About Us

About Us

The stories on this site were done by students in the Schieffer Summer High School Journalism Camp. The two-week workshop is led by faculty and students in the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University with an assist from media professionals in the Dallas/Fort Worth market.

The 2018 Staff:

Dorcas Bisisi : Staff Writer

Dorcas Bisisi

Staff Writer

Dorcas Bisisi,16, is a rising junior at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born in Congo, lived in Burundi for nine years and then moved to Kenya as a refugee with her family for six years. Her family moved to the U.S. three years ago. Dorcas plays soccer on her school’s team, participates in student council and is involved in her school’s journalism program. She aspires to study Broadcast Journalism at Texas Christian University or New York University. She wants to become a news anchor.

Josh Hawkins : Staff Writer

Josh Hawkins

Staff Writer

Josh Hawkins, 15, is a native Texan who lives in Katy, a suburb of Houston. Josh spends a lot of his time playing basketball for his school, Seven Lakes High School, where he is a rising sophomore. Whenever he is not playing basketball he enjoys spending time with his friends. Josh hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he would like to study sports journalism. His favorite color is gold because “gold is bold.”

Melissa Brandi : Staff Writer

Melissa Brandi

Staff Writer

Melissa Brandi, 17, is a rising senior at Yes Prep Southwest in Houston, Texas. Her favorite subject is math. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to be her schools’ student ambassador for her senior year. She is also apart of the varsity volleyball and soccer team. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and hanging out with family and friends.

Nathaniel Guajardo : Staff Writer

Nathaniel Guajardo

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Nathaniel Guajardo, 16, is a rising senior from Idea Wesleyan High School, one of the top 1 percent of high schools in America. He is passionate about basketball, piano and reading. Someday, Nate hopes to become a sports journalist and cover his little brothers’ basketball games.

Nicklaus Utsey : Staff Writer

Nicklaus Utsey

Staff Writer

Nicklaus Utsey, 15, is a rising sophomore at Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, reading and spending time with his family and German Shepherd. He hopes to attend UCLA and aspires to be a basketball player and sports journalist. Eventually, Nick wants to get married and have a family.

Ava Heppner : Staff Writer

Ava Heppner

Staff Writer

Ava Heppner, 17, is a rising junior at Episcopal School of Dallas in Texas. She participates in the Junior Leadership Board of Children’s Hospital at Dallas,THANKs Community Partners of Dallas and North Texas Young Advocates Council. At the hospital, Ava interacts with patients and raises money in annual drives for neglected and abused children. She also volunteers at food banks. Ava is the oldest of five; she has three sisters and one brother. She has a silver Labrador named Sterling. She plans on attending Southern Methodist University and being a clinical child psychologist.

Kiscada Hastings : Staff Writer

Kiscada Hastings

Staff Writer

Kiscada Hastings,17, is a rising senior at the International Leadership of Texas in Fort Worth. Kiscada aspires to become a psychiatrist because he wants to be part of a change that makes the industry more reliable to patients. Kiscada has a passion for helping others. In his free time, he enjoys making movies and playing the guitar. Kascada is an avid reader who is obsessed with learning about and discovering ideas.

Asheley Jones : Staff Writer

Asheley Jones

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Asheley Jones, 14, is a rising freshman at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy located in Fort Worth. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, dancing, singing and writing. She founded a poetry club at her school and is a member of the Black Student Union. Asheley aspires to be an engineer or teacher in the future and hopes to open a school of her own. She enjoys photography and strives to make ordinary news extraordinary.

Emmy Barrett : Staff Writer

Emmy Barrett

Staff Writer

Emmy Barrett, 17, is a rising senior at Denison High School. She is a manager at her school journalism program and a project coordinator at her school. She said she likes journalism because she likes learning about new cultures and hearing other perspectives. Emmy wants to major in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin or Texas Christian University.

Kameron Hatcher : Staff Writer

Kameron Hatcher

Staff Writer

Kameron Hatcher ,15, is a rising sophomore at Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth Texas. He enjoys working out and listening to Hip Hop/R&B. He has been involved in football, track, basketball, and band. His favorite subject is science and he wants to become a dentist. He wants to attend college somewhere in Hawaii.

Tyrionna Williams : Staff Writer

Tyrionna Williams

Staff Writer

Tyrionna Williams or “Ty”,16, is a rising senior at Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, Texas. She enjoys drawing, hanging with friends, Snapchatting, listening to music, reading and writing and interpreting poetry. Ty is involved in the Black Student Union, student council, teen court and National Honor Society. She aspires to be a criminal lawyer and minor in theatre while attending the University of Texas at Austin.

Jada Handy : Staff Writer

Jada Handy

Staff Writer

Jada Handy, 16, is a rising junior from Spring, Texas. Jada will attend Klein Collins High School in the fall. When not attending school or working at Sonic, Jada likes to participate in drama club, choir and track. Her favorite subject is English. After graduating, Jada would like to attend Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Georgia, Baylor University, or the University of Florida. Jada became interested in journalism because of her love of writing. She hopes to major in communications and media.

Mia Abbe : Staff Writer

Mia Abbe

Staff Writer

Mia Abbe,16, is a rising junior at Paschal High School in Fort Worth. She is involved in orchestra, newspaper and Link crew at her school. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the violin, going out to eat and watching her favorite TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mia first expressed interest in writing as a child, when she would write pretend newspapers. After high school, she plans on attending an out-of-state college and majoring in either journalism or creative writing.

Parker Kilpatrick : Staff Writer

Parker Kilpatrick

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Parker Kilpatrick, 17, is a rising senior at College Station High School. She is originally from North Carolina. Parker enjoys competitive dancing, singing and drawing. She has a passion for fitness and plans to do powerlifting next year. She’s also in band and the National Honor Society. Paker would like to become a journalist and attend the University of Texas.

Elliott Amarasuriya : Staff Writer

Elliott Amarasuriya

Staff Writer

Elliott Amarasuriya,15, is a rising junior from Newport Beach, California. She attends Orange County School of the Arts. Elliott has been dancing since she was two and acting since seventh grade. She also loves photography. Elliott wants to study marketing, public relations and journalism. When it comes to journalism though, Eliott is most interested in pop culture and entertainment.

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