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Finding a way to belong: New Vale High School principal credits influence of middle school teacher as key to his success

VALE – The moment a person’s life trajectory changes often occurs nearly unnoticed, barely a whisper across the span of years.For Lucas Tackman, the new Vale High School principal, the shift in his life occurred after a tough time in Burns during elementary school and revolved around a middle school teacher and a Hannah Montana wig.“In elementary school my friends and I spent a lot of time at the skate park. I guess I sort of dressed as a skate punk. The principal (at the elementary school) was very clean and she didn’t like how we presented ourselves,” said Tackman.The principal, said Tackman, didn’t refrain from expressing her displeasure about Tackman’s friends and lifestyle.“She just found ways to make me feel like I didn’t belong,” said Tackman.The principal’s words made an impact.“It was really tough because I’d . . .