2018-05-19 / The Bullhorn

OUR FINAL GOODBYE

A bittersweet end to my Bulldog journalism career

With my senior year coming to an end, writing this is overly bittersweet. I’ve been in this Communications class since the first day of school freshman year. I timidly joined the class, scared of my teacher but with a strong interest in photography. Four years later, Mrs. Boatwright has become my school mom and I am the current Bullhorn Editor.

Back in freshman year, I never expected that this class would become everything to me. I knew I had an interest in photography; I enjoyed writing, but I didn’t care to pursue it. Delaney, who was a sophomore at the time, was the only reason I was convinced to stay in the class. I didn’t know anyone besides her, but I sat at a round table in the middle of the class- room with someone who would eventually become one of the most meaningful friends I’ve ever had, Sara.

We were both freshmen and didn’t know what to expect from the class, which is something that definitely helped us bond quickly. The seniors, who were with us at the time, quickly took us in as their children, just as Mrs. Boatwright did. Mrs. Boatwright encouraged the newbies in the class to try their hand at everything the class had to offer: layout, writing, website design, photography, announcements, and everything in between. She insisted that this class was a job, which scared me but I was excited to figure out where I belonged.

I quickly discovered my burning passion for writing, particularly journalistic writing. I picked up on the technique quite fast, and knew it was what I wanted to do as my job in this class. Sophomore and junior years consisted of many hard times outside of school, and I would always turn to my Communications class. I took on more responsibilities in the class and I would try to put my all into it. I talked to Mrs. Boatwright every day after school just to talk about life. Luke, another member of Communications who happened to be a year older than me, was always here for me, as well. Luke and I shared a bond that will always be incredibly special to me. This year, I gained the title of Bullhorn Editor, which entailed editing all of the articles that go in the paper before Mrs. Boatwright checks them. I basically assigned the articles to everyone in class, periodically made sure everyone was on pace writing them, and then collected the entire Bullhorn to edit. I’m not going to lie, this job was very strenuous and caused a lot of anxious thoughts, but my classmates eased my stress. Five freshmen joined our Communications family this school year; all full of energy, dedication, and drive. I’m more than confident leaving the class with these wonderful people because I know they’ll be able to handle everything and more that anyone throws at them.

Not only did this class (that is literally in a closet of RCS) help me academically, it helped me grow emotionally. Everyone that has been in and out of the class has touched my heart in one way or another. We become a family in this class; we watch everyone around us grow and we lend a helping hand whenever we sense that it is needed.

To the seniors that were in the class my freshman year, thank you for giving me the confidence to stay in this class. To the sophomores that were in my class my freshman year, thank you for inspiring me and making me feel comfortable. To my freshmen, don’t give up and please give it your all. To my fellow seniors, thank you guys for always being here for me. We have definitely become closest this year and I’m going to miss you all more than anything.

And lastly, to Mrs. Boatwright, thank you for providing me with this life changing experience. We have been together for four years now, and I can only hope we stay in contact for the years to come. Thank you for truly everything. Good luck with the critters and munchkins.

I can easily say that this class is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I can only hope that it does the same thing for future students to come.

I will be eternally grateful for the experiences and knowledge that I’ve gained over the past four years from this wonderful class at RCS.

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