When I joined journalism at the beginning of the school year, the class (which was in the library) consisted of three students. Although it was a small (a very small) group, there was obvious interest in the subject of writing. My interest in that skill is the reason why I joined in the class first place: I wanted to be a better writer.
The first few weeks of the class I was taught how to write in a journalistic matter. Since there was nothing in place for us to publish any articles, our teacher, Rebecca Radic, had to make a website herself so that we could publish on it. When we started writing articles, I wasn’t close to being a good writer, but our editor in chief, Derek Shavel, who was also a student in the class, encouraged me and taught me how to better articulate myself when writing.
Our teacher, Mrs. Radic did not have a degree in journalism but her love for the this small journalism class showed whenever she taught; she really wanted us to be better writers. The journalism program in Atlantic High School was not going to be a thing without her.
The learning environment that was journalism wasted no time teaching me something everyday, and that was mostly due to Mrs. Radic and Derek. They were patient and cared deeply about my improvement. The more time went by, the more progress I made in my writing. I had to write an article every week, and I always looked forward to it. My love for writing increased to a substantial amount, and I am very grateful.
On April 27, journalism students were invited to a gathering by the Palm Beach Post to “honor excellence in High School Journalism.” I sat with the group at a half filled table with a piece of paper saying our school’s name, waiting for it to be mentioned, only to be disappointed. Atlantic High School did not win anything, no honorable mention… nothing. As I walked out of the building, I felt really sad that we did not win, but never I have I ever regretted being part of journalism. This feeling echoes my sentiments towards leaving journalism and ending my time in high school.