One of the most exciting opportunities I received during my time as a journalist, this story ended up being one of the best I have ever worked on. I completely engaged myself with this story as someone who's always looking for a story to tell. Misty McBride was one of the 12 Dallas Police officers shot in the July shootings, and I immediately took the opportunity when I had the chance to tell her story. Instead of following a fact-quote format, I decided to take a different route and use a very few number of quotes to tell McBride's experience on that night in July. I knew that after a two-hour interview with very detailed questions, I was going to be able to follow this format while keeping readers on the edge of their seats.
This story was given a first place award in our school's literary festival contest in non-fiction writing by renowned authors and poets: novelist Tobias Wolff, slam poet Taylor Mali and journalists Eliza Griswold and Jake McAuley. Read More
For the February magazine, which was centered around how our school develops men of character, I told the story of the man on campus — headmaster David Dini. Once again, I had to undergo an incredibly thorough interviewing, writing and editing process, but it was all worth it. I gained an incredible insight into what makes David Dini the man he is today. Although this story was longer than usual, I knew that not many students would know about Dini's life story — a story that consists of tragedy, perseverance and success. Read More
For this story, timeliness was a huge factor. The conversation of gun violence was exploding across the country with Obama's executive action calling for increased background checks, University of North Texas shootings and the University of Texas at Austin open-carry law. To address this issue, we had to use multiple sources to attack different angles. Public figures like Congresswomn Eddie Bernice Johnson shed light on Obama's executive action while sources like John Lewis '97 reveal what it's like to be affected by a gun violence incident.
This story won first place for In-Depth/News Feature Story at UIL Interscholastic League Press Conference 2016 Read More
This was definitely one of the most influential stories I have ever worked on. When I first heard about white nationalist Richard Spencer '97, I was shocked. As someone who is in direct opposition of the divisive and racist views presented by Spencer, I had to take action. Before Spencer was in the forefront of news outlets, I brought the story to my advisor's attention in early October. In a story that centers around the outpouring of support from a resolute community, a school's mission of inclusion and acceptance is defended and affirmed through faculty, alumni, students and parents alike. Read More
I was able to have a first-hand experience with this story. A junior on the varsity football team, I was personally affected by the multiple injuries suffered by the team. With more than half of our senior personnel out for the season, I wrote this story as a personality profile of the underclassmen and non-starters who had to step up going into the playoffs and the seniors whose football careers were suddenly over.
This story won second place for Sports News Story at UIL Interscholastic League Press Conference 2016 Read More
Since I have never experienced what it's like to lose a loved one, this story was truly meaningful for me. Two students had recently lost one of their parents to terminal cancer, and I had the opportunity to tell their story and demonstrate the impact that these tragic events had on their lives. I received incredibly powerful quotes in this story and incorporated them in order to convey what it's like to cope with such a heartbreaking situation. Read More
According to my parents and teachers who are a part of the previous generation, the concept of mass shootings was almost unheard of. Now, incidents of gun violence are so common that members of my generation are now becoming accustomed to its occurrences. So, for the November issue of Focus, l wanted to convey how this generation has become somewhat desensitized to violence and how it can establish a legacy that is released from the shackles of continued violence and discrimination. Read More
As a junior, I was given the opportunity to write a story for the October 2015 issue of Focus — which centered around the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. David Muñoz '12, who had a tough time revealing his sexuality in high school, had a story to tell. Writing the story from only the perspective of Muñoz, I tried to convey to the reader what it's like to struggle with your sexuality and the happiness Muñoz experienced on the day of the Supreme Court ruling. Read More
To report on the 2016 Presidential Election with an issue-driven angle, I decided to address the topic of "slacktivism" that is very prevalent within my generation. Slacktivism, or slacker activism, is a millennial phenomenon that equates a "like" or "retweet" on social media with real activism, and this story centers around how slacktivism has an effect on the election and this generation's voter turnout. Read More
Private tutoring has been on the rise, especially for students at my school. It has become a necessity for students struggling in core subjects, but a gray area still remains. The school policy strongly recommends that a student consult his teacher first, and at a school with highly qualified professors and instructors, why wouldn't more students use their teachers as tutors? To answer this question, I interviewed private tutors, students and teachers to figure out why students at a highly competitive school are increasingly seeking external help in their school curriculum. Read More