Introducing the 2013-2014 Telegraph/CCJ Teen Board
The Teen Board provides high school students an opportunity to develop journalism skills under the guidance of working journalists and to use those skills to produce stories and other content for and about young people. This years board includes students from public and private schools in Bibb and Houston counties. Some of the students have experience working on their school newspapers or yearbooks; others love writing and see journalism as a way to build that skill. Most of the students work will appear on a special page on macon.com, but we expect some work will be published in The Telegraph. The students will also work with journalists from Georgia Public Broadcastings Macon office as part of our goal to expose them to multiple publication platforms. The students and their supervisors welcome reader feedback.
Abigail is a sophomore at First Presbyterian Day School. She is a varsity volleyball and tennis player. She is a staff writer for FPDs newspaper, The Saga. She has competed in foreign language competitions for French and was ranked superior. She also loves to read and to write.
Margaret Anne Rowe
Your name is Margaret Anne Rowe and you are a senior at Stratford Academy. For some inexplicable reason, you use every opportunity you get to write in the second person. You like a lot of obscure nerd things that the majority of your readers have never heard of. Youre a saxophone section leader, quiz bowl captain, literary magazine editor, and Governors Honors Program 2013 French alumna, and you were on the Teen Board back when you were a half-illiterate freshman. Youve moved seven times and have lived in exotic, far-away places, like Arkansas and Japan. You hope to become a linguist and novelist and speak languages somewhere far away from here, but when asked about your top college choices, your reaction is to punch the asker in the face and flee in despair.
Margaret is a 15-year-old sophomore at Mount de Sales Academy who hopes to one day travel the world. She has a passion for vegan cooking, which isnt really cooking at all, but usually just putting things in a blender and hoping they turn out all right. Her biggest inspiration is her aunt. If she could go back in time and meet one person, it would be Susan B. Anthony or Edith Wharton. Her favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and her greatest aspiration is to change the lives of the people around her. Her hobbies include playing cello, reading and slam poetry.
Raised in Lizella, Lexikay is a sophomore in Central High schools International Baccalaureate program. She plays soccer, is a competitive swimmer and is involved in numerous clubs as well as the school newspaper. Her passion for writing began in first grade after she won a school-wide writing contest for a paper based on her Yeeyees superwoman-like qualities. With the encouragement of teachers, Lexikay has found writing to be a natural outlet. From creating family magazines to a failed attempt at songwriting, journalism has been a key influence in Lexikays life. She hopes to study biology at Georgia Tech and medicine at Yale before becoming Dr. Stokes: Neurologist.
Davien is a senior at Houston County High School in Warner Robins. He is influenced by the ideas of philosopher Judith Butler and the late novelist David Foster Wallace. In addition to writing, Davien is interested in filmmaking and foreign languages. His favorite films are The Tree of Life and Vivre sa vie. Through his work with The Teen Board, he hopes to explore what it means to live a life shaped by and for others. He is excited about the opportunity to share stories that matter.
Ian is a senior at Mount de Sales Academy, where he has learned to bleed blue and gold. He was born in Macon and has lived here since. He is the son of the late Dr. Mark Williams and Ramona and Chris Sheridan. In his free time, he enjoys playing pretend, moonlighting as a cowboy, washing monkeys in the circus, being with his girlfriend and spending time with his family. He says his family, including sister Olivia and brother Reid, is what defines him. He hopes his work with the Teen Board can help him rekindle an interest in the classic newspaper at his school. By working with Georgia Public Broadcasting, he also hopes to experience for himself the magic of radio.
Lizzy is a senior at Mount de Sales Academy where she runs cross country, plays varsity soccer and competes on the mock trial team. She is an avid reader. She inherited her love of literature and writing from her grandfather. Lizzy is also a procrastinator, but she is determined that wont affect her work on The Teen Board this year. Lizzy hopes to attend the University of Georgia or Miami University and major in journalism or creative writing. After college, she plans to travel a lot, read all the books she hasnt had the time to read in high school, and never, ever be bored.
Jackson is a senior at Mount de Sales Academy. He joined the Teen Board because he loves to write and, even though he is looking at a career in law, journalism has always interested him. He is especially interested in music journalism but is excited for the opportunity to delve into journalism regardless of the subject. In his free time he watches copious amounts of Netflix, listens to more music than is necessary and fills his mind with an excessive number of facts that will never be useful. He looks forward to being able to serve his community through his writing.
Mary Helen Douglas
Mary Helen is a senior at First Presbyterian Day School. She was born and raised in Macon and is excited about the future of downtown. She is the co-editor of FPDs student newspaper, The Saga, and enjoys feature writing and photography. A story enthusiast, Mary Helen loves to hear people tell their stories. She also enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with her friends and family, including her parents and two brothers. After attending college, She hopes to become an elementary school teacher.
Scarlett is a sophomore and thespian at Northside High school. She loves Greek food, spoken word poetry slams and The Beach Boys. Rookie, W, and i-D magazine are some of her favorite publications. Scarlett loves dogs, especially her own Smokey and Tumbles. She hopes to find herself through her writing, and encourage others to explore alternative ways of life.
For Jessica, a senior at Northside High School in Warner Robins, photography is not just a favorite pastime; it is an interest she hopes to pursue as a career. She fell in love with photography in seventh grade and wants to own her own photography business one day. She would not be the first photographer in her family. Her older sister is also a photographer. Jessica is in her third year on the Northside yearbook book staff and serves as its editor-in-chief. She also has been a member of the track team and student council since she was a freshman.
Rebekah is a Warner Robins native and aspiring writer. She doesnt remember ever wanting to be anything but a writer who aims to tell the truth. A senior at Northside High School, she has diverse interests, from 19th century literature to Star Trek, and an unhealthy attachment to Elvis. She is the youngest in a blended family that includes three older brothers and three loving parents. Rebekah spent the summer in Europe as an exchange student and hopes for a career that involves travel. She was recently accepted at Savannah College of Art and Design and plans to major in dramatic writing and photography. She is passionate and quirky and hopes that is reflected in her work for the Teen Board.
Nekhya is a senior at Northside High School. She grew up in the Middle Georgia area, but dreams of a life outside the state. She loves driving and playing piano, a skill she hopes to further develop in college. Held to a high standard in school, she believes that a strong work ethic will help her achieve her goals and fulfill her dream of becoming a psychiatrist. Nekhya also enjoys writing and a budding interest in photography.
Baylee is a senior at The Westfield School. As a child, she published a newspaper for her family called The Baylee Daily that covered such scandalous topics as her sisters grades and who ate the last piece of cake. At age 4, Baylee began studying piano and violin. Her greatest accomplishments include attending the Governors Honors Program in 2012 for violin and playing in the True North Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Baylee enjoys traveling, archery and repeatedly reading The Great Gatsby. She plans to pursue her love of music and eventually become a music copyright lawyer.
Desiree is a senior at Central High School in Macon. She is the assistant editor in chief for the school newspaper, The Central Post. She was not a big fan of writing until the end of her sophomore year when she joined the newspaper staff. She now loves journalism. She enjoys writing, reading, watching Anime (Japanese animation) and finding new instruments to play. After graduation, she plans to volunteer with underprivileged youth in Scotland until she heads to New York for college in the fall. Desiree looks forward to writing for the Teen Board.
Anna is a sophomore at First Presbyterian Day School. She was born in Macon and has lived here since. Anna enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hiking and jogging, with friends and family. She is in her second year on the varsity cross-country team at FPD. She also dances at The Madison Studio-Dance Education.