Well, it’s here: the final issue for our seniors on staff. I’m not one of these seniors, but I have the pleasure of accepting the columns from Ryllie, Zach and Clara and putting them on the page each week. This is the second year that I have had this job, and I have to say that I feel that same weight of sadness that I felt last year at the thought of our seniors leaving us.
I’ve always had a hard time with goodbyes, and this year will be no different. The thing is, when you basically sell your soul to a publication such as this one and spend over 10 hours each week going crazy over perfectionism, you tend to form some pretty strong relationships and unforgettable memories. So, instead of lamenting on how much I will miss them after they leave, I will write a short tribute to our graduating members.
There is such a diversity of character among the editors, it really is astounding that no one has contacted us yet about starring in a new sitcom. Each editor brings a unique trait to the table that makes this publication really something to admire, and more importantly has left me with so many lessons on how to move forward in my life as a more well-rounded person.
First up, here’s to our editor in chief, Zach Mentz. His ability to maintain a level-headed approach towards pretty much any issue that comes up is really a quality to strive for. Whether it’s been a mid-Sunday afternoon or 3 a.m. on a Tuesday night, I’ve never doubted his ability to keep his cool and find the best possible solution that somehow pleases everyone.
The same can be said for Ryllie Danylko, affectionately known as “Mom.” Moreso, I’ve learned a great deal about social and political issues from reading her columns each week. She’s managed to deliver an informative and still entertaining piece on a weekly basis without fail, and her style of writing is always something I keep in mind when writing my own columns.
To our diversions editor, Nick Sciarappa, all I can say is that no matter what might have happened during the day or what mood I have been in, he has always been able to make me laugh at almost anything he says. His variety of character voices have the power to change my mood in the space of two seconds, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of having my desk right next to his.
When it comes to bringing sass and spunk to the newsroom, business manager Kaelyn Gates takes the cake. Her upbeat attitude has consistently livened the atmosphere and her witty remarks have never failed to disappoint. Furthermore, you can’t hate the person who’s responsible for feeding you every Monday and Tuesday night.
Jackie Mitchell is another one of our editors that has continuously been a lively presence among The Carroll News staff. Her humor especially comes out in the later hours, as evidenced by her discovery of the true nature of raisins. It’s not easy to make people laugh after hours of working on pages, so major props to her for that.
World news editor Sam Lane also deserves some of the credit for wittiest remarks. In addition to creating a perfect balance in his pages, Sam has mastered the skill of knowing just the right thing to say at just the right time.
In regards to assistant sports editor Dale Armbruster, I have to say that I regret not meeting him sooner. Aside from his incredible work ethic, our conversations about the ever-charming Babe the pig have made me appreciate just how unique of a personality he has, something that will be especially missed next year.
Anthony Ahlegian wins the award for the best focus and determination. He’s undoubtedly been one of the most dedicated editors that this staff has experienced, and his passion for his work has always shined clearly.
Finally, I owe a big tribute to my co-editor, Clara Richter. It is because of her that I am able to write a column for this newspaper at all, and I could not possibly thank her enough for taking me under her wing for these past two years and giving me the opportunity to grow and develop my skills. Working alongside her has been nothing short of a pleasure, thanks to her fresh perspective on any kind of issue and ability to speak her mind clearly and unabashedly.
I know that this column is without a doubt my cheesiest one to date, and I’m sorry if I made anyone feel sick over all of my sentiments. However, I mean these things from the bottom of my heart, and I want these staff members to finish their time at the newspaper knowing just how much of an impact they’ve had on me. I’ll miss you guys.