Newspaper seniors bid farewell

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Of its eight current staff members, the U-Times is losing three to graduation, including both editors. Here are their last words as members of the staff:

 

 

Lily Lewis-Stump

Co-Editor

lilyWhen I joined the U-Times staff second semester of freshman year, after only one semester of Introduction to Journalism, I never expected to continue throughout high school and I especially did not anticipate becoming an editor just the next school year. Being a part of this staff has definitely been a highlight of my high school experience, and I must say it is mostly due to Ms. Alice Mutrux. She has been my guiding light and support through every issue, layout, and cut-out. I wouldn’t rather co-edit a publication with anyone else. I must also thank Daniel Williamson, Christine Politte and Sophia Kenyon for making this staff so completely memorable over the past few years. Being around these sleek sleuths everyday made the experience a million times more fun. Even though I am not continuing an education in journalism, I have learned many valuable skills and had so much fun. If given the opportunity, I would join the staff again in a heartbeat.

 

Alice Mutrux

Co-Editor

aliceAs my twelve years of U. City schooling draw to a close, I find myself reflecting on my cumulative experience attending this bizarrely wonderful place. I have always been given the choice to leave the district, and sometimes I wonder how my personality would have been shaped if I had taken my parents up on that offer. In retrospect, I realize that, yes; I may have gained a better education, maybe fit in better, and had a more well-rounded high school experience. What I wouldn’t have gained is tolerance, the ability to fend for myself, and a sense of individuality. I can say that I wouldn’t trade my adventures at U. City for anything. Just like any other school, there are struggles and there are joys, but U. City is unique in its attitude and amazing history. Congrats and good luck to the class of 2015! It’s been real but I hope I never have to see any of you again 🙂

 

Brooklyn Bass

Staff Writer

brooklynSince transferring from Rosati-Kain High School to U. City my sophomore year, I have drastically transformed my thinking and developed new perspectives. Initially, my first inclination was to dislike becoming a U. City “Lion.” Coming from the outside, U. City did not have the most glamorous, positive reputation. For this reason, I promised myself to go through the rest of my high school career untouched and unaffected by my classmates and faculty members.

It did not take too long to realize that life does not go as planned. By senior year, I ended up making lasting friendships, becoming very involved, and holding up the “U” unashamed. I also became grateful to all the teachers that inspired me to be a better person. In fact, if it were not for Mr. Cloud, Ms. Hackmeyer and Ms. Strohm, I probably would have left high school just as ignorant as I came in.
Of course, life does go on. There is so much more to learn and discover. I want to meet new people, create a new circle of friends, and become successful. I anticipate attending Duke University and paving a bright future for my family and me.

Still, moving on from high school remains bittersweet. There has always been a sense of safety here. Knowing that coming to school everyday and completing my work can yield positive results is not always easy but so cut and dry. Beyond high school, the ingredients for success are not so clear. There are so many factors involved that can shape one’s future. Despite the uncertainties I have about my future, I feel prepared to tackle it head on. To fight no matter what the circumstances is a principle I applied in these halls — a principle I will take with me for the rest of my life. For this reason, I will forever remember my experiences at U. City, when I needed this determination most.

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