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S: Advanced Placement English Literature Class of 2012

FC: APEL Class of 2012

1: "'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart." -Ralph Waldo Emerson | For Mrs. Payne, from your 2012 AP Literature Class

2: Dear Mrs. Payne, I can't say your class was always the easiest, but I feel more prepared for college. You are an incredible teacher and person with great personality and enthusiasm. You have touched all of our lives in one way or another and have always believed in everyone, even when they didn't believe in themselves. You're one of the hardest working people I have ever met. I'm extremely grateful to say I have had you as a teacher. Thank you so much for everything, Brittany Dixon University of Kentucky Future Pharmacist

3: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln | Thanks for being a great teacher and caring so much for your students. I'm glad to have had you as a teacher and will miss you very much. Stephanie Jarvis OCTC Chemistry

4: Mrs. Payne, I can't possibly thank you enough for your patience, leniency, and ability to not strangle me all those times laziness ate my homework. Although I'm far too goofy to show it, you've helped me mature quite a bit over the course of this year, and there have been, and will be, plenty of times when your kindness and concern provides motivation to keep straight. I'm gonna miss being in your class, I've had a lot of good memories, and I'm gonna have to ask that you don't look at me whenever I walk the line at graduation (Thanks to you, by the way), I might cry, and seeing as how it will already be hard to "maintain my manliness," Yea, that wouldn't be cool :) | Carlton Blair University of Kentucky Paleontology

5: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein | Thank You for everything you've done Mrs.Payne. You pushed me to be a better writer and taught me very good study habits from your class. You wrote my recommendation letters and even wished me good luck on writing my books. . =) You are amazing Mrs. Payne. Kassandra Rouse | Centre College Philosophy/ Pre-law

6: "The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical, an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style, that is the foundation of the art of literature." Robert Louis Stevenson

7: Dear Mrs. Payne, Your class was like a colonoscopy because I had to look deep inside me to discover answers to your questions, and I complained endlessly about the pain your class caused me. Despite this similarity, your class has been great. Thanks for all your help, especially with essay editing. Sincerely, Evan Miller Princeton University Computer Science

8: Mrs. Payne, There is so much to say to you I don't even know where to begin. But I'll start with thank you. Thank you so much. I have never known a teacher with nearly as much dedication to her students. You are a fabulous teacher(!) who has inspired me to open my eyes to every part of education, including literature. Your class was a true challenge but through it I have become a much better writer and someone who is not afraid to think deeply about a poem. Not only did you give me a wonderful senior English class but also a very different experience sophomore year. That year was the first time I truly discussed a novel and enjoyed it.

9: Thank you for every essay you revised, every complaint you ignored, and every ounce of inspiration you gave me. Thank you for being the incredible teacher you are. And please do not forget: WE LOVE YOU. | Hannah Hughes Northern Kentucky University Chemistry/ Pre- Optometry

10: Dear Mrs. Payne, I really appreciate all you have done in preparing me for college and my future. After taking your class, I feel so much more comfortable going to college next year. I love the fact that you truly care for each and every one of us and strive to make us our best. Once again, thank you. Sincerely, Caitlin Ford | "The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame." Oscar Wilde | University of Kentucky Major: Physical Therapy/ Athletic Training

11: Thanks for caring, Tyler Embry University of Louisville, Art & Graphic Design

12: Dear Mrs. Payne, These past few years have been crazy, but amazing. I know a lot of people find the homework assignments insane, but in all honesty, I have learned more from you then I have in any other class. You taught me not only how to analyze works but tough situations in general. The life lessons I learned from you will stick with me forever! Also, you taught me how to properly argue with people. =) You even made the controversial conversations that Brittany and I had in College Algebra much more intellectual and sophisticated! Not only that though, you made my day every time I walked into your classroom. Some of the profound conversations that were held in your class were just so great.Your wit and hidden sarcasm during the Socratic seminars was admiring. In many cases during these seminars -some would be inappropriate for me to mention right now- you were and are my hero. To be bluntly honest you are my hero in everyday life. You never let the worries of everyday life get to you and you always stand your ground. I am going to miss you so much after I graduate! I would take your class again and again! For you a thousand times over Mrs. Payne! Sincerely, Jessica Beal

13: National Guard Intended major of psychology upon returning

14: Kentucky Wesleyan College Secondary Education (English)

15: Dear Mrs. Payne, I just want to tell you thank you. Thank you for everything you have done for me. I know you probably have no idea how you've impacted me, but you have completely helped me change myself. For one thing, because of your class, I am no longer afraid to voice opinions and give presentations. You also inspired me to become an English teacher myself, so I can help students like me, who are shy and self-conscious, just as you did. Honestly, if it hadn't been for you and your numerous presentations, I probably wouldn't have even made it my Senior Presentation, let alone graduation. So thank you, Mrs. Payne; thank you for everything. Sincerely, Brittany Barnett

16: University of Louisville Biology/Pre-Dental | Mrs. Payne, you have had such a profound impact on my life. Quite frankly, I've never had a teacher that I've looked up to like I do you. You've been so much more than a teacher to me: a role model, an inspiration, and a mentor. Whether it's giving me strategies to improve my writing or preaching on the topic of "YOLO," you have taught me so much and have shaped me into the young man I am today. You have more than enough prepared me for college, but more importantly, the real world. And I owe you a huge "Thank You" for everything! You're the best! ;) Thank you so much! Jordan Haire

17: "It isn't how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it's how you spend the time." - David Brenner

18: Northern Kentucky University Biology, for now I always looked forward to your class, because it was the best place to share and develop my love for literature and writing. Most of my favorite books, I found out about in your class. I hope that we can stay in touch, and I will be sure to keep you in the loop on any and all major events in my life. When we graduate, you will be the teacher I miss the most. | John Flaherty

19: "Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it." Hannah Arendt | Thanks Mrs. Payne for being awesome and sharing your love of Jane Austen with me! -Grae Greer Marshall University Theatre Performance

20: Roses are red Violets are blue Mrs. Payne is the best teacher In this whole school. She brings us in goodies And cares a whole awful lot If you try to eat without using Germ-X You better not. Jane Austen and Dante Brave New World and Never Let Me Go She forces grammar down our throats As useless as it is, though. Depression and sadness Plague our stories, elicit empathy Suicide and rape No wonder we all need therapy.

21: University of Louisville Majoring in Psychology | Kristin Hopkins | But still, we love her No matter what she puts us through She makes up for it in the end She's a sweetheart, it is true. Which brings us to the end I will miss her so very much She should prepare herself for visits Maybe we could get brunch?

22: With sadness I count the remaining days until we permanently part. I can only wish you the happiest blessings for your future, with the hope that one day you will let Harry into your life. Remember, when your heart is always open, Harry will always find his way in. Fin. | Chelsea Mccarty Western Kentucky University Honors College Journalism

23: Thank you Mrs. Payne for an amazing year of literature! Jacob Chuter OCTC No declared major

24: Mrs. Payne, As I am sure that you've read by now, you are very loved and appreciated. I know this is cliché, but words really can't express the gratitude I feel toward you. You have made my sophomore year and senior year very interesting. You have shown more concern for your students than any other teacher in this school and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that you cared enough to pull me out of class to tell me that if I needed someone, you were there. I know your class wasn't always easy, but I know that you have prepared me for college and you sparked my interest enough that I am considering taking a literature class in college. (Berea has a class on Virgil.) I cannot think of another teacher that I will miss more than I will miss you Mrs. Payne. So with that, thank you. Thank you for your concern, your caring, your help on revising my essays, your letter of recommendation, and your class. Thank you for everything. You are loved and you will be missed. Michaela Chinn

25: Berea College Nursing/Psychology

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