Journalism Highlight

Kansas City, MO

The Foothill Dragon Press trip to the KC Converge in Kansas City, MO, was definitely the highlight of my year. This was a glroious 16th birthday; one spent with one of my favorite mentors and friends Mrs. Wantz, as well as my peers, Anaika Miller, and Lauren Parrino. Oh my what a weekend it was, mini-magnetic men, Japanese food, sleepless nights in a 1920's style hotel, cramped hands, and lots of coffee. Who knew reporting could be so much fun. Learning about other student Journalists and meeting interesting new people was quite an experience for me. Making new friends and experiencing what it means to be a journalist made me look forward to a possible, promising career in my years to come. I honestly had no idea what Journalism truly meant until this year. Mrs. Wantz, you and your passion, has inspired me over and over again, and I hope that one day I give back as much as you have given to me. I express the most gracious of gratitudes. Hallelujah.


The Foothill Dragon Press

Section: News

Position: Staff Reporter 


An example of initiative I took this semester was at the Buena versus Ventura football game. I have never been handy with a camera, and during this game, I feel that I took some top quality photos.

At this game, I saw at least a dozen other Journalists and Photographers reporting for their newspaper or taking photos, and I have to say I felt like one of the gang. My highlight photo is the one found under my “Best Work” section in the portfolio. It took quite a bit of pushing and shoving to find room for to take this picture. I was surrounded by at least 200+ students and athletes from Ventura all fighting to get a view of the moment. Other than the fact I had to take this shot from the ground, I think it was an unusual angle (quite literally) considering the circumstances.

The entire slideshow of photos on this rivalry game story were quite fantastic. I took a total of 533 photos that night. At this game, I definitely feel that I found my inner assertiveness and expressed it as evident in the article.

Best Work

Here is a selection of some of my best work in Journalism this year:

Dreaming to live: Josh Dinkler

This article I consider to be my very best. The reasons for this are because, first, it was my first official News Article ever written for the Foothill Dragon Press, and second, because it is probably one of the most inspirational stories I've ever had the privelage of reporting on. Mr. Joshua Dinkler was (and still is) one of my most inspiring mentors. He has encouraged me to, as cliched as it is, follow my dreams.

The fact of the matter is, is that this is the best advice anyone will ever give to me, because without dreams there would be nothing to look forward to in life. I believe in God, and being said I can say this, I believe that God put us on His earth to express life, truth, and love. I will always hold fast to what I know to be true, and with those truths I aspire to live this life expressing love each and every day.      

Mr. Dinkler has encouraged me to explore and discover this world and in doing so, I hope to discover myself as well.

This is my favorite article because it relates to everything that I want in this world, and it is one of my best works.

What separates A Day to Remember from your band

"What separates A Day to Remember from your band" is an article in which a lot of my  was put into. A Day to Remember is one of my favorite bands, and I thought it would be neat to do a review on an album that was released just after my birthday. I consider it to be one of my best because, honestly, I think I did a darn good job picking apart that album. I paid close attention to each song and felt that I did an accurate job of describing what they sound like, or what they're related to at least.  

Plus, it was my very first review of anything, so I take pride in that aspect as well.

Best Photo:

You know, for someone who has never been handy with a camera this is probably one of the coolest pictures I've ever seen. What's even cooler is that I took it, obviously.

This is one of my best photos because it was the first time I have ever used a professional camera, and for not having any experience with one, this photo turned out alright. The way I angled and positioned myself to get this shot brings a pyramid type aspect to the photo and emphasizes the entirety of the game in a single frame. 


"The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all morality." - John F. Kennedy Courage is what gives me strength to carry on. This characteristic I have not only learned in Journalism, but in my experiences with sports, friends, family, and religion. It reminds me to always carry on, and to do my very best at everything I do. It has brought out the best in me, and has reminded me that anything worth doing is worth doing right. Courage gives us the nobility and bravery to succeed and if we recognize what it means to have courage, then there are no limitations. Anything is possible in this world, and if we keep that in our minds, then we'll life our lives to the fullest of our capabilities.

2nd Semester

I am expecting the unexpected this next semester in Journalism , and am excited to find out just what I'm capable of as a writer, student, and person.

Rights and Responsibilities

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

-1st  Amendment

We as journalists have the right to do whatever we darn well please as long as it does not violate the rights of fellow American citizens. We as student journalists, have the same rights and responsibilities of reporters for actual public and private Newspapers. The government can not take away our right to freedom of speech, and therefore we can write whatever we find to be beneficial to the public. We can criticize, report, etcetera. We are The Dragon Press.

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