The city of Boston and the NEHSJC class of 2014 have one thing in common: we are both in the midst of an endeavor to become successful. The Endeavor encompasses this by showing our passion for journalism by reporting on the developing city that we reside in.
Boston is currently undergoing a period of rapid development throughout all regions of the city. From the incorporation of modern trends in eating to the changing ways of public transportation, Boston is working to achieve a goal of becoming a modern city that has pride in the past and plans for the future. The transformation of this city is not an easy task, and it has and will take many years to be completed. Such a process is exactly what The Endeavor looks to highlight. From the challenges facing the city’s goals to the heights and rewards that the inhabitants of city life get to enjoy, the journey of the Hub is quite the endeavor to take on.
As aspiring journalists, we the reporters of The Endeavor are exemplifying our own version of working towards a goal by taking our passion for journalism and making improvements in our own future as reporters. As we explore Boston’s developing city-life, we are improving on our efforts to reach goals that may seem implausible. We are just beginning our journey towards reaching our future as reporters, and writing for The Endeavor is a leap toward ultimate success.
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Isabelle DeSisto, 17, is a rising senior at Boston Latin School. As the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s newspaper, she is no stranger to the world of journalism. Her interests include writing, reading, environmental conservation, and foreign languages. She can speak Spanish and Russian, and has also studied abroad in Russia. She is interested in going to college for International Relations.
Allana Barefield, a rising senior at Lynn English High School, has diverse interests ranging from theater to photography. An avid singer, Allana writes poetry and even plays basketball. She hopes to attend college in Boston to get the “city experience,” and sees journalism as a future career. “Journalism would make me want to get up every single day to go to work,” she says.
At 17, Aaron Robinson has accomplished much more than the average rising senior. A Lowell High School student, Aaron developed his passion for writing after an unfortunate spinal injury prevented him from participating in sports. He is also a world, traveler, cat enthusiast, and once had the opportunity of meeting the beloved novelist Stephen King. Aaron hopes to study creative writing and journalism.
Mabel Tejeda, a 15 year old rising junior, attends West Roxbury Academy. She enjoys playing sports, specifically softball and volleyball. She has several aspirations, including traveling the world one day, expressing a desire to see Fiji because of its clear water, as well as becoming a lawyer. Mabel was introduced to the world of journalism by a teacher from school, and is looking forward to applying this newfound knowledge to other areas of her life.
Katherine Barnes, 16, is a rising junior at Chelsea High School. Her favorite subjects are History and English. She enjoys blogging and writing poetry and short stories. Although she is passionate about creative writing, journalism is another of her interests. Katherine is ready to step out of her comfort zone while participating in the NEHSJC!
Jordan Gauthier is a 17-year-old aspiring journalist from Lowell High School. She hopes to expand her knowledge of journalism at NEHSJC. She plans to continue studying journalism, hopefully at Emerson College in a few years’ time. Jordan also rows crew and manages the Honor Guard program at her high school’s chapter of the ROTC.
Tia DiSalvo, 17, is a rising senior at Saugus High School and an active member of her Student Council. DiSalvo is very well-traveled, having explored countries such as Italy, France, Ireland, and Spain. A talented and outspoken individual, DiSalvo loves writing and one day hopes to become an editorial writer on cultural issues. DiSalvo writes because she wants to “Speak up for all the people who can’t speak for themselves.”
Kamilla Mercado, 14 from Jamaica Plain, is an intelligent and determined aspiring reporter. She will be starting her sophomore year at the Margarita Muniz Academy this fall and plans on studying medicine when she moves on to college. Her interest in journalism began in the 8th grade when she had to interview people for a school project. She describes herself as a “social media addict” and has a love for track and field.
Baylee Wright, 17, will be a rising senior this fall at Saugus High School. She joined the school newspaper when she was just a freshman, and has been in love with journalism ever since. Wright is also quite athletic; she participated in field hockey in the 6th grade and golf in her freshman year of high school. She also has a love for the ocean and she’s been sailing since the 3rd grade.
Ava Sergent, 17, is a junior at Auburn High School. At Auburn, she runs track and cross country and is the editor of the Literary Magazine. She likes to study English and biology, and aspires to become either a journalist or a biologist. Ava is also an avid reader. “My room is like a library,” she says. Her favorite books include The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series.
Andre Ragel, 16, is a rising sophomore at Lowell High School. His hobbies include soccer, chess, and biking. He was looking forward to taking part in NEHSJC so that he could meet more people and enhance his writing abilities. A bright future is in the eyes of this sophomore. At the moment, Andre is still exploring many potential careers, but has an idea that he would like to be a doctor.
Quinn Breen, 16, is a talented and bright student at the Lowell High School. The rising junior loves to spend his time rowing down the Merrimack River with his friends on the crew team, and will be attending a crew camp later this summer to “learn the new techniques about rowing.” He also takes part in the debates on the mock trial team at his school, and is a member of the student council.
Roxana Martinez is a 16 year old rising junior at Chelsea High School. Her passion for writing had developed from an early age and has continued to grow. Aside from writing, Roxana would also like to travel to parts of the U.S. such as Seattle. Her favorite subjects are English and History, and she is a member of her school’s drama, art, and culinary clubs.
John Simonini, a 16-year-old rising senior at Revere High School, has a fun and outgoing personality and is an avid sports fan. When not covering and writing sports stories for The Patriot Gazette, he is running for Revere High School’s XC, indoor and outdoor track teams. John joined NEHSJC because he wants to improve his journalism skills. He hopes to attend Emerson College and become a professional sports journalist.
Ming Ying, a rising junior at Boston Latin School, was born in Vancouver, Canada. His hobbies include tennis, writing, and watching movies in his downtime. His favorite subjects in school are Math and Chinese, and his dream is to start a successful business. He plans to major in business and economics, with Yale as his dream school.
Marcos Hernandez, 16, is a rising junior at the O’Bryant High School. Born in Boston, he is enthralled with pop culture, particularly in Hip Hop and R&B since his childhood. His favorite subject at school is English, and he enjoys socializing in his spare time. He plans to become a journalist for a media company, aspiring to make an impact with his work.
If you’re looking for adventure, you are likely to find 17 year old Sylvie Stoloff already there. She has recently returned from Eastern Europe with a new perspective on history and culture. Sylvie is a varsity diver for Boston Latin High School and writes for the school newspaper, The Argo. Due to her intense interest in the issue, she received the Human Rights Fellowship Award.