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A FAB FIVE - New Eureka High School Principal Kirk Edwards (center) is flanked by his family in the form of from left to right daughter, Emmie, wife, Brandi, son, Greysen, and daughter, Kammie.

EUREKA - With another school year rapidly approaching, the excitement level for Kirk Edwards is on the up and up. The Eureka High School Principal officially began July 2. While he’s been enjoying learning the lay of the land, he is looking forward to when the building will be full.

“It’s not alive until the students are here,” he said. “Students are the whole reason we’re here.”

Edwards, whose hometown is the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, taught English and Social Studies on the high school level at Pekin for 11 years. For the past five, he has served as the assistant principal at neighboring Morton. Edwards received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He completed his administrative requirements from Illinois State University, Normal.

It was at Pekin where he met his wife, Brandi. They have three children: Kammie, 13, Emmie, 8 and Greysen, 5. The family has purchased a house in town. The first day of student attendance in District 140 is Aug. 17.

See article on Aug. 2 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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