BY JESSICA SHERWIN
Sara Petty, KEMPA intern, hopes to get the best of both worlds: science and journalism.
Petty’s interest in these two typically separate areas has led her to pursue a major in nutrition and dietetics, with a possible minor in journalism. She enjoys writing, and will be attending Bradley University in the fall.
Petty is looking forward to taking a class with Terra Haelle, a science and health reporter who has written for the Scientific American, to learn how to balance her two passions.
Petty was the copy editor, then Editor-in-Chief of Antioch Community High School’s Tom Tom, and hopes to sharpen her journalistic skills during her time at KEMPA SJW. Petty labels design as her weakest journalistic skill, and looks forward to dropping in on some design classes.
Petty says she always wanted to be a camp counselor, but never had an accessible avenue to pursue it.
“I definitely love the camp side of it,” Petty said. “I wish I had had the opportunity to come to something like this because you learn a lot, but at the same time you get the opportunity to talk to people from other staffs, so you’re not just always with [your staff].”
Petty is excited to see what the campers produce, and her advice for them is “to use the things they learn [at KEMPA SJW] to make their journalism experiences at their high schools as meaningful as they can be. I’m so glad I joined newspaper. I went into it not expecting to get any leadership position but it ended up being the most rewarding experience of my high school career.”
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