Participants from the Remembering "Freedom Summer" Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop discuss what they learned during the workshop. Multimedia story by Quinci Hayward and Raychelle Gammage.
William Lowery, 17, will be a senior at Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg this year. He started to take karate in sixth grade because his parents thought it would make him more mature. In addition William enjoys playing video games and watching movies. Eventually he started a blog to write reviews covering different forms of media such as video games, movies, and comic books. However, he gave up the sport earlier this year to dedicate himself to this workshop and to find a job.
Story by Jaime Taylor
Photo by J.R. Moody
Hailing from Stringer High School Justin “J.R.” Moody, 18, plans to attend Jones County Junior College in the fall to start his major in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. When asked about his first thoughts on the workshop, he said although he didn’t know anybody, he was “ready for it” and full of nervous excitement.
“I see greatness in everybody,” Moody said. Besides being able to see below the surface, his superpowers include being down to earth, filling people with encouragement and helping others to achieve their goals. Much like the iconic Clark Kent, our own Superman’s weakness is limited to an ordinary life occurrence – the scraping of a metal spoon on a plastic bowl.
Story By: Christian Miller
Picture By: Corey McKinney
Photos by J.R. Moody
Bria Paige, 16, is an eager journalist-in-training from Jackson. Paige has been class president since the 10th grade. She is looking forward to being student body president and editor for her school paper, The Bear Facts, this coming school year. She has been dancing ballet since age 3, and it has become one of her many passions. She also enjoys reality TV and books in the mystery genre. She is inspired by her grandmother, who was an intelligent woman with a great personality. She enjoys this workshop because of learning experiences from other people her age who also have an interest in journalism.
Story by Lauryn Smith
Photo by J.R. Moody
Zaria Bonds, 17, of Byram, is an upcoming senior at Terry High School. Bonds is president of the National Honors Society. If she could be anything in the world, she would want to be a superhero, with the powers of teleportation and the ability to fly. Her weirdest hobby is obsessively tweeting. Bonds’ biggest influences in her life are her parents. “I just want to make them proud," Bonds said. One obstacle that Bonds had to overcome was being bullied in middle school. “I just had to face the situation,” she said. In the future, she plans on attending college and majoring in communications or journalism.
Story by Jessica Swanson
Photo By: J.R Moody
Christian Miller, 18, graduated this year from Enterprise High School. She will be attending Jones County Junior College in Ellisville in the fall. Miller said that her biggest influence on her life is her mother. Her mother went through extremely difficult life situations but managed to overcome them, which inspired Miller to be the best. In the next 10 years, she plans to earn a degree in journalism with an emphasis on public relations. “I don’t want to be in a confined space. I want to deal with people,” she said. Further plans are to move to Nashville, Tenn., with her future husband.
By J.R. Moody
Photo by Jamie Taylor
Jaime Taylor, 17, is a student from Terry High School in Byram. Her primary hobbies include writing poetry and short stories, and reading. Ever since she was a little girl, Taylor has had an interest in journalism that has been fueled by her writing. One of the aspects that she likes so far about this workshop is the chance to write and take pictures. Throughout her years at school, Taylor has had to deal with being made fun of by other students. As she has gotten older, she has learned to ignore those people. This has made her a stronger person.
By William Lowery
Photo by J. R. Moody
Lauryn Smith, of Meridian, is a 15-year-old avid reader, art fanatic and noteworthy scholar with a passion for learning new skills. The upcoming sophomore hopes to attend the Mississippi School of Math and Science, following in the footsteps of her older sister and inspiration, Liyah. Smith’s academic aspirations come at no surprise since she received the $15,000 Jack Kent Cooke scholarship in the eighth grade for her educational advancement.
An optimistic person, Smith refuses to let anyone slow her down and accepts that everyone isn’t perfect. In the future, she plans to figure out what career field she would like to pursue. She said says the journalism workshop is the perfect place to see if journalism is what she wants to do. Yet she said her dream job would be an animator, creating cartoons for all ages.
Story by Bria Paige
Photo by Destiny Farmer
Jessica Swanson, 16, is from Queens, N.Y., but resides in Ocean Springs. She will be a junior this fall at Ocean Springs High. In her free time, Swanson loves to volunteer. She is vice president of Model United Nations, a member of Junior Civitan, a candy striper at Ocean Springs Hospital, and a vacation Bible school counselor. She also volunteers for a summer reading program at Ocean Springs’ library. She has a younger brother, Billy. Swanson aspires to work for National Geographic because she wants to write and take pictures. The person who influenced her the most was her mother, Jodie. “My mom because she is really successful, and I want to be like her,” Swanson said. Swanson's favorite part of the workshop was taking photos in weird places like trees and the Southern Miss stadium.
Story by Zaria Bonds
Photo by J.R. Moody
Photo by Christian Miller
Destiny Farmer, 15, is an upcoming junior at Olive Branch High School. Farmer has a passion for theatre and has been acting since the third grade. “ I love theatre because it is a way to bring out someone new … a stress reliever,” Farmer said. Before she graduates, she wants to increase awareness about racism and childhood hunger. She has volunteered many places throughout her lifetime. She said her future plans are uncertain, but she aspires to be a physical therapist or broadcast news analyst.
Story by Raegan Johnson
Photo by J.R. Moody