My name is Andrew Russell, I’m 17 years old, and I’m a senior at Start High School. This is my third year in Journalism. I came back because I like having a place to voice my opinion on things I’m passionate about.
I enjoy watching movies and writing non fiction, and I’ll be writing movie reviews and the deepest of think pieces regarding film for LifeAtStart.com.
Hi, my name is Rayne Wilcox. I am 17 years old and I am a junior at Start. My passion for writing started after my oldest brother, Jordan, passed away in 2009. It was one of the worst days of my life. Writing was and still is, a good coping skill for me on days that I struggle with losing him.
When I graduate high school, I would like to go to college to become a Psychiatrist. If I can help others and tell them that they can make it through any obstacle that they are going through, then I’ll feel as if my purpose in this world would be fulfilled.
In my free time, I love hanging out with my cousin, Taylor, watch Disney movies, and read quotes. I start my day off with reading one and it helps me get through the day tremendously. I am a happy go lucky girl and I would love to be your friend, so if you ever want to get to know me and become friends, I would be ecstatic. I promise that I don’t bite.
“No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, what you’ve been through. You can make a difference in this world.”- Demi Lovato
My name is Sienna Bester, 16, and I’m a junior at Start High School. I wouldn’t say that I’m a good writer but I like to write about certain situation I find interesting or certain events that happened in my life.
I turned to writing because I’m a shy person and most times I don’t like to say how I feel, so I just write about it.
Growing up I always felt like I had no one to talk to, so writing was the only way I could express myself.
Hopefully, by taking this class I’ll be more open and become a better writer, and meet some new people along the way.
My name is Kasey Brown. I’m 15 and a sophomore at Start High School. My hobbies include reading mysteries, nonfiction and short stories, watching TV, usually whatever’s on at the time, and playing video games.
When I was a freshman my counselor put me in journalism. Although I’m not the best writer, I like expressing what’s on my mind and I’m going to give journalism a shot.
My name is Me’Lyea Burton, 16, and I’m a junior at Start High School. I’ve always loved to write but as I got older, I realized how good of a writer I could be. I was never a big fan of talking about my problems to others, so I always turned to writing. Growing up, my parents weren’t together. I lived with my mom, frequently saw my dad, and I had two older brothers, Dionte and Armonte.
When I was five, my mom had twin girls, Shamir and Shamar, then later had my little sister Trinity. I was no longer the youngest and often found myself being isolated from my family. I felt I’d be a burden if I confessed my feelings of me being a big sister, so writing became my life-long best friend. Writing, along with reading, cheering, singing, and listening to music, is my favorite thing to do. Although I love my hobbies, I wouldn’t want to make any of them my career. I plan to graduate this year. In the future, I see myself being a forensic psychologist. Whatever I do, I just want to be happy while doing it.
Hello, my name is Christopher Cook. I am a junior at Roy C. Start High School. I am 16 years old. This is my first year in Journalism. I listen to rap music by people like Logic, Eminem, and Wiz Khalifa. I work at Russ’ Auto Wash drying cars for $8.50 an hour. I love money and enjoy saving it. I am saving up to buy a truck. I really like Chevy Silverados but don’t know about getting one on such a small budget. When I’m bored I play my Xbox One. I play games like Call of Duty and Battlefield but enjoy other games too. I’m not the greatest writer and could use some practice. I considered dropping this class because of it. Especially when I did bad on this the first time around and the teacher made me look bad. That was not fun, but my friend Rayne told me that I can and will get better with practice. I decided to stay and hopefully I will improve and publish something worth reading. I hope you enjoy this website and everything me and my classmates put on to it.
Hey! My name is Jocelyn Hennessey and this is my first year in Journalism. I like to write about my thoughts on things and share them with people just like you. I hope to come across some interesting topics this school year. I am 17-years old, my favorite subject is English, I am a senior, and I love any shade of blue. I haven’t written many things besides assignments due in English class, however, I do enjoy hearing about the many different things students have to talk about.
Therefore, I am more than excited to start writing some articles and catching up on the latest news at Start High School. I come from a big family, however, I am the oldest of two younger siblings. My brother is 12 and my sister is eight. My parents are my biggest heroes and I don’t know where I would be without them. They have pushed me to do the things I think I can’t, and for that I am grateful for them. I’m not a very outspoken person, but once you get to know me, I can be one of your best friends.
My name is Kayce Lopez, and I’m a 16-year-old junior here at Start. Writing has been one of the few traits of mine I’ve kept this long. I’ve always had a twisted view on the concept of personality, and as a result my own fluctuates and changes as quick as I’m introduced to a new concept. Sometimes, I think I like being an enigma to myself, but other times it can be disheartening. Like now, I’m meant to introduce myself, but have no sense of self to introduce.
I tend to watch and empathize with other people more than I pay attention to myself. The only pro to this is that I find it easy to come up with different characters and scenarios for creative pieces. Creative Writing is what I hope to make my overall career, and I think Journalism will definitely help strengthen my writing skills and define the way my thoughts work.
Hi my name is DeAndre, but I actually prefer Dominic or Dom. I just don’t really like my birth name so about two years ago I told people that I prefer to be called “Dom” and they all seemed okay with it. I attend Start High School, and I’m a senior. I’m 17 and I am the oldest child of my family. I have two sisters and I live with my grandma . I’m very comical and easy going. I enjoy making people laugh; I usually try to make it so I’m on everyone’s good side at least at some point in my life. I also play video games, mostly computer games. The ones I enjoy the most are on the website/client “Steam.” These games are usually fighting , arcade, and adventure games. To sum things up, all I do in my free time is bring art into reality.
For example, I use photography to express emotion or my thoughts in that exact moment. It helps me connect with the people around me and it usually has a positive impact. My interests have lead me to journalism. I’m really excited to be in Journalism. I feel like there are some things I can learn in this course that will help me in my career with computers and photography/camera work. My topics during this class will be towards modern trends, and hobbies people enjoy throughout school and the outside world. I hope you all enjoy my articles, and I will do my best to make them interesting with facts and things to make them pop out a bit. If you have any questions or tips you can reach me at my email listed below. Thank you for allowing me to open up to you. Have a wonderful day.
Hello, my name is Joseph Rowan and I am a 17 year-old senior at Start High School. I joined Journalism because Andrew Russell convinced me to join, and because I wanted to better myself as a writer and I feel like LifeAtStart.com would be the correct platform to do so. I like to listen to music, some artists I like are: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Flatbush Zombies, and Kanye West.
I also like to watch movies, draw, and hang out with my friends. I am the youngest of three in my family and have always felt that writing was a good way to voice my opinions and emotions.
My name is Tori St.Clair and I’m a junior at Start High School. This is my first year in Journalism. I’ve never considered myself too much of a writer, but I hope to voice my opinion more this year and be a better writer. I play broomball for Start, I love plants and animals, and I really love my cat Misty. In my free time I like to be with friends or watch Netflix. At home I live with my parents and my younger brother, and I have an older sister who’s moved out. I can be funny sometimes so you should probably add me on snapchat too @tori-rae100.
My name is Mary Mandley, I am 26 years old, extremely goofy, and in love with life. One of the major reasons I enjoy my life so much is because I have been blessed with an amazing career in teaching. This is my 13th year in the classroom at a variety of high schools and colleges. I graduated from the University of Toledo in 2004, and earned my MA in English in 2008.
I have always been in love with literature and enjoyed writing. However, if you know me, you know that these are trumped by my passion for public speaking (talking to anyone who will listen). Becoming an English teacher was a no-brainer because I was able to weave my two passions and talk about them all day.
The rest of the story is that I am also very enthusiastic about baseball, food, travel, obscure movies and music, and rollerblading, yes rollerblading. You will rarely see me not smiling because I tend to think of life as a sit-com where everyone plays a hilarious part. When you boil it all down, I think you can sum me up in one word, vivacious. On paper it is hard to convey, so stop by and meet me at some point this year.
Dave Murray, 62, is managing editor of The Blade and an adviser to LifeAtStart.com. A 1972 graduate of Otsego High School in Tontogany, Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1978.
He has been with The Blade since 1979 and has been a reporter, city editor, special projects editor, and managing editor the past three years. As city editor and then special projects editor he was the supervising editor of three Blade investigations that were named finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, with the series Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths, about Vietnam War atrocities, winning the Pulitzer for investigative reporting in 2004.