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We haven’t loved every second of working on The Beacon. And we know better than anyone that The Beacon is far from perfect.

Yet The Beacon has been one of the most defining and meaningful part of our Wilson experiences, and we are immensely grateful for everything that it taught us. We are better writers, better leaders, and better people because of The Beacon. Saying goodbye is bittersweet, to say the least.

Over the past four years, we’ve been struck again and again by how many universes exist within Wilson, and we’ve felt so lucky to get a glimpse of some of them through our reporting. From student walkouts, to a surprise performance by Jack White, to the falling of an atrium tree, Wilson has given us plenty to write about. This is such a chaotic, flawed, beautiful place, and there’s no way that we would’ve been able to engage with it as much as we did without The Beacon.

At its core, journalism is about people. And there are a lot of people who make this joyful work possible. Our tireless advisor, Spencer Nissly, was thrown into The Beacon at the end of our freshman year. His doors, ears, and heart have been open to us for the past three years without exception. He will never fully know how grateful we are for his guidance, his compassion, and his tolerance of our many quirks.

Principal Kimberly Martin has never once turned down a Beacon reporter when they asked her for an interview. Her unwavering support has been instrumental to this paper’s success and growth, and to ours as journalists.

The entire faculty’s willingness to answer questions and offer their perspectives is another huge part of what makes it possible to produce this paper every month. To all the teachers and staff members who have taken the time to talk to us over the past four years, thank you.

And as cheesy as this might sound: above all, we are grateful to everyone who goes here. It’s you guys that make this school such an interesting and vibrant place to write about–by leading walkouts, running k-pop club and Common Ground, winning championships, starting clothing lines, producing plays and musicals, and so much more. It’s because of you that Wilson is a place worth writing about.

We are so excited for next year’s Beacon staff. Nothing makes us feel more gratified than to watch them grow and succeed, and we know they’ll continue to do so without us.

The Beacon is a just a platform, and like any other platform, it is entirely shaped by the people who contribute to it. So if you have any interest in writing, taking photos, or learning a little more about this beautiful place where we go to school, we hope that you’ll stop by the interest meeting, or email [email protected]. This paper is yours to shape. •

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