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One last word from the former Editor in Chief

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Gratitude. After four years, I am leaving exceedingly grateful for the opportunities I have had as a Hawkeye staff member and for the individuals who have made it all possible.

I joined the Hawkeye as a freshman, wide-eyed and a little lost in a school I thought then to be a massive labyrinth. But through the Hawkeye, I quickly found a home at Terrace.

The Hawkeye has provided countless students, such as yours truly, with countless opportunities over the years. And after being on the Hawkeye staff for these past four years, I have an enormous amount to be grateful for.

I am grateful for the other students involved in the program for their hard work, wisdom, leadership and innovation. The Hawkeye has been and always will be a student produced and student led news organization. Students, not administrators or staff, make all of the content decisions. But that is no easy task. The students that I have worked with on the Hawkeye have been some of the most thoughtful, dedicated and talented individuals I have met. It has been a pleasure working alongside the members of four different Hawkeye staffs.

I am grateful for the many sponsors and mentors we have worked with over the years. The ads you see in the paper and online help us to be independent and self-sustaining. Our partnership with Teresa Wippel and the My Neighborhood News Network, along with HBN, has allowed us to provide unprecedented live sports to viewers across the region via our Sound Live Sports Network.

I am grateful for our administrators for their continued support of scholastic journalism free of prior review or restraint of any kind. There’s a reason MTHS has once again been named a First Amendment Press Freedom School, and a large part of that comes from the main office.

I am grateful for the parents and alumni who help in a number of ways, from chaperoning trips to presenting at retreats to cooking meals for the staff when they’re at school far too late on a weekend.

I am grateful for our incredible adviser, Vince DeMiero. Vince truly is the epitome of what it means to be an outstanding educator. He sacrifices far more than he should have to in order to provide so many students with so many remarkable opportunities. There’s just no one else like him.

But I am most grateful to you, our readers. I am grateful for the trust you have placed in us and the continued support you show us by reading, watching, following, subscribing and however else you now interact with the Hawkeye.

I’m leaving the Hawkeye in far better hands than mine, as Paxtyn Merten is your new Editor-in-Chief. I have no doubt she and the rest of the Hawkeye staff will serve you well next year.

Thank you all – students, teachers, parents, community members, sponsors, administrators,  DeMieros – for all you have done for me and for the students who have found a special place in this fantastic organization.

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The student news site of Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
One last word from the former Editor in Chief