Nearly eight months ago I took a leap of faith and moved nearly 500 miles away from virtually everything I've known.
It was a chance to pursue my dream and further my career, and honestly, it has been one of the best decisions of my life.
Since my time here in Shelbyville, I've not only been an outsider looking in at all the games I've covered, but honestly felt myself becoming a part of the community.
Journalists are supposed to keep an unbiased opinion and tell and unbiased account of what happened in each and every event covered.
I hope I've done this, and feel like I have to the best of my ability.
But I feel I must confess.
Being in such a tight-knit community, I've not only found myself being a journalist watching and reporting on games, but part of the teams themselves.
Whether that's been covering the Community Vikings in basketball during the Community Classic, or in the dugout of a Shelbyville Central baseball game, following the Webb Feet, or even the Cascade Champions, I've honestly felt like a part of each and every team.
It has truly been my pleasure and honor to cover each of these teams and reporting the successes of everyone.
With the school year officially over, I wanted to pass along a few words of advice to the senior class.
Change is tough. But when facing such change, you can either fold, or you can rise to the challenge and become a better person.
And that goes beyond athletics.
Being an athlete who has moved beyond the high school level and participated at the collegiate level, I know it's tough to leave your brothers and sisters on each of your respective teams.
But in each of those games where you had to dig deep to find the courage to move beyond adversity, that's what defines an athletic career and makes you a better person.
I want to pass along my congratulations to each senior of the 2012 class and wish you the best of luck and success in the future, whether that be on the field, court, or in the classroom.
I'm anxious to see what the future has in store for such a talented group of young individuals.
One last thing I want to mention is a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Sandlot. I hope each person who reads this can take this, and apply it to their lives. Who knows. Maybe one day you'll find yourself taking a leap of faith and moving 500 miles away from everything you've known to chase your dream.
"Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die. Follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong. "
-The Babe; The Sandlot.
Chris Siers is sports editor of the Times-Gazette. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.