Pretty in Ink says goodbye

editorial by mollymiller

 

If you see a girl in a green sweatshirt furiously typing on a laptop with a camera around her neck, chances are she’s a journ girl. The Network has been a constant project for the staff, and it has been a major part of the last two years. Of course, it can be stressful at times, but it is a labor of love. Who would have thought that this group of girls who came into Room 304 as juniors would be sending papers to press several times this year? Journalism has taught us so much more than how to write a paper and conduct a professional interview. It has taught us how to work with deadlines, be creative, and network with peers and adults.

Journalism has not only been a huge part of our senior year, but it has given us the skills and tools that will aid us in the future. It has given us a voice and has allowed us to find interesting and unique stories about the Marian community and student body.

We have also been able to form a sisterly bond among the staff. We each have so many girls that we can reach out to next year if we need inspiration for writing papers, or someone to edit a paper and give us style advice. We have been working with each other constantly over the past school year, and there isn’t another group of girls who could put together a paper like ours. Our indescribable bond will keep us close in coming years. Networkstaff2016

If we had not taken journalism, our senior year would have looked incredibly different. Sure, it would have been less stressful, but there are so many opportunities that we would have missed out on. Journalism has given us the chance to travel, meet new people, gather valuable life skills and become, for three of us, State champions.

We, of course, would not have been able to complete our publications without our adviser, Mrs. Marsha Kalkowski, or Mrs. K. She has been absolutely irreplaceable throughout our years on the staff. She is constantly making herself available to students and is always willing to help in any way she can. She truly cares about each of her students and the work they create.

As our final issue comes to a close, and we move on to college, The Network will be left into the more-than-capable hands of the juniors. They will have the opportunity to learn the things that we have enjoyed these past nine months. Journalism is an experience that has helped us become more involved in the community and has allowed us to form and use our own voice. The last six issues of the paper have been so important to us, and it has been our privilege to be a part of such a unique staff and quality publication.

We would like to extend a collective thank you to all those who read the paper, as well as those who give us feedback, and support us as we put out the paper. We have the privilege to say for a final time, “Thanks for reading!”

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