BY JESSICA SHERWIN Samantha Funk, junior at Harborside Academy High School, is no stranger to journalism.
Funk, a veteran of the fall KEMPA conferences, has been actively involved in her school’s journalism program throughout her high school career.
Funk is currently a member of her high school’s yearbook, and she also contributes to Harborside’s spring supplement. According to Funk, her most memorable journalistic experience so far was the moment she found out she had been promoted to an editor of her yearbook.
“It truly meant a lot to me,” Funk said.
Funk hopes to learn some tips at KEMPA to help prepare her for her new position and her new responsibilities. She hopes she will be able to apply these leadership skills not only in her new editorial position, but also in her future collegiate and professional career plans.
Funk intends on staying within the communications field, specifically public relations, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette, or New York University.
“My dream job is to be a Public Relations Practitioner, which is like journalism combined with inspirational speaking,” Funk said. “I would love to go around the world speaking and writing of the observations and quality of life surrounding me.”
For Funk, it’s not the process of journalism that inspires her, but rather the communication involved.
“I like the writing, but I love the interviews that help me to build up that story.”