My name is William Becker, and I am a sophomore at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, NC. I am Entertainment Co-Editor for our school’s paper, Rampant Lines, and I am a member of my school’s Science Olympiad team, Spanish Club, and FBLA. Outside of school, I participate in swimming and am Senior Patrol Leader of my Boy Scout troop. Of all these things, one of my favorites is Journalism. Writing is a big hobby of mine, and I enjoy having a class where I can express that. This is my second year participating in the newspaper, and I have greatly enjoyed every minute of it. I first learned about the opportunities Journalism had in store from my sister, who had participated in the class for three of her four high school years. I joined my freshman year as a staff writer and found a previously unknown passion for writing. Fully snared by the excitement and satisfaction this class provided, I returned this year and was promoted to editor.
I would say that my areas of expertise in writing are entertainment and opinion. I’m not necessarily the best at interviewing and interactions, so I’ve always been a bit more inclined toward these types of writing. Within entertainment specifically, I’m best at movies and TV. I’ve developed a special interest in film, and this has carried over to my writing. In my section, you’ll find me mostly writing movie reviews, criticisms, and analyses. The way Rampant Lines works is that you must submit an audition article to become a writer for opinion or entertainment. My freshman year, I auditioned for both opinion and entertainment, and was accepted into opinion. However, there were too few writers for both sections that year, and all writers (including me) in either section ended up writing for both. Using the experience I gained from my freshman semester in Journalism, I applied for Entertainment Co-Editor at the beginning of my sophomore year and was accepted.
I definitely have quite a few burning questions that keep me up at night. I’ll sit in my bed and just think about them for a while. Chief among these questions is this: what’s out there? Looking up at the stars at night, I wonder who or what may be out there. Are we alone? If we aren’t, will we ever even know? Is there someone else out there who knows about us while we remain oblivious? Most of my burning questions fall somewhere along this line. Will they ever be answered in my lifetime? Who knows. If I could interview anybody about anything, I would probably interview my grandmother and grandfather on my mom’s side of the family. By the time I was born, they were both suffering from dementia, and I sadly never got to hear their stories. They had fascinating lives. My grandmother was born in Brazil and worked as a cartographer before coming to the US and becoming a professor. My grandfather was born in New York City and loved to explore, going on excursions such as climbing Mount McKinley. If I could talk to them, I would simply ask to hear their stories from them. I’ve always wanted to know what their lives were like and I wish I could talk with them for just a few minutes. In the meantime, while I think about these questions and possibilities, you can catch me writing movie reviews and my thoughts on climate change in one of my favorite classes: Journalism.Tags: J.H. Rose High School