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Fine Arts Student of the Week: Senior mentors students in school newspaper

Anna Vreeland Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal. Adviser nomination: "Anna Vreeland is this year's editor-in-chief of the Fifth Street Journal. Anna has successfully taken the journalism team under her wing.

Brainerd High School senior Anna Vreeland poses with a past issue of the Fifth Street Journal. Vreeland is this semester's editor-in-chief of the school newspaper.Jennifer Stockinger / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd High School senior Anna Vreeland poses with a past issue of the Fifth Street Journal. Vreeland is this semester's editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Jennifer Stockinger / Brainerd Dispatch

Anna Vreeland

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Brainerd High School Fifth Street Journal.

Adviser nomination: "Anna Vreeland is this year's editor-in-chief of the Fifth Street Journal. Anna has successfully taken the journalism team under her wing. Her willingness to teach the staff how to layout a newspaper, as well as share writing tips, is a blessing to all."

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Memorable fine arts achievement: Being named editor-in-chief this year.

Other fine arts activities: Speech and graphic design.

Why did you join Fifth Street: "This is my third year. I joined because I have always liked writing. I write in journals and when I saw this class when I was a sophomore I was really excited about it. I love writing.

"Last year, I was an editor for the opinion section and this year I am the only editor-in-chief."

Goals this semester: "I've been teaching the kids and our new teacher (Steffanie Sanford) how to run InDesign (publishing software the school newspaper uses). All the students but me and another student are new to the class, so I'm teaching them how to write a newspaper article as it is different than writing an essay. I'm teaching them transitions and how to quote things correctly.

"There are a lot of more hoops we have to to jump through now (after the controversial debate and investigation done by the school when a BHS student's violent comments about President Donald Trump made it into the 2016-17 BHS yearbook.). In order to quote any student we need them to have a parent signature. The students also need parent approval in order to write a story ... Our first issue comes out Friday. Fingers crossed, it runs smoothly.

"My long term goal is to see the changes in the students' writing from issue one to issue three. I want to see how they improved in their writing skills."

Best story so far this year: "I wrote an article called 'Gone Country' and it focuses on the hicks of the school. It is a positive article on how hardworking they are, how they work before and after school. It is not negative and I turned it into a positive article.

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"I came up with the story idea as I actually went to prom with one of the hicks. I'm also in a class with hicks and I really enjoy their company. They are kind and I have grown a relationship with them. People brush them off and I want people to know what kind of people they are and I am going to run an article about them."

Dream job: "My dream job would be along the lines of helping people. I am a talker and I talk about my feelings, so maybe a therapist.

"I hope to attend a four-year college out of the state. Maybe Florida as I have a lot of family there. I want to major in communications or journalism. I really don't know what I want to do. I am conflicted with the two (therapist and journalism.) I want to do something to help people."

Favorite TV show: "New Girl."

Favorite author: "I love Nicholas Sparks. He writes from the heart. I am reading 'The Notebook' right now.

Favorite book: "The Child Called 'It'."

Favorite movie: "People Like Us."

Favorite band: Green Day.

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Favorite restaurant: Sakura.

Favorite website: "'Cosmopolitan's website. I like to write about things that catches people's eyes and Cosmo is a fun website. Once I wrote about bad first dates of the teachers."

Newspaper you read the most: "Fifth Street Journal."

Biggest pet peeve: "Selfishness."

Parents: Joe and Julie Vreeland of Brainerd.

Related Topics: BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL
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