Celebrating Our Senior Staff

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The Tornado Times staff members are tremendously proud of all of our seniors for their accomplishments in this class. Shianne Spiker, Madison Mackley, and Isaac Lamp are a very vital part of this newspaper, and there is a sense of sadness to know they will not be here next year.  But, it is comforting to know that they are all going on to do outstanding things with their adult lives.

Isaac Lamp explains, “I was skeptical when I joined because of the two separate classes [Journalism and Newspaper] but now that I have been a part of the newspaper staff for three years.  I am very thankful to be a part of it.” Isaac will be going into the marines. He has been preparing for this adventure in his life for ten years by participating in the Young Marines of Southern Oregon. He will be traveling to San Diego for basic training in late July, which will last 13 weeks and then, after a break period, he will be sent off to another training for his position in the Marines as an MOS. In his later years he is contemplating joining law enforcement.

Shianne Spiker says, “I think that newspaper has been a way for me to express myself when I don’t have many outlets for that in my life.” She believes this is the most artistic part of her, that it helped her to care about something and spread that to others. She will be attending The University of California, Irvin to obtain her bachelors in Criminal Psychology. She has prepared for this by taking AP psychology. She also did her senior project with Officer Patterson to give her more information about the criminal attributes of the degree. She plans to continue working at Papa Murphy’s during the summer and then travel with her family to explore the area where she will be going to school. She is also very excited to go to Warped Tour in Seattle.

Last but most definitely not least, Madison Mackley. She is going to apply at the Southern Oregon Humane Society for a job and plans to start college at RCC in the fall. She is also excited to spend time with her brother who is moving down for the summer from Eugene. “Just a few of the many reasons why I enjoyed newspaper was the environment and how we truly became a family here.  There was no judgment just acceptance, even though it took me awhile to get out of my shell. Now, I don’t feel so awkward going to my favorite class. I also adore Mrs. Strouf, and she is just an amazing teacher and person.” says Maddie.  She is planning to go to the Jackson County fair with her family and hopefully going camping as well.

Our entire staff will dearly miss all of our seniors.  Here are some of our farewells:

Brayden Stimpson 20′ : It was really fun and cool to hang out with them in class. They are really fun and amazing people and we will miss them all.

Rebeca Lee, 18′: The senior staff is pretty cool and super nice! They’re really good people!

Jaida Ross 20′: The senior staff is super positive and encouraging!

Enrique Solis 20′: The seniors have been helping me since my first week of school and helping me find the right building and classrooms, so thank you to all Seniors.

Rachel Levario, 18’: The senior staff of 2017 were not only helpful but also amazing people to get to know. When I joined this class in second quarter I had no idea what to expect, but the senior staff stepped up and helped me feel comfortable in my new surroundings. The senior staff of this year will be truly missed!

Ms. Strouf:  Our Senior Staff has gone above and beyond the line of duty for our online newspaper.  Isaac, with his daily news and technological jargon.  Maddie, with her love for pop culture past and her in-depth stories about emotional battles.  And Shianne, with her editorial quips and puns and her spicy, revolutionary attitude.  All in all, I could not have asked for a better group of leaders.  Next year’s upper class-men will have big shoes to fill.  Please, senior staff, come back to visit us.  Best wishes, and good luck in your life endeavors!

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