Where are they now? Xavier Hernandez by Nicholas Gallo

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Xavier Hernandez is currently a senior at New Milford High School. He was a part of the The Lance  team from 2012-2013.

“Everyday I miss writing for such a wonderful class and especially for The Lance. I would definitely continue to write some really good movie and sports reviews,” stated Hernandez.

Hernandez is enjoying his last year of high school. He is playing Varsity Baseball for the Knights and is continuing to do well in school.

Hernandez plans on attending Bergen Community College in the fall of 2014. He hopes to receive a degree in criminal justice and then to transfer to a four year college after two years.

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Where Are They Now? – Alysia Kane: By Amanda Krause

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When I first joined The Lance staff back in September, I constantly visited the Staff Central section of the site to read past stories and get ideas of how the site was run. While the award-winning stories and staff of the 2012-13 school year were extremely impressive, one member of The Lance stood out.

Current NMHS sophomore Alysia Kane was a prominent member of last year’s staff of The Lance. Working both for the analytics team and later serving as the editor in chief, Kane was crucial to the success of the first year of the online newspaper.

Upon reading some of Alysia’s stories, I was immediately impressed by the quality work of such a young writer. While readers can easily see her natural talent in writing, Kane notes the hard work it took to reach her potential.

“In the beginning, Mrs. Groff literally had to push me out the door so I would go do interviews,” explains Kane of her first time interviewing people. “First I had to interview Mrs. Tambuscio, then Mr. Sheninger, and eventually Mr. Polizzi, so Mrs. Groff seriously had to push me out the door and close it behind me.”

While Kane’s first interviewing attempts clearly made her nervous, Kane is still thankful for the experience.

“[Interviewing people] definitely improved my skills to speak in front of people,” states Kane. “I’ve been more comfortable talking to people that I never usually talk to.”

Just as helpful as interviews to Kane was the actual writing of articles. Not only did she make great achievements in her Digital Journalism class, but Kane also found writing in all of her classes to be much easier.

“[Writing for The Lance] also helped with writing because it’s a different form of writing than say, creative or what not. I’m in Creative Writing now so I can kind of compare it.”

After seeing how much Kane enjoyed her time writing for The Lance, I was extremely curious to find out what her future plans for high school and college entail.

“I’m in stage crew, I’ve been in yearbook club since last year, and I’m in MSG Varsity,” states Kane of her current activities. “For hobbies, I love video games, so I’m constantly playing video games when I’m at home.”

Thankfully for readers of Kane’s work, Alysia fully intends on including journalism in her senior year/college plans.

“Senior year, I’m planning on taking Digital Journalism II,” states Kane. “[For college], I’m thinking of going into graphic design, or maybe photojournalism; More of those types of careers. That’s why I’m taking intro to Graphic Arts next year.”

As we can see, Alysia certainly has a lot on her plate. Between balancing three clubs, school work, and still finding time for her hobbies, it’s great to see so much motivation in such a young student. While it may be another year until Kane finally writes for The Lance once again, make sure to read her older stories, and continue to check back to The Lance to find out when she will return.

Where Are They Now?: Bayron Rodriguez By: Mohamad Hashash

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At this time last year, Bayron Rodriguez was sitting in the same seat as I am today, writing and taking photos for New Milford High School’s “The Lance.” Since then, Rodriguez has graduated high school and has started working on his future.

In the fall, he will be attending Bergen Community College. Rodriguez is also currently working in retail.

Rodriguez gave some insight on his current life since leaving The Lance:

“I am no longer writing. As for photography, it is still my major hobby and passion. I enjoy it very much and I sometimes work as an assistant for a professional photographer. It is definitely my major interest.”

As for the further future, Rodriguez says:

“I just want my photos to be out there for everyone to see what I see when I take a picture. When it comes to an occupation, I do not like the idea of a boss, so I hope to have my own studio where I am in control of things.”

He was a hard worker for “The Lance,” and he is still a hard worker now, as Rodriguez’s future definitely looks bright. His writing days may be over, but his talent is not.