Dr. Nelson’s Best Quotes


Haleigh McCune

Mr. Nelson attempts to juggle tennis balls at the 2020 talent show.

Emily Bohn, Reporter

Closing in on year six as building principal, Dr. Nelson has accumulated a number of interesting phrases that students love to quote. Here are a few of them.

1. Nelson’s most popular quote is “if you’re talking, you’re wrong”, sometimes shortened to “you’re wrong.” It was born during an assembly, when some students began to talk while he was talking. It has appeared in Liberty’s production of Footloose: The Musical in 2018, Lightning Larry in 2019, and numerous times on the Edgar Nelson parody twitter account, which has since been deactivated.

2. “The buses are leaving in 30 seconds” was a warning that Nelson would give over the loudspeaker about 4 minutes after the final bell had rang at 2:15, signaling the end of the school day. He was letting the remaining students know to run if they were riding the bus and didn’t want to miss it.

3. After weeks of anticipation, Nelson finally premiered his talent at the 2020 Talent Show. He walked onto the stage juggling three tennis balls to “Entry of the Gladiators” before performing his actual talent, that being his ability to whistle with his fingers. He called it his “silly human trick”, and even gave a tutorial. It was quite impressive.

4. One of Nelson’s more intense phrases comes from his worship of the EOC and the subsequent EOC barbeque at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Getting down on his knees and begging the students of Liberty to take 50 minutes or more to take their tests, his dedication was for the best in the end, as the turnout was impressive. Most every student was given a hotdog, soda, and bag of chips. 

5. Nelson is very passionate about keeping Liberty’s campus clean, and that includes litter. On the morning of the 2019-2020 school year’s first day, he came over the announcements and encouraged students to be clean by picking up after themselves, singing “let’s talk about trash, baby” in a particular tune.

These are only a handful of the amazing things that Nelson has said, things that make him a great building principal. Such quotes make us love and respect him dearly. Whatever would we do without him?