Footnote to the original post:
Each year a musher is assigned to a teacher, secretary, custodian, and administrator. Although we understand that there is a huge financial commitment on the musher's part to compete in the Iditarod, the decision to scratch is never easy. The safety of the dogs and the mushers is always paramount. However, in an effort to keep up morale for a staff member whose musher is faced with such a difficult decision, we have come up with a special award. It is called the Sour Grapes Award. It is given each year to the participant who is following the first musher to scratch.
This year, the first musher to scratch was Karin Hendrickson. The person following her on the trail, was none other than the principal of the school. Teachers were treated to a variety of green, red, and black grapes with a tasty Dubliner cheese on the side. The grapes were enjoyed by many and needless to say, not too sour.