[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is another from our youngest-ever Contributor – 10-year old Isabel Herbruger – who has been submitting stories and photos as part of her effort to earn a Girl Scout badge for journalism, as well as qualify for a 4H photography project. She also has three brothers on the Highline wrestling team. We encourage residents of all ages to submit stories and photos for posting – for consideration, please email yours to [email protected]!] Photos and Story by Isabel Herbruger, age 10 Dear Pirates and fans, This concludes my adventures in Pirate Wrestling for this year (click images to see larger versions/slideshow): 11038593_523239674484021_3264545932707113354_o 10321209_517335671741088_4938568626312157960_o 1898091_517341161740539_2002175022615826619_n 1534791_517482235059765_983201378961172497_o 10835120_517460728395249_7133676486321444227_o 10999969_517463421728313_1021166833336133372_o 10985610_517749905032998_6461950357680485790_o 10985564_517751208366201_3610994936042158290_o 10974289_517939595014029_6766982107898154760_o 10983546_518659381608717_6155300687989168413_o 10854891_518670864940902_3265372994766442684_o 10953382_518670891607566_5519863672616922932_o 11021469_518670908274231_3189011083401301059_o 11025282_519172914890697_212993771019413177_o 10845760_519186018222720_3793810059813336232_o 10506796_519186098222712_3083061721283128670_o 10993458_520578251416830_6197795893595722610_o 10497866_520581334749855_8299970318317012874_o 11051933_520581361416519_3926492364352962848_o 10285480_520585634749425_7918890420202229120_o 11043421_520586348082687_395097310357848554_o 11046714_520875648053757_6284806063009862012_o 11009397_520930964714892_5326081440803131187_o 11001705_522646377876684_6327880326812641001_o 11026316_522647201209935_7739461841930439905_o 11044648_523232441151411_6319224057127364054_o 10518300_523232487818073_9079012939960624096_o 10475433_523232534484735_7548448458535670892_o 1493321_523237364484252_8095496958610909952_o 11026228_523238041150851_3576460131479690373_o 11001600_516697161804939_9010096135317559918_o This season, I learned a lot about taking better photos and writing good stories to go with them. The more I learned about wrestling moves, the better I got at knowing when something exciting would happen. I also learned a lot about camera settings and a little about which lens to use. My photos got less blurry during the season and I kept getting lots and lots of great shots each week instead of just a few great shots. It was really neat to be able to give each of the Seniors a special photo of themselves during the season at their award ceremony. I even had a nice photo college I was able to share with each of the coaches. I was surprised when they thanked me at the award potluck. I am also very thankful for the help from the following people this season who helped me accomplish all of this:

  • Mr. Scott Schaefer from The B-town Blog, for publishing my photos and articles.
  • Mr. David Willoughby from Seamont Athletics, for advice on taking better shots and granting permission to upload photos to that site. He was also helpful in helping get the media pass for State.
  • Mr. Conor Laffey from WIAA, for taking a chance on me and granting a one day media pass at State to take photos. I hope I exceeded his expectations.
  • Ms. Box, the Highline High School Athletic Director, who said I was worthy of the media pass at State because I take good photos.
  • Mr. Kurt Howard, who loaned me a lens during the season and a special lens during State to help me take even better photos. He also spent time giving me pointers on how to change my camera settings in the different school gyms.
  • The Pirate Coaches, they let me follow them at tournaments and matches. I really felt like I was part of the team, even though I was way too young!
And finally a big thank you to the Pirate Wrestlers. They let me hang out with them and take all sorts of photos. It was like they were movie stars and I was writing stories about each of them. I hope I never distracted you during a match or told a bad story about you. It was a lot of fun to watch you every week and figure out when you would do a great move on your opponent. Thank you for never landing on top of me! I really hope I am invited back next year as your OFFICIAL Unofficial Photographer. Until the start of next match….. Love, Isabel P.S.: I hope to see you this spring when I learn how to take track pictures!]]>