It has been an absolute pleasure to write for you all for the past six semesters, but the time has finally come for me to graduate and leave my position with the paper. I have enjoyed every second of my time working for the Mace. It was an extremely rewarding experience being able to climb the ranks from contributing writer, to staff writer, to senior writer and finally to sports editor.
I am extremely grateful for all of the experiences that I have had while working with the Mace and it is because of the readers that I ever had those experiences. Without our readers, there would be no demand for a paper and no opportunities for me to grow as a writer, editor and active member of the student body. I am extremely proud to say that I had the chance to work for all of you.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my writers. Jordan Jones, Mitchell Brown, Brian Jerry, Sarah Roby, Brian Bowden, Matt O’Brien and Sarah Condon all took the time to contribute to the sports section throughout the semester and displayed great work ethic and dedication. It has been exciting to witness them grow as writers and I am extremely confident in each and every one of them. They are truly some of the best staff members I have ever worked with in my three years here at the Mace.
I also had the pleasure of working with the best editorial board that has ever occupied the Mace & Crown. Derek Page and Alyssa Narvell have been amazing role models for me as section editors. They have great work ethic and leadership skills. Our copy editor, Jess Starr, has saved my section every week with her vast knowledge of the AP style and has really served as a teacher to me. Webmaster Megan Stamper has been extremely reliable and revealed herself as one of the best writers on the staff. Distribution manager Steven Knauer’s dedication to the Mace has been exceptional as he has not only put out our paper every week, but also has written and edited for us as well. Jimmy Long has completely redesigned our paper this semester and did so without receiving half the credit he deserves. Ellison Gregg stepped into our photo editor position midway through the semester and didn’t miss a single beat. The only thing that can be said about our advertising director, James Porter, is that he is the coolest member on the staff.
When the semester started, people had their doubts about our current editor-in-chief. The fact that she is a graphic design major left some of our previous editors skeptical. One semester in, I can confidently say that Megan Jefferson has been the best EIC out of the four I have worked under. She is a natural born leader and has the uncanny ability to make everyone feel as if they are her best friend. She has won all of our respect and we all love working for her.
It is time to end this boring saga of appreciation and turn my section over to your next sports editor, Jordan Jones. Thank you all again for the past three years, it has been one hell of a ride.
By: Ben Decowski