Cooperation. Cooperation is the character trait that suits me best from the Dragon Press Pyramid of Success we learned about in class. This, I believe, is a trait I both demonstrated and built upon during my time on the Dragon Press staff. I follow the directions and suggestions my teacher and section editor when they are given to me. I always follow a story and get it in by deadline. Although, I didn’t just follow everything that was told of me right away, I, with two others, wrote and read a plea to our teacher when we thought the schedule had turned too hectic. But, where I really showed this cooperation was when I worked on two different stories with two other girls on the Dragon Press staff. We took on the assignments willingly and even though we didn’t know each other all that well we worked together wonderfully. Though, that is not to say we didn’t disagree at times, mostly it was over writing and grammar or over the headlines or who took which photo. We always worked it out smoothly and ended up with a product that was all that much better because we worked together, cooperated and never talked badly of one another. Through cooperation I ended up making two articles better than I ever could have on my own and making two amazing friends. 


Technological skills I have gained, or improved on, are:

  • Word
  • Gmail 
  • Video Cameras
  • Cameras
  • Hyperlinks
  • Photo-editing (cropping)
  • Dragon Press Website
  • Google


At Foothill Technology High School I take four honors classes, write for the Dragon Press and occasionally help edit ninth grade essays with my English teacher of last year. Off campus I volunteer at Project Understanding and play for Buena girls' tennis. I was varsity this year and last year and I am going to be captain of the team once the season starts again. Until then I am practicing with the boys to keep active and stay playing. 

My Highlight

I will remember Every 15 Minutes for the rest of my life. It is where I gained two wonderful friends, Rachel Crane and Chrissy Springer, where I experienced journalism first hand, where I stayed up for 34 hours, where I stepped out of my normal comfort, where I learned to work with people I barely knew, where I put in my best effort, and where I found out that I really don't like coffee. At all. It was an experience that changed who I am now, for the better. Chrissy and Rachel have become a big part of my life now and they can always bring a smile to my face. I am incredibly glad I joined journalism.

Goals for Second Semester

I have many goals for second semester, especially second semester journalism. I would mainly like to continue and improve my standard of writing. Hopefully I will receive another "Best Writing" award and maybe another "Best Lede". I want to earn an A in this class. I also hope to further myself as a journalist and become more outgoing as a person from this. Journalism second semester is where I hope to experience more what it is like to be a real journalist and start to decide if it is something I would like to pursue career wise. It is going to be an exciting semester and I am looking forward to it.

Best Work

Can you stomach the facts?

This was my first article for the opinion section in the Foothill Dragon Press and is, what I believe, one of the better of my pieces. I feel that the writing in this article is not just well done, but informative as well. Before I even began writing I thoroughly researched the as to provide actual fact with opinion. I also believe that my experience in this subject, vegetarianism, gives the article a sense of authenticity and sincerity sine I have been vegetarian for several years, but it was a choice of my own and I know what both sides of the argument are like. 

Every 15 Minutes

Every 15 Minutes was an elaborate, planned, car crash staged at Foothill to teach the juniors and seniors about the consequences of driving while drunk or driving while texting. For this article I put myself out into the world, I interviewed many people, I got close to the action taking hundreds of photographs, I stayed up writing the article out as soon as possible with two of my classmates, and I put absolute best into making it a great production. In the end, the article and various pictures produced reflected the effort not only I, but everyone involved, put into this event and informed the rest of the community what had happened. And that's really what journalism is about. This article, this experience, showed me what being a journalist feels like, and what it means. It moved me forward as a journalist, and as a person

Offensive? Yes. Protected? Yes.

This is an article that I originally thought of as one of my better opinion pieces solely for the writing and the research that went into it. I spent much time on the research and learned a lot about what happens in this country and about the US court system. But, thinking back on the whole experience of the writing and the research I ended up feeling very differently about the whole situation and I really began to think about other situations like this one. I began to put myself in the shoes of other people, made me realize where I stand on several things and made me understand exactly how others feel about what they believe in. These thoughts and understandings from writing and researching this article bettered me as a person, helped me understand the world a little better and taught me more about what journalism means from an ethical point of view.

Personal Initiative

Normally I am a rather introverted person that stays on the sidelines, but this year, with much help from journalism, I have put myself out there and learned about myself and changed my normal ways. The main way, the main thing that started me off was Every 15 Minutes. This was an event that stretched me past my limits (we were up and working for 34 straight hours), but showed me that I can do it. I had to go up to strangers and interview them, this is something that I never would have done but I actually enjoyed doing it. I learned so much about the people I talked about and it made me feel like a real journalist with the respect I was shown by actual police officers and medical personnel. My shyness is and always has been severe, but during this event I moved past it and got up close the action and people, taking pictures and interviewing. This was also true for the article, Review: A night of Jazz that lacked Pizzazz, I worked on. For this I also interviewed people, musicians this time, and I took pictures, things that would have normally been nerve-wracking for me were actually quite enjoyable. Through journalism I have started to be more outgoing and have definitely improved my writing.

Rights and Responsibilities

Student journalists, believe it or not, do follow a set of rules and ethics and most certainly do have responsibilities. And guiding what they, we, can and cannot do is the First Amendment. The First Amendment gives student journalists the right of free speech and the right of publication. The Tinker Case recognized this as two students, Beth and John, wore black armbands with peace signs on them protesting the Vietnam War; and when they refused to take them off they were suspended. This suspension and freedom of speech case made its way up to the Supreme Court where to overall decision was that these children should not have been suspended since their they do not "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of expression or speech at the schoolhouse gate". And as long as it's not unlawful or violent speech it is allowed in schools, setting the standard for many in-school activities, especially journalism. But, these promising rights were taken mostly away after the Hazelwood Case where a school paper had been pulled for publishing a teen pregnancy section. Since the paper was school funded the Supreme Court allowed it. This only applies to school-sponsored speech, though. Hazelwood does not trump free speech protection be the state or more local policies but it does set some guidelines and restrictions. Libel is also a concern of not just student journalists, but also every journalist. It is a journalist's responsibility to report the truth and their right to do it.