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Remembering Mrs. Shirley Voran

Amy Samaniego, Staff Reporter

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Mrs. Shirley Voran was an amazing woman. She was a teacher. She was a sponsor. She was a mother. She was a wife.

Among many of her attributes, Voran was a loving and caring person.

The Family and Consumer Science teacher passed away on Aug. 19, 2017 surrounded by her family at their home in Cimarron.

Voran taught for two years at Ransom High School. In 1984 she married her husband, David and they had two daughters, Laura and Sara. In 1986, they started their business, The Kansas Wheat House, Inc., in Cimarron.

In 2004 Voran began teaching at Dodge City High School where she touched the lives of many.

“Mrs. Voran’s goal when speaking to a student was to provide them with strong morals that they could use in life. I’ve spoken with other members (FCCLA) and they all have stories of how Mrs. Voran guided them towards a better path in life,” said Gregorio Valdez, 12.

Aside from being a devoted teacher, Voran was also the club sponsor for FCCLA, where she worked with students in school and at competitions.

“Especially while we were in FCCLA, one of the greatest thing she left us was the ability to lead. With the values she taught us, we’re better equipped to face new challenges in life,” said Valdez.

For many she wasn’t just a great teacher; she was an inspiration.

“She had a major impact in my life by getting me to open up and get outside of my shell, I got to experience the world through her eyes,” said Jose Ruiz, 11.

Voran not only touched the lives of her students, but also of her peers.

“I will remember Mrs. Voran as a compassionately firm, flamboyant ball of energy. She loved life and lived it to its fullest. She had a passion for teaching, but more importantly she cared about her students, and would base decisions on what was best for them,” said Sondra Brown, long-term sub.

Brown is currently watching over Voran’s room.

“She made ALL of us who called her friend or teacher  feel like we were the most important person in the world,” said Brown.

And while the start of the year meant something different for everyone it was hard for those who knew Voran.

“As we kick off this new school year, I find myself trying to find a new normal as I invade the space of my teammate, mentor, and friend. Shirely Voran, thank you for believing in all of us! You will be incredibly missed,” said Brown.

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