Edison Students Encouraged to “Fight the Righteous Fight” After Graduation (Springfield Connection)

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Four hundred and nineteen students graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School June 11 at 2 pm. The commencement exercises were held at the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.

Graduates entered the arena to the traditional theme of “Pomp and Circumstance” before standing at attention for the National Anthem.

Principal Pamela Brumfield encouraged the students to be the kind, hard-working people the world wants to see. “Be the most wanted wherever you go,” she said, “because you strive to make a positive difference.”

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Animal Hospital Holds “Barke” Sale in Fairfax for Dogs and Kids (Springfield Connection)

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Animal hospital manager Candice Bhatia feeds Kohly Hawkins’s and Taylor Jewett’s dog Bentley one of the frozen yogurt dog treats from the sale.

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Animal Hospital Holds “Barke” Sale in Fairfax for Dogs and Kids
Donations go to medical research for cancer patients

The VCA Animal Hospital hosted a fund-raising “barke” sale on May 26 via the Canines-N-Kids Foundation. The foundation hopes to use the donations to further cancer research for children by studying cancer diseases in canines.

Candice Bhatia, the animal hospital manager and Dr. Donna Koch, the associate veterinarian, both organized the sale after learning about the Canine-N-Kids Foundation.

“The team did a great job putting it together. Dr. Koch was really the driver behind it. She signed up and did everything with the hospital,” said Bhatia.

“Candice does a lot of work. She does a lot of baking, and I liked to bake…” Dr. Koch said.

“We shared the same passion of baking,” Bhatia added with a laugh.

For the first sale in what the staff hopes to be a recurring event, the donation goal was set at $50. By the end of the day, the bake sale reaped $65. Dr. Koch donated the goal amount plus $25 to Canines-N-Kids for a total of $75, and the remaining $15 was donated to Veterans Moving Forward, a local charity devoted to training service dogs for veterans.

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“Fire Writing” Wins ADDY Award and Commencement Contest

This year has been a crazy rollercoaster of responsibility and opportunity. I’m just now recovering from what’s been the busiest school year of my life.

First on the To-Do List… My studio art roommate urged me to participate in the local ADDY Awards this year with her. She suggested I submit the video spot I did on Josiah Vogel and his pyrography, so I grit my teeth together and paid the entry fee, hoping I wasn’t going to have to eat Ramen the next six months for nothing (kidding, guys, kidding. I only eat Ramen…often…ish….)

So this spring when the awards were announced, my roommate and I eagerly looked through the winners’ names, slightly disappointed we couldn’t find our names. We shrugged as we put my laptop aside, trying not to let each other know how disappointed we were.

Then the next day my classmate congratulated me.

“For what?” I asked, slightly bewildered as I gathered my things to leave after the bell. My mind ran through the things she could possible be referring to, but none of the options seemed big enough to warrant a congratulations.

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Teens Receive Character Awards (McLean Connection)

I had the opportunity to write an article for the Connection Newspapers about three teenagers awarded for their upstanding characters and public acts of service during McLean Day, a community fair held on May 19, 2018. For the online version, click here.

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Fountains Publication Promotional Video


For my Digital Multimedia Productions class, I had to film and edit a promotional video for an on-campus activity, a product, or a self-promotional video. I chose to highlight my college’s literary publication, Fountains, which is written, illustrated, edited, and distributed by the students.

This video was actually a last-ditch effort after I had to suddenly change my previous plan of creating a promotional video for my collegian (PCC’s version of Greek Life). With only about a week and a half to create this, I’m very proud of both my grade and the final product.

I received an A- on this project.

Dyslexic, Not Disabled: An Infographic About Dyslexia

I grew up having dyslexia, and as a result, I struggled reading simple words like “cat” because of the dozens of spelling variations that came with it. Though, while I struggled, my mom read every book she could find on the so-called disability and helped me understand that it wasn’t as hindering as people make it out to be. Now I study professional writing in college and hope to publish my own novel one day.

What’s your dyslexia story?

If you haven’t already, check out my dyslexia informative essay I wrote that inspired this cartoon.

This video was created for my Digital Multimedia Productions class. The goal was to create a one minute kinetic typography video in After Effects explaining a complex topic.

I gained research from my all-time favorite dyslexic experts, Ronald D. Davis, who wrote the book The Gift of Dyslexia. A dyslexic himself and considered autistic, Davis was nonetheless a genius and practically the one who discovered what dyslexia truly is and how to use it to our advantage. Everyone who is either dyslexic or has a child who’s dyslexic should buy a copy of his book!

This video also one an Excellence Award for my college’s commencement contest.


Published in PCC’s Fountains!

image002At my college, every year the professional writing and art students come together to produce a literary publication full of stories, essays, poems, and illustrations from the previous year. We call it Fountains.

As a high school student, I remember seeing Fountains advertised in the direct mail we received occasionally, and I determined right then that I would one day be published in PCC’s publication one way or another.

As a Freshman, I submitted a short fiction piece that was too long for consideration (ten pages, I think). But since I hadn’t had any writing classes yet and didn’t know what kind of process the writing went through, I didn’t mind too much; I would get in next year.

As a Sophomore I submitted my short fiction, “Keep Calm and Dinner On,” and hoped for the best. I wouldn’t hear back until the spring of that year, and even if I did make it in, I wouldn’t be published until the year after.

I waited. And waited.

And then Devon Counterman caught me at the beginning of journalism and told me I had been accepted.

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