(Caption this photo in the comments to win a prize that may or may not exist)
Today marks the last issue of clay‘s first year. I am so thankful to all of you readers for your loyalty in coming back even in the midst of website malfunctions, countless publishing schedule shifts, and even a few fake writers here and there. It really has been one of the most incredible years to work with this team of writers and editors to produce content for you.
And now that that’s out of the way, I’m getting fired (& replaced) tomorrow, so let’s get into the real stuff. This year provided not just one, but two, covert operations. If you’re ever on the Union campus and see a fake paparazzi with a camera snooping around hoping to capture a photo of the two TPSers . . . it’s probably me.
Please enjoy the selection of photos below.
Before I head into witness protection program after releasing these photos into the world… I wanted to also note how much joy Raelen and I were filled with to write as Annalee Lael Rheedraw this year. Raelen and I wrote the photography column under this pseudonym with the primary purpose of having freedom to write without the senior editor title hanging over us, but it quickly developed into several long-term pranks pulled on friends throughout the year using the Annalee facade and it was one of the best choices we’ve ever made. Scroll down through April fool’s posts a little for the full Annalee reveal 😉
In all seriousness though, this truly has been such a wonderful year working alongside such an incredible generation of writers. I may or may not have taken a sneak peek at some of the applicants for next year’s staff and wow wow wow– I wish we could stick with this year’s incredible group forever, but I’m so beyond excited to witness everything that clay grows into in the coming years and it still feels a bit surreal that I had the opportunity to play a part in its development with such a talented team.
For those of you who don’t know, Jacey Koo and Corrie Anna Campbell are stepping into the role of Editor’s in Chief for 2018-19 and Jack, Raelen, and I are beyond impressed with them already. They have so many new ideas and plans currently in the works and we know you all will love them as much as we do!
Thank you again one more time to all of our writers, editors, readers, and social media extraordinaires. I’m pretty sure that I would have laughed out loud if someone had told me four years ago, when I was just entering high school and starting to write for The Cracked Pot, that I’d be writing goodbye to all of you today with such a plethora of memories in tow.