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After Freshman year, a frenzied blur for many high schoolers, Braisher students tend to take classes that are either familiar or related to their favorite subjects. Students can challenge themselves with classes down at the college or by taking honors courses, but very few students accept the challenge posed by Newspaper.
“I thought taking Newspaper would be a cool experience both because I haven’t done anything like it in high school yet and it would be different or more enjoyable than my core classes,” says Sophomore Josh Geden.
Josh Geden is one of the newest, enthused recruits to the Brashier Middle College Newspaper Staff for the 2016-2017 school year. Students often think of Newspaper as an extension of an English class, and therefore you need to be a great writer to join; but Geden skills seem to break the apocryphal criteria.
“I haven’t been the best English student before as my classes consisted of mainly grammar and non-writing assignments. By being on Newspaper, I will be able to learn how to properly write a story and improve my English skills,” says Geden.
The Brashier Middle College Newspaper is divided into three staffs: News, Feature, and Sports,. One of the opportunities Newspaper affords its staff is the ability to write for any of its three staffs, testing a writer’s abilities and allowing them to discover their preferences.
“I could write for any of the staffs, but there are certain areas I would enjoy writing less, so I am glad I can choose one over another,” says Geden.
The beauty of Newspaper is that, with such a varied and enriched staff, all the staff members bring a special skill or asset to the publication that others cannot. Geden himself brings a good laugh and fun personality.
“If I bring anything to the staff, it would be either my award-winning smile or joyous attitude,” says Geden.
From August through May, students spend a large part of their time in a school building, but everyone needs time to relax and be themselves. Geden needs, as does anyone, to take a brief break from Newspaper and school in general to compose himself and relax.
“I spend all my time at home watching Netflix and playing Xbox, but when my power goes out, I decide to hang out with my friends,” says Geden.
But after the fun and games, Geden thinks very seriously about his future and the skills Newspaper will provide for him. Newspaper offers a unique social and educational experience that teaches a student how to work with deadlines and projects that depend on the cooperation of others, much like an experience that most students would find in the workplace. In any plan that a student has for their next step in life, Newspaper is a valuable tool.
“I am toying with the idea of going into the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Newspaper isn’t just about writing, it is about learning how to talk to people, and that can help in any area of life,” says Geden.
Even though the skills are applicable in later life, a student does need to enjoy their time in the class for what it is worth. A student can look forward to being part of a deep interaction and investment into their school, collaborative effort with fellow students, and knowledge that their work will be preserved forever in the history of Brashier. Above all, what is Josh looking forward to?
“Writing,” says Geden.