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Assistant principal Marilyn Chrisler to retire at end of school year and pass the torch to newly hired Dr. Heath Wilson

Chrisler’s effect on students and staff will be everlasting as she parts with the school
By Elizabeth Summa

After 13 years at Mill Valley, assistant principal and activities director Marilyn Chrisler, is retiring at the end of the year. She will leave behind a legacy that has positively impacted thousands of students and staff members.

By Emma Clement, Photos by Elizabeth Summa and Luke Wood

Chrisler’s journey to becoming assistant principal was a long one. She started her college career at Seward County Community College, primarily to play basketball. Then she got her undergraduate degree at Ft. Hays State University in education and her master’s degree in admin at Baker University. She began her teaching career in Great Bend, Kansas and after five years she moved on to Fort Osage High School for one year and, eventually, moved to Olathe South for six years.
“A career in tech position became open in the De Soto district at the district office and I took that,” Chrisler said. “I wanted to be in a building with kids, so as Mill Valley was continuing to grow, I was afforded the opportunity to be an assistant principal here.”
Chrisler said she will miss many things when she leaves, but there is one thing she will miss more than the rest.
“I will miss [working with the kids] the most,” Chrisler said. “When you have kids that are involved in sports and activities, those are the kids that are motivated and want to be successful. [They] are just nice people to be around.”
Chrisler’s massive involvement in school life and activities has impacted many students positively, including senior Georgia Hansen.

By Emma Clement, Photo by Elizabeth Summa

“I’m sad to see her go,” Hansen said. “She was a wonderful activities [director]. I know she’s had a really big impact on the school and for me, she’s been a lot of help for setting up the Ultimate Frisbee Club. I think she would have been really helpful to the next year’s students, but I understand that she has other things to move on to.”

Senior Molly Bilhimer has also seen how Chrisler has impacted the student body and how she persists in helping students and being involved.

By Emma Clement

“One thing that I have always liked about Chrisler is how open and reliable she is for all students,” Bilhimer said. “She is extremely involved and has always been genuinely interested in what is going on in students’ lives. She truly cares about the well-being of students and pushes [them] to be the best versions of themselves. Not only is she a person that is available to talk to, she goes a step further and always tries to check in on students no matter the situation.”
Chrisler will be replaced by Dr. Heath Wilson. New assistant principal Heath Wilson shares his goals that he has for the school, students and staff.

“She’s a phenomenal professional,” Wilson said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things and I hope to continue doing the things that she does really well. I want to be able to fulfill [the school’s] needs and meet all of those expectations to serve the people to the best of my ability.”

We have amazing teachers, amazing staff and, most importantly, we have amazing kids. From the bottom of my heart, I will truly miss you.

— Assistant Principal Marilyn Chrisler

Senior Regan Roberts is hopeful Dr. Wilson will approach this new position with students as the priority, like what Chrisler accomplished.
“I would love to see someone who has the same characteristics as Chrisler, and someone who’s always looking out for the best interests of their students,” Roberts said.
With the conclusion of her career approaching, Chrisler is extremely grateful for all who are involved with the school.
“I feel very blessed to have been part of this community for so long,” Chrisler said. “This school has afforded me many more good days than bad. There have been many good things. We have amazing teachers, amazing staff and, most importantly, we have amazing kids. From the bottom of my heart, I will truly miss you. Thank you, I will always be MV proud.”

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Barron Fox
Barron Fox, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Barron Fox’s first year on the JagWire staff. He is looking forward to learning more in depth about designing, writing and photography. He is also involved with the musical, the play, Model UN, Youth for Refugees, debate, forensics and 4H. Barron enjoys hanging out with friends, gaming and cleaning. Barron is currently working at Pegah’s as a host and loves it! Barron is excited about this upcoming year and being a part of the JagWire staff.
Evan LeRoy
Evan LeRoy, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Evan LeRoy’s first year on the JagWire staff. Evan is a reporter for both the newspaper staff and for the broadcast staff. Outside of school Evan likes to perform, take walks and spend time preparing for his next performance. Evan is excited to learn all the skills he will need to do both print and video journalism. Evan is excited to be a part of both groups and is excited to tell all the important stories the people of Mill Valley need to know.
Emma Clement
Emma Clement, JagWire editor-in-chief, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief
This is senior Emma Clement’s third year on the JagWire staff. This year she is JagWire and Mill Valley News editor-in-chief, in addition to being a writer and designer for the newspaper. When she is not working on journalism, Emma enjoys reading, drawing, painting, watching TV shows and spending time with friends and family. She is also involved at Mill Valley as NHS president, Spanish NHS vice president, Youth for Refugees president, Model UN president, NAHS vice president and is a member of NEHS, Scholar’s Bowl and Women’s Empowerment Club. Outside of school, Emma works at Pinnacle Gymnastics as a gymnastics coach and is on the editorial board for elementia, the Johnson County Library’s teen literary magazine.
Elizabeth Summa
Elizabeth Summa, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is senior Elizabeth Summa’s third year on the JagWire staff and she will be taking the role of being a photographer. Outside of journalism, Elizabeth spends her time shopping, listening to music and watching sports. Her favorite team to watch is Sporting Kansas City.

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