The following was my first column as Sports Editor of the Torrey Pines Falconer in May of 2013:
With Savannah Kelly and Katie Mulkowsky moving to managing editor and focus editor, respectively, I have been granted the opportunity to move on from being a staff writer to being the lone honcho of the sports section.
I pride myself in being an extremely open person, so I have no problem saying that being chosen as sports editor was not a decision I expected. To be perfectly honest, I bet my family a dinner that I would not be given this position and two dinners that I would not be given it alone. I was not being pessimistic, so much as realistic. Fortunately, I lost both my bets.
Becoming the sports editor of the Falconer was something I envisioned since freshman year, but, as Beginning Journalism came to a close and I earned a spot as a Falconer staff writer, my chances of becoming sports editor seemed increasingly unlikely.
This is not a diary entry, but it is important to understand that my selection as sports editor may have surprised many of those whose names you see on the masthead, myself included.
It was a surprise even given the fact that I have written for over nine sports websites and have had extensive experience in sports writing. However, the reality is that the writing style for a website or blog is a lot different than for a newspaper. Despite that, the advantage I have had throughout my year on staff is my passion for writing. My writing is not where I would like it to be yet, but that will come in time.
I started writing about sports when I was in eighth grade for a site nobody had ever heard of. Now I am the sports editor of one of the best high school newspapers in the country, and I blog for the Huffington Post. Getting to where I am today was certainly not easy and required a lot of things to go right and even more to go wrong.
I made my way onto the staff of the Falconer believing that my writing was impressively developed for my age. However, I soon encountered the heart- wrenching truth that I was not as good as I, or others, had originally thought. The bright side of that, however, has been learning so much from the other writers, and especially our Falconer adviser and one of the most amazing people I have had the pleasure to meet or work with, Mia Boardman Smith.
I have arrived at the position I have dreamed of holding for two years, and this opportunity will not go to waste. I have exciting things in the works, and hope you turn to this section every month. If you have any ideas, questions, criticisms or concerns, write me at email@example.com.
Cheers to what is bound to be a great 2013-2014 sports section.