2014 Lionel Linder Journalism Camp

Fifty students representing 15 Memphis-area schools took part in the 2014 Lionel Linder Journalism Camp at the University of Memphis Department of Journalism.
 
During the week the students learned journalism basics from journalism professors on topics such as interviewing, writing with style and developing their stories. The professors and Teen Appeal alumni worked with the students on their stories which will appear in the September issue of the paper.
 
Guests included Daarel Burnette II, Bureau Chief of Chalkbeat Tennessee (an urban education startup news organization); Tom Jones, a political writer and consultant (and founder of his high school newspaper); Teen Appeal alumna Melissa Kimble, who owns a social media and communications firm in Chicago; filmmaker Emmanuel Amido (Orange Mound: Tennessee), and LaKeisha Harrison of the Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy (a local nonprofit that works with teens).
 
At the close of camp Teen Appeal students toured the Commercial Appeal newsroom with Editorial Page Editor Jerome Wright and heard from the Managing Editor and Editor and Chief, as well as heard presentations from photographer and multimedia journalist Yoshi James and Sports Editor David Williams.
 
The camp kicks off the 17th year of the Teen Appeal.

Teen Appeal Takes in the 2014 High School Musical Theatre Awards

Editor’s Note: On Monday, May 12th Deidra Shores was dispatched to the 2014 High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Memphis. This is her report. 

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By Deidra Shores

Cordova High School

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The 2014 High School Musical Theatre Awards were beyond imaginable. As students, teachers, family and faculty came together for support, schools from all over the MidSouth were recognized for their theatrical abilities.

All types of awards where handed out: Everything from best solo performance to best set design. Throughout the awards being presented, selected schools entertained attendees with snippets of musicals performed at their schools. I could be biased and say that Cordova High School was the best with their rendition of “Run Freedom Run” from Urine town. However, I must say that schools like Germantown High left the crowd speechless with their rendition of “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from HairSpray.

Former award nominees Moriah Jackson, Jesse Anne Lipscomb, Prentiss Mouton Breyannah Tillman and Chase Waldrip hosted the event.

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For a complete list of winners, visit the My Fox Memphis website.

What does graduation mean to the Central High Seniors?

 

From left: Kayla Franklin, Chloe Mesler, Autumn White, Cyanna Broughton, Shaina Ross Michael Curtis, Deonna Williams, Kendall Whiteside, Briana Giles, Crystal Bowen, Monique Barksdale, Sydney Harris, Crystan Hawkins                                                                                                                                          Photo by Melissa Berretta

From left: Kayla Franklin, Chloe Mesler, Autumn White, Cyanna Broughton, Shaina Ross
Michael Curtis, Deonna Williams, Kendall Whiteside, Briana Giles, Crystal Bowen, Monique Barksdale, Sydney Harris, Crystan Hawkins
Photo by Melissa Berretta

By Kira Tucker

Central High School

Although his or her imminent graduation will be a different experience for every member of this year’s graduating class, each Central High School senior spoke on similar topics of progression and forward thinking when asked the quintessential question for all graduating seniors: What does graduating high school mean to you?

Some made the analogy between turning pages in a book, like Crystal Bowen, who will be “closing one chapter and opening another.”

Others made the comparison between this transition and taking steps along a path to enlightenment, like Briana Giles, who feels she is “finally moving to the next step in life.”

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High school seniors moving forward

 

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By Johnda Washington

White Station High School

High school is exciting, nerve racking, rushed, annoying, fun, interesting, busy, tiresome…and did someone already mention nerve racking?

But then it’s over.

After 12 years of preparation made up of endless sweat, countless tears, and sleepless nights, you are released unto the world.

According to many teens the ultimate realization of this point does not come about until the middle of senior year.

The shock sets in, but there are a few basic options that are available at this point.

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Think Outside the Brick: The Lego Movie

 

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By Jada Thomas

White Station High School

Everyone remembers the sheer joy of snapping the last brightly colored brick onto hours-worth of intense concentration and creation.  You may also remember the despair of having a favorite Lego masterpiece disassembled without your permission.

These two sensations are skillfully explored through Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s awesome characterization and production in The Lego Movie, an animated comedy.

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High school start times must change for students

 

By Sudeshna Barman

White Station High School

High schools should not start at seven in the morning. Clear and simple. It is far too early in the morning for us to learn; it’s too early for teachers to teach. Several decades’ worth of studies have shown that teenagers perform better with a later start time.

Because of our hormone cycles, teenagers have difficulty producing melatonin, which controls our sleep cycle and makes us feel sleepy, until 11 p.m. With an earlier start time, students get less sleep, which in turn affects our academic performance, our mental health, and our motor skills.

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2014 Graduation Information

Congratulations to Shelby County Schools 2014 Graduates!

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Youth make a difference in Habitat group

 

A Youth United group composed of students from Germantown High School work on a spring build home on April 5.                    				               Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.

A Youth United group composed of students from Germantown High School work on a spring build home on April 5.
Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.

Akua Oppong 

White Station High School 

Shouldn’t Habitat for Humanity be building houses? Why are students helping to plan different events?

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization which was started in 1976, works to build homes for families that are in need of a decent shelter. seven years after its establishment, the Greater Memphis area saw a need for a Habitat for Humanity program to be implemented into our city. Concerned individuals were interested in building affordable housing. Since its establishment Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400 houses with current building happening in the Uptown area.

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Teen Appeal displays talent and looks back

 

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It was a time to show off and reflect for the Teen Appeal, as it held its first ever Retrospective and Art Show at Crosstown Arts on April 16. The show featured artwork, poetry, and informative displays from Teen Appeal staff members. The show also provided a special time line of past articles and issues of the Teen Appeal, giving attendees a chance to see the history of paper.

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Admissions watchwords: What to expect when you’re expecting to go to a college

 

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By Sudeshna Barman

White Station High School

If you’ve been to a couple college admissions visits or campus tours, chances are you’ve already noticed that admissions officers tend to recycle the same few lines over: “Our student body is so diverse! Our professors are so accessible! We have so many clubs, and if we don’t have it, you can start your own! Go to office hours!”

Are you tired of the same old, same old? Well, are you asking the right questions? Here are some things to listen for or ask about during an admissions information session, or look for in a college brochure or email.

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