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Ackerman: Thanks for the award ... I mean column!

Thank you all for giving me this great award; it is an honor to even be mentioned in this category with people like Kurt Zepeda, who wrote a pretty great first column last week.

I would like to thank the Kane County Chronicle Academy, headed by editor Kathy Gresey and general manager Jim Ringness; my family, including my parents and older sisters for always supporting my interest in writing; my teachers for feeding my passion by assigning countless papers and essays; my hometown of St. Charles for being such a great place for high-schoolers to go to high school; and last – but certainly not least – my left hand for writing so much, making it through cramps from cursive lessons and insane smudging from AP exam essays.

OK, so I didn’t just win an Oscar or an Emmy, but I’m just as excited to be one of the two new high school columnists writing for the Kane County Chronicle.

I’ve always loved writing, from the time my best friend and I decided we were going to get a book published in the second grade, to creating another about my American Girl with my neighbors during the summer, filled with journals, books and portraits galore. 

I’m lucky to have this opportunity to share my words with my community at such a young age.  

It’s probably a good thing that I don’t really have to attend any awards shows ’cause I like to keep things pretty casual. My hair is usually a little frizzy, and I’ve been known to be very pale – except when I get badly sunburned. If you see me walking down the street, you’ll probably notice a slight look of stress in my eyes, a side effect of taking five AP classes this year.

That brings me to the subject of school. I’m currently a senior at St. Charles East High School, which is arguably the best high school in St. Charles (but that could fill up a whole other column).

Being about six weeks into school, I can’t say I feel like a senior yet, with my rigorous academics and college application deadlines taking up most of my time.

There won’t be any complaining from this girl once senioritis kicks in!

One thing that I’m in at school is band. I’m in every type of band imaginable: concert band, jazz band, pit orchestra (technically still a band), pep band, and – yes – even marching band. I’ve played the trumpet since I was in fourth grade; I’m going into my ninth year playing. It’s crazy to think about, considering I was inspired to choose the trumpet solely by a Barbie movie I watched as a kid.

It’s almost as if I can hear the wrap-up music now, subtly telling me to get off the stage; the time has come for me to wrap up my column.

This certainly isn’t the end; I’ll be back every other Thursday to share even more thoughts with you all. Thanks for reading. I’m off to discuss my next column with my agent.

• Brigid Ackerman is a senior at St. Charles East High School. She enjoys playing the trumpet, eating bread and writing this column, which will run every other week in the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at

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