You could say that I was destined to write for a newspaper. After all,my childhood in Council Grove,Kan.,is filled with events that seem to have pointed me in that direction.
I wrote my first column in the fifth grade for a little newspaper the class did for two issues. Two years later I started my own underground paper,the CG Express,with no adult supervision and a staff of about 10 kids. Sadly,that endeavor was cut short when my entire staff quit to join the wrestling team after we’d published four issues.
In my sophomore year of high school,I joined the staff of the CGHS Trailblazer,the official newspaper of Council Grove High. I was made opinion editor,and learned every necessary duty by experience. The next year I was a staff writer and took honorable mention at the state level at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association competition in Editorial Cartoon.
However,I never seriously considered working as a journalist until halfway through my senior year when I,a columnist and business manager for the Trailblazer,realized it was the only thing I really wanted to do.
I love writing in general,but above all I love writing when it conveys a story that makes a person feel. I don’t care whether it’s pain or joy,despair or hope,nothing compares to a piece of reporting that makes a person stop and connect with what I’m writing on a level deeper than normal.
The year of 2004 saw me gain a great deal of experience as a journalist. I interned for the Manhattan Mercury and spent the spring and fall semesters as a columnist for the K-State Collegian. I have written dozens of pieces on things ranging from political meetings to sports previews.