"How to have a great time at Winter Formal": I honestly loved this story- I think this is my best piece of work that really shows my voice. Even though it is not as lengthy, or isn't about a global or national issue, I really wrote this piece from my heart (based upon my own personal experiences with this dance), and it really shows. I got a lot of compliments on this article, specifically from my girl friends' mothers- they all liked my advice regarding not waiting around for "Prince Charming" to ask a girl to a dance. Many of my friends have this outlook, and I think that this article actually inspired one of my friends to ask a boy to the dance- he said yes, they went, and they both had a great time.
The cost of a "public education": I really loved this piece because it was so incredibly appropriate at the time it was written- almost every senior, and their parents (especially their parents), were fuming over all the fees that had to be paid. I really liked that I incorporated my own experiences in with a problem that almost everyone had- I think it helped to make the article more personal, which I really like to read in articles. Although this article wasn't one of my friendlier ones (I wasn't too nice to Jostens or Visual Photography), those who read it seemed to have good feedback for me- a lot o the people I showed this to said things like "I couldn't agree more!" or "Yes, these fees are ridiculous!"
"Senior wishes: A Fun Reward": I really liked this one because, in a way, it was my own personal "thank you" for senior wishes. I feel that those who organize the senior wishes do not get enough credit, and that this is a really cool incentive for seniors (Ventura and Buena High Schools do not have this). I also think that this was one of my "friendlier" articles, which I really like to read- sure, my controversial, opinionated ones can be fun to read, but ultimately, I think they make me look pompous and unfriendly in some ways.