- Ventura US-CA
1. A fellow journalist of mine wanted someone in the Foothill Dragon Press to cover A Night to Remember, which is a prom specially designed for kids with special needs. Everyone was going to be busy the night it took place, so I volunteered to cover the event. I stepped out of my comfort zone (as someone who is used to only writing features stories or reviews) and covered my first event. I was glad I took the initiative though because it was amazing meeting the people who ran the event, the participants, and the participants' parents. I also felt great while writing the article because I felt like I was honoring the participants and showing the community what a great event A Night to Remember is.
2. I again took initiative when I volunteered to cover another event. This time it was the local, all-high school show choir's (Company) Disney showcase. It was a last minute decision with them asking me the day of the performance. But I felt comfortable taking on the job since I have had experience with covering events before (A Night to Remember). It was a little bit overwhelming, but luckily I had a few other journalists to help me (mainly with the photography). It was another one of my favorite articles to write and not only did I get to see a spectacular show, but I got to write a detailed description of the talent that is Company.
I participated in a local theater group called Performance Theater for Young Artists from 2011-2013, but decided to take a break this year to focus on school. For the past three years, I have been a part of seven musicals/plays and a few variety showcases. I am a part of the KIWINS club, a teen community service group that participates in different community service events in the community. I have also been taking voice lessons with Soli Geerlings since I was 12, making this my 6th year of voice performance with her. I am also Secretary of the Foothill Technology High School Drama club and I am involved with KIWINS, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, F.I.R.E. (a mentor/tutoring program for freshman), Quill and Scroll, and Speech and Debate.
A a journalist, it is their job to serve the community by writing articles on what is going on. A journalist can serve the community by writing a feature profile on an important community member, or doing coverage of a large event, or even writing an opinion piece highlighting an issue in the community. I showcased service this year by volunteering to cover two different events. I covered Mission Church's A Night to Remember Prom, thus alerting the community to its presence and what it means and does for kids with special needs. Also, I covered Company's Disney show, showcasing both talented Foothill kids and other talented kids in Ventura.
PTYA is a non-profit organization that enhances youths' theater education through workshops, productions, and other performances.