A Good-Bye Letter to the Newspaper and It’s Staff


Written by: Alyssa Tyler, Editor-in-Chief

There is no way to easily write a goodbye letter to the newspaper and its staff. I wish it was as easy as simply writing 3-5 paragraphs and finish with some cute little ending. But how could I write something so plain and simple when this very class has given me so much. 

This class has given me so many laughs, endless food parties, gossip, an excuse and reason to argue and most of all, it gave me what I want to do for the rest of my life. 

I have spent countless hours trying to improve our readership and our social media platforms. From nearly making my laptop blow up from trying to create graphics, send out the mailchimp and upload stories to making an entire project just going over social media and how we can be better. This class has given me a passion for photography, something that I would have never had the chance to try if not for this class. I have won awards and been featured in newspapers from this, and I will always be thankful for that opportunity.

To the newspaper staff, I hope that you are able to find the same joy and pure excitement that I found from journalism. Enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with chasing down interviewees, the smugness that arrives when someone is stumped by your interview questions and find nothing but joy with showcasing the truth.

Even if your futures take you away from journalism, use what you have learned from this class. The truth always comes first, questions are meant to be answered, and no one can take away your voice. Question everything you hear, constantly look for the truth, and never lose your curiosity. 

Handing off the reins to someone else has never been easy for myself. But knowing that they are going into good hands, makes this task easier. 

Jaedin, continue your love for social media and promoting. You are easily one of the most dedicated people on staff and I will always be thankful to have had your advice whenever I needed it. 

Emily, your editing and writing skills have improved and grown so much in the past two years and I could not be prouder. I am so excited to see what you do next year with this newspaper and your life beyond that.

Lexi, your photography skills have grown and grown in the past year.  You have found a passion that I hope will take you through the rest of your life. 

Lake, you came into newspaper with a passion for sports journalism and have kept that passion. Your stories are lively and entertaining and I can’t wait to see what you do with your future.

Narissa, your first year on staff came with ups and downs. But you have grown as a reporter. From photography to asking the questions that need to be asked, I know you will do great things.

Rylee, your first year on staff was nothing short of interesting. If you could remember to send media that would make my heart even happier, but knowing that you annoyed so many middle schoolers with an album review, that will have to do.

Mrs. Horn, thank you for always having your classroom open, offering advice and helping me keep my head level. Your class has always been my safe place when things were rough and I will never be able to thank you enough for giving me this opportunity to lead the newspaper. 

I will try to finally end this with a cute little ending. The newspaper staff has brought me so many memories that I will never forget. Journalism itself has given me my passion to showcase the truth. Combined, the newspaper has given me countless memories, passions and future goals. As I go on to a new chapter in my life, I will always remember that the Bobcat Network was behind it. 


Forever thankful,

Alyssa Tyler