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Stories We Tell Like millions worldwide, Iast night I tuned into the second episode of the final season of Game of Thrones, eager to see what would befall characters I’ve gotten to know and love over the course of eight mesmerizing seasons. Fans of the show will know we’ve reached a crucial point in time, the proverbial “winter” has arrived and things are happening at lightning speed. For those who haven’t seen a single episode - yes, I know, you’re out there, I’ve seen the Facebook posts - suffice it to say, matters are about to come to an epic conclusion and the stakes have risen considerably for everyone involved. For me, watching the show is a guilty pleasure, one for which I’ll happily trade eight to ten hours a year of my life. I realize others may not share my enthusiasm - different strokes for different folks, as they say. I, too, was among the naysayers in the beginning. I don’t watch shows about dragons and ice zombies, I told myself; I’m a history buff who prefers to deal in realism, in stories about real people and events that actually took place. However, as a writer myself, I very much appreciate watching the rich story - first told in George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Fire and Ice - unfold. No spoilers here, but as we enter the final season, the characters find it necessary to collaborate, to join together for a common purpose. It’s in unity with that spirit of collaboration, combined with my love of a good story, that I’m pleased to announce this issue contains just that, a joint effort between this

publication and a new generation of storytellers. This spring, Dr. Stephanie Berberick of Washington and Jefferson College gave us an opportunity to collaborate with students in her journalism class on a semester long project. Early in the semester, we met with her class, shared a few words about our vision and mission at Pennsylvania Bridges, and each student then pitched a feature about an event, business, or person in their communities they hoped we’d publish in an upcoming edition. Like a bridge to a medieval castle, this semester project is drawing to a close, although this partnership between our publication and Dr. Berberick’s classes will continue in the future. We received several outstanding pieces from the students, and it’s our pleasure to begin publishing them in this very edition. This month, we feature the work of four of those student journalists: Carly Martin, Darci Debos, Ryan Kierstan, and Minyoung Ku. Other students who submitted stories will see their pieces in our June and July issues. Thanks again to Dr. Berberick and her students for sharing their many talents with us, and - as always - our heartfelt appreciation for you, our loyal readers. Until next month, Carla E. Anderton

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