Handing Down Their Halos

Written By Maddy Levin

The Spotlight’s Maddy Levin Pays Tribute to Its Phenomenal Seniors

Anna Bock – 2019-2020 Editor-in-Chief 

An avid writer, Anna led the newspaper with her creative vision and brought joy to so many at The Spotlight. Her hilarious puns gave life to the Encore and to those around her. Famous for dividing her time between the stresses of school and newspaper, she is incredibly hardworking and talented; always setting a good example for others. We at The Spotlight wish Anna the best in the next chapter of her life.

Q: What do you plan on doing after high school?

A: I’m headed to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I plan to study at the Medill School of Journalism and am hoping to play club tennis, meet new friends and explore the new academic environment of college.

Q: What are your plans for the summer?

A: This summer, I plan to work as a lifeguard as I have for the past two summers, and if the program isn’t cancelled due to the pandemic, I’m hoping to go to school three days a week to become certified as an EMT. I’m also going to start an internship downtown for a banking company to get some office-work experience. I’m excited to hang out with friends for our last summer together, and hopefully East will have a graduation and prom in the next few months.

Q: What has been your favorite memory at East?

A: My favorite memory at East has been the sports games and state championships I’ve gone to with my friends and classmates. I’ve always loved them because it shows you the strong sense of community that East has; it’s like being a part of a big, crazy family!

Q: What are you looking forward to after you graduate?

A: I’m most excited to be out in a more mature world with liberty to choose classes and create my life path. I can’t wait to branch out and meet new people in college who share similar interests. I’m looking forward to living in dorms and getting out of my house. I’m the youngest child of three and it can be hard being the only one at home sometimes, so I’m super excited to have more freedom.

Q: What are you going to miss most about East and The Spotlight?

A: I’m going to miss my classmates and teachers the most. Like I said before, East has such a strong community and you never really feel alone in the halls of East. I’ve built a lot of great friendships and relationships over the years and I’m going to miss the students and staff who have helped shape me into the person that I am today.

Q: What are your hopes for The Spotlight? What advice would you give to future writers?

A: I hope The Spotlight continues to be a source of pride for each and every person who contributes to it. For me, passing out the issues every six weeks was incredibly rewarding, as all the time and effort I put into it gave me a strong sense of pride. I think everyone who learns to love The Spotlight gets their own sense of that success and I hope that continues as more people join each year. Also, I hope that the new Editors-in-Chief will remember that I’ll only be a phone call away next year to help with any of the struggles that are bound to arise in the crazy process that is newspaper production.

Max Boubin – 2019-2020 Editor-in-Chief 

Aiding The Spotlight in its business and social media management, Max is known for his strong work ethic and passion for newspaper. Organized and driven, he helped to keep staff and editors on track and inspired. His greatest achievement: fixing the printer in the editing room so that his classmates could access copies of their articles. We wish Max success in all that he does and hope he can go on to fix more printers in the future.

Q: What do you plan on doing after high school?

A: After high school, I plan on majoring in political science with a minor in economics at Colgate University. Eventually, I want to go to law school and practice law. I also would like to live abroad in Europe after college.

Q: What are your plans for the summer?

A: I plan to intern on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. like I did last summer, but I may not be able to due to the pandemic.

Q: What has been your favorite memory at East?

A: My favorite memory as an East student was competing in the national Con-Law tournament in Washington D.C.

Q: What are you looking forward to after you graduate?

A: I am most excited to go live in New York and go to college. I love the state and I am looking forward to beginning my higher education.

Q: What are you going to miss most about East and The Spotlight?

A: I am going to miss my friends and walking through the amazing East High School building.

Q: What are your hopes for The Spotlight? What advice would you give to future writers?

A: I am very happy with the new editing staff and am excited to see how they run things at The Spotlight. My hope for the newspaper is that the publication remains true to itself and that future writers write about what interests them. The new editors have a lot of potential and I know that they are great leaders. I hope that they do great work. 

Mireya Garcia – 2019-2020 Staff Writer

Incredibly kind and bright, Mireya is known for her warm smile and spontaneity. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and has produced amazing articles for The Spotlight. Her work for the East Against Bullying club can be felt both in and outside the classroom and from everyone at The Spotlight, we wish her luck on her next journey.

Q: What do you plan on doing after high school?

A: I plan to attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall of 2020.

Q: What are your plans for the summer?

A: For the summer, I plan on working in order to save up money for vacation and college.

Q: What has been your favorite memory at East?

A: My favorite memory at East has definitely been the club meetings I held for East Against Bullying.

Q: What are you looking forward to after you graduate?

A: I am most excited to start a new chapter in my life and look forward to the future.

Q: What are you going to miss most about East and The Spotlight?

A: I am going to miss all the fun events at East and its diversity.

Q: What are your hopes for The Spotlight? What advice would you give to future writers?

A: My hope is that The Spotlight will remember to acknowledge its seniors because my class has worked hard for four years and we can’t celebrate that at this time. I would encourage future writers to be open to all topics because you can always learn new things.

To all of the seniors at The Spotlight, thank you for all of your hardwork and dedication. While we may not be able to celebrate your successes in-person, we appreciate all that you have done for the newspaper. We wish you luck in the next chapter of your life and hope to see you again soon. Go angels!