Dear Torch Staff,
I am writing this letter to commend you on your efforts this year. I am writing this letter to congratulate you on your growth this year. I am writing this letter because I am so, so proud of your commitment, dedication, and contributions to the Torch Staff. I would also like to thank you for helping me grow as both an editor and a leader. When I began editing for this year, I was shy and extremely passive. I never spoke my mind, in fear that I would be shut down or criticized. But as the year went on, I found it easier to interact and talk to the staff. I was afraid of the backlash of being too hard of the class, but all of you have been very patient and willing to listen to any notes I have given out.
Quanna and Diara, I will miss you both very much, your personalities have lit up the room and have made the Torch staff such a joy to work with. I wish you both the best in whatever you want to do in the future, whether you decide to continue with journalism or join a completely different career path. The same goes for any other staff leaving this year; if you dropped newspaper to do something else, don’t feel bad, I’m happy that you chose to continue doing something you love.
To those who are rejoining the Torch staff next year: I can’t wait to finish up my senior year with such a dedicated staff. You’ve helped so much in my growth and for that I thank all of the 2017-2018 staff.
Dear Torch Staff,
Thank you for making my first year of editing so easy. I will admit, it was not easy at first. I ran our class in a way that no class full of amazing students should be ran. I expected too much and treated everybody like they were below me. I could not be more thankful for Mr. Welch pulling me into his office and pointing this out to me, and telling me how to fix it. At the time, I was devastated. I had been looking forward to being an editor for so long, and when I finally was given that position, I messed up. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to gain the staff’s support and I had lost hope.
Welch advised me to apologize to the staff, and I stayed up for hours trying to write an apology to give to the class the next day. After re-writing this apology what seemed like hundreds of times (which was probably only four times at most) I decided to scrap the whole thing and just give the speech from my heart, since the apology would be more sincere. Giving that apology seemed hard at first, but while I was giving it, my anxiety eased.
Since then, the attitude in the class has changed dramatically. I used to hate coming to class, because I knew that people did not like me. Now, I love newspaper again. This class has been a blessing to be apart of. I hope to see all of you next year in class. Thank you for helping me grow as not only an editor and staff member, but also a person.