It’s hard to believe that this is my last issue of the KO News as Editor-in-Chief. As I sit in front of my computer to write this last Wyvern’s Tale, it seems like just yesterday that I was eagerly walking into Mrs. Schieffelin’s classroom as a sophomore to receive the position of an Associates Features Editor, totally unaware of all of the amazing connections that I would make, the collaborative and supportive community I would come to be a part of, and the meaningful lessons I would learn about teamwork, hard work, and dedication that would come to help me both in and out of the classroom. But most importantly, as an ambitious yet extremely shy, unconfident 15 year old, I never thought that I would ever be fortunate enough to hold the title of Editor-in-Chief. Ever since I entered the Upper School and joined the journalism elective, occupying this role had been my dream, and I am beyond grateful for the past year that I have spent overseeing the paper alongside my incredible team of writers and editors.
Though the reality that my last News Day is looming has not yet fully set in, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the last three years and share what I will miss most once my tenure officially ends.
- Though News Day often gets mixed reviews, I truly have thoroughly enjoyed being able to gather with my fellow staff members one Sunday a month to lay out the paper and will greatly miss this once my time on the KO News comes to a close. Don’t get me wrong: InDesign is definitely frustrating. But working through the challenges of layout with my peers and bonding over a shared annoyance with double indents, gray boxes, and pull quotes will always hold a special place in my heart. And, of course, you can’t forget about the legendary News Day Bruegger’s bagels. Some might say that being able to get first dibs on the bagel of their choosing is their main incentive for showing up at the library at 8:00 a.m. on the dot! All jokes aside, especially given the fact that COVID-19 did not allow for News Day to take place all throughout my junior year, I am so fortunate to have been able to experience two years of Sunday-morning layouts with my peers.
- I promise that the KO News doesn’t revolve solely around food, but the party-size cheese pizza of Tuesday-evening Planning Meetings will certainly be missed as well! Though Planning Meetings follow long days of school and work, being able to take an hour once a month to focus on something other than upcoming tests, quizzes, and projects and instead dedicate myself to journalism, which I am deeply passionate about and highly value, is something that I have been very grateful for.
- What I will miss most about the KO News, though, is the incredible people that I have been able to work with. Being on the paper has afforded me the opportunity to get to know students from all grades that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the privilege of working alongside. I have formed incredible bonds and friendships with so many people that I know I will take with me in the future. The KO News community is so special to me, and I will miss everyone dearly.
Before this Wyvern’s Tale comes to a close, there are several people that I would like to acknowledge and thank. First, to Ms. Schieffelin. You are one of the most kind-hearted, compassionate, intelligent, dedicated, and hard-working people I have ever met, and having the privilege of working with you on the paper has been one of the greatest experiences of my high-school career. The passion that you have for your work and the sheer amount of time, energy, and effort that you put into all that you do has inspired me to work hard and to always put my best foot forward no matter what. And you are not only an amazing teacher and leader, but you are also just an amazing person. I am beyond appreciative of all the support you have given me these past several years. I know that I can always rely on you to answer my texts not only about KO News-related topics but also about my life in general (no matter how many I send!) and that you will always be there to guide me. It’s truly difficult to put into words how thankful I am for you and for all that you have taught me, and I cannot wait to see how you will continue to make an impact on so many students in the future.
Second, to my Managing Editors, Teddy, Olivia, and Samhita. I truly could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. I definitely wouldn’t have been able to survive without you guys! Though this year was certainly challenging, your commitment, perseverance, enthusiasm, and talent has made my experience as Editor-in-Chief so rewarding and has also shaped the paper in countless ways. I really can’t thank each of you enough; you are not only incredible editors and leaders, but also incredible friends.
Finally, to all of you. The KO News wouldn’t be what it is without its readership. So whether you’ve read all of my articles throughout the years or just a few, I hope that what I have written has inspired you in some way.
With that, I will be signing off as Editor-in-Chief. This has been one of the most memorable and enriching experiences that I have had during my time at KO, and I am forever grateful.