2020-2021 “Hawkview” editors-in-chief, Samm Robledo (left) and Hannah Nguyen (right), also known as “Hamm” to the journalism staff.
2020-2021 “Hawkview” editors-in-chief, Samm Robledo (left) and Hannah Nguyen (right), also known as “Hamm” to the journalism staff.

From distance to hybrid learning, editors reflect on the 2020-2021 school year

May 31, 2021

Editor Goodbye: Hannah Nguyen

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Hi, guys! I have been given the opportunity to write a goodbye letter to conclude my time as the co-editor-in-chief for the 2020-2021 school year. Despite the unconventional year we had, I am thankful for the projects and stories we were able to write this year. From features about COVID and our community to class-wide projects, I am excited to see what other projects our class has in store. We have already accomplished so much this year, imagine how much more we could have done had there not been a pandemic?! 

I first and foremost want to thank Ms. Cortez. I appreciate how much care and effort you put into helping us succeed and how passionate you are about our projects and our journalism class. You make sure that our voices are heard, and you give us opportunities to share our ideas and input. You make us feel important and valued and that goes to show how great of a teacher you are. The work you do does not go unnoticed and I am forever thankful to have you as our advisor this year. 

Secondly, I want to thank Mrs. Clifford (the one with the big red dog). Thank you for incentivizing me in wanting to pursue journalism further. Despite you not being able to be our teacher this year, I appreciate the work you did that has prepared us. I miss your chaotic energy in the mornings and our conversations we would have about life. Thank you for being an amazing teacher and I appreciate you! 

Next, I want to thank Sammantha Robledo for being my partner. I would have not wanted to be editor-in-chief with anyone else. We’re like bread and butter, we add flavor to one another, and like Ms. Cortez always says, together we make a HAMM sandwich!!! I am thankful for how close we’ve gotten this year and I will always hold a special place in my heart for the dynamic we have together. I’m going to miss your extroverted energy and your companionship during those times when I needed someone to talk to. Being around you makes me more outgoing and I feel like everyone needs a friend like you to push them outside their comfort zone. My life would be so bland without you, and I am forever grateful for the butter you bring to my bread. 

Lastly, I want to thank Diego Anthony Meza. I will forever cherish our friendship and the bond we developed throughout high school. This year was so much better because of you and Samm. So thank you! Thank you for being our comedic, our therapist, and my alarm at 8 in the morning with those FaceTime calls. 

And finally, I want to thank my classmates for the work you all put in to make this year successful. I am immensely proud of everyone who participated in the Humans of LQHS project and those who put in the extra time to ensure the banners were made. I hope our project will leave an impact on our community and act as a catalyst for spreading empathy and kindness in the world.

A piece of advice I would give you all before this year comes to a close is to make the most out of your high school experience. High school is what you make out of it and how good of an experience you have depends on you. So, have fun! But in whatever you do, remember to always be kind through all of it. Be kind, be you, and make sure to live, laugh, and love. It has been a wonderful time, thank you all, and Ms. Cortez, for making it an experience I will never forget. 

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Editor Goodbye: Samm Robledo

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I honestly never saw this day coming. And I still cannot believe this year is over, let alone high school.  I won’t be going far for now, so I hope to see the Hawkview staff grow into its potential right before my eyes. I feel like my time here has ended so prematurely, but I know you are in the most capable hands ever.

The highlight of this year was the transformation of the Humans of LQHS project, which went from a concept to a $3,000 check to an exhibit for all of La Quinta to see. We did that. And the timing to do so couldn’t have been more perfect.

I want to truly thank Hannah, who I have always known, but never like this. We are two peas in a pod, #HAMM4LIFE. I could not ask for a better person to understand me and push me through this journey. I would also like to pay tribute to Diego, who let me call him at any time of the day when I needed it and was my absolute rock. Finally, thank you Ms. Cortez for literally never giving up and always moving us forward, I honestly don’t know how it’s humanly possible to be so motivated and kind. I am convinced she is an android.

Thank you all for pushing through the stress, exhaustion, and loss. Thank you for holding your hands out through screens and the distance. My favorite part to play in this class was the possibility of bringing us together. And this is the moment where I can finally say my dream outcome has been fulfilled. And once again, did I say thank you? This class has brought me friendships that I will carry out of high school, and has allowed me to become the person I am today.

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