Sitting down to write this, I had a lot to think about and a lot of people to thank. So here goes nothing.

This journey started my Freshman year during the second semester. I remember sitting in my journalism class and professor Wemmer emailed me (this was during his own class btw) telling me that I should apply for a position at the Observer. So in his class (sorry Wemmer), I sent in my application.

I had an interview a few days later, and then a few weeks later I was named Sports Editor. I couldn’t believe it and I was so excited to be a part of the school paper, and little did I know this job would forever change my life.

The Observer has taught me so many things. One of the most important was what I wanted to do with my life. When I was Sports Editor, I was introduced to Sports Information Director, Shawn Medeiros, once I met Shawn, and was able to see what he did, I wanted to do what he did.

I have so many people to thank, the first is Conner Grant. Conner was the editor-in-chief for two years before I took over. I learned so many things from him, and wouldn’t have been the editor I was without his guidance and leadership.

I’d also like to say a special thank you to Shawn Medeiros for being such a huge resource while I was the Sports Editor, we had a great working relationship which turned into a friendship and I can’t thank him enough.

Bryan Cain, Michael Keefe-Feldman, and Rob Palardy for always being willing to help out the paper and sharing stories, you guys have been instrumental in how the paper has grown since I’ve been a part of it.

David Le, and his staff for always being willing to share photos.

Our advisor Katie Lovett. Katie has been the best advisor this paper could ask for, we would not survive without her guidance and help when it comes to editing, posting stories, and getting the website started.

Last but certainly not least, my staff. Lauren, Reilly, and Tacy. I can’t thank you guys enough for everything that you’ve done for this paper. You made this the best job I could have asked for. I’m forever grateful for the hard work you’ve put in and everything you’ve done to grow the paper to what it is today.

This is it, the last thing I’ll ever write for the Observer. It makes me sad, but I’m also so excited for the future, and the future of the Observer. Best of luck to Lisa, Sarah, George, Joe, and Alexxa, I know you guys will do amazing things with this paper.