Senior Send Off: Camille Gottholm
My journey here at Apex High has been full of changes. From starting at the Green Level campus to attending school virtually, and then returning to the new AHS campus, it’s been nothing short of hectic. Now don’t get me wrong, change keeps things interesting, but the one thing that I’ve proudly kept consistent is this Newspaper class. Looking back on the incredible memories and lessons this class has taught me, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I vividly remember being asked to join Newspaper by my former English teacher, Mrs. McGee. At the time, she was the Newspaper teacher as well. It was about midway through my freshman year, so I was looking to branch out and explore all the opportunities high school offered me. I recall my excitement as soon as I left Mrs. McGee’s room. I remember texting my mom and telling her how elated I was at this invitation. By the time class registration rolled around, I had secured my spot.
The first time I stepped foot into the class, I was met with open arms by the staff. They were more than happy to show me the ropes and ensure I was as comfortable as possible. My friend, Madison Foley, who now attends NC State University, was incredibly kind. I admired her hard work, and she has certainly inspired me to continue taking the class. At the time, the course required the staff to interview someone at Apex for their first article of the year. I chose to interview the then-new science teacher, Mrs. Aikens. To be frank, I had no idea what I was doing. But once I finished that article, I felt immense satisfaction and belonging, like I was officially a part of Newspaper. Since then, I have covered a plethora of topics and written multiple articles, so it was challenging to pinpoint my favorite.
If I had to pick a favorite article, it would be “Coach Todd: Immortalized in History.” It not only had special meaning to me but touched the hearts of those who read it. I was able to work with my long-time colleague Connor Vandermark, as well as Allison Hurley. Looking back, I couldn’t have asked for better partners. Each of us ensured we dedicated lots of time and energy to planning, executing, and perfecting the article. We interviewed CAT Soccer players, Coach Oglesby, Mr. Ferguson, and Coach Todd’s sister Janice. These people were an integral part of Coach Todd’s life and were more than happy to talk to us about their unforgettable times with him. I am so humbled to have received the opportunity to work on such a monumental story to honor the Legacy of Kevin Todd.
While Newspaper is demanding at times, the class as a whole is laid back and enjoyable; hence why I took it for six semesters. Over the years, I’ve made countless friends and made many memories. This year, we got a new Newspaper teacher, Mrs. Doud. She has done a fantastic job and has excelled in her new position! I’ve also seen many people come and go, but it’s always exciting to see new faces joining the team. I am always confident that the new students who join the class will fall in love with it as much as I have. If I could give any advice to new Newspaper students, it would be to seize every opportunity presented to you. In this class, you will get the chance to write about important topics, current events and interview teachers/students. It can be intimidating at times, but you’d be surprised how capable you are at things you put your mind to.
All in all, Newspaper has been an unforgettable experience. I will forever cherish the lessons I’ve learned, the friends I’ve made, and the confidence I’ve gained. I know that taking this class has prepared me for not only college, but life after that. I am incredibly grateful for both of my Newspaper teachers, Mrs. McGee and Mrs. Doud. They have each encouraged me to become not only a better writer, but a better person. Thank you each for your hard work and support over the years. As I enter a new chapter in my life and UNC Wilmington, I know that I’ll never forget the impact that writing for Legacy had on me. I know for a fact that Legacy will continue to grow and flourish for years to come.