Closing the book on 2012-2013

Reflections letters from the 2012-2013 Puyallup Post staff.

Joe Dennis

When looking back on the school year there were many events that I can positively reflect on. Ideally, my choice is narrowed down to Richard Louv’s speech on The Nature Principle. On May 2, 2013, Louv spoke in the AAH theatre regarding our need to reconnect with nature and how beneficial this reconnection would be for society.

Having not read The Nature Principle, I didn’t know what Louv said in his book, but the message is clear. Being immersed in the world of technology has many advantages but also can be hazardous to a person’s creativity and health.

The story Louv shared about his childhood and seeing his father interact with nature, watching how his father was at peace and happy in nature, touched me. Louv also mentioned that when he grew older his family moved to the city, his father began to drink heavily, slowing him down over time and his depression worsened because he was cut off from nature.

That story resonated when I later began to write the article for The Puyallup Post making me take a second look at how much time I spend in nature. By living “in” nature instead of “with” it as Louv put it, I have learned that writing papers outdoors is very helpful to my creativity while allowing me to think clearly without any pressures of technology weighing me down.

Because of this aid, the words I obtained at the Nature Principle lecture have come to be my best memory of the previous school year.


Lacey Longpré

My first year at Pierce College has been overloaded with changes. In addition to school work, I had to adjust to a new environment and try to make new connections to people.

I was happy to have been hired on The Puyallup Post staff, where I had the opportunity to explore my creativity and meet amazing individuals. It was not only having the chance to connect with the members of The Puyallup Post staff, but all students at Pierce College.

I would say that reporting on events was most memorable to me. This gave me the opportunity to explore the campus and meet individuals who I wouldn’t have met otherwise.

The most recent event I had the honor of covering was the Student Literary Arts Magazine kickoff party. I not only went there to do a story for the paper, but also to be recognized for having my own work published. It was great that I got to report about something that I’m passionate about.

I did quite a few of the shoutouts earlier this year for the paper. I had to push myself to be more outgoing and friendly with people. I think that has definitely helped me be more sociable and I can take this skill anywhere I go.

I look forward to next year and having the chance to get to know more students on campus. Furthermore, I hope that I will have the opportunity to get more involved with the clubs on campus as well.

I look forward to expanding my mind and becoming a free thinker from my education.


Michelle Abbott

On a cold morning in Maine, I saw my wishing well for the last time. Inside its white marble carvings lay the pennies of our past, and we threw our new pennies into the grass.

When the plane departed, I knew I was flying to a new world, and all of my earthly possessions were left behind. I had the most important things: my camera, a laptop and my children.

I came to Washington in July 2011, and my final destination was English 101 at Pierce College. In Maine, we had a home. We sat by the fireplace and read stories together. It’s the stories that stick with you. They come inside and fill up the empty and cracked places. They’re what make life worth living.

My English teachers are the people who kept me in that familiar place. Stories, literature, and language are the elements my heart hears. They are like a song that leads me back to my wishing well on the grass. Stories are like instruments singing my heart’s native song.

Beth Stevens told me the stories of abolition and slavery. I could hear my own voice in the cries of the oppressed, and I could hear the hope of redemption in hers. She was a messenger of freedom to me, and led me out of a box in a basement to the Ohio River, where I could taste the undying hope of freedom.

Corrina Wycoff became my doppelgänger and my friend. She taught me that I could succeed at my dream to become an English teacher and a writer. She taught me that it is possible to succeed as a single mother and a teacher. Knowing Corrina has been a surreal experience because she is like a mirror.

I discovered a new genre in journalism. Visiting people on campus has enlightened me to the joys and challenges of telling other people’s stories. There is nothing that reaches down to the deepest part of people like a story. Stories change the world.


Robert McRill

As the school year comes to a close and summer looms around the corner, this year has felt like a long one. I am in my second year at Pierce College, and I feel that I have learned so much this last year that will help me as I continue working toward my associate’s degree.

I have spent my time this year focusing primarily on my studies, but I have also found myself becoming much more involved in the Pierce College campus. I have taken a variety of interesting courses in many different fields of study; attended student lectures, awards ceremonies, and open mic nights; and, of course, worked as a reporter for the school newspaper.

Without a doubt, each activity has served to enrich my overall college experience. However, I believe that my time spent working with The Puyallup Post is what I have most cherished. I would like to thank my supervisors, Teresa and Steve, for the wonderful opportunity as well as for their patience and guidance.

I would also like to thank The Puyallup Post student staff for all of the fun times and for the memories that I will take with me wherever I go. I wish everyone the absolute best moving forward with their lives.


Sarah Balough

With the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year so too will come the conclusion of many students’ experiences at Pierce College. I am among the ranks of those departing from Pierce, and I will remember my experiences on campus as a time of preparation before the adventure that is life.

My time at Pierce has been memorable, but there is one moment during fall quarter that will not be forgotten.

There is something invigorating about witnessing a wrong and attempting to right it. Possibly it is the internal knowledge of a public morality, but for whatever reason, it’s rewarding. While odd to think, the most memorable moment of the 2012-13 school year for myself was nothing that brought great joy to anyone, but simply was fixed.

This event took place during fall quarter, while disturbing and unbelievable at the time, I never imagined that I would witness a hit-and-run car incident, let alone in the lower parking lot of Pierce. From the library myself and a group of others witnessed the repetitive hitting of a parked vehicle.

We all truly laughed in disbelief as the perpetrator jolted the parked vehicle up into the air, scraping across its rear in an attempt to park. After again hitting the now thoroughly scratched vehicle, the perpetrator retreated to a different part of the parking lot, but did not remain blameless for the action. Wanting to provide information on the incident a party departed to comb the parking lot until the both cars information was documented. We reported the incident to campus security after identifying the make and license identification of both cars.

After this we thought the incident was over, however, this wasn’t true. The next day our faith in student drivers returned when campus security tailed in the hit car and addressed the issue.


Mackenzie Hendricks

After two years of attending Pierce College Puyallup, my final day on the campus will be June 10 when I take my last exam.

In a way, Pierce College is a school of learning for me that high school never was. Every instructor that has taught my classes has instilled within me an interest in their subject and a desire to learn. Even for required courses that I entered reluctantly only with the aim to earn my associate’s degree, I left with more knowledge to apply to my life.

We have a number of memorable professors here in every discipline. In social science courses alone, I have been instructed by three excellent professors: Floyd Churchill, John Lucas and Chris Vanneson. Churchill is who first sparked my interest in politics, and Lucas built on that spark through his ability to capture one’s attention and make his lectures unforgettable. I also cannot imagine anyone leaving Pierce without taking a class from Vanneson, whose knowledge in so many diverse subjects surpasses any other person I know, as does his enthusiasm.

I didn’t expect to pursue a degree in political science before I came to Pierce College, but three wonderful instructors changed that. In a few months I will be transferring to Brigham Young University, where I plan on majoring in English and minoring in political science.

Outside academics, Pierce College has made me grow as a person. It has given me the freedom to develop to my own potential without restraints. Pierce has touched me beyond the realm of education and has taught me to be confident with who I am and to never stop trying.

Today, I say farewell to this institution and its associated members. I thank you all for your time, service and dedication. Pierce College has made me a better person because it’s comprised of great people, for which I’m grateful.

I also bid adieu to my fellow The Post members, who have been a pleasure to work and laugh with. We are such a fun, diverse group, which is why I believe we were so successful. Thank you for your support and I wish you all the best next year.


Kaelyn Anderson

When I started on The Puyallup Post newspaper in the winter quarter, I was eager to begin taking pictures for my first assignment because this was my first job.

I am proud of what I have accomplished in what seems like such a short amount of time. My first assignment was enjoyable because I was able to show the interactions and feelings of people who enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Shoutouts were also entertaining to do because there is such a variety of views that the students at Pierce College bring, and shoutouts allow those perspectives to be shown and debated between.

I have learned a variety of skills such as communication through the interaction between myself and my wonderful co-workers, professors, faculty and fellow peers.

I have also learned how to apply my creativity to each event assignment by describing events and capturing a picture so it gives the feel of the environment at Pierce College.

Finally, I have improved my sense of perseverance because even though I am not a reporter I was still able to be successful in writing my first article, which was my view on why Pierce College should add surveillance cameras to every classroom. As a result of learning these life skills, I am definitely looking forward to continuing to grow as not just a student but also a photographer.

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Closing the book on 2012-2013

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