trust the most at this school? (So far, not so good) You’re probably thinking, “yes this is sad, but where are you going with this Halie?” I’ll tell you. Ever since Mr. Sellek has left Heritage, things just haven’t been the same. I’ve decided to ask a few people on their thoughts on whether or not there has been a downfall since Mr. Sellek’s departure.
One person took Mr. Sellek’s departure to heart the most, and that is Mr. Schweickert. Mr. Schweickert and Mr. Sellek had classrooms right beside each other and had a strong, brother-like friendship. “I’m dead inside without him, and seasons have changed, but my love for him has not,” said Schweickert when I asked him his thoughts on Mr. Sellek’s heartbreaking exit.
Daniel Nau recalled a time when Mr. Sellek said, “Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” as he burst out from hiding in the cabinet that the tv sits on. Daniel remembered that Mr. Sellek said he was in there for 8 minutes all balled up in the cabinet waiting to greet his class.
“Mr. Sellek was the first teacher that made me actually love English. Now that he’s gone I hate English and it’s not the same,” Kennedy Flowers said.
For me personally, Mr. Sellek was someone at this school I could go to about anything. He was always very supportive and understanding towards me and whatever I had going on at the time. I don’t think I really told him but I appreciated him and his kindness greatly.
As you can probably tell, Mr. Sellek left a great impact on us here at Heritage High School. This school year just has not been the same without him. Anyone who had the pleasure of having him as a teacher or a close colleague shares this feeling of emptiness that Mr. Schweickert and I share over the absence of Mr. Sellek. So, Mr. Sellek, if you’re reading this, we miss you! please come back!