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The Student News Site of Connersville High School

Clarion

The Student News Site of Connersville High School

Clarion

Jordan Pyle

Jordan Pyle, Editor

“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.” –Alberto Manguel

 

Hi! My name is Jordan Pyle, and I’m a senior. The past two years as a part of this staff have exceeded my expectations in ways I couldn’t even begin to imagine when I took Journalism as a freshman purely to fill my schedule with another English adjacent class. I absolutely expected to enjoy the class and the work we do, but I never thought I’d be in the position I am now—one of three editors who have completely revamped the program.

But before I get into that, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m in theatre and Thespians, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, French Club, Speech Team, and I was in choir for about 8 years. I work at the movie theater (insert joke here?). I’ve been a severely obsessive reader for as long as I can remember. That reading obsession led me into writing, which brings me to my next informational tidbit. I want to pursue Creative Writing as my major in college because of how much I enjoy books and writing, and because I want to be able to create experiences for people that I wish I had as a young reader. Hopefully I can do this at Northwestern University, which has one of the top Creative Writing programs in the country.

For the longest time, books have been an escape from everything around me, and I say that in the best way possible. Books allowed me to expand my horizons and learn new things that I couldn’t learn by just walking through life. They also helped me see how miniscule details can cause monumental changes in perspective or thought. That’s what made me want to write in the first place. I want to be able to affect positive change in the lives of young adult readers like me who maybe don’t know where they fit in the world.

All of this has made me who I am, and it has certainly influenced my work for this publication. If you look at my published articles, you’ll notice that I tend to focus on the happenings of the world and topics that are interesting to me.

Genuinely, I love this class with my whole heart, and though we’ve had our fair share of issues over the past two years (and I’m certain we’ll have more), I look forward to walking in the room every day. I don’t think that would be true if it weren’t for my two co-editors, Riley and Claire. The three of us have, and I’m not exaggerating, rebirthed this publication like a phoenix out of ashes. We started with almost nothing after COVID-19 and had minimal knowledge of how to run the necessary programs to keep ourselves afloat. We also had six people on our staff each semester, including the three of us. On top of that, we had a new advisor who was also learning the ropes. Basically, we jumped into the deep end and tried to make it out alive. Thankfully, we did. And let me tell you, when we walked in and saw how many people joined this year, we almost started crying. I’m beyond grateful for what this class has taught me, and I can’t wait to see what this year brings for us, as well as what future years have in store for The Clarion staff writers.

 

“It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.” –Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices)

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