Seniors reflect on their careers in Ripples


The senior editors of your favorite newspaper think back on their top ten moments of creating the paper. Send some love to your seniors! Ripples ❤ You —

Elena Cruz, Editor in Chief

10. Exploring the tunnels underneath the school! There are secret pathways in places I never expected, and it was awesome to wander through the depths of SHS.

9. Discussing our survival plans/spirit animals/hatred of social interactions during layout. I have successfully learned that Mr. Halloran is a large bird at heart, Eli absolutely loves social activity and I would be the first to die in a zombie apocalypse.

8. When Celeste, Monica and I “danced” to early 2000-era pop hits AKA bobbed our heads and slowly bent our rock on-signaling fists back and fourth.

7. My first above-the-fold article. It was about the weirdly controversial Alterra-to-Colectivo name change, and I can remember coming home to my always-supportive (!) parents, being super excited to share my accomplishment.

6. Simon Earle. That boy gets an entire number dedicated to him. When he actually attended layout, this senior would spend his time prancing about in his “dance pants,” asking Anjana to be his girlfriend or misbehaving until Monica/Ananya/I locked him out of the library. He was a funny and ever-so-slightly alarming guy to my sophomore eyes.

5. Talking to a writer and her family as they told me I actually made a difference in the girl’s life. It was one of the sincerest, nicest things I have ever heard, and I am still so honored. Thank you again :).

4. Interviewing oh so many incredible alumni for feature articles. Their accomplishments are awe-inspiring – these people include a large-scale journalist, local musician (cough Fred Bliffert, featured in my article this issue, who’s personal achievements didn’t fit in the article but are crazy), Talking Heads band member and Hollywood film directors. But, as incredible as their accomplishments are, their kind nature brings them to the top of the list. All of these men did their best to help out a student writer, and all were positive human beings in their actions.

3. Ripples making a splash.

2.5. All of the Ian’s mac and cheese pizza we ordered.

2.25. That time when Katie and I attempted to pay for dinner and took ten minutes trying – and failing – to organize our money.

2.125. Abusing my executive power as Editor in Chief to give myself way more than ten top moments.

2. (For real). Getting to know all of the editors. High school is definitely not always easy or fun, and – getting mushy here – the nice people I worked with throughout the years created a safe atmosphere where I could return. I looked forward to layout so I could surround myself with intelligent, hilarious, kind human beings, all of whom had their own personalities (see #6) and motivations. No matter how strange we got, everyone remained accepting, and I could really be myself.

1. This year was all about lasts, but my all-time favorite memory occurred at the end of my first layout as Editor in Chief. I was the final one to leave, and as I turned off my hectic rap music, pushed in my chair and looked at the silent Ripples room, I felt both pride for completing Issue I and anticipation for the future. I can clearly remember thinking that it was going to be a good year, and I’d say it definitely was.

Monica Dix, Managing Editor of Staff

10. Drawing penguins in every single empty photo box as a copy editor and delaying layout so we could finish perfecting them, just in time for the pages to be recycled and never seen again.

9. Locking Simon Earle out of the library that we were exiled to during summer layout and having him serenade Elena and I to let him back inside, which quickly escalated and became terrifying as he ran around the school, going back and forth between the sets of the doors on both sides of the library.

8. Different parts of my body being featured in Ripples when we needed filler photos, most memorably a photo of me bending over for a dress code opinion, which became alarmingly large on the page once printed.

7. Perfecting my abilities to fling Halloran’s keys down the length of the entire third floor hallway at high speeds with the hall squad at all hours.

6. My very first Ripples article when I almost didn’t interview anyone because I was too scared to talk to anyone in person, even though I just had to interview my swim team teammates.

5. Going to school board meetings as the only student there and contributing my perspective to the group as well as witnessing key decisions like the modification of the start time and changes in key administrators.

4. Writing an opinion about gym class for athletes and affecting actual change in the health department program policies for junior year gym class. Moreover, receiving feedback from people on both sides of the conflict and realizing the long-term impact of my opinion on teachers and students made me more aware of the effects of my opinion and the importance of writing informed and writing to inform.

3. Going to Halloran’s room at least once a week for life advice in my senior year and having really fascinating discussions about everything and nothing in particular.

2. Interviewing candidates for two years of school board elections and meeting people who inspired me to be active in and to question local politics.

1. Writing an article that was entirely ghost stories from all of the schools in the district and traveling through the tunnels with Mr. Kenney, all in pursuit of content for our “Spooky Shorewood” spread. This resulted in my current belief that at least one of the schools is legitimately haunted.

Ben Davis, Photo Editor

10. Sometimes-questionable music choices during layout week, but mostly good music that makes the time even more enjoyable.

9. Most of the time when Mr. Carey visited us he brought us food. Again, what’s not to love?

8. My favorite photo I ever took for Ripples is a photo of the Plensa when there was a big scandal with the sculpture.

7. Whenever we didn’t have a good photo for an article, we had to take a quick filler photo, most of the time of hands typing. It was always interesting trying to get a creative shot.

6. Once upon a time not long ago, Celeste drew a picture of my face on the whiteboard and continued to experiment with the new snapchat face swap function using the drawing and my own face. It was the best day ever.

5. Whenever placing photos right after the page is finished, there would be joke titles, which were most of the time so bad that they were funny.

4. The first photo I turned in, a bublr bikes photo, was well received by the staff at Ripples back in my sophomore year, which was a good feeling.

3. I always remember at the end of each year the college maps coming out, which was one of the best times at the end of the year. Seeing where everyone is going to college who I know is very interesting.

2. Eating out awesome food and even getting a free slice of Ian’s mac and cheese pizza, what’s not to love?

1. This is by far my favorite photo in Ripples:

Olivia Loomis, Photo Editor

10. I learned to navigate the interwebs with fierce, and perhaps alarming, speed and accuracy as I tragically became accustomed to scouring Facebook pages and blog posts for last minute emergency photos. If you are an involved student, I have probably frequented your Facebook page more than a few times to steal or, ahem, borrow, some pics…

9. The forms of post-layout recreation. Namely, developing my skateboarding and key-throwing skills on the silky floor of the third floor admin building.

8. Sharing in many rousing choruses of The Weight with the class of 2019. This class holds a tender place in my heart. Their passion was manifested in many forms: a thrown chair, a Culver’s receipt that was ten thousand items long, strangely elaborate Secret Santa gifts. Throughout the last school year, I was humbled and inspired by the characters from the class of 2019.

7. Being a part of the Ripples tradition. It’s an honor to participate in a group that has earned a voice and, dare I say, an influence, in its community. Ripples alumni are some pretty radical people! Just take a look in the server; one’s eyes can be significantly enlightened after exposure to the elusive poem entitled Ignorant Armies and other ancient gems.

6. Conversations with Halloran. It’s a privilege to know this man, if  you’ve not shared many words with him, you are missing out!

5. Writing absurdly pretentious captions and disgusting puns, following which I would be ritualistically reprimanded by a frustrated Monica.

4.  The sunsets witnessed at late night layouts. They wielded the rare power to tear the editors from our computers as we gathered in awe around the bloody and blushing colors that the sunsets presented to us. They felt like a gift.

3. The dance parties, man, the dance parties. Be it Kelly Clarkson or Sylvan Esso we always jive dang hard in the Ripples Room.

2. Learning to engage in politics. The more time I spent with Ripples, the more I learned to appreciate the power of political voices and perspectives. My understanding of politics and politicians grew thanks to my coeditors.

1. Ripples consistently gifted me with compelling dialogue and important friendship that shaped not only my experience at Shorewoood, but entire worldview.

Sydney Widell, Features Editor

10. Kat, Lizzie and Emma danced to Kelly Clarkson; Eli hummed Yiddish folksongs.

9. We scoured every boys bathroom in the school to find Jack Tetting’s artwork, which was no longer on display and then we sprinted through the dark halls for thrills.

8. Dylan threw a chair in a fit of rage, and fearlessly enforced discipline.

7. We watched countless sunsets through the west staircase window; we did our copy editing in the golden hour.

6. We stayed long after layout was over, bowling with car keys and pondering the mysteries of the universe. Mr. Halloran could have married for a horse and ten acres.

5.  We made enemies of every group that attempted to use the library after 7:00pm during layout; we racked up extensive tabs at City Market, consumed record amounts of pizza, pillaged the teacher’s lounge and bought food from highly questionable sources.

4. The secrets of the tunnels were revealed, Shorewood’s icons were interviewed, the drama building’s rodent problem was uncovered and Eli Frank, local pest, emerged from the toilet. “Looks like hell,” said a witness familiar with the issue.

3. We felt the rush of seeing our work start conversations and inspire change; we challenged injustice, celebrated achievement, opposed Matt Sweetwood and shoveled snow.

2. We said goodbye to our favorite senior editors, only vaguely understanding that someday we would have to leave, too.

1. We transformed into engaged and aware citizens, learned how to think critically and with open minds, discovered the power of the press and made the dearest friends.

Celeste Carroll, Copy Editor

10. Taking the time once during layout to look around me and notice the always mysterious rocks on the window ledge, the “Happy Hanukkah” banner among the many many Ripples mementos on the wall, the sunset in front of me, and the ever-present music playing, and knowing that I’d miss it!

9. Voicing my opinion and perspective at a community meeting, where I was the only teenager, for an article I was writing once.

8. Exploring the underground tunnels of SHS and seeing the influence of students from the past. (Vandals from 1957, hooligans from the 90’s, and the infamous youths of the 2010’s who made those red stickers of the smiley faces.)

7. When Mr. Halloran bought the editors dirt cups on the front lawn when we were going over the paper; checking out the new face swap snapchat filter with Ben Davis; hearing Eli play communist folk music.

6. Exploring the Shorewood Historical Society through articles I had written about them, and learning that our local history is a fascinating, surprising facet of our lives that is something I’ve realized I care deeply about.

5. Visiting the Dickey Chapelle memorial with Sydney for an article and getting to learn about the female war hero and Ripples editor from 1938.

4. When former editor Kathleen Fatica came to the Ripple’s room on a surprise visit this year, and we all circled around her as she told us of what life in college was like and how soon, we also would be headed that way.

3. Gaining a voice I hadn’t had before by doing interviews over the years– learning to interact with strangers, converse with people I admired, and push myself out of comfort zone.

2. Realizing that the people who worked right next to me in Ripples were truly going to do great things in the world.

1. Feeling proud and grateful that I was able to be involved with this publication for the last three years. Ripples is a Shorewood tradition and I am so happy to be a part of it!

Ananya Murali, Website Managing Editor

I’m so incredibly proud and honored that I got to create a sustainable website for Ripples so that our devoted readers can catch up on Shorewood news anytime and anywhere Thanks for a great 4 years!

10. The One Where we all crowded around a computer and watched really emotional and heartfelt videos, especially “Extra Gum: The Story of Sarah and Juan.” I felt more connected to my fellow editors and it was simply amazing.

9. The One Where Simon and Dylan sang and danced to the entirety of “Teenage Dream” for Carolyn’s birthday. This was done with impromptu choreography, and ended up with all of us bent over laughing.

8. The One Where we actually got to go to Ma Fischer’s for finishing layout early, and bonded over milkshakes and greasy food. It was quite the experience!

7. The One Where we got into a very detailed conversation with Halloran about what would happen if there was a flood, a fire and a tornado at the same time. To this day, I still don’t think that going on the roof is the best solution.

6. The One Where we made various milkshakes and smoothies using the in-house blender and lots and lots of Oreos (and made a really large mess).

5. The One Where Simon tried (and failed) repeatedly to propose to Anjana in creative ways.

4. The One Where Olivia Wycklendt and I were going through the photos on the server and came across this hilarious yet creepy sequence of squirrel faces.

3. The One With the face of the broken man. Enough said.

2. The One Where I spent time with Emilie learning how to format pages from the expert, ft. the Turkey Trot article and trying to crop the image of the turkey just enough to fit on the edge of the article and making as many fowl jokes as possible in the article.

1. The One Where I got to bond with and share laughs with my sister Anjana when she was serving as EIC.

Justine Spore, Copy Editor

10. Meeting the coaches of the girl’s hockey team for my very first article and learning what hockey was all about!

9. Writing an article and turning it in on time?

8. When Shimana spent a half hour teaching me how to use the Ripples layout software, and I still didn’t understand it.

7. Interviewing SIS students about the cameras they received and what fun they had using them on Outdoor Ed.

6. Our winter gift exchange when Monica sewed me a GIANT stuffed dinosaur!

5. Listening to the entire American Idiot soundtrack during layout.

4. Coming up with ideas for the editorial and discussing each of them with the group, no matter how controversial they might have been.

3. Turning in my very last Ripples article, so thankful for the oppportunity to improve my writing!

2. Thinking that I could totally write two articles for every issue (that didn’t happen).

1. Walking upstairs for layout and hearing music from the room all the way on the second floor!

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