Farewell from the staff

Staff members say their final goodbyes to the seniors

May 16, 2017

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Margaret Mellott


Margaret, you always told us the story of how upon entering newspaper, you were the “warning kid.” You might disagree, but we think you’ve done a great job. It’s been incredible to watch you become a leader throughout your three years on staff, and you continue to inspire us inside and outside of the J-room.

You got to watch your beloved girls basketball team go to the state championship, and you even got to see this journalism department win state last year. A lot has been accomplished in your time here, and it seems like a lot of our school’s success traces back to you.

We will never forget all the wonderful things you’ve taught us about journalism and life in general. You’ve probably said “thank you” a million times throughout the years, but now it’s our turn to say thank you for being such a beautiful, patient and wonderful help to all of us.

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Braden Shaw


There are many things we call you on staff, from Rango to B-Shaw to Stats Dad. I think all of us would agree, however, that our favorite is editor-in-chief. We know you’ve been busy juggling state titles, but somewhere between running 10 miles and writing 500 words every day, you’ve been a role model to us.

It’s no question that we look up to you. All of us can recall some memory where you’ve had to sit down and crank something out with us, but you were never rude. You were always kind. You never gave us any reason to suspect you were anything but a statistically advantaged father.

You’ve grown a lot since K.C. Sports Kids, and we’re excited to see you pursue a future in journalism. Your impact will stay at Mill Valley for classes to come, so just remember us when you’re on ESPN. West 60th will not be the same without you.

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Madison Ferguson


To some, you were a thespian. To others, a starving artist. To the JagWire, you were a mother figure. Through all the ups and downs, you gave us a place of comfort when we needed someone. We’ve enjoyed seeing you be a part of Mill Valley, whether on the stage in “Hello, Dolly!” or on the soccer field taking pictures.

All your guidance and kindness has made us better staff members, better friends and better people. Whenever we mess up, you’re always thinking of a solution, ready to try new things. We’ve benefitted from your design advice and your dedication to this publication, and we are forever grateful for welcoming us into your world.

Thank you for taking us under your wing and giving us a rock to lean on. We’re so excited to see what amazing things you do next year and beyond. No matter what, we know you’ll be a superstar.

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