By: Rachel Oliveira
The Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism award for AHS was awarded on May 15 to seniors Cameron Merritt and Giovanni Carcomo. They both talk about how they achieved this goal and their feelings about it.
Question: How does it feel to win this award?
Cam: I’m honored to have received this award and join the great list of names on the plaque. It really solidifies our accomplishments and gives us a chance to look up and be proud of all our work, as well as providing students in the Journalism I and II levels with something to aspire to.
Giovanni: I was very honored to win the award mostly because it was something to get back from all the giving. I put a lot of hard work into journalism and to have a certificate made all the hard work official was excellent.
Q: Are you surprised you won this award?
Cam: Not really, to be completely honest. As the head editor, it was something I was expecting, but I knew I had to work hard to deserve the honor and finally seeing my name on the plaque felt surreal.
Gio: No I was not surprised.
Q: How long have you been in this class?
Cam: I first took Journalism the second semester of my sophomore year (2011-12). I took Journalism II during the second trimester of last year and did Advanced Journalism all year this year.
Gio: Since sophomore year, so three.
Q: What did you do to achieve this Award?
Cam: Being committed to the finished product, assisting others, and taking a leadership role to ensure the best for the paper as a whole were the three strong qualities worthy of my being bestowed with the honor.
Gio: Not give up, do all the work, the research, coming up with questions, finding people to interview and keeping up with the editing.
Q: Were you put into this class? If not, why did you want to take this class?
Cam: I actually chose this class originally, as Journalism is something I want to pursue as a career option.
Gio I was not. I took the class because I want to become a journalist.
Q: Was there ever a time you didn’t want to take this class? If so why?
Cam: I’d been looking forward to taking it since the end of eighth grade, when I first saw that this was a class at AHS.
Gio: No never, because I liked the work and the teacher.
Q: Which article are you most proud of doing and why?
Cam: My article titled “Penny Problems” was probably one of my proudest accomplishments in this class. It was my sophomore year and this was my first “real” article, as in I had looked into the topic and did several interviews with teachers and students on their thoughts of the penny. It was really the first time, which I felt I was capable of writing articles at a professional level.
Gio: This is hard, but I would have to say the Miley Cyrus one because it garnered a lot of attention.
Q: Cam, how did you come up with the ‘Eagles Eye’ Website?
Cam: The idea originally popped into my head late into sophomore year, but I had no idea where I could go with it, particularly as only a Journalism I student. I thought a little more of it during junior year, but it really started to pick up steam late last summer. I had seen another school using a more basic version of a blog for their newspaper, and noticed the success of some local sites such as Hockomock Sports. I figured that if we could have a platform online that was easier to access, we could greatly increase viewership and let more people know about us and all that we do. This, in my mind, was the best option for this class as well as the best way I could think of to leave a lasting impact on AHS.
Q: Do you want to continue going into Journalism?
Cam: I will be studying Electronic Journalism Arts at Lyndon State College starting this fall. The major covers all aspects of journalism through its variety of mediums, including television, radio, online, and online print.
Gio: Yes, I plan on taking it in college and pursing it as a career.
Q: What are you going to miss the most about this class?
Cam: It’s a little strange to think it’s all over now. I wanted to be the Head Editor of this publication since I first entered this building, and now it’s time to hand that off to someone else. I’ll miss our core of editors that I’ve been with all year, some even longer, as well as Ms. Bee. However, I know the Eagle’s Eye is in good hands with the Class of 2015 and I expect them to do what they feel best and continue to build off the ground work we’ve made so far.
Gio: The people I really enjoyed the journalism girls (as I like to call them). I would have stayed if it was a real job. Ms. Bee can teach a person a lot but what I miss most are the memories.
Merritt will be attending Lyndon State College in the fall majoring in Electronic Journalism Arts. Carcamo will be at Bristol Community College also in the fall.