Letters From the Editors

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Dear Readers,

I would like to first thank you all for reading The Crown and for supporting the yearbook. I know that every article that is written is drafted with a lot of thought and care. My favorite part of my role as an editor is that I get to help create a story that will be told for generations. Publications as a whole have the opportunity to create memories and save them for everyone to see. I have been able to work on the Publication staff for the past two years. My first year was as a staffer and this past year has been as an editor. I am so excited to step into the role of Editor-in-Chief for this coming school year. My goals for next year is to hit all of the deadlines and to make Publications a fun place to be creative for the new staffers, and create memories for you, our readers!  I hope to be able to capture all of the exciting memories that will occur next year and to help create long-lasting memories. I have loved being able to work with this year’s staff and editors. Although I am sad to see my fellow editors, Ellen Sharp, Amy Herff, and Emma Baader leave, I am excited to work alongside with the new staff next year!

Sincerely,

Olivia Arza (11)


Dear Readers,

When I choose to take Publications my Junior Year, I only thought it would be a fun stress-free class where I could express my creative writing. As we walked into summer camp before the 2017/2018 school year began, I was nervous yet excited to see what we would do, and never expected to be on such an awesome journey working beside other amazing students. I had known previously that students got to get out of class and get to see behind the scenes for theatre productions and other events throughout the school, but I never knew the freedom we were able to have. I was most nervous about diving into writing newspaper articles. It may seem like a daunting task on writing drafts upon drafts every week for countless topics, however, I found that writing helped focus my mind during stressful times and allowed me to express my creative thoughts. The newspaper also helped my confidence grow with numerous interviews.

My favorite part of the class, however, was yearbook. From creating the first template to taking the perfect action shot of the winning basket, I enjoyed working countless hours to create the perfect spread.  Being able to learn photography and capture lasting memories really helped to create a yearbook that meant more than photos on the pages, we were telling Marian’s story. Being able to have experience with both yearbook and newspaper helped me get to know the students in the building better, and become more involved and connected with Marian.

Another amazing quality of this class is the staff themselves. We bonded almost immediately while encouraging and supporting one another through difficult deadlines and the stress of getting coverage. Being able to actually hold my first completed yearbook really emphasized how important it is to the history of Marian, but how it cannot be completed without undeniable support. This year, my senior year, I was chosen to become an editor with my close friends, Olivia, Amy, and Ellen. Olivia is one of the hardest workers I have ever meant and she is incredibly selfless. Even if she has a million tasks to accomplish and she is overly stressed she will help and encourage the staff in any way possible. She always has a smile on her face and her presence radiates kindness which is much needed during stressful deadlines. Amy is opinionated but in the best way possible. She believes in the staffers and sees how great their potential and abilities are. She supports the editing team by pushing us to think of better and more creative ideas for the yearbook. She is always filled with new ideas and always says what’s on her mind. Ellen is the most organized person I know and always equips the editors with colorful supplies for grading. She is precise in her writing and helps the staffers express their ideas in a way that the readers can understand. The four of us have grown a strong bond and I’m going to miss always being with them. They have helped me through stressful situations and pushed me to work harder. Our advisers showed us how to become better leaders and have been helpful mentors. This class has helped me decide what I want to do when I’m older. I enjoy being in a professional environment while also being able to express my creativity. I’ll miss our Christmas Parties, field trips, and most importantly Olivia’s cake pops. I’m looking forward to seeing the fireworks go off after we have finished this year’s yearbook.

Sincerely,

Emma Baader (12)


Dear Readers,

Throughout my underclassmen years, I knew there was a school newspaper, but I never read it. Choosing my classes going into my junior year, I signed up for Publications knowing my friends Emma and Amy were signed up too. The yearbook always interested me, and photography was one of my favorite things to do. Beginning the class, I was initially overwhelmed with what had to go into the class. The games to attend and people to interview for articles made me very anxious. But, as the year went on I was able to break out of my shell and talk to people that were not my close friends. The staff last year worked well together, we met all of our deadlines and hit 100% coverage of the students before the school year was over. Being asked to be an editor made me thrilled, as I was already planning on taking the class again. Not only would I be with Emma and Amy again, but I would be able to help with the style and the big things that go into what made the yearbook great. Over these past two years of Publications has been nothing but a rollercoaster. However, I have had Emma, Amy, and Olivia by my side. The three of them have made this experience one I will never forget. Olivia always pushes me to make my page the best it can be, Emma’s creativity inspires me to bring out my creativity and Amy never fails to make the class period stressful or boring. I am forever thankful that I was able to be a part of this class and I will miss logging onto Jostens to put my creative ideas a reality.

Sincerely,

Ellen Sharp (12)


Dear Readers,

Publications was a class I choose to take my junior year so I could participate in creating the yearbook. I wanted to design pages that students would look back on and remember the good memories of high school.  As a junior, we had a smaller staff so we all became very close friends. We hit every deadline and also had some awesome food parties. I developed several yearbook pages that year, of one which was the wrestling page.  This page was definitely my favorite which is why I choose to design it again this year. I loved this page so much because of my involvement in the wrestling program. They had a very successful season both my junior and senior year which is why designing this page was so much exciting.  Along with developing pages came writing articles, which wasn’t my biggest strength. Mrs. Widhalm really supported me and encouraged me my junior year when it came to writing and I am super grateful to her for that otherwise, I would have probably given up. Towards the end of the year is when articles and yearbook spreads became easier as I became used to them.  This is also when I was asked to be an editor. I was super excited for the opportunity and even more excited that it was going to be an editor with two of my closest friends in my grade, Emma and Ellen. A junior, Olivia was also asked to become an editor with us. I’m so appreciative that the four of us have had such a successful year being editors. This year was a lot more work than I expected, but in the end, it has all come together to create a beautiful yearbook and newspaper that the class of 2019 will forever cherish.  The four of us have created amazing memories in the past two years together. From Friday dance parties to a weekend away at yearbook camp, publications is a class I will never forget.

Sincerely,

Amy Herff (12)

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