Peace out, 2013

Jan. 03, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Well folks, we made it through another year. They seem to be slipping by faster lately because I feel like it was just yesterday that I was celebrating the beginning of 2013. But since that year has come and gone it's time to reflect on what it brought me.

This year while working at The Daily Courier I continued to get to know principals, teachers, students and many others in the education field. I enjoyed meeting these people and helping share their stories.

I have worked with Rutherford County Schools (RCS), Isothermal Community College (ICC), Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (TJCA), Trinity Christian School, Liberty Christian Academy, Lake Lure Classical Academy and many daycares around the county. I really love visiting the schools and sharing the good things that are happening in the classrooms. I hope that doesn't change in 2014.

One of my big moments from 2013 was meeting North Carolina Superintendent June Atkinson. In February, she visited Ellenboro Elementary School to take a ride on a bus and East Rutherford High School to present a banner to RCS for being recognized as a North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning. I woke up way earlier than normal and made it out there in time to get the pictures and the interviews. The RCS central office people can tell you that I'm not a morning person so I consider that day a big achievement.

I watched Trinity Christian School celebrate its 40th anniversary, I met groups of teachers who banded together at a rally to support public education and I watched as Walter Dalton, president of ICC, beat students at ping-pong. I was also at Chase High School the night Kaylee Parris won homecoming queen. It was a big moment and many tears were shed at the stadium during that halftime ceremony.

I met a group of students at Pinnacle Elementary School who started its own newspaper. The students were so curious about my job and enthusiastic about writing articles. I left that interview feeling high on life and a renewed sense of pride in my job.

Some of my favorite memories each year are seeing the Rutherford County students graduate high school and head off to the many different colleges and universities. Even though they can be stressful graduations are one of my favorite things to cover because everyone is so excited and hopeful for the future.

And our whole office cheered on Sports Editor Travis Durkee when he headed off to California to cover the Rutherfordton-Chase IM 50/70 All-Stars. Even though it wasn't something I covered myself, that is another one of my favorite memories from 2013.

In my personal life I made new friends and become closer with old ones. I watched several of them celebrate big life moments like new jobs, getting married, finding apartments and becoming parents.

In 2013 my brother Andrew graduated from Elon University and my best friend Zandi Watts became an aunt.

I'm looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for me. I'm starting out the year being a bridesmaid in my best friend Nicole Harper's wedding tomorrow and I hope that it only gets better from there. Peace out, 2013, and hello 2014!