My name is Olivia Haefner I am a Senior at Kennedy High school. I have been a part of the Torch family for four years now. This year is my second year being the Co Editor-In-Chief and I love it!
The reason I started journalism is because I've always had an interest in media and literature. I'd find myself becoming obsessed with different pieces of literature and enjoying writing or sharing my opinion. Journalism seemed like it would be right up my alley, so I enrolled in the Torch. When I first joined the Kennedy newspaper, I had no idea how to even write simple stories. I felt scared to join because of my minimal experience, little did I know the others in my class felt the same way. I took Introduction To Media to help me learn how to produce stories, photos, and pages. This class helped me because once I learned the basics of journalism I was then able to apply this to my work. I'm not saying learning and applying writing wasn't hard, but the one thing that always keep me going was what one of my teachers said to me "A good writer takes the mediocre writer at first".
The best advice I'd give to others is that they should realize the significance of journalism, writing, media, and literature. It's so important and will get you so far in life. I promise you, you'll never regret putting effort into your writing. Reflecting on my four years at Kennedy Torch has been one of my favorite classes. I've found a class that I look forward to and love. I've been able to display my hard work through my writing and photography in Torch.
Four years of being in Torch has taught me a lot of things. This year it gave me the experience of being a leader and what that meant in journalism. Although I'm graduating in four months I know Torch has taught me skills that will last forever.