TIME WELL SPENT
May 25, 2020
Goodbyes are never easy, but saying goodbye to The Clarion has to be the hardest one of all. This newspaper has become one of the most important things in my life over the past 4 years. I was put into this class just because I desperately needed out of a speech class. If you would have told me the day I walked into this class that I was going to stick with it and become editor, I would have called you crazy. Yet, here I am 4 years later saying goodbye.
I could not be more thankful for all the people that this class has brought to me such as, Abbi Stinger. Abbi, my co-editor, will forever be my favorite sounding board. Whenever I had an idea, she always listened no matter how stupid or out of order it was, and helped me to make it better. She might make up words from time to time, such as the infamous “Insultual”, but she has a heart of gold. Together, we put together a website and established many other social media platforms for The Clarion. Neither of us are very tech-savvy, but somehow we managed. We built this program up together, through the technical and the personal issues and I know we both cannot wait to see this program continue to thrive for years to come.
From Hollywood To Home was Abbi and I’s first story together. It may not seem like much to you, but it meant the world to us. For me, it was my first real “heavy news” story, so of course it had to be perfect. This was also the first time we worked as a team. I will never forget the countless hours of research we put in, going back and changing things because there had been new information released and the feeling of joy we both had when we finally got to publish it. It was probably the hardest I ever worked on any school project, and it was worth it.
Leaving The Clarion is such a painful experience, but it helps knowing that our advisor, Ms. Audrey Burke, is in charge. Ms.Burke is like the cool teacher in the movies you wish you had. She listens to your problems and provides a safe, creative atmosphere like no other. The environment she created allowed me, along with others, to think outside the box with their stories and stretch their creative boundaries like no other class could ever provide. I will miss her dearly, but I know she will continue to do amazing things.
I want to make sure I thank all of my staff writers. You are all amazing and I cannot tell you how much I have loved working with you. You made what I did for The Clarion worth doing. I hope you all stick with
the program and keep writing. You have all grown so much since you joined us last year, and I cannot express how proud I am of all of you as writers.
CHS will always be special to me, no matter where I end up. The halls are lined with memories, and some I might want to forget, but they all shaped me into who I am now. I will be attending IU East in Richmond to major in nursing and move on to graduate school in hopes of becoming a genetic counselor. I cannot wait to see what the new editors will do with the “baby” that Abbi and I built.
“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” –Ernie Harwell