By: Kayla Kuppertz Editor-in-Chief
Our Junior Co-Editor this year is the talented Brittany Arp. The torch will be passed to her next year when she takes over the position of Editor-in-Chief. Brittany is a very dedicated student, willing to not only edit numerous articles, but independent study journalism because of scheduling conflicts. The Squire sat down with her to really get the big picture of Brittany Arp.
The Squire: What do you think makes you the right person for this position?
Brittany Arp: Well, as an honors English student, I have pretty good grammar skills, so that helps a bunch when editing articles. Also, this is my third year in journalism, so I understand how the club works and the look and reputation we’re going for.
TS: How do you feel about the changes that were made to journalism this year?
BA: I think it’s important that we finally made the transition from the hard copy of The Squire to the online version. It gives more people the opportunity to see our material and read the articles we’ve written. Not only can students see the website, but EHS Alumni can also be kept up to date on the latest school news.
TS: How has being an editor affected you?
BA: I definitely look at writing in a new perspective! Being an editor has helped me see writing mistakes that I would have never noticed if I hadn’t been in this position. Also, I think my writing has improved, and my English grade can vouch for that!
TS: What do you think makes The Squire unique?
BA: The staff this year is an incredible asset that makes The Squire most unique. Not only is our staff big and full of hilarious, outgoing people, but we are all extremely hardworking students. We get all of our work done, and we have a pretty good time doing it, which is equally as important.
TS: What will you do to improve the program next year?
BA: I think if journalism continues what we’re doing now, we will be set. As for improvements, I think The Squire should add to our list of social media outlets, Snapchat in particular, in order to get more news out quicker as the events are taking place.
TS: What other activities are you a part of?
BA: I’m stretched pretty thin this year as I am involved in Student Council, Choir, as a co-president and student, and Reflections, which is an all-girls singing group that meets an hour before school multiple times a week, in addition to independently studying journalism and being an editor for The Squire. Also, I played varsity volleyball. In addition to a full class schedule, I take three online classes at home after school.
TS: What are you planning on doing after high school?
BA: This is the hardest question for me to answer because I honestly have no idea what I want to do after I graduate. I’ve known for a very long time, since I was probably four or five years old, that I wanted to live in a big city. I remember dancing around my house when I was little, pretending I was belting out the lyrics to “Defying Gravity” from Wicked in the Gershwin Theatre, when really I was a toddler singing (probably extremely off-pitch, as most small children usually do) in my hairbrush for my family’s amusement. I also really enjoy music, so maybe there’s something in that, but as for right now, I have no idea what I’m going to do in the next year or two.
TS: If you had to describe Miss Howe in one word/sentence, what would it be?
BA: Hardworking. The Squire and all the other fun activities, projects, and trips we have in journalism would not be possible without the guidance of Miss Howe. Also, Miss Howe is exceptionally stylish and I have some serious style-envy because of her.
TS: What is your favorite Mr. Martin quote?
BA: Out of all the wise words Mr. Martin has said, my favorite Mr. Martin quote would have to be, “Get to homeroom, big guy!” even though it’s usually only 8:02 when he’s saying this to me and I’m clearly not a “big guy”.
Clearly The Squire will be in good hands next year under Brittany’s editorship. A smart, dedicated, busy student, she obviously has a lot going for her. The Squire knows you’ll go places, Brittany, but where those places are, we’re still not sure. Say hey to Brittany in halls when you see her, and make sure she gets to homeroom on time!