Well, it’s officially the last issue of the Paw Print for the 2020-2021 school year, and the last issue I will ever be on. When I started high school four years ago, I never thought I would become the Sports Editor and Online Editor-in-Chief of the paper. In fact, I had no desire to write for the paper at all, I wanted to do photography. But a trick of the schedule and I ended up in Intro to Journalism, and fell in love with journalism.
My time on the paper has been incredibly special, and I am incredibly thankful for all the memories I’ve made. Even though this year was rough, and very different from what we’d expect, I think everyone can say they’re thankful for just getting a chance to do what we enjoy, and that goes for everyone, not just the paper.
I want to thank Ms. Stamp for putting up with me for four years, and being a constant pillar of support, from letting me microwave my lunch on countless occasions to writing endless letters of recommendation. I would also like to thank Tessa Stigler, Rigley Willis, and Andrew Spiegel, now all in college, for not only teaching me so much, but being my friend. You all changed my life for the better, and I am forever grateful for the chance to have been on staff with you, and see New York City together.
This year I set out with the goal to feature a wide variety of school sports, and to feature sports that never get the recognition they deserve, and I’m proud to say that we achieved that. By this May issue, every sport the school has on schedule will have been featured (including lacrosse!). That is a feat I hope we continue to do in the future, as we have so many incredible athletes and programs that achieve high levels of success and deserve to be featured.
I want to end this letter with a little notion about me that few know of. I am disabled, specifically spatial motor dysgraphia, a writing disability. Quite ironic isn’t it. I do not mention this as an inspirational story about disabled people, but to reinvent your idea of what disability looks like. Elementary school Cady would have never thought one day she would be an editor on an award winning paper, but here I am.
It has been a wonderful journey to be on this staff, and the memories I have created here will always remain some of my most treasured memories.
Cady Russell, Sports Editor, Online Editor-in-Chief