By Steven Keehner
I’ve never been one for goodbyes. It's not that I can’t handle them, I’m actually just “not good” at them. I never know what words to say. Or, if I do by rare chance know what to say, I never know how to say it. Although saying farewell to The Harbour Voice was something I always knew I would have to do, I never expected it to actually happen. It's like when you're having a perfect day; you know it will end, but you'd rather live in the now, instead of looking ahead. That's what The Harbour Voice is like to me: a perfect day.
When I transferred out of Sports Marketing in 10th grade, I had no idea what I was going to take next. I decided to follow my heart; by doing so, I embarked on a journey that not only allowed me to discover my voice, but it let me give back. Although I can't speak too fondly about all of my experiences as a teenager, I can say that writing for the paper for the last three years has been a phenomenal experience. I've learned so much about myself as a writer, but even more about myself as a person.
I truly believe that The Harbour Voice serves a much greater purpose than just informing OBHS about the latest news. It gives students a chance to use their "Voice.” I've always told people to just "do you"; don't worry about what others might think or say, just go for it. I tried to adhere to this mentality as I took on my role as Editor-in-Chief of The Harbour Voice this year.
The work produced by the staff has been nothing short of excellent. We've expanded the boundaries of what we've talked about in the past and how we talk about it. “La Voz Hispana,” for example, is a new section of the paper containing articles written entirely in Spanish. This wouldn't have happened without the support of Ms. Murphy, Dr. O’Hara, Ms. Lasher, and every single Spanish-speaking student who has volunteered his or her time and talent to help make this portion of the paper a reality. The “Art and Literature” section is another example of our creative expansion; it provides students another avenue to tell their stories. I also believe that putting the paper online (TheHarbourVoice.org) has elevated the paper to a higher level. It has given the staff another platform to share news with a wider audience.
I’m confident that I’m leaving the paper in good hands, and while I don’t know who will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief next year, I’m able to rest easy knowing that the paper will continue to thrive.
Whether this is the first time you’re reading The Harbour Voice, or the 50th time, I’d like to personally thank you. Thank you for hearing my voice. Thank you for hearing the writers’ voices. Thank you for allowing us to share the news every year. While the work can be long and tedious, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. I hope to continue my path as a writer in college, and who knows, maybe I can come back to Oyster Bay High School one day and say that this is where my journey began.