Mari became a huge fan of the Scholastic magazines this year when her teachers implemented them into the class curriculum, and when she was tapped for an interview in one of the November issues, she started tooling around Google, trying to find information on how to become one of the kid reporters. Sure enough, she found the application and spent weeks preparing it—interviewing people for an article, writing an essay about why she would be a good journalist, filling out page upon page of information about herself. And, with her fingers crossed, she put all of her hard work into an envelope and sent it on to be evaluated and judged.
I can't tell you how geeked she was when she got the email welcoming her to the Press Corp. She was chosen along with 41 other kids out of some 200 student applicants. Here's a snippet of the press release Scholastic sent out announcing its new reporters:
Today Scholastic (Nasdaq: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, welcomed 42 new members to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, a group of student reporters age 10-14 who cover current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their hometowns and on the national stage.
The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps delivers news for kids, by kids, and its stories are published on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps site and in issues of Scholastic News® classroom magazines. In recent months, the Kids Press Corps has produced in-depth special reports on the midterm election and the Gulf Coast recovery efforts, explored the issues behind education reform at NBC's Education Nation, and conducted interviews with high-profile personalities including Taylor Swift,Tony Hawk, and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
"The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has been a trusted source of news for kids, by kids, for 10 years," said Suzanne Freeman, Editorial Director of the Kids Press Corps. "Kids love being informed about what's happening in the world in a kid-friendly way. Our reporters are serious journalists and writers who supplement hard news coverage with their personal behind-the-scenes experiences on the Kids Press Corps blog and on Twitter."
I'm so very proud of my girl. She's got SERIOUS writing talent—and I'm not just saying that because I'm her mother. Mari is nice with the verbs, for reals. Remember her opening up THIS poetry and short story shop to make a little cash? She got p-a-i-d. And now, all that writing and creative goodness is paying off in a big way.
I'm proud of you, baby girl! Keep making us proud—keep following your path. Keep using the gift that God gave you.
You totally rock!