I just finished editing Drake Jellison’s last piece. I can’t tell you how sad that makes me feel. Thus far, this whole editor thing has been one of the most valuable aspects of my high school experience. This exchange takes place and it’s really meaningful. The writer is willing to open up about a subject. He/she researches, writes, delves deeper, and tweaks so that the community can think about a subject in a new light. I receive the piece, like a secret, and work with it until it’s ready to be shared with everyone. I have gotten to know the community better by sharing and receiving these stories.
As I reflect on the past two years at The U Post, I cannot help but feel a little bit proud. It was exactly two years ago that we thought to create an online publication. It wasn’t until the fall of 2012 that we had any sort of staff. Today it is a forum for videos, photography, sports reporting, poetry, and a number of other things that are uniquely University. It is a culmination of art, writing, and multimedia that comes from every corner of the school.
I am so thankful to every one of these corners. I have to thank our senior staff members, especially. To name a few: Gabby Krieble is the reason we are able to display video on this site. Thanks to Gabby, we were able to reach our goal of producing quality multimedia. Noah Matthews has been recommending music to us for months now, adding artistic flare to what could have been some pretty bleak weeks. Lastly, Drake Jellison has reported, recommended, and opened his heart to us. I am so grateful to all of the seniors who made the site what it is today.
As we transition into next year, I should mention some exciting news for The U Post. University is implementing two journalism classes. It is our hope that the material created by the students in those courses will feed onto the site. We intend to revamp the visual appearance of the website in August. If you wish to contribute to this process, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we have a number of new editors stepping up to the plate, including Sydney Tomlinson and Ariana Katz. Sydney and Ariana will be leading The U Post once the current editors graduate.
I should mention Isaac Mervis, Daniel Healey, and Amelia Eskenazi. Our arts and sports reporting is consistently well-done. Tara Brugh has been an editor for the past semester, and the quality of our content has improved as a result. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goals this year at The U Post, especially to Ashley Crockett-Lohr. We couldn’t do any of this without you. I cannot believe that next year will be my last year at University. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to work with the community in order to document our experiences here. Thanks again, and have a great summer!
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