Bidding farewell to high school and Arlingtonian

Dear Readers,

Well, here we are. The last issue of Arlingtonian for the 2016-17 school year, and the last issue for me as Editor In Chief.

As you may have noticed, the theme of this year’s senior issue is based around the cult classic TV show “Friends” and the 90s in general, as the class of 2017 is the last class to graduate born entirely before the 21st century. Translation: we are the last of the “90s kids.”

Obviously, this is bittersweet for me. Arlingtonian has without a doubt been the greatest experience of my high school career. From taking both journalism classes my freshman year to getting a News Editor position as a sophomore and Copy Editor last year, I have truly enjoyed every second of my time on staff. If not for ARL, I wouldn’t have the same friends, the same passions or the same future.

In the fall I will be attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University; my dream college and one of the best journalism schools in the country. I am certain that without Arlingtonian, I would not be sporting purple and yelling “Go Wildcats!” at the top of my lungs for the next four years.

Managing Editor Caroline Chidester is staying close to me (much to her dismay) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, pursuing her incredible eye for photography. Copy Editor Greyson Van Arsdale is a Fellowship Scholar at Capital University, majoring in film while staying right here in the beautiful city of Columbus.

I could not have asked for a better Big 3 to work with this year. Their constant flow of ideas and entertaining banter has kept me on my toes this year both as an editor and a human being.

It’s an odd feeling knowing that I will never step foot into Room 221, stress over final layout or send a meme in the ARL group chat again. However, it is comforting to know that the publication is in extremely capable hands: Abby Gray is your new Editor In Chief, Tom Weimer the Managing Editor and Dylan Carlson Copy Editor.

It’s been a great run, UAHS. I hope that this year’s edition of Arlingtonian made you think, wonder, and discover. This is me, signing off.

Ellise Shafer

Editor in Chief