I remember when Mr. Smith first arrived at AHS. He seemed hardly older than the seniors in the concert choir and indeed, he wasn't, being fresh out of college. I don't think anyone knew exactly what to expect from him.
What we should have expected was brilliance. Within a few years of his arrival, AHS sent 13 singers to All-State Chorus -- the largest contingent from any school in the state.
Then out of the blue, he announced we were going to Europe! My Mom co-chaired the parents committee that raised the necessary funding: we financed that trip largely by selling doughnuts every Saturday for 18 months.
To say that Mr. Smith impacted my life would be a gross understatement. He was an inspiration to me and, to read the comments of so many others, to nearly everyone he touched.
Mr. Smith and I share a birthday. I think of him every May 21st. And always will.