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To Our Senior Staff Members…

May 29, 2020

At the end of each year, The Falconer must say goodbye to our senior staff members as they go off to write their own stories. This year, we say goodbye to Nayeli Arellano and Morgan Folsom. Each senior has a special place on our staff and letting them go is painful. However, we know that each will grow into strong, successful individuals, which eases the sadness of letting them go.

“I cannot say goodbye to those I have grown to love, for the memories we have made will last a lifetime, and will never know a goodbye.” – Unknown

Nayeli Arellano

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Photo provided by Nayeli Arellano

Nayeli held the position of Managing Editor of The Falconer.

Nayeli,
As our managing editor and main music provider, we are going to miss you so much. You have been such an influential member of the staff since the day you joined, and the staff will not be the same without you.
I’m going to miss the late nights where you played your 70s music and ate all the food Mrs. Hopkins gave us. I’m going to miss talking newspaper tea with you and laughing over the stupidest things together. I’ll even miss constantly hounding you down to turn in your article because you’re five days past due (Actually, I’m not sure if I will miss that).
Undoubtedly, you have helped this staff grow and improve so much in your two years with us, and we are so grateful for all the work you have done for and with us. You are one of our most creative staff members and one of our best photographers. We’re going to miss you so much, but we know that you’re going to succeed in all you do in college and beyond.

Much love,
Your Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Singleton 

Messages from the Staff: 

Nayeli, oh my goodness, two years flew by so fast! I will ever forget first meeting you and how helpful you were. I knew nothing about InDesign or journalism but you patiently sat down and explained what I had to do and where to find things. We may not always agree on everything, but I am so glad I got the chance to meet you and spend some special journalism moments with you. Good luck!
~ Catherine Smith

Nayeli has been the social consciousness of our paper. She writes for the underdog. She has written stories on domestic violence and transgender youth. Her opinion piece on immigration won second place in the Virginia High School Media Championships.

But that is only part of how Nayeli contributed to the Falconer. Most upperclassmen who signed up for the class looked around at all the green freshmen and dropped the class. Nayeli did not. She mentored the newbies and helped them gain confidence. She showed them how to research and write and then shared credit with them on bylines. She took them on interviews and photoshoots.

We will never forget spending freezing cold nights at football games trying to solicit donations for Nayeli’s homemade, ugly, great-tasting brownies, so we could attend the convention. We will never forget her refusal to use commas in her run-on sentences. We will endeavor to keep a food basket full in her honor, and whenever a ‘70’s song will come on during proofing week, our hearts will miss her.
~ Mrs. Hopkins

 

Nayeli, you are so fun to be around whether it was hard workouts during cross country or fun afternoons in journalism. You are caring, funny, inspiring and rock mom jeans like no other. I will truly miss having you around.
Best wishes,
~ Ashley Halbrook.

 

The effort and work you put into journalism did not go unnoticed even by the least observational person around. I apprenticed all the help and advice you gave me, and your sense of fashion was second to none. I hope you had a great time in high school and wish many more great times to come. 🙂
~ Hannah N.

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Morgan Folsom

Morgan held the position of staff reporter of The Falconer.

Photo provided by Morgan Folsom

Morgan held the position of staff reporter of The Falconer.

Morgan,
Although you have only been part of the Falconer for one year, you have already become an irreplaceable staff member in our team. The minute you walk into class, you light up the room and make it a happier place to be. We’re going to miss you so much.
As our star news quiz player, I don’t know how we are going to pass them after you leave. I will forever remember our staff playing and singing Harry Styles together in the computer lab and, overall, having the best time of our lives. One thing I would also like to say is you were probably one of the best-dressed members of the staff.
Thank you so much for making the staff and I smile every day and being such a charismatic and beautiful person. Despite being new to the staff, you came in so committed and ready to work, and that is something that should be admired by everyone. Good luck in college! We know you are going to do great things in life and will build the best future for yourself.

Much love,
Your Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Singleton

Messages from the Staff:

Morgan, I did not know you long but your friendly, outgoing personality and constant hard work was something I could always count on. Whether I was having a rough day or just in need of last-minute edits, you were always there. I will truly miss you as part of our journalism family and all your funny ideas. Good luck!
~ Catherine Smith

 

Morgan, the cool kid with the palm tree tattoo. When you came into class, it felt as if you had just left the beach and brought us a huge dose of fresh, salty air. Thank you for sharing your voice with our readers. Thank you for focusing on the work and not the drama. Thank you for spending your years as a student learning to read and write well, learning about the world around us, and then sharing those skills with the Falconer. We will never forget how awesome you were on our weekly news quizzes and your passion for writing stories that needed to be told.

~ Mrs. Hopkins

 

Morgan,‌ ‌I‌ ‌really‌ ‌had‌ ‌fun‌ ‌getting‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌you‌ ‌this‌ ‌semester.‌ ‌You‌ ‌are‌ ‌sweet,‌ ‌beautiful,‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌always‌ ‌looked‌ ‌forward‌ ‌to‌ ‌seeing‌ ‌what‌ ‌cute‌ ‌outfit‌ ‌you‌ ‌were‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌wear.‌ ‌I‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌an‌ amazing‌ ‌time‌ ‌at‌ ‌Coastal‌ ‌Carolina.‌ ‌I‌ ‌will‌ ‌miss‌ ‌having‌ ‌you‌ ‌in‌ ‌journalism,‌ ‌especially‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ news‌ ‌quizzes!‌ ‌
Much‌ ‌love,‌ ‌
~ Ashley‌ ‌Halbrook‌

 

You were so much fun to be around in class. I loved it when you, Jenna, Nora and I all played music at the same time and had a blast. T’was Rad. Hope you have fun in the years to come. As Helen Keller once wisely said, “Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.”
~ Hannah N.

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