Third time’s the charm!

A three-year member concludes her final year on the staff of “The Southerner.”


Payton Henn, Editor-in-Chief

I joined the newspaper staff my sophomore year, and since then I have had quite a fun three years. This year especially, the staff was exceptional and motivated. It was an honor being the school paper’s editor-in-chief. However, there is no way I could have done it without Nick Shelton, who told me all about sports this year, and Luke, who absolutely shined as copy editor. Also Kyle and Sydney, who I only saw once and missed dearly. 

Being taken under Belle and Jenna’s wings junior year gave me two wonderful friends, and an even better year on the staff. They taught me to be a good editor and a leader who isn’t mundane and boring. I am so grateful for both of them! 

To Luke, I am so proud of you! You constantly go above and beyond, and I am so happy that you stepped up to the plate as an editor. You’re going to do wonderful next year! Do everyone a favor and keep the class fun. As the first male editor-in-chief for many years, you owe everybody. I am so excited for you! 

To Nick, thank you for being the best right-hand man this year. I love you the most! We went through the whole of newspaper together, through switching to an online newspaper and COVID-19, and throughout you were always underrated and always overachieving. You are such a vital person to have on the staff, and I am so glad to call you my friend. I hope Ball State brings you all the success in the world! I’m just sorry you got one-upped by a woman. Happens to the best of us.

And to Grigsby, I can’t thank you enough for believing in me, and encouraging me to join the staff. It was one of the best decisions I have made. Thank you for making an environment for people to let loose a little and create, and having computers with the Adobe Suite. I am forever grateful! 

Next year, I will be off at University of Southern Indiana, where I hope to pursue graphic design. I am sure you are all shocked! Thanks for a great three years, room B230.