Waubonsie Valley-Aurora, IL
Shawna Bray recently graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Ill. She was part of the first newspaper class at her school to transition to an online paper. In the fall, she will be attending the University of Alabama on a Presidential Scholarship. She plans to major in print journalism or public relations with a minor in music. Shawna has had a passion for music and writing for as long as she can remember. Words, in many forms, have always spoken to her. Although Shawna is not quite sure where she fits into journalism, she hopes to combine her love of writing and music to give to others what words have given her—purpose. After graduation, she dreams of living in NYC or Chicago and having a wonderful family to share her life with. Roll Tide!
The Awty International School-Houston, TX
Charlotte Burnod is a rising senior at the Awty International School in Houston, Texas. She is the Editor in Chief of the Rampage, the student newspaper, as well as a DJ of a weekly music shift at KTRU Rice Radio. In addition, she works part-time at Cactus Music, an independent record store, which is where she spends most of her paychecks. A proud Houstonian, Charlotte is also French and Taiwanese through her parents. She hopes to major in journalism, education, sociology, urban studies… or something else altogether. Who knows what the future will bring?
Lebanon High School-Lebanon, TN
Cypress Champion is a 14-year-old resident of Lebanon, Tenn. She’s a rising sophomore at Lebanon High School. Cypress plans to continue studying her interest in journalism and building her experience and knowledge. Her dream is to become a broadcast journalist.
Lee High School-Huntsville, AL
Ariel Cochran is a 17-year-old student at Lee High School in Huntsville, Ala. She loves to write, draw and travel. She enjoys learning about other cultures and dreams of traveling east. A left-handed Sagittarius, Ariel likes to learn about people and their stories. Her life goal is to end skin tone prejudice in the black community.
S. S. Murphy High School-Mobile, Alabama
Paris Coleman is a young Mobilian who loves to act, sing, model, and do anything entertaining. He is a rising senior in Murphy High School’s Honors Program. He is the president of the Flava ENT Inc. and Theta Crew dance team and is a member of the Elite Chapter of the Mobile Kappa Leadership Development League, Team Focus, Bel Air Mall’s Teen Board, Crittenton Youth Services Inc.’s ambassador program and Mobile Writer’s Guild. He is also a member of Murphy High School’s Renaissance Club, Mentors Association, Musical Theater, Advanced Chorus and Advanced Drama. He has recently been recognized as a state finalist for Walter Trumbauer’s Theater Festival and a news anchorman for the Mobile County Public School System. His favorite areas of journalism are broadcast and creative writing. He plans to double major in broadcast journalism and clinical psychology at either Auburn University or the University of Alabama for undergrad and attend the Harvard Kennedy School for journalism.
Carroll High School-Ozark, Alabama
Angela Flowers, a 16-year-old resident of Ozark, Ala., attends Carroll High School. Angela has been interested in journalism every since she saw her biggest mentor, Demetria McClenton, on her hometown news station. In the fall, Angela will work as a co-anchor for her school broadcast station, Eagle News. After completing high school, Angela plans to attend Johnson C. Smith University and double major in broadcast journalism and telecommunications and minor in theatre.
Hillcrest High School-Tuscaloosa, AL
Taylor Garrett is a recent graduate of Hillcrest High School. She has lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for seven years and plans to attend Shelton State Community College. Taylor hopes to continue college in California after her time at Shelton. She wants to pursue a career in broadcast journalism as a film editor. She recently completed internship in Las Vegas, Nev. with Evenflow Entertainment. She helped select clips for a comedy reality show. She is honored to be apart of MJW and hope to get a great experience from this program.
Excalibur Christian School-Madison, AL
James Haynes is a rising senior at Excalibur Christian School in Madison, Ala. A home schooled student, James is reporter and editor for his school paper, the Excalibur Times. He has also contributed pieces to his local paper, the Cullman Times and runs and maintains a baseball card-centric blog. When not writing, he enjoys spending time with his family of nine, reading good books, and following college and pro sports (except cup stacking). This is the most he’s ever written about himself in the third person.
Gadsden City High School-Gadsden, AL
Ashley James is a rising sophomore at Gadsden City High School. She is the JV cheer captain and plays varsity soccer. She is a member of key club, foreign language club, First Priority, and the Vice President of her ninth grade class. She is a proud Christian whom actively participates in her praise dance ministry at Greater Ebenezer. She enjoys photography and writing creative stories and plans to attend Alabama University to pursue her dreams.
John Carroll Catholic High School-Birmingham, AL
Nayirah Muhammad is a senior at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Ala. She plans to work in sports journalism or museum studies. MJW has been a life-changing experience and is helping her to figure out what her future holds.
Samuel B. Ostrow
Memphis University School-Memphis, TN
Sam Ostrow is a senior at Memphis University School in Memphis, Tenn. He is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society and Quill and Scroll Society. He won the Jefferson Award for Community Service and Leadership and is captain of the varsity foil fencing team, who the state championship four years in a row. He is the viewpoints editor for his school newspaper, The Owl’s Hoot, and is Co-Editor-in-Chief for his school’s literary magazine, The MUSe. He hopes to work in government and become a senator.
Episcopal High School, Bellaire, TX
Falyn Page is a rising senior at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. She is an aspiring broadcast journalist and hopes to one day become a well-known, respected news anchor. She is very active at school and in her church community. She is the captain of the varsity cheerleading team, a member of step team, an acolyte leader, a Senior Homilist, a lector guild, a member of Diversity In Action and a communications leader for the Students of Service Club. Falyn is also one of the head anchors for her schools new broadcast TV station, KEHS TV. She also is the head anchor at her church’s teen broadcasting station, Outbreak TV. Falyn is passionate about this field and prays for God’s blessings to continue to rain down on her throughout her future career.
Cederick Lee “C.J.” Riggs Jr.
Hillcrest High School-Tuscaloosa, AL
C.J. Riggs is a senior at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He is a member of the National Honor Society. While joining the Journalism Club and Drama Club, he earned a spot in the International Thespian Society. He won Best Anchor Award on PATS-TV, Best Male Actor in a Monologue, and Outstanding Junior of the Year. At Hillcrest, he is known as the main news/sports/entertainment anchor. C.J. aspires to be a professional actor.
Racquelle “Kelly” Royster
Henrico High School-Richmond, Virginia
Kelly Royster is a 16-year-old rising senior at Henrico High School and Highland Springs Technical Center for Radio Broadcasting and Journalism. She was born in New Jersey and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Kelly plays volleyball for the varsity and AAU travel team and serves as junior class vice-president. She hopes to pursue a career in advertising. Kelly plans to dig deeper into not only marketing, but into journalism as a whole. Kelly hopes MJW will help her strive to become a better journalist and learn how to not only write, but to listen as well.
Shaw High School-Columbus, Georgia
As a proud sports fanatic, Kalin Tate has the aspirations to become a professional sports reporter. She is a rising senior at the Shaw Mass Communications Academy in Columbus, Georgia. Kalin is a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is the senior class secretary. She has attended journalism camps at CNN and the University of Georgia. Two of her best accomplishments are attending this camp and receiving the highest leadership award from the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation. In the fall of 2014 Kalin hopes to attend the University of Georgia, University of Alabama, or Georgia State University to major in broadcast journalism. Always on top of every sports headline and major championship games, Kalin is determined to become the Oprah Winfrey of sports television.
Sprayberry High School- Marietta, Georgia
Joni Williams is an aspiring journalist from Marietta, Georgia. She is a rising junior at Sprayberry High School. Ever since elementary school she has had a very avid interest in writing and news broadcasting. Other than being interested in writing and journalism, Joni also enjoys singing and has played saxophone for six years.