Everyone has a story and each story is important. I started my story as a shy girl who refused to step outside of her little bubble. If you told me four years ago that I would be the editor-in-chief of The Leonid, I would have blushed and avoided eye contact because I would have been too scared to answer. I was too shy to share my story with anyone. But once I got into high school, I figured out that my story was not the only one that mattered. There are countless people in the school, the community, and the world who cannot tell their own story. I vowed to go out of my way, and out of my comfort zone, to tell their stories. Through getting involved in The Leonid and activities, I was given the rare opportunity to help people tell their stories, and discover my own in the process. Thank you for letting me tell your story, Red Lion.
Social Media Editor
Go ahead, call me cliche, but I know that the friendships I’ve made throughout high school are what I’m going to cherish the most. Thank you for the ultimate frisbee tournaments, insane group messages, concerts, sporting events, and crazy class projects. But no really... thank you for the never ending support, heart to heart conversations, and enough memories to span lifetimes. I’m beyond lucky to have met so many amazing people over the last four years and I know I’m going to miss you like crazy. For those of you who have some time left in high school- don’t rush it, everyone is always so eager to graduate, to move on with life. It’s okay to be excited about the future, but take the time to appreciate memories made with friends, that’s what I’ve learned in high school. To my wonderful friends: I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am without each and every one of you.
This year taught me several things about myself and the real world. Going into senior year, I was ready for it to be over. But as time is ticking closer and closer to graduation, I ask myself, “Am I really ready?” I’ve aquired way better study habits, closer friendships, and an acceptance letter to the college I’ve always strived for. I’ve hit some rough patches, but so has everyone else. All of the good and bad have made me stronger. I’m becoming who I’m supposed to be. There’s a reason why I’ve been involved in RLA-TV for so long-- to prepare me for my dream job. I want to report the news to a broader audience: America. So, I think everything that I’ve learned this year has really helped in more ways than one. I am ready, and I’m okay with saying goodbye to high school. Reporting from The Leonid one last time, thanks, and farewell Red Lion.
News & Features Editor
My high school career has taught me numerous things. I began freshman year being cautious of nearly every decision I made. I remember taking almost a week to realize the A100 wing was just below the A200’s. I’ve always disliked change, so the shift from junior high to high school wasn’t easy for me. I discovered a lot about myself during my freshman and sophomore years. Meeting new people and trying new things gave me the chance to form better friendships and find things I like to do. During my senior year, I learned the difference between what I thought growing up was and how it really is. I was never able to picture myself being this old, working at my job, or soon attending college. I hope I continue to discover more about myself and grow from my experiences in high school. I’ve learned, and still continue to learn that even the seemingly impossible can be attainable.
Play. No matter what it is. Just play. It does not have to be a sport or a musical instrument. Just play. I am who I am today because of the lessons learned and the relationships that were built from participating in football, track, and Leonid.
By being so involved in different activities, I have met some truly extraordinary people. The bonds that I have made with people have gone far beyond just the activity. I have gained brothers and sisters that will be with me for the rest of my life.
My experiences have shaped me as a person very much as well. All of the success that I have had in high school can be traced back to something that I learned on the football field, track, or in Mrs. Kelkis’s journalism class. Being apart of something made the high school experience so special for me, just as it would do for anyone.
High school, you look forward to it as an 8th grader, and as a senior, every day seems to carry on forever. But high school itself carries a common lesson to life--it is what you make it. I started freshman year not knowing what to expect--it was all foreign. But out of these four years I have grown and developed a stronger grip of what is important in life and what is trivial. High school is not all about getting an A+ in every class or staying up all night stressing about an AP Biology test. It is about growth, becoming what you want to be. Don’t worry about what everyone thinks and focus on what makes you happy. I finish out my last days here at Red Lion wishing I had more time, wishing I could have one more Mini-THON, one more track meet but sadly I can’t. Don’t rush it, because before you know it you're throwing that cap in the air waving goodbye forever.
Peace out Red Lion.