The Leader concluded its search for an Editor-in-Chief for the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday April 10 when it elected staff writer Syeda Sameeha to the position.
Sameeha won a popular vote conducted by the entire Leader staff at one of its weekly meetings. She ran against fellow staff writer Alexa Ash who predominantly had been a writer in the Press Play section before the election.
“I felt really surprised and happy when I first found out I was elected,” Sameeha said. “I joined The Leader on my first day as a freshman at EC and I feel like I’ve really grown with the staff as a person and they feel like a second family.”
Sameeha is a freshman political science major who claimed that journalism work is what she wants to make into a career. She cited her experience writing with The Leader as a guiding experience for her future career.
“I consider the editorial board and Dr. Ron as mentors who’ve really shaped my writing and my view on journalism,” she said. “To be elected Editor-in-Chief is an honor and I cannot wait to lead and work with all of the talented people that work to put out this paper.”
Sameeha will serve as the successor to current Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Edison who will graduate at the end of the spring semester. Edison started as a staff writer in 2016 before being appointed Managing Editor and then Editor-in Chief in Spring 2017.
Now that it is time to step down, Edison reflected on his time at the Leader, while congratulating Sameeha on her newly earned position.
“It’s kind of surreal that it’s finally time to end my stint at The Leader, but I could not be leaving it in any better hands,” he said. “Sameeha has been a complete pleasure to have on the paper and she’s been an essential piece of this paper this year. She may be a new face, but I am confident she can do incredible things and I look forward to seeing all the awards she will inevitably win at ICPA next year.”
As far as what the future holds, Sameeha hopes to continue the Leader’s legacy of providing information to EC’s campus.
“I hope under my leadership we continue our mission to inform, shed light on issues that need attention and bridge the gap between administration and students.”