By Heather Wilkins
The Osprey Observer continued its internship program this summer helping high school and college students who are interested in journalism to learn the ropes about what it means to be a reporter and what it takes to get a paper to press every week. This summer, the Osprey Observer had five young ladies spend time as summer interns.
Robyn St. James is a homeschool student who lives in Seffner and plans to go to college and pursue a major and a career in journalism. St. James loves to write and considers journalism to be a life-long career. She enjoys many extra-curricular activities such as the Bay Area Bandits (a mounted shooting club), which you can learn about on page 59 in this edition.
Marisa Webber is a student at Bloomingdale High School and is entering her senior year. Webber plans to go to college where
she can continue to pursue career options in either journalism or photography. “A few of my hobbies are photography, orchestra (I play the cello), and soccer. At school I’m on the yearbook team and am involved in the Humane Society club,” said Webber.
Halie LeSavage is a rising sophomore at Harvard University, and has always considered writing to be one of her passions. She wants to pursue a journalism career after college. ”There’s nothing comparable to the rush of being the first to report a breaking story; a feeling I can only find working in the news,” LeSavage said. She has worked on newspapers since she was part of her elementary school paper and serves as editor in chief for the digital Harvard Magazine and publishes her own blog daily called The Daily Halie. LeSavage wants to be part of the Harvard Crimson, the school’s paper, as one of its upcoming staff members. She also enjoys other extra-curricular activities. “I am a member of the Harvard Crimson Dance team; we perform at varsity sporting events, on-campus charity events and compete at Universal Dance Association College Nationals in Orlando every year. I’m also very involved with my sorority, Delta Gamma,” LeSavage said. A busy young lady, she is also training for her first half-marathon, traveling and works as a nanny while at school in Boston.
Alexandra Booth is a sophomore at the University of Florida (UF) and is currently working on her Journalism major and
Business Administration minor. She enjoyed her internship writing and editing articles. Booth would like to take different paths in news or media once she has graduated from UF. Enjoying a mix of extra-curricular activities, Booth said, “I like to play volleyball and hang out with my friends for fun. I am in a sorority (Phi Mu) which has allowed me to meet some awesome people and gave me a way to network and be more involved. I enjoy writing for my college newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator. I also like to paint in my down time and take pictures to hang on my wall.”
I attend Florida International University (FIU) in Miami and am pursuing a degree in English and Communication Studies. I have a passion for writing, and I have written poems and short stories and posted them online. I hope to continue writing for FIU’s school paper, The Beacon, as well as getting more experience through additional internships. I also hope to learn a few other languages while I’m in school. I love listening to music, writing poetry or stories with different narration techniques. I also love to sing.
To find out more information about interning at the Osprey Observer, please e-mail michelle @ospreyob server.com.