Jillian Helmes, Chief Reporter

By Jillian Helmes, Chief Reporter

Attending Providence College 

Throughout high school I have been involved in both The Courant and Crossroads Yearbook. Being a part of both of these amazing publications has taught me a lot about not only my community but also myself. I am grateful that I was given opportunities to talk with the staff of Commack High School and become more engaged in my community. With both publications, I was able to step out of my comfort zone to interview students and staff, something I would never have imagined myself doing previously.

Journalism was never an interest of mine. But, in my freshman year English class, I had Mrs. Semple and the rest is history. In my freshman year, I was able to write a story for our yearbook and then in my sophomore year I decided to give The Courant a try. Now, as a chief reporter for the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the yearbook, I discovered a passion I never thought possible. Working with these publications has always been a nice way to do something I enjoy in between my academics and playing school softball. I now have plans to join my college’s yearbook club.

My advice to any underclassmen is to try clubs that sound interesting to you regardless of what your future plans are. I never expected to love these publications as much as I do and I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have received. I will forever remember my time in the Publishing Suite and at Commack High School. While I am sad to leave, I am excited for the new chapter ahead. Thank you everyone that allowed me to interview them and to my friends and staff at Commack High School for allowing me to flourish. Go Cougars! 🔳