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The official student newspaper of Walter Johnson High School

The Pitch

The official student newspaper of Walter Johnson High School

The Pitch

Jillian Ward’s senior reflection

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Once I reached high school, I began my search to find ways that I was going to fill my time inside of these cement walls for the next four years. On September 28, 2018, I was exposed to what was soon to be my way of doing what I love and sharing it with the school community for the rest of my high school experience. Reading through the first Pitch publication that I had ever seen, I knew that I needed to get involved. Today, I write you this reflection as an editorial board member for The Pitch, achieving a goal that I had set the first day I familiarized myself with the paper.

Although one of the main components of The Pitch is the writing, what I will remember most is the connections and friendships that I have made with people on the staff. The Pitch made my return to school and senior year very special. After increasing the staff this year to 60 people in the first semester and now 90 this semester, I have met so many new people and made relationships with my peers that I would not have otherwise been able to make if we hadn’t been on the paper together. This year I made a best friend, one that has become one of the most important people to me in such a short time. I’ve also revived old friendships and created important and lasting ones with many others. I’d like to give a large shout out to my partner in crime, Maeve, for being a key part of making this year so special and helping create the best Managing Editor duo to ever exist.

The other crucial part of my high school experience was playing on the varsity girls lacrosse team. Being on the team since my freshman year gave me the opportunity to become largely accustomed to the expectations and attitudes of the program, as well as the family mindset that the team has built over the years. As an underclassmen, I had learned so much from the older girls that I became close with and was able to carry that with me into future seasons. Last year, I was awarded captain alongside a teammate who I am now in my second year of being a captain with and would not want it any other way. I’ve made best friends for life on the team that I hold so close to my heart. The competitiveness and grit, combined with the laughs and joyous memories with my teammates, made for an unmatchable and unforgettable experience that helped to shape me into who I am today.

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Jillian Ward
Jillian Ward, Print Managing Editor
Senior Jillian Ward is excited to participate in her second year with the Pitch as a Print Managing Editor. In addition to writing for the Pitch, Jillian enjoys hanging out with friends and playing lacrosse.
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