There is hope

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, July 18, 2019
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SCN photo by Ardona Robbins
          
            SCN reporter Mikaela Koski

From the Desk of the Editor

In a time where a large percentage of the adult population is holding its collective breath at the thought of Millennials running the country in the not-to-distant future, take heart in knowing this: There is hope. And her name is Mikaela.

For the past 2.5 years, Mikaela Koski has worked as the Stillwater County News education/sports/government reporter. She is a hometown girl who came to the paper as a recent graduate of the University of Montana, where she had been the valedictorian with a double major. So while she did not have any reporting or journalism experience, I was fairly certain she would be a quick study. And she was.

A scholar, an athlete and ridiculously bright, Mikaela proved to be a perfect fit for the beat. She immersed herself in the profession with a work ethic not seen often enough these days. She took on every assignment with determination and continually grew in the position. She quickly came to understand what being a journalist means and that a byline is about accountability, not glory.

Mikaela established herself as a fair and reputable reporter through hard work. She earned her stripes the only way a journalist can — by consistent and balanced reporting, week after week.

Aside from her professional abilities, Mikaela also brought a great attitude to work. Every. Single. Day.

I can’t remember a single time that she walked through the door without a smile on her face. And her warmth was contagious. She also brought with her new perspectives and the world of music. You’ve got to love a 25-year-old whose playlist includes Elton John, Pat Benatar and Uncle Kracker.

Friday is Mikaela’s last day as a Stillwater County News reporter, as she prepares to start law school at Penn State (one of 15 law schools she was accepted into). As a staff, we are so proud of her. And we are going to miss her more than we want to even think about. But at the same time, we are excited to see what she does next in this world.

I’m so very thankful to have had the past 2.5 years with her. And thank you, Mikaela, for the hope.

By Marlo Pronovost, editor and general manager of the SCN

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