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My name is Gary Willow and I am the new Principal at Smithsburg High School. I am entering my eleventh year as an administrator and I have had the pleasure of serving the Williamsport, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Clear Spring communities. I am very excited to return to Smithsburg High School. The Smithsburg community is a wonderful community to work with and I am very fortunate to return.

I believe our main purpose of high school is to prepare students for life after graduation. I think about the economic changes that have occurred in my lifetime, and I wonder what our economy will look like in the next twenty, thirty, or fifty years. Our students graduating this year will work in fields and industries that have not yet been developed. In order to be successful, I believe that all students will not only be able to read and write, but they will also need to be effective thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators. They will need to be able to collaborate and communicate on a global level. Smithsburg has a rich tradition of academic success, and I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders and building on that tradition.

Gary Willow