Wadena Composite School (WCS) students Lena Marcocchio, Shayna Campbell, Avery McMartin and Haley Bilokraly, along with teacher Shelly Campbell, were part of Horizon School Division and Engelfeld Protestant Separate School Division’s e-journalism team covering the 21st Annual Rural Education Congress March 20-22 in Humboldt.
They attended a training session, where they met the team and prepared for the first day of the conference. The four WCS students took on the roles of writers and interviewers. The team was responsible for interviewing speakers, blogging summaries of the sessions and keynotes, updating social media sites, taking photographs and creating videos. They worked 12-hour days and loved every minute.“The best way to learn is to be put in a situation you weren’t comfortable with,” says Lena Marcocchio. “I was kind of nervous at first, but this is one of the best opportunities I’ve had since moving here!”
Haley Bilokraly especially enjoyed interviewing the speakers and says, “I was able to meet new people and have fun with them while listening to amazing speakers and gaining courage and the ability to imagine my possibilities.”
Shayna Campbell adds that the conference “allowed me to improve my interviewing and writing skills.”
The team, consisting of 18 students and four teachers, was led by Horizon School Division’s communications officer, Lance Hiltz.Avery McMartin may well speak for all the students involved when she says, “I learned from this conference to always go after your dreams and to strive to be the best you can possibly be.”
Submitted by Shelly Campbell