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Looking back on a great year

Posted: May 11, 2017 10:07 a.m.
Updated: May 12, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Getting to my junior year seemed to take an eternity, but as quickly as it started, it is now coming to a close. This year has flown by and while it has gone by in a blur, I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given during this chapter of my life. 

From being selected as editor of my school’s newspaper, to inductions into the National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll program, to opportunities like this -- to share my passion and have my voice heard in our small community -- I have been blessed beyond measure. 

Since this is my final column, I want to take the time to thank those who have aided me in getting where I am today. 

To my parents, thank you for everything. Thank you for always being there, and encouraging me in everything I do. During the first 17 years of my life, you have laid the foundation for the woman I am becoming. I cannot express my gratitude towards the both of you enough. 

Zoe, my co-editor, classmate, and forever friend -- it has been a pleasure to run The Pitchfork with someone who has as much of a passion for journalism as I do. Our junior year of high school is just days from being a memory, but our senior year is right around the corner! I cannot wait to experience the opportunities that have opened up for us both.

Mrs. Dupre, thank you for lighting the fire within me my freshman year during Journalism I class. Because you shared your passion and love of journalism with me, I now am paying it forward. It is because of you that I have ventured this far in my journalism career. 

To the Lugoff-Elgin High School Journalism Department, thank you for selecting me to be a student writer in the Chronicle Independent. I am honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to represent L-E in such a way. I hope I have made you proud!

To my editor, Mr. Jim Tatum -- thank you for being so inspirational and working with me through this process. You have been my biggest fan and cheerleader from the beginning. It has truly been a privilege to serve the Kershaw County community. I am so appreciative to you for allowing me the opportunity to be a “real-world” journalist. 

And finally, thanks to all of you throughout the community who have “followed” me and read my articles each month during this past year. Your endless uplifting comments, support and encouragement have blessed me immensely. I feel I am a better journalist and person because of you.

As another door of my life closes, I know many more will soon open.  I am beyond excited to see what lies ahead, including where my journalism career will take me in this life. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


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