Our Junior Reporters showed no shortage of creativity throughout the year—even as distance learning went into place and Public Health restrictions put limits on activities. Here are a few samples of the things the team covered this year, from the vice presidential debate to favorite reads. Would you like to join our Junior Reporter team in 2021? For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 9 Favorite Books in 2019
Audrey Yael Smith, who started middle school at Paul Revere in 2019, shared that though she had a “tremendous amount of homework,” she loved to spend her spare time reading. A couple of her favorites in 2019 were “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, “Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick and “Finally” by Wendy Mass.
May 21 Mask Decorating Contest Results
Hoping to spark some creativity throughout the community as mask-wearing mandates went into effect, Vanessa Masterson hosted a mask decorating contest open to all ages. She shared that “everyone did an amazing job” and she “enjoyed looking at all of the entries.” One grand prize winner was selected, as well as winners in five sub-categories.
June 18 The Thread Alliance
Through The Thread Alliance, Drew Singer spent part of 2020 collecting hundreds of toys, games and books from family and friends to donate to For The Child, a South Bay-based organization with a mission of building healthy lives for children and families, free of abuse, neglect and violence.
September 3 A Change of Plans
When her school abruptly switched to remote learning in March, Hanna Shin shared, everything else “seemed bleak”—including her upcoming summer vacation. At the end of summer though, Shin shared that this summer was one of her favorites. Instead of attending sleepaway camp, her family rented a 13-person van and took a road trip to Wisconsin.
October 29 Reporting on the VP Debate
Éva Milan Engel shared her experience traveling to Salt Lake City for the vice presidential debate on October 7. Though she did not receive one of the limited media credentials, she covered the debate from a hotel room. “On Wednesday, debate day, the campus was bustling,” Engel said of the University of Utah.
November 12 Tiptoe the TikTok Famous Tortoise
Gavin Alexander had a chance to interview Alphabet Streets resident Caitlin Doran and Tiptoe, her 180-pound tortoise who has garnered more than 2.3 million followers on the app. They spoke about everything from Tiptoe’s diet (mainly hay) and how he came to be her pet (a Christmas gift when she was 7 years old).
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