May I Ask, Who is this Shirley?

By Maddy Albert

Do you have a burning question that is just too difficult to ask in person? Well never fear, Shirley is here. Ask Shirley is a classic school newspaper advice column, first created for this exact reason: to assist those inquiring minds that may shy away from asking their burning questions to someone they know. Ask Shirley first began a few years ago with an Ask Shirley question box kept in the Maresca to be answered in the monthly Bulletin issues. This year, Ask Shirley was brought online to, in the words of Bulletin editor Molly Charney, “keep it flowing and hopefully more popular.” This hope was brought to fruition as the Shirley column was revitalized as an ask.fm account. Shirley still remains anonymous as do the inquirers and questions are answered both publicly and in confidence, as well as in a witty and entertaining fashion. Shirley responds to questions appropriately and kindly, as well as referring to the inquirers with witty nicknames to personalize the response. Some names include “Royal Peasant” after being referred to as “Queen Shirley”, “seeking the old” after an inquiry about an eighty-five year-old senior at BHS, and “Gonna get addicted” after a question about which shows she recommends on Netflix.

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Now you may wonder, “Who is this wise individual with all of the answers?” Sadly this information is top secret, for the sake of the advice recipients and the Shirley column itself. Kelly Hooper says, “I think it’s a senior… I also think it’s a girl.” Even Bulletin staff member Charlie has no idea who the anonymous advice giver is. Of course, not knowing is what makes the column, or ask.fm account, unique and is crucial to its function, so Shirley’s identity will not be released in this article. We apologize for any disappointment. Still you wonder, who is this Shirley? The world may never know.

Ask Shirley your questions at: http://ask.fm/shhshirley

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