Any sophomore in their English class has heard the plug about signing up for Non-Fiction Writer’s Workshop. Usually, the teachers tend to slip it in right after the newspaper writing unit. Well for anyone wondering, I took up the offer and signed up for the class. As of the second semester of my sophomore year, I was a reporter for the Hawks Post. Fast forward to senior year, and I am now an editor writing my last issue for the newspaper. I decided that I wanted to put in my own little plug about the newspaper, so here is what the newspaper is really like.
- You WILL make friends during your time on the paper.
When I joined the newspaper, the only people that were a part of my grade in the class were three other girls. The rest were all seniors, which made it a little nerve-racking. All at the same time, these groups of girls became my friends. I would not have believed that I would be as close to them as I am now. Not only did they become my friends, but I grew close to many people. Would I have believed that I would have cried about my senior reporter leaving me my junior year? You will make friends in this class.
- There are responsibilities and opportunities.
Any class has responsibilities like getting homework done or learning the material. We want the best for the Newspaper, so we want everyone to step up and do the work. There are deadlines that creep up. Although it may seem like a lot, it is not that much. The class offers opportunities like meeting new people, learning more about your school and student body, getting to interact with students from the other schools and leadership positions. I have been an editor for two years, and I love it. I had the opportunity to show artwork by the elementary students in my column, Aspiring Artists. You have to put in the work to receive anything you want back!
- It is more than a class… It is a family to some of us.
I am going to be honest. I would have never thought that I would love a class the way I love Newspaper. The class created so many memories throughout the years. I attended my first Dundies, went trick-or-treating in the rich part of Appleton and went to the Botanical Gardens with my fellow editors. The list of memories carries on, and I wished we could have finished it at the end of the year.
- Lastly, the goodbyes are the worst.
To the seniors my sophomore year- Thank you for encouraging all of us to work harder and be better. Thank you for leaving the Hawks Post in good hands!
To my reporters through the years- Thank you for pushing me to be a better editor. Even if some of you made it too hard to find any mistakes (@Devyn).
To Capris- Thank you for being there for me all the time, and thank you for being the most positive person I have ever met (even if some of your stories are about you crying).
To Gorga- Thank you for putting a smile on my face whenever you could, and thank you for being the “quirkiest” girl I have ever met.
To P$- Thank you for being the one to roast me all the time, and thank you for all of the memes that were given to us through the years. I guess I could say thank you for being one of the best Editors-In-Chief.
To Lamers (Dad)- I would like to personally thank you for pushing me to be the best I could be. You helped me realize that I could actually do it, and that maybe I was a good editor. You have helped this paper be the best it has ever been. Please carry on making your plugs about Newspaper and making it an excellent class.
Just remember that I was your favorite when the other three made you mad!
Finally, Hawks Post- Thank you for allowing me to grow in my writing and my social skills. Thank you for letting me meet new people and become friends with a group of the most amazing people. It has been a wonderful three years with the Hawks Post.
From your favorite sandwich artist,
Autumn Vanderlinden, retired editor.