How did we end up with four? Not important.
What is important is the impact these four interns have had on our newsroom. I rarely remember former American News employees, not to mention interns.
I can't tell you how many blank looks I have had on my face from past co-workers and interns who have come up to start talking to me about the times she/he and I worked together at the News.
All I am saying is for me to remember someone who worked here, they would of had to make a significant impact for our readers. Do great work in the newspaper building, I remember you.
Be good, average or below ... you probably will get my blank look.
But these four interns are memorable for their:
· Enthusiasm for life.
· Passion for journalism. They all have talent for the profession and I hope they continue to pursue their dreams.
· Daily energy.
One morning as each walked in, they leaped out of their chairs and ran over and greeted each other as they made their way into the newsroom. Shouting the name of the person entering the room as they ran toward them.
On this morning, they seemed like long-lost friends who hadn't seen each other in years. I silently sat in my corner, smiling inside and out at the scene unfolding before me.
All four have worked on our Olympics project, a great idea that came from managing editor J.J. Perry. He proposed the interns interview area athletes who do sports that were being featured at the Olympics, and have the area athletes explain their sports. It has been a great series for us so far.
Let me introduce our interns:
Natalia Rawls: From Perry, Ga., she just graduated from Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga., with a degree in mass communications.
Alison Dirr: From Minneapolis, she is entering her senior year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she is majoring in journalism and political science. Alison will be with us through the Brown County Fair.
Racquel Bethea: From Durham, N.C., she will be a junior at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., where she is majoring in journalism and media studies.
Cara Ball: From Westland, Mich., she is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Cara has been working with the sports department on the Northern State football history project that will debut before Gypsy Day 2012.
This week, we lose three of the interns. It makes me a little sad.
I won't miss all their questions, but I will miss the energy, passion and enthusiasm they provided me and the rest of this newsroom.
These are four co-workers who I will never forget.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News. Reach him at email@example.com.