It was August of 2013 and I received a copy of the Freshmen Edition of The Northern Light newspaper at my home address in Eagle River. Skimming the paper, I saw an ad for the position of Arts and Entertainment Editor and immediately applied. Three years later, a promotion to Executive Editor, and many memories later I’m saying goodbye to what has surely been one of the biggest parts of my life.
Working for The Northern Light and the people involved with the paper has changed my life for the better. It’s been quite the experience balancing my friendships with my staff while also trying to be a good leader. I haven’t always done things right during my time at The Northern Light, but my mistakes have taught me so much.
One thing I know is that the journey has not been my own and that many have helped me along the way to achieving my goals for The Northern Light. Without the help of Paola Banchero, Samantha Davenport, Zac Clark, Tony Craig, Anthony Crouts, Kierra Hammons, Stacey Parker, Annie Route and the rest of my staff I would not have been able to do it. All of your guidance and support has not gone unnoticed. I am glad to have worked with each and every one of you.
While I have enjoyed my time as Executive Editor and the people I have worked with, it is time for me to move on. After this semester, I will be focusing on my studies in my biology program and last few journalism classes for the next year and a half before I graduate. I will also hopefully be expanding my professional experience into the biology field.
I know that my time at The Northern Light will be a time I look back fondly on. I look forward to seeing the next generation of leadership at The Northern Light emerge. I know things will change and it will be hard to accept at first, but I know you all will do great things at The Northern Light and beyond. For those of you also leaving (George Hyde, Tony Craig and Shay Spatz) I wish you the best in your next endeavors. I will miss being on staff with all of you, but I’m glad to shortly be just your friend and not your boss.