As you may know, this is the last issue of The Standard for the 2011-12 school year. That also means that I will be passing the editor-in-chief torch and moving on to other ventures in my journalism career.
My dream when I was a little kid was to play point guard for the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan. My dad even took me to see “Space Jam” in the theater, and I had one of those little Nerf basketball hoops hanging from my bedroom doorway.
When I got older, I eventually realized that playing professional sports was not my calling in life. When I was in middle school, our counselor came to our classes to talk about career paths. That got me thinking.
I had always been praised by my teachers for my writing skills, and I had always loved sports, so it made perfect sense for me to become a sports writer. From that point on, I knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life.
I helped with the school newspaper in high school, but my real journalistic experiences began when I got to college.
I chose to come to Missouri State over Baker University and Mizzou, a decision I am very glad I made.
I applied for a sports reporter job at The Standard during the summer of 2008 and was hired by our editor-in-chief at the time, Kandice McKee (see above).
Back then, The Standard published two times per week, which gave me valuable experience as a freshman.
Eventually, I worked my way up to sports editor and then to editor-in-chief. It is because of The Standard I have learned so much over the past four years.
Having a job at The Standard has allowed me to pursue so many other opportunities, such an internship with the News-Leader last summer and an internship with The Tennessean in Nashville this summer.
Being editor-in-chief has tested both my mental toughness and leaderships skills.
It’s been an exciting and challenging year for us, and I am very proud of all the hard work our staff has put in. The highlight of the year, for me, was receiving our Newspaper Pacemaker Award in Orlando last October, the first in our school’s history. It just goes to show that, with a team of dedicated individuals, anything is possible.
I owe a great deal of my success to the people I’ve had the privilege to work with at The Standard, especially our adviser, Jack Dimond. Jack serves as a mentor for all of us, and without him, our newspaper would not be what it is today.
I will resume my position as sports editor for the fall semester until I graduate in December, but I leave the position of editor-in-chief with a great deal of respect for it. There’s no doubt that the experiences I’ve had will help me in the future.