Graeme, Graeme, and Graeme: The Many Faces of Graeme
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There are very few students who decide to dedicate an entire class period to writing for their school Newspaper, and Graeme Hanson is one of those few. This is his second year participating in Newspaper.
“I felt like it would be a good experience to interact with my fellow students, and it would look good on a college application. I also felt like it would teach me about more structured writing,” says Junior Graeme Hanson.
Members of the Newspaper Staff begin by writing for every staff, including Sports, Feature, and News. While some prefer writing about school sporting events or pop culture, Graeme prefers to write about more serious topics.
“I prefer writing about foreign countries and more political or war related news because I feel like it has more bearing on our lives than what new technology has come out or what celebrities are doing,” says Hanson.
Despite popular opinion, being a strong writer or a successful English student isn’t a requirement for being great journalist. The trait needed to be a member of Newspaper is a determination to finish what you start.
“I have a very single-minded ambition to finish what I start,” says Hanson.
Students do not need to want a future career in writing to join Newspaper; there are many possible career paths that Newspaper can help prepare one for.
“I hope to become a director for which I would prefer to write my own screenplays, so learning how to structure my writing and carry the dramatic arc are both skills I need for Newspaper and directing,” says Hanson.
Many students decide not to take Newspaper so they can focus on other courses, but very few classes help prepare students for the real world like Newspaper does. So when it comes time for students to choose their classes for the coming year, taking Newspaper is always a smart choice.
“I feel like Newspaper is a great tool to further your writing skills and it also teaches you to balance many busy courses at the same time, which is something you will have to do in the real world,” says Hanson.
Current Freshman have the advantage of being able to take Newspaper for a full three years, and by Senior year, they may have the opportunity to become a head editor for the Staff.
“I do plan on becoming an editor. I would have to write for every staff and train with the present editors throughout the year,” says Hanson.
Despite his dedication, Graeme’s life does not revolve around Newspaper. Like the rest of us, he does have down time.
“I watch films and read in my free time,” says Hanson.
He also enjoys spending time with his friends. Graeme places a high value on friendship, so while he may not have as many friends has some, his friends are more dedicated and valued.
“I usually try and find people who can carry an intelligent conversation and debate, but still have a good sense of humor and jocular attitude,” says Hanson.
Graeme chooses who he spends his time with by selecting those with traits he values.
“I value people with a mind of their own with a questioning, secular basis and the ability to teach me about something I don’t know,” says Hanson.
Graeme is now a veteran member of the Newspaper Staff, but he still has a way to go. There is always something else to learn or to report in Newspaper, and there is always something more to look forward to.
“I am looking forward to developing and honing my skills farther than I did last year,” says Hanson.