Lenzy vs Wendy
BY EMILY HARVEY ON MARCH 21, 2014
Students at Rose know her as “the lady at the front desk,” “superwoman,” “the really understanding person who always gets me my lunch” and most commonly, Ms. Wendy. Front desk receptionist Wendy Little is currently out on medical leave. She is recovering from her knee surgery and is scheduled to be out for six weeks. There are many people pitching in to help fill her shoes.
“Her last day was Friday and her first absence day was Monday,” media worker Erica Wahlen said. “I started Thursday afternoon; I came in and she showed me some things Thursday afternoon and all day Friday.”
Wahlen has only been at Rose since August and is trying to learn names and faces that Little has learned during the fourteen years she has worked at Rose.
“You can tell [Little is] not here because she’s been doing this for years and she knows the students,” Wahlen said. “She can see [somebody] on the camera and know who to look for and we don’t really know that.”
Not only has Wahlen been working hard to keep Rose running while Little has been absent, but Evelyn Lenzy has been hired to take Little’s place while she’s recovering.
“At first when I received the call from the principal I was very excited because I knew it would be a challenge and I like challenges,” Lenzy said.
Lenzy has been kept busy with the many aspects of her new job.
“I’ve been transferring calls, taking messages and making sure lunch money gets to the students before SMART Block,” Lenzy said. “I have been just juggling from one thing to the other; I’ve been a jack of all trades today.”
Wahlen and Lenzy are not the only ones doing parts of Little’s job. Assistant Principal Richard Hutchinson has taken over the daily announcements. Many students find his tone and comments entertaining.
“The first day I heard him come on I thought [he] was very funny; it was really, really different,” junior Ty Thompson said. “He was like ‘Rampant nation’ or something like that; I like him and I think he should continue doing it.”
Freshman Grant Wilson also agrees that the new “Rampant announcer,” though corny, is doing a great job.
“[The announcements are] louder, he’ll talk louder and he’ll kind of joke around sometimes,” Wilson said. “Sometimes they’re corny but some corny jokes I don’t mind.”
Seniors Keiandre Reddick and Diamonique Glover feel the newness and upbeat tone of the announcements have been an exciting change.
“He makes it very exciting and he brightens my mood,” Reddick said.
Glover concurs that the announcements are a funny part of the day because of Hutchinson.
“He has a sense of humor; he is really humorous [when doing the announcements],” Glover said.
Little will return to Rose in April and though Wahlen, Lenzy and Hutchinson are all working hard to fulfill her job, they still feel her absence.
“We miss her; we need her back,” Wahlen said.
P.E. and health teacher Liz Upton has been working at Rose for twenty-seven years and been friends with Little the past fourteen. They are not only friends in school but also outside of school during their free time.
“I definitely see her everyday when she’s at Rose,” Upton said. “On the weekends we don’t see each other but we may text each other or call each other if we have something exciting to share with one another.”
Upton not only misses seeing Little but also misses her dependability and how much she does for the sports department at Rose.
“She’s been a tremendous help with athletics; she’s helped Coach Peacock a tremendous amount,” Upton said. “She works the gates for soccer in the fall and in the winter she does basketball and in the spring she does baseball so she’s been hard to replace because she’s always very dependable.”
Upton misses getting to see Little and her active involvement at Rose.
“Not only do we miss her just being Wendy but we also miss her in the athletic department,” Upton said. “I’ve just missed the constant contact I guess throughout the day; I just look forward to her coming back.”