Yearning for Yearbook

Sophomore Lorena Hernandez reads a newspaper in the commons of Franklin Hall July 17.

Lorena Hernandez discusses her purpose for attending HSJI

   Looking around at all the journalists during the Opening Session at the High School Journalism Institute (HSJI), there are many students who have traveled a great distance or have returned from the previous year to learn and improve their journalistic abilities. Though all students who have decided to attend the institute share the common passion of journalism, there is a story behind what inspired them to be in that auditorium attentively listening to the director.

   Lorena Hernandez is one of those inspired, attentive journalists sitting in the auditorium crowd being the only student from UIC College Prep High School who is attending the yearbook workshop. She decided to attend HSJI through the guidance of her school counselor and the motivation to gain new experience that would hopefully land her a spot on her school yearbook staff. Hernandez first became interested in journalism freshman year when she started reading the stories and profiles that her school newspaper published to the student body.

   As an introverted person, Hernandez found something so interesting about getting to know another person’s story without having to talk to them face-to-face. She was able to learn more about a person without having to exert herself. With that sudden spark of interest, she decided to join her newspaper staff sophomore year.

   “I decided to join because of what we were going to experience there like doing reports on events and writing stories about people,” Hernandez said. “I’m looking forward to writing stories for the yearbook because we get to know them more of their personality.”

   Joining newspaper staff allowed Hernandez to discover her passion for writing. She hopes that HSJI will further advance her in her journalistic career. Hernandez wants to continue encouraging other people to understand and learn more about their fellow students even if that be through a school newspaper.