Welcoming a few new faces
To say things are jumping around the office lately would be an understatement.
Our once small, intimate staff has expanded as of late.
It's summer intern season at the newspaper and that means one thing: young, talented, aspiring journalists at our disposal.
The great thing about interns is that they haven't yet developed many bad habits. They're open to just about anything you want to throw their way and everything is a new experience for them. We've been lucky the past two summers to attract college interns looking for more than just a couple of college credit hours. They bring an infectious enthusiasm to the job and remind us all how much fun this profession can be.
This year's lineup is a good one. Weighing in at about 150 pounds is Michael Sudhalter, affectionately referred to around the office as Suds. Michael is a Kansas University student with a strong background in sports reporting. He's going to do plenty of that for us in addition to as much news and features as we can cram into his three-month tour of duty.
Michael hit the ground running and has already met and written about several of you. If you haven't seen him out and around yet, I'm sure you will. I hope you will make him feel welcome.
Intern Emily Cherry is with us for a shorter amount of time, but brings an equal amount of energy and zest for learning to the job. She's a De Soto High School graduate. She is now a Kansas State student, but seems to be a good person anyway.
Emily's focus during her two-week stay has been on copy editing, but we are also giving her a few stories to write.
Rounding out our intern staff is Shawn Linenberger, a Kansas University student. Shawn, a sports guy in every sense of the word, has done some writing for us in the past. He too will be around for a couple of weeks.
We hope you will join us in welcoming our new friends and if you see lost college students wandering the streets of De Soto, please point them in the right direction.
I may be stepping on Dorothy Nalley's toes here, but I feel I must also share with you the most recent addition to our newspaper family. Former office manager Elizabeth Farmer and her husband, Jeff, recently welcomed their new son, Jacob, into the world. Jacob was born at 4:30 a.m. May 25 at Olathe Medical Center. He weighed six pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.
All of us here at The De Soto Explorer send them our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes. Welcome Jacob, we've penciled you in for an internship in the year 2020.