There’s no way that a singular farewell story can do justice to my experience in high school and the FHC Sports Report. The best thing I can do is just start from the beginning.
I never would’ve thought that moving away from my first home in Denver, Colorado at the age of two would turn out so well. Growing up in Ada, I was always extremely proud to be an FHC Ranger. To this day, I still am.
When looking back on the reasons why I joined the Sports Report in the first place, I have to credit my love for sports first and foremost. As a below-average athlete, I always took a particular interest in not just spectating, but diving into the analysis side of things. With the help of Mr. George, I signed up for the FHC Sports Report and quickly found my passion for sports writing.
I speak on behalf of my editors when I say that Matt Mahoney and Jacob Ervin created a culture that made us want to move up. We established our own website in the winter of my first year and it took off like a rocket. I’ll always be incredibly grateful for being given the opportunity to write about varsity basketball as a first-year writer. After an awesome winter, I officially told myself that I wanted to be an editor. I have to thank the people that never made me feel alone.
To Hop, thank you for always being you. You’ve grown as a person and writer to an extent that I wish I could have. You’re a trooper; you always have been. Thank you for your hard work over the years.
To Tate, my right-hand man, I couldn’t have done it without you. We’ve been through a lot together (mostly good) and I know we will continue on in life however we choose. I would have never chosen to be an editor if it weren’t for you.
There is so much more I could say about each and every one of the staff members, but I will keep it short. You all know how much respect and appreciation I have for you.
To Teague, Serena, Riley, and Lucas, I’m quite thankful for you and I have a lot of hope for the future. Remember, it’s your job to instill the culture in next year’s group. Only you four know how it’s truly done. Stay focused, patient, and willing to learn anything on the fly. I also have to thank TT for his time on staff.
To my fellow seniors, I’m truly lucky to have you all as friends and people that always hold me up. Sports writing has allowed me to do what I love, but you guys allow me to be who I want to be. To Noah and Ian, I told you, didn’t I? I’m sure now you appreciate me begging you to join. You guys are my best friends and I wouldn’t be close to the person I am today without each of you.
That goes the same for Pierson, Joe, and Mac, who always remind me that it’s okay to sometimes have your foot off the gas pedal. You guys are FHC Sports Report legends and my true brothers. These past few years have been nothing short of life-changing and part of that is because of you three and the culture that we constantly hold.
It’s hard to believe that I’m really saying goodbye, but here we are. It’s up to the classes of ‘23, ‘24, ‘25, and ‘26 to take the reigns for 2022-2023. I will miss everything, down to the boring meetings at the start of every class. I’ll miss chopping it up with Mr. Sultini, who is one of the best mentors a teenager could possibly have. Thank you, Tony, for always sticking up for us and with us. We all love you.
With my final sign-off, I wish all of my fellow classmates the very best moving forward. We’ve been through the worst and still made it through. Thank you to the FHC Sports Report for helping me find my passion, and thank you FHC.