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Teen Talk

August 3, 2013

Growth seen in three years of writing


Some months I enjoyed writing and re-reading better than others, but I truly hope that each month brought some sort of enjoyment to you, and perhaps some exploration of pop culture, or maybe even yourselves.

If I brought even a chuckle to your Sunday morning, or smile or crease of the brow to your face, I consider my venture in journalism a success.

Right off the bat, being able to express my thoughts and opinions in the paper that many people at home read daily, I felt truly honored. But the impact of that didn’t really hit home until I began to receive feedback from those who actually read my columns and formed their own opinions.

Getting phone calls, emails, comments on my columns online, or even people who remember seeing my name next to my writing, is perhaps the most nerve-wracking and gratifying thing I’ve ever experienced. I don’t think there was a better environment for me to be able to get my first crack at writing than right here at The Daily Star.

As I reflect on everything I wanted to be sure to include in this month’s article, I am truly saddened at how much I wish I had discussed. I’ve just begun HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and it’s a trip. Marina and the Diamonds is an artist to keep an eye out for, and Uncle Jesse’s band from “Full House” just recently reunited.

I’m sure the writer who takes over for me soon will have his or her own taste and unique voice to entertain you every month, and to them I say good luck and have fun. It’ll be over before you know it.

In closing, I now quote 1942’s “Yankee Doddle Dandy:: “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.”

Maggie McVey, a 2012 graduate of Oneonta High School, is a sophomore at the State University College at Plattsburgh. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at If you a student going into ninth through 12th grades and are interested in taking over the “Weekend Reviews” column, submit a sample column to by Sept. 12.

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