Sarah Lloyd, Editor-in-Chief:
I will never forget the day that I made a decision that would completely change the course of my high school career. It was summer registration before sophomore year, and I was making my schedule for the upcoming school year with Mr. Theroux. I had selected my mandatory classes, and I had room for an elective. As he read off the lists of the classes I could choose from that would fit in my schedule, he mentioned that a teacher was going to bring back the school newspaper and I was intrigued by the idea of working on it, so I had him add it to my schedule.
I have no greater gratitude in my heart than I have for The Highland Fling, because becoming a staff writer, then Copy Editor and Social Media Director, and then finally Editor-in-Chief has really taught me so much about myself and it also has brought me out of my shell. I will never regret making that decision, and I’m so proud of my shy, anxious sophomore year self for doing so because it completely changed me for the better. Entering high school, I had a set idea in my mind that I would graduate and go into psychology, but that changed after joining journalism. Now, as a graduating senior, I plan to study mass media with a minor in communications at California State University San Marcos, where I also hope to work on their newspaper.
I’m excited for the future to come, but I am saddened to leave behind something that has changed me so much for the better. The Highland Fling has been my safe haven, my pride and joy, and it hurts to say goodbye but I know I’m leaving it in capable hands and am excited for its future. I hope for a larger readership, a larger staff, and for future Highlanders to fall in love with journalism as much as I did.
With this, I say goodbye to the newspaper that has been one of the most influential pieces of my life- so far.
Alexis Cormier, Editor-in-Chief:
Just a disclaimer: our staff and our publication was nothing like Gilmore Girls. Except the newspaper hats. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. These past three years on the Highland Fling staff has taught me more than a journalistic writing style and how to write a story in half an hour to make deadline (Sorry Mrs. Block!).
Starting out as a nervous sophomore perfectionist to a slightly less nervous but more confident senior perfectionist, The Highland Fling shaped my high school years for the better. I came to class actually excited to write and talk to people in order to learn their stories and in turn, write for others to learn about them too. It’s this class that showed me that journalism is in fact, not dying. If anything, it’s reviving and I am so stoked to be the generation that is leading it. Of course, without a few key people this wouldn’t be possible.
I would like to thank Mrs. Block for having the passion to start up this class and allow young people like myself to develop a love for journalism and write as a real, professional journalist. I will brag about you to my college professors. Second, I would like to thank my co-editor-in-chief and best journalism pal, Sarah. You were my first friend in this class and my last friend coming out of it. I appreciate that you never got annoyed by my late night texts complaining about deadlines and never hesitated to buy me a cup of coffee when it was most needed. For that, I am forever grateful. Next, to the teachers and students who allowed me to awkwardly interview you, thanks. You saved my grade. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who has ever been on the Highland Fling staff and everyone will be on it in the future. We are the history of Helix and the future of it as well and I’ve never been more proud to leave behind something for my high school. I’m proud to have written Helix’s history.
Peace out, Highland Fling. It’s been real.