Welcome to Veritas! We are so happy you could join us today. My name is Owen Hudson, and I am one of the Editors-in-Chief this year alongside Henry Dupont. Back during my freshman year, I had absolutely no idea that I would be in this position. If I’m being completely honest, Veritas really wasn’t on my radar in any way. That year, Virginia Bullington dragged me into the Veritas off of Mr. Laredo’s room in an attempt to get me involved. At the time, I didn’t know many of the seniors, nor did I know what I was doing. I was very intimidated and I just wanted to leave. Freshman year passed and I never returned to the room or gave it any thought. In my eyes, Veritas was just another club some people did. In sophomore year I started to get more involved, Henry and I wrote an incredibly sophisticated movie review every issue. At this point, Veritas had improved from generally irrelevant to a chore I had to take care of every month. Once Junior year began, some of my close friends were already involved in Veritas, so I started hanging around the office and helping out when I could. Eventually I somehow became Design Director of the paper and was partly responsible for our website (a work in progress). By the years end, it was apparent that Henry and I were going to become the next Editors in Chief, although it was a little unclear what that meant.
The transition from “chore” to “delight” was driven primarily by the camaraderie and satisfaction that came along with producing the newspaper. The press week process is not elegant in any sense of the word. It is a compilation of stress and obstacles. Oddly enough, the delight comes from solving these problems with a super funny group of high schoolers . At the end of this long and arduous week, we get to hold in our hands the physical culmination of the hard work we have put in. When I stepped into that room in freshman year, it appeared to be an incredible methodical and productive process. This may have been the case back then, but in my experience, it has been a beautiful cacophony of disorganization and improvisation. The more I learned about this procedure, the more I understood that no one really knew what they were doing. That’s what people really need to understand about Veritas. There may be people who don’t want to join Veritas because they simply aren’t interested, and that is fine. However, for those who do want to join but may be intimidated for whatever reason, understand that Veritas is just a group of friendly high schoolers making it up as they go along. We don’t bite, unless its into a nice piece of pizza after a few hours of goofing off.
By Owen Hudson