Dear Reader Letter 5

Dear Readers,


Well, we’re at the end of another year, and boy, has the Keynote grown. After a somewhat rough transition last school year (we only published one edition last year before the pandemic closed schools and moved everything online), we were able to get things up and running when school started last September. By now, you will have seen SEVEN monthly editions in the 2020-2021 school year, the most number of edition in the paper’s history. Thanks to readers like you, we’ve reached 2025 views on our November edition, with an average of 1700 pages views per edition. With all that said, thank you. Thank you for allowing us to express our thoughts and use the Keynote as a bridge of communication even when we’re isolated at home. Thank you for amplifying our voices, whether to discuss topics like mental health and feminism to movie reviews and music recommendations. All of the writers of the Keystone Keynote express their gratitude to the Keystone community and I can’t wait to see where this paper will go next.


When taking over the paper last year, the Keynote was small and wasn’t very well known in the community. Few have heard of us, and we didn’t have a proper club slot in the club meeting schedule. I’m happy to say that our platform has grown so much in the last year and I also want to thank Shreya, my co-editor-in-chief, for being the support this paper and I needed to reach new heights. Thank you Shreya for the late nights editing and all the trouble with creating the promotional content we have on our Instagram. Thank you for your whimsical energy and your enthusiastic demeanor. They have helped me make the paper where it is today and I could not have done it without you.


The Keynote will be experiencing two transitions in the next school year. As I am a departing senior, Shreya will be the senior editor-in-chief and I’m sure that she will continue to advance the paper to the best it can be. Our staff advisor starting next year will be Mrs. Hall, the current 10th and 12th grade English teacher. I want to thank Mr. Lindsay, the outgoing staff advisor for his continual expertise and professionalism, while also giving students like me the opportunity to express the thoughts of Keystone. I can only hope he will continue to provide support to Shreya and Mrs. Hall as they continue this editorial journey.


It’s been an honor and privilege being your editor-in-chief for the past two years. I will miss this paper dearly and thank you for sticking around.


Signing off for the final time, your editor-in-chief,

Derek Wong