A Letter to the Class of 2019 from Your Editor-in-Chief

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Dear Class of 2019,

As we entered high school, we were all in search of our “niche.” I was lucky enough to find mine in The Sage which I’ve had the honor of being an editor of since day one. Through the hours of planning, interviewing, editing and publishing, I have learned a lot and as I leave I want to share some of that knowledge with you, to help you on your own journey.

… as I leave I want to share some of that knowledge with you, to help you on your own journey.”

First, I had the opportunity to meet and interview a wide range of students, teachers and community members through my three years. I learned a lot about many of you and that everyone has such a unique story and past that lead them to where they are now. I learned the power of simply listening to someone and watching their face light up with a smile as they talked about their passions.

So, I challenge you to ask questions, learn about those around you and don’t be afraid to share who you are with others.

Second, I learned the importance of deadlines. In life, especially in journalism, you have to apply yourself in order to produce something worthy.

So, I challenge you to continue being your Bobcat B.E.S.T. even as you move onto bigger things. Continue putting your best foot forward and make a name for yourself.

Third, I learned that despite the importance of being a strong leader such as Editor-in-Chief, it’s normal to need a little bit of help. Despite the fact we are all coming into adulthood, it’s okay to struggle, and it’s okay to ask for help because despite what some may say, you don’t have to do it alone.

So, as you venture off into your next chapter, I challenge you to let others in, let others help pick you up as you fall, and don’t be embarrassed if you do.

Now, I’ve also learned that some of the simpler things I’ve experienced in my journalism career relate to the bigger picture. Such as, SD cards love to disappear and batteries always happen to die right when you need them.

So, I challenge you to be ready for when life hits you with a curve-ball. Always come prepared and don’t get discouraged in a blip in your timeline.

Furthermore, I learned that a bag of Swedish Fish and blasting the Spotify playlist that one of your colleagues made can really aid writer’s block.

So, I challenge you to indulge every once in a while, open that bag of candy or your favorite ice cream, and sing at the top of your lungs, despite what others think.

… the final lesson I’ve learned is to stop and breathe.”

But through it all, the final lesson I’ve learned is to stop and breathe.

The world of journalism, but more so, life, is so fast-paced and sometimes we forget to truly look at what we have in front of us.

So, my final challenge to you, take time to truly live in the moment, cherish the small accomplishments or the laughs you share with friends and family because before you know it, it’s already going to be time to share the next part in your story.

To the Class of 2019, I wish you luck as you continue on, and thank you for being about of my four years at Sage Creek.

With love,

Kylie Valency

Editor-in-Chief, The Sage

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