ALANA IACOVISSI, SENIOR
Why did you join the Knightly News? I joined the Knightly News because I was looking for an elective to take at school, and I chose journalism. I have always had a passion for writing and thought this would be a great way to strengthen my writing skills. Two of the journalism students got chosen to interview Superintendent Blake. I was lucky enough to be one of those students despite having no experience. That was my Knightly News debut before I even knew it. During the pandemic is when the Knightly News really took off. I received an email from Mrs. Hoskins to do a news team for our school to get information out during the time that school was closed. We reported for the rest of that school year and that summer; it was all done virtually.
What is your favorite part of the Knightly News? My favorite part about the Knightly News is being able to interview so many amazing people in our community, like Mayor Izzo and Senator Griffo. It is a very unique experience and I’m so honored to be able to do it.
What was your favorite story you’ve covered? I have covered many wonderful stories throughout my Knightly News career, but the two that stick out to me the most are Coach Rowe’s 400th win and Mr. Jenny, who was the Black Knight. Coach Rowe, the girl’s varsity lacrosse coach, sticks out to me because he has been my coach for years. It was an incredible experience to be able to highlight his accomplishment on the field that we won the 400th game on. Mr. Jenny being the Black Knight was another story that sticks out. I found his story so interesting and I couldn’t believe that he kept his identity a secret from the whole town for so long. Both stories were very special to me.
How do you plan to use this club in the future? I will use this club in the future by bringing the life skills I’ve learned to college. The Knightly News has taught me many worldly experiences, I’ve got to experience many opportunities I never would have got to experience without being a part of this club. As well as, if I decide to pursue a career in journalism, I will have these past years as on the job training.
What skills have you learned from participating in this club? I have learned many skills from this club. The Knightly News has helped break me out of my shell. I have learned public speaking, confidence, work ethic, and public relations. These are life skills I will keep with me for the rest of my life.
What are your future plans after graduation? I plan on attending college after graduation and majoring in journalism or