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The biggest initiative I took this year was taking on the position of co-editor for sports without any prior knowledge or experience in sports writing. I was originally a news reporter when I first joined the Dragon Press but by the end of the year I knew I wanted to tackle the challenge of a higher position. Athletics are being introduced to Foothill Technology High School for the first time in its history next year and, thus, a new sports section is being added to the Dragon Press as well. It will be a challenge to teach something I have never learned myself but at the same time I'm excited to start from the ground up with my fellow co-editor and the rest of the staff behind us in support. Throughout the year I have also taken smaller acts of initiative, most recently being the time I volunteered to help our editor-in-chief edit articles over the weekend. She really needed the help and I was the one to raise my hand and dedicate my weekend when no one else would. Initiative is what separates us as journalists; without it, we would not have a publication.
I am actively involved in the art community and have volunteered for the past two years at Focus on the Masters, a local non-profit art organization here in Ventura, and am a member of Foothill's Art Club. I have also been dancing since the age of three and dedicate numerous hours to the art of ballet and jazz throughout the week. Over the summer I volunteered as a counselor-in-training at a camp for troubled youth for two weeks and I plan to return this summer as it was one of the best experiences of my life. I also plan to become a part of Foothill's first athletics program next year by joining golf and swim.
Cooperation is one of the most important character traits a journalist can have. It takes teamwork to manage and keep a publication running smoothly. It takes more than one person to make a publication great. It takes cooperation on the part of a whole to make a publication successful. Working with others is something I have always enjoyed and this has only strengthened this past year in being part of such a close-knit staff and writing articles with my peers. I believe it's important for everyone to be involved and, although each person has their own strengths and varying ideas, cooperation is the key for a trusting staff and an award-winning publication.