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Friends Erica Levy, left, and Kelly Smith are both first-timers in the New Media Communications class. Both girls credit the course with teaching them how to become stronger writers. This fall they will attend the University of Maryland and Penn State University, respectively.
Rachel Hoffman has been in the New Media Communications class for two years, and will be studying at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. Hoffman said that the class “definitely helped with writing and research skills,” and thanks her teacher for teaching her about the art of communications.
The 2013-2014 school year was Morgan Hamerman’s first year in the New Media Communications class. “I had no idea what this class would be like, and I now have a newfound respect for journalism and reporters,” she said. Hamerman will attend Penn State University in the fall.
NMC II member Sydney Bass feels that the JerEcho staff is like a family. Bass’s advice to future students is to “always budget your time properly, be open-minded to others’ opinions, and work your hardest.” She will study at Emory University in the fall.
Rob Jenis will attend Tulane University next year, and enjoyed covering the controversy over student salad options in the cafeteria this year. “In addition to writing a successful journalistic piece, I changed school policy for future generations,” he said. “It is that feeling of making a difference that makes this all worth the hard work.”
JerEcho Editor-in-chief and three-year New Media Communications class member Chloe Shakin will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall and plans on majoring in English with a minor in journalism. Shakin said that her favorite part of the life-changing class is seeing younger students eager to learn. “It makes me so happy that other students are getting out of the class what I took from it,” she said.
Senior Managing Editor and former Sports Editor Mike Schumer will attend the University of Chicago in the fall and intends to major in economics. Schumer feels that it is important to be a member of the JerEcho because it is “important to continue one’s passion for the English language.”
Danielle Goodstadt, left, and Sabrina Berman will attend the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan, respectively. Both Goodstadt and Berman agree that the class helped them to improve their time management and writing skills.
Lauren Goldstein will study communications at Northwestern University. “Being a part of the JerEcho improved my writing and research skills, and being a part of any high school newspaper staff will allow anyone to be a bigger part of their community,” she said.
NMC student Alex Marshall will attend Emory University in the fall, and feels most proud of his piece about senior Facebook names. “Because of the New Media Communications class, I will forever look at journalists with a newfound respect, and I have learned so much about writing and life from the class,” he said.
After being in the New Media Communications class for two years, Alison Lieberman feels that the class allowed her to “be less shy and more outgoing, especially reaching out to people for interviews and answers.” Lieberman will study business at the University of Maryland.
BY RACHEL SCHREIBSTEIN, KATIE MARGOLIS, AND MATTHEW ROTHSTEIN Many Jericho teachers have been implementing phone holders in their classrooms, requiring students to store their phones in a shoe rack for the duration of the class period. Students affectionately have labeled these devices “phone jails” and have mixed feelings about their implementation. Two of the...