By ANNIE DELGADO
This is it. My last column for TRUE Ethic news. I want to start off by saying thank you to all the readers, you guys have helped grow this paper so much and I’m so grateful for that. Second of all, I want to thank the amazing freelance staff for the time and energy they also put into this paper. Thank you to my fellow editors, this journey would not have been the same without you guys, and I love you all. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank Mrs. Aranda for her relentless commitment to this newspaper and to her students, this paper would not have been possible, or the same without you.
These last four years, I have had the privilege of attending Redlands East Valley High School. Here I have met some of my best friends, mentors, and have built life-long relationships. High school has been quite a roller coaster, but I have been fortunate enough to go to a high school that cares. I felt this was an appropriate topic for my last blog, so, here are some reasons why I love REV so much:
The administration and staff. Anyone who knows me, knows I am very close with all the administration and staff on our campus. I truly believe, that these people are some of the most caring and loving. Mr. Maloney never fails to make me smile, whether it’s through a joke, a compliment, or just a “good morning.” Mrs. Murillo, Mrs. McCue, and Mrs. Chann are always there to give me encouragement and love when I need it, a good cry, a kick in the butt, or just a random conversation about life. My counselor, Mrs. Delmonico, is there when I need to rant, a hug, or to talk about our love for the same sports. My teachers are there for me when I need some patience, knowledge, or understanding. I would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Aranda, Mrs. Gardner, and Mrs. Ford for always being there when I needed it. If it were not for these people, high school would not have been the same.
The family aspect. As most high school campuses do, REV has it’s share of cliques. This does not stop the students from sticking up for each other and having each others backs. When a tragedy hit the school, I saw the kids come together and support anyone who needed it. It didn’t matter if they were the biggest football star on campus, or in the marching band, the kids were there for each other. This doesn’t happen on many campuses, but, I have seen it happen more often than not at REV.
The programs. Throughout my 4 years at REV I have been involved in Colorguard, Wind Ensemble, Soccer, Cross Country, Track, Link Crew, One Club, and FCA. REV offers so many clubs, sports, and performing arts etc. for students to be involved in. It’s very easy to feel like you fit in at REV. The programs are some of the best in the city, and even in California. We are a school of state champions, CBL title holders, award winning AVID programs, and so much more. I would like to thank Mr. Hollett, my band teacher, for helping me remember what music is really about, and helping me fall in love with it again. The programs at REV have helped to keep me focused on what was important and get involved in the school.
These few things have had a lasting impact on my high school experience. I feel very fortunate to have gone to REV with all the great opportunities available. I will truly miss this school, and I will miss writing for this paper. TRUE Ethic newspaper has done so much for me and it will always have a lasting impact on my life. I will never forget the memories I have made, the people I have met, or the lessons I have learned. Thank you to everyone who has made my high school experience extraordinary.
“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?’ – Winnie the Pooh