I can tell you it was a tough job picking the 16. Robby Byrd, a doctoral student at Southern Miss who will be helping out a lot at the workshop, and I reviewed the applications and ended up with the difficult job of picking those who would be invited to attend. We had so many compelling applications that we wish we could have picked more.
Here's a story about the participants who were selected, written by Yolanda Cruz. Yolanda is a current Southern Miss journalism student, and she participated in the high school workshop herself back in her younger years. She's one of the chaperones for this year's workshop, so you'll get to meet her.
Here's her piece in Southern Miss Now.
-- Gina Chen, assistant professor and workshop director