Student Leaders Selected for JCamp 2013

AAJA is proud to announce the 42 outstanding high school students who will be attending the 2013 JCamp at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The six-day program will be held June 21 to 26 and will conclude with an all-star reception at the American Society of News Editors convention.

AAJA is proud to announce the 42 outstanding high school students who will be attending the 2013 JCamp at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The six-day program will be held June 21 to 26 and will conclude with an all-star reception at the American Society of News Editors convention.

The multicultural group, selected from hundreds of applicants, represents some of the finest teenage reporters, photographers and broadcasters in the country. All chosen participants attend at no charge.

“JCamp is one of AAJA’s signature programs that teaches students how to be better journalists and better leaders,” said AAJA President Paul Cheung, who has served on the all-volunteer staff for several years. “Our students and faculty members also inspire me to be a better journalist.”

There have been more than 450 graduates since the program began in 2001. Many have gone on to journalism careers, including Arelis Hernandez, an Orlando Sentinel reporter, who will become the first faculty member in JCamp’s history to serve as an instructor. This marks the second time JCamp has been held on the GWU campus, with the university’s School of Media and Public Affairs hosting the program this year.

JCamp is able to offer free tuition and cover the students’ expenses thanks to generous contributions, including The Annie E. Casey Foundation. “JCamp gives students the confidence to test out their own professional aspirations in a rich and supportive learning environment,” said Patrick T. McCarthy, president and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation. “We are especially pleased to support JCamp because we believe strongly in giving young people a voice, increasing their opportunities for future leadership and making a strong connection to their communities.”

Returning as JCamp directors are:

  • Clea Benson, Reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Neal Justin, TV critic, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Lorene Yue, Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business

This year’s faculty includes:

  • Bobby Caina Calvan, Freelancer, Washington D.C.
  • Paul Cheung, Global Interactive Editor, Associated Press
  • Kyndell Harkness, Photographer, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Arelis Hernandez, Reporter, Orlando Sentinel
  • Caridad Hernandez, Executive Producer for Investigations and Special Projects, CBS4 in Miami
  • Richard Lui, Anchor, NBC News/MSNBC

AAJA is proud to accept the following students to JCamp 2013:

Kaily Toney (Westwood High School - Scottsdale, AZ)

Cheyenna Wallen (Moon Valley High School - Pheonix, AZ)

Carlos Godoy (Daniel Pearl Magnet School - Van Nuys, CA)

Brian Kim (Van Nuys High School - Northridge, CA)

Yulian Liang (Balboa High School - San Francisco, CA)

Yasmeen Mussard-Afcari (Berkeley High School - Berkeley, CA)

Yashashree Pisolkar (Monta Vista High School - Cupertino, CA)

Christopher Sun (Northwood High School - Irvine, CA)

Qi Liao (Fairview High School - Superior, CO)

Katie Lamont (East Lake High School - Palm Harbor, FL)

Ellen Pham (Chamberlain High School - Tampa, FL)

Carina Tillan (Norva High School - Hallandale, FL)

Katie Atkinson (Union Grove High School - McDonough, GA)

Mehul Bhagat (Peachtree Ridge High School - Suwanee, GA)

Zani Nobles (Riverwood International Charter School - Atlanta, GA)

Camille Park (Glenbrook South High School - Glenview, IL)

Annie Schugart (Saint Thomas Aquinas High School - Overland Park, KS)

Ramanan Sivakumar (Blue Valley North High School - Overland Park, KS) 

Jebari Lewis (Oliver Perry Walker - New Orleans, LA) 

Patrick Cha (Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School - Chevy Chase, MD) 

Meron Begashaw (Oxon Hill School - Fort Washington, MD) 

Chi-Emeka Egwuagu (The Academy of Holy Cross - Silver Spring, MD) 

Shane Rabinowitz (Friends School of Baltimore - Baltimore, MD)

Alexander Suh (St. Albans School - Chevy Chase, MD)

Elsa Bollinger (West Fargo High School - Mapleton, ND)

Emily Chen (The Hun School - East Brunswick, NJ)

Ziyi Liu (Princeton High School - Cranbury, NJ)

Daniel Qian (East Brunswick High School - East Brunswich, NJ)

Marcelo Jaimes-Lukes (Elisabeth Irwin High School - Brooklyn, NY)

Denae Jones (Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists - Bronx, NY)

Nicole Sanchez (Stuyvesant High School - Elmhurst, NY)

Daphne Ocran (Lakota East High School - Liberty Township, OH)

Anisha Datta (Glencoe High School - Hillsboro, OR)

Daphne Martin (Madison High School - Portland, OR)

Cade May (Grant High School - Portland, OR)

Kyah Hawkins (Constitution High School - Philadelphia, PA)

Jenny Zhang (Central Bucks East High School - Furlong, PA)

Monica Garcia (Jersey Village High School - Houston, TX)

Justin Lai (Westwood High School - Austin, TX)

Shane Lewis (Hanna High School - Brownsville, TX)

Basundhara Mukherjee (South Burlington High School - South Burlington, VT)

Maya Shelton-Davies (River Falls High School - River Falls, WI)


 

JCamp 2013 is made possible by a grant from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Additional support is provided by The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, the Dow Jones Foundation, Bloomberg, CNN, CBS, Gannett, General Motors, Hillshire Brands, The New York Times, the Dow Jones News Fund, NBC, AAJA-Chicago, AAJA-Philadelphia and AAJA-Washington, D.C.