Alexa Encarnacion-Hernandez, Editor-In-Chief

The role of editor-in-chief has long piqued my interest. I still remember my first foray into journalism as a freshman, excited and overwhelmed by the challenges ahead. As I navigated those initial hurdles, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to hold a leadership position like editor or editor-in-chief. Would I be up to the task? How would I handle the stress? What steps would I need to take to earn such a prestigious role? These were all questions that consumed my thoughts at the time. 

During my sophomore year, I was appointed news editor for the JTC Journal. Halfway through the year, I was allowed to become editor-in-chief - a role I never thought I would obtain. Being part of such a crucial organization for the school has been a great honor for me, and I am proud of what I have accomplished so far. While working for the JTC Journal, I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned how to be an effective leader and be open with others. Although I had doubts about my abilities, the support I received from Mr. Martz, our journalism sponsor, and the reassurance from my staff have given me the confidence to believe in myself and my capabilities.

My objective, as well as for the journal, is to discover new opportunities and develop as an individual. During my freshman year, I was rather timid, introverted, and lacked self-assurance, with self-doubt plaguing me. However, this year has been transformative, and I no longer define myself as introverted. My confidence has grown, and I am more self-assured. Despite being just 16 years old, I am fortunate to be surrounded by individuals who support and encourage my personal growth. My aim for this academic year is to transform the JTC Journal into a platform that promotes personal and academic development. I am excited to share my thoughts and ideas for the 2023-2024 school year and hope you all anticipate what's in store.

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