Seniors say goodbye

May 20, 2016

The end of every school year means it is time for reflection and pause.  Eleven dedicated Clarion reporters would like to take some time to think about what it all has meant and to send some shout out’s and thank you’s to the RB world.  Please use the navigation menu in the upper right to review our 2016-17 staff goodbyes.

Senior Goodbye: Brandon Bennett

Senior Goodbye: Brandon Bennett

All my four years of high school I thought to myself, How am I going to get through all of this? I always wondered, Am I doing something wrong or am I doing something not good enough? All the help I got from my parents, other folks around the area, and the teachers and other staff members at RB really helped me out a lot. There were some things that weren’t the right thing to do most of the time. However, I have always had the need to come back smarter or as a better person than I was. I would always think, What can I do to make myself an even better student at RB? When I got to my senior year of high school, I really realized I beat myself up on some stuff that I shouldn’t have worried about.

If there was one thing I could change about high school it is my attitude. I seemed to be that teenage child if things weren’t going my way. I would automatically give it all up. Only my mother knew where I was coming from during certain things and she made it the best for me while I was still on my feet. She also made sure I never hit rock bottom. Playing football and basketball really gave me a fun experience. Me and all my friends had good times here at RB as well. I would like to thank all the teachers and other staff members that have helped me throughout my years at RB.

3 Comments

3 Responses to “Seniors say goodbye”

  1. Dan Mancoff on May 21st, 2016 1:41 pm

    Dear Clarion seniors,

    I am dictating this comment while sitting at a farmer’s barter fair in Washington. My daughters just traded heirloom tomatoes for a bunny. Our acre and a half is alive with chickens and fruit trees and bees and barn cats. My school year still has three weeks or so to go.

    I read your goodbyes eagerly (and a little tearfully). You guys are the last full class I recruited for Clarion.

    As much as I love what I am doing now, I miss Clarion every day. It and SEE Team were so hard to leave.

    McKenna and Niko… I knew you would be an amazing team. Morgan, I am so glad you found space for us in your schedule. Paul, I loved watching you grow and find your place with us. Kiera, I am sorry I stick you with News way back when. Zach, your articles always, always made me laugh. Julia, Cameron, Denny… I am sorry I missed out on spending this year with you.

    Mr. Hegelson, I am so grateful RB found more than capable hands to carry on our tradition.

    As you guys graduate, I feel like another chapter is closing for me too.

    I read every word all of you wrote this year.

    Thank you for keeping Clarion free of bull and full of Bulldogs.

    Mr. Mancoff

  2. Dan Mancoff on May 21st, 2016 1:44 pm

    Oh! Too much chaos trying to text and trade. Left one off. Alexia, i remember meeting you all the way back at We Are RB before grade 9. I was so grateful to have a talented writer like you working with us. It is why I kept harassing you to register again with us.

  3. Katie Maxwell, '13 on May 21st, 2016 6:56 pm

    Wow, Alexia and Mckenna, I can’t believe you two are graduating! Three years ago when we met in Clarion seems like almost yesterday, and I’m so proud to see how you’ve become both so confident and incredible writers. There’s no doubt you led the Clarion Family well! If you’re like me, the experiences you had with this awesome group will stick with you forever and will be something you’ll miss most about your years at RB. Cherish them and be excited, for the best is yet to come!

    Good luck in your future endeavors!

    ~ a former Editor-in-Chief

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