By Michael Ramsburg
It was me, my name, staring back at me in print.
At that moment, in front of the grocery chain, I screamed the loudest, happiest scream I could muster.
It was awesome.
Soon after that first article was published, I moved to Charleston with my family, where my parents had sought job opportunities not available in the tiny hamlet I had lived. As I started my freshman year at Capital High School, I continued to write articles for FlipSide.
Throughout my high school career, I lived my life in the pages of this publication. I wrote about the events of September 11th, reported on students and school achievements and composed essays on issues that mattered to me.
Now, nearly seven years after graduating high school, I continue to pound out stories for publication, working as a freelancer.
Each time I see my name in print, I remember where it all started. Right here, in the pages of FlipSide, the same pages that continues to give countless teens the ability to express their voices.
Happy 20th anniversary, FlipSide. Here's hoping for 20 more years of freaking teens out when they see their name in print for the first time.
M.L. Ramsburg is freelance multimedia journalist and student at Marshall University. He graduated from Capital High in 2004.