Bill Howlett: remembering the smile that brought everyone together

Published on The Pony Express and featured as focus in print 2017/02/9 About: This piece has been included in my portfolio because this is the most important article I have written- and was the most impactful to the community. I traveled to interview those close to Bill Howlett, and fought hard for photos of courtesy. This was featured as a centerspread in our print edition, and presented to his widow as a gift- interviewing his widow was the hardest piece to this, as I had to learn to be sensitive and comforting. Overall, this is the story I am most proud of, and happy it brought closure to his legacy in the community.

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Brian Jaap: fearless on getting involved

Written 2016/12/16 About: This piece has been included in my portfolio because this was a hard story to not editorialize. For this, we were allowed to choose a subject for a feature story, and in knowing that my subject's political views strongly contrasted mine, I was hoping to challenge myself- and boy, did I ever. However, I feel I portrayed his mission as a young politician very well, and hope he does well in the future. This, however has not been published.

Perseverance, driving force in overcoming total loss

Published on The Pony Express 2017/02/14 About: This piece has been included in my portfolio because this was a new approach to a story. The entire story had been written in class, off of a 30-minute presentation. A few months later, the presenter had read mine, and told me she could not believe a high schooler had written it. This was the first time I was recognized by an outside source. therefore I felt it needed to be included.

Tim Kromer vlogs up YouTube-styled storm

Written 2016/11/3 About: This piece has been included in my portfolio because it was my first in-depth people/feature story about a local student. He had an inspiring message and a clear drive to do something unique, so I believed it needed to be written on. This, however has not been published.