Adam Aucoin: With my time at the Banner ending, I'm grateful

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I feel grateful.

Sitting here, writing my last story as a sports reporter at the Bennington Banner, that's the word that comes into my mind.

On Monday, I start as the sports editor at the Rutland Herald about an hour north of Bennington, but as I think back on everything I did here at the Banner, all I can do is smile.

When I came in to the Banner as a 23-year old recent UMass Amherst graduate two years ago, I had hoped to find home here in Bennington.

As a 25-year old typing out this story, I can tell you that I did.

To the athletes I covered over the past few years, thank you.

From the state title runs by the Cambridge girls basketball team, BBA football team and the Arlington soccer teams, among so many more, you all have taken your communities on a ride.

Your success, your determination and your constant will to compete is what makes this job worth it. I hope that I've done well telling your stories.

To my editors at the Banner, thank you for taking a chance on me out of college.

Adam Samrov is one of the best journalists in this state and may not always get the recognition he deserves, but I appreciate everything he's taught me over my time here.

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The many laughs we've had on our small sports office telling jokes or watching the Red Sox is something I'll always cherish and your friendship is one I am very thankful for.

I'll take all the lessons you've taught me in the next step of my career.

I've experienced so much in my few years at the Banner.

I've seen the highs of elation in winning times and the lows of disappointment in losing times.

I've seen athletes come and go and new ones come and make their mark just the same.

My message to the athletes, parents and readers out there is, don't be a stranger.

I will surely be following from afar to see all of the success the athletes achieve on and off the field.

Most of the teams I'll be covering in Rutland intersect with the teams that I've covered here across these past two years.

If you see me on a sideline somewhere down the line, feel free to say hello.

For everything the Banner has provided me, I'm grateful. You'll always be the place where I got my professional start in this business and you'll always have a place in my heart.


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