Hello fellow students, parents, faculty, or random visitor of ballenaswave.com. Some of you may know me as a loud grad student roaming the halls with her giant Biology binder in her arms, you may know me as a friend to come to when you need advice, or you may know me from a thing I did a couple years ago which was starting (and being the editor of) the school’s first ever digital newspaper, Ballenas Wave. Or you may not know me at all. That’s okay too.
Starting the Ballenas Wave has been a highlight of my high school years. I began noticing how everyone was complaining about everything and how nothing was being done about it. I noticed there were many unseen talents that weren’t being featured for what they were. And so, I decided that something had to be done. I decided that there needed to be a platform for us students to reach out to administration, voice our opinions and showcase our finest talents. Then came, the Ballenas Wave. I spoke with Mrs. Reynolds and her eyes widened when I told her about it. She loved the idea and told me it was a go. And the rest was history.
So many changes have been made to our site that I am so proud of. It still needs a little updating and I would have liked to implement what I had originally planned, but grad year is a hard year to keep up with. I hold sadness in my heart that I have to leave, but I also hold excitement because I know it will be well taken care of. I want to thank the administrators who have always supported us; Mr. Terpstra, Mrs. Lacouvee, Mrs. Reynolds, and most especially, Mrs. Cathrine as well as Ms. Orr. I would also like to thank my crew, past and present; Russ Ragelskis, Abigail Becker, Max Davis, Kaelin Sundberg-Groot, Anet Scaria, Katie Redenbach, Casey Reumkens, Katherine Gallimore, Ariana Jones, Joe Panych, Joanna Waite, Bryce Philipps, and Gyles Agtang (apologies to anyone I missed). Without you guys, none of this would be possible.
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce who will be taking over the Ballenas Wave for the 2019-2020 school year. Obviously, I will not be able to keep editing and running the Wave from Victoria, so I am handing it over to people who I know will love it as much as I do. I know when I first started, it would have been amazing having another person to help me edit and publish weekly; it would have made everything so much easier. I kept that in mind while choosing who would take over. I am proud to announce that next year’s Ballenas Wave Co-Editors in Chief are Abigail Becker and Kaelin Sundberg-Groot. These ladies have stayed loyal to me and the Wave since its birth, and I know that they will love and care for the website as much as I do. I know that they are natural leaders and will exceed my expectations and be better than I was. I am excited for my future in UVIC and their future leading this crew next year, and you should be too.
Thank you for supporting the Ballenas Wave, and I hope you will continue to support it well past my leaving.