My name is Anjali Huynh, and I am a senior at Iowa City West High School. This is my third year on the West Side Story staff, and I currently serve as the Print Managing Editor and Co-Copy Editor. Additionally, I am an Editorial Intern for Little Village magazine and have several bylines in The Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Journalism is undoubtedly my greatest passion. I find joy in conversations with individuals I’ve never spoken to before, in shocked expressions as readers pore over uncovered truths, and in smiles from grateful sources whose voices were made heard. It is through journalism that I learned a vital lesson: high school student voices are often hidden under a sea of adults belittling younger members of society. This makes their stories even more vital to uncover and share. As part of the next generation of journalists, I strive to act as a liaison between individuals and my audience, practicing as a storyteller using various mediums.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. I’m thrilled to share my accumulation of creations for the JEA Journalist of the Year Competition, and I hope you enjoy.