Though only one of six KEMPA camps that will be competing for the KEMPA Kup, Team Petty appears to have a promising lineup. Seven students from six different high schools and one first-year adviser (a wildcard if you will) are sure to run into all sorts of new journalism knowledge and even manage to have some fun while they’re at it. So, without further adieu, I present to you a few members of our starting lineup.
A soon-to-be senior at Antioch Community High School in Antioch, Illinois, Madelynn Soberano is heading into her second year on the Tom Tom newspaper staff. She served as the News Editor this past year and is currently preparing to join the executive team as the Digital Director, where she will oversee the production of content and upkeep of the paper’s online component. Though she admits to struggling at times with keeping her team on task, Soberano is already working on brainstorming ideas to boost organization and productivity this fall.
“I hope that I can evolve as a leader...and motivate myself as well as my fellow staff members throughout the year,” Soberano said.
When not engrossed with her work in the media lab, you may find Soberano cheering on the Sequoit sports with the Cardinal Crazies student fan section, playing Varsity field hockey or volunteering with fellow National Honor Society members.
Photography and design come naturally to this proud member of Harborside Academy’s yearbook staff located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Katie Carpenter, an incoming junior, will hold a position as junior editor for the upcoming school year. As one would expect, she is taking the Yearbook Journalism class during her time at KEMPA. Carpenter hopes to learn some ways to more creatively portray the happenings of Harborside, while still producing an organized and professional-looking yearbook.
She is taking a few days off from her usually concert, sun and beach volleyball-filled summer and is “looking forward to getting closer to my fellow editors at KEMPA camp while meeting other students that share my passions.”
Between running Varsity cross country and track, serving as a section leader for marching band and participating in more clubs and organizations than can possibly be listed here, it’s a wonder that Jemma Kim has time to be an editor for the Lake Zurich High School Bear Facts staff. However, she doesn’t let all these commitments slow her down one bit.
“Being a part of many groups and activities at school allows me to be informed about cool events and people,” said Kim.
She even hopes to get more involved with photography, both for her publication and recreationally, in her supposed free time. Another goal Kim has for the upcoming school year is for the Bear Facts media organization to be more involved with the student body, which will hopefully lead to an increase in numbers for the staff in the future.
As for the upcoming week Kim said, “I love new experiences and I can't wait to get to know so many new people and learn different skills.”
A good quality for any journalist, Emily Burke has a way with words that led her to assume a position as the Captions Editor for the yearbook staff at Richmond Burton Community High School in Richmond, Illinois. Going into her second year on the staff, Burke hopes to improve the team’s organization and effective distribution of work in order to meet deadlines in a timely manner. As a more personal goal, she is looking to improve her interviewing ability by learning how to prepare more thought provoking questions. She is sure to learn this and much more in KEMPA SJW’s Yearbook Journalism class.
Burke said, “My yearbook adviser has told us many great things about Carrie Faust and I am very excited to learn everything I can from her!”
Burke hopes that her experiences with her yearbook staff and KEMPA SJW will one day lead to a career in journalism.
“Journalism is a big part of my life...I would love to meet other students who are as excited about journalism as I am,” she said.
In just a few months, Laura Streyle will officially begin her journey as the adviser of The Norse Star newspaper at Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Aside from contributing arts and entertainment and feature articles for her college newspaper, Streyle does not have much journalism experience.
“This is a new opportunity that has fallen into my lap and I am excited to be a part of a tradition where students are invested in reporting the truth and getting their fellow students to think,” she said.
Despite being excited to assume the role, as a first year adviser Streyle does have a few concerns. Because she is a new addition to an already established program, she is not yet sure how to interact and communicate with editors that may have more experience than her. However, she already started prepping for the fall by reading up on the journalistic process, team building strategies and ways to keep the staff motivated to produce quality content.
“I am very excited to talk with people about their experiences. When I went to a KEMPA conference in the past, the other teachers were so inspiring,” Streyle said.
Among other things, she is looking forward to hearing about the challenges and successes of other staffs/advisers and reading publications of other high schools.
As a third year contributor, second year staff member and first year Editor-in-Chief for the Brookfield Central High School TYRO newspaper, Natalie Hartwig is no stranger to journalistic writing. The incoming senior served as the TYRO’s sports editor last year and is looking forward to becoming involved with more aspects of the paper as an EIC.
Hartwig said, “...I would love to get more students involved in writing for the TYRO as well as get more students reading the TYRO. Also, since we have recently started a news website...I would like to get more involved with that since I don't know much about it.”
Being involved with several clubs and organizations on campus helps her to find topics of interest, while also giving her the opportunity to write about subjects she relates to. However, Hartwig hopes to become better at writing about topics she feels less passionate about.
“I am looking forward to learning more about journalism as a whole...I think immersing myself will really help me decide if this is something I want to study for four years and do for the rest of my life,” she said.
In addition to this, Hartwig is considering attending Marquette University next year and is looking forward to this unique opportunity to live on campus for a few days. She will be taking the student media leadership class with Carolyn Wagner.
“It should be a great opportunity to learn the skills needed to accomplish my goals as EIC...I would love to be able to leave my mark on the TYRO and pass down my knowledge to other editors and reporters,” said Hartwig.
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