Cougar Mackley’s Goodbye


Cougar Mackley, Rookie Reporter

Has it been a long ride or what?

I only joined the newspaper this semester and I am really happy I did. I got to meet some great people and create new friendships. Ms.Kay Landon also got to learn what every teacher was telling her about me. Haystack taught me how to write stories on topics that interested me and not boring ideas in English classes. I heard about this class from Bailey Duplessis last semester when I told her that I hate my gym class and stopped going to it. I wish I would have joined last semester and gotten to know my classmates better.

I switched schools sophomore year and I am now so happy I did. I got to meet some of my closest friends, favorite teachers, and fantastic classmates. This was the first time I switched schools in my life and it was a step in the right direction. I met my best friends and the best teacher I’ll ever have, Ms. Brittany Hovland. She’s my biggest motivator and pushes me to do my best every day. I first met Hova seventh hour sophomore year and I am very happy I did. She is such a great teacher, friend and motivator. I spent more than half of my time at Wheat Ridge in Hovas classroom with my friends for lunch off hours and if we just needed a break from whatever was going on at the time.

I joined the Haystack staff  this semester because I am interested in doing sportscasting as a job, and I figure that writing stories on sports was a good place to start. I’ve always been into sports since I was young and it was really fun to write stories and share my ideas with people.

When I transferred schools in 2017, it was the scariest thing I’d ever done in my life. I had no one but myself to count on. However, I made friends fast with my sense of humor and my interests in sports. I met my close friends Justin and Cody Maynard because we all liked football. Even though they liked different teams than me, we still bonded over our common interest. I met some great people sophomore year and I plan on staying in touch with them for years to come. Things didn’t pick up until my junior year though. That’s when I met so many more people and began to break through my shell. I started to talk to more under and upperclassmen. I began to be who I was before at my old school again, just getting to know everybody and meeting new people along the way. Junior year is when I started to feel like I belonged at Wheat Ridge High School.

Now, my senior year has come and gone and that kid from sophomore year is gone and much different from me today. I have had some of the best teachers I’ve ever had since I started school in the little mountain town of Georgetown. After I graduate, I plan on taking some time off and working. I want to get an apartment with my best friend Jaden Jackson. As for now, I want to say thank you for inviting me into newspaper and broadcasting. For you upcoming seniors, enjoy it while it lasts. Ferris Bueller once said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.”