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Saying Goodbye to An Intern
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011

For several years now, the News has had interns to help us with our website updates and other tasks. Amber Frey was our first, followed by Kinsey Utter, Marissa Ramirez, and Trey Schwertner. For the last two years, our intern has been Amanda Hahn, and on Friday, she will graduate from Mason High School.When Amanda began, she was finishing up her sophomore year, heading into her junior year at Mason High School. She was just starting to drive, she was still growing up, and she did a great job.In the two years since then, she has helped us move to our current office. She has taken over the "Wayback" column. She has helped me find our two other interns, Celeste Hamilton and Dugan Stem, for photo duties. And now, she is helping to train our latest intern, Gideon Gonzales.Amanda's class holds a rather unique place in my professional life. They began their first year in Mason Elementary just months after I became editor of the News. That means that, for twelve years now, I've covered their successes and their sorrows, their joy and their pain, their awards and their punishments. For the class of 2011, things have been weighted more heavily toward the good than the bad, and they have provided me with plenty of enjoyment along the way.This group of kids have had tremendous academic and athletic accomplishments. They have showed great strength of character and resolve over the years, and they show great promise for the future. They have, for the most part, been respectful and polite kids, now growing into adults with those same traits.The trip has not been without its bumps. There were scrapes and broken bones, there were tantrums and broken hearts. During the last twelve years, the class of 2011 have learned to share, learned to lead, and learned to listen. Not all lessons were learned easily; but, even the most unpleasant of life lessons still remain a learning experience they will not soon forget.Each year, I watch the kids leave to begin their lives, and I am filled with pride and anticipation. I know that each time Mason sends its kids out into the world, it is not just our youngsters that are growing and learning, for our young adults have proven that they have an effect upon all they encounter in their journey.They will become friends, lovers, spouses, parents. They will travel around the state, the country and the world, having an influence upon all they encounter. Some day, some of them may return to Mason to continue their lives. They will have had experiences and journies that will be shared with those who are still here, and we will learn from them.I use this space this week to say goodbye to Trey Schwertner, Celeste Hamilton and Dugan Stem, and I thank them for their help over the years. I thank Jansen Rychlik who helped Trey with summer duties, and Miriah Kidd who kept Amanda entertained on numerous occasions.But, especially, I say goodbye to Amanda Hahn who was not just an employee, but was one of our family here at the News. She will be missed greatly, and we wish for her all the very best that life may hold.You have big, and very fashionable, shoes to fill Gideon. It’s all just my opinion.

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