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Friday, 09 December 2011 15:19

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps APPOINTS 32 New KID reporters

59 New and Veteran Kid Reporters Provide Election 2012 coverage for Students Nationwide

New York, NY (November 17, 2011) – Today Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, welcomed 32 new members to the Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsÔ, a group of student journalists, ages 10-14, who report “news for kids, by kids” with coverage of current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their hometowns and on the national stage.

The newly-appointed Kid Reporters will join 27 returning young journalists who were part of the student reporting program this past year. As its new team of 59 Kid Reporters from 31 states hits the campaign trail, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is well-positioned to provide another year of award-winning election coverage to classrooms nationwide

“Teachers, parents and kids turn to the Scholastic News Kid Corps for kid-friendly news coverage, especially during an election year. The Kid Reporters help put the issues of the day in a context that is both relevant and age-appropriate for young readers,” said Dante A. Ciampaglia, Editor of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.  “This is the fourth presidential election to be covered by the Kid Reporters. It is an exciting time to learn about and practice journalism.”

The new reporters were chosen by the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps editors from more than 200 student applications that required students to submit a news report about their local community, ideas for future stories, and a personal essay explaining why they would like to be a Kid Reporter. For the full list of reporters, see below.

For more than 11 years, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has delivered “news for kids, by kids”. The Kid Reporter videos and reports are available on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps site, and their stories are often published in issues of Scholastic classroom magazines including Scholastic News® and Junior Scholastic® that go to tens of thousands of classrooms nationwide. Recently, the Kid Reporters made news with their exclusive sit-down interview at the White House with President Barack Obama. Other stories this fall included coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement, special reports on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and National Bullying Prevention Month, and interviews with authors including Brian Selznick and Jeff Kinney.

The 2011-2012 members of The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps are:

* indicates new reporter


Abigail Gerber – Mesa


Maev Dunning –Davis *

Diego Magaña – Oxnard *

Veronica Louise Mendoza – Los Altos Hills *

Damien Murphy – Burbank

Miranda Rector – Los Angeles

Aminah Tamimi – Bellflower *


Jenna Winocur – Denver 


Claudia Pagnozzi-Schwam – Mystic * 

Leila Sachner – Hamden


Shelby Fallin – Lakeland

Albert Ordonez – Miami

Topanga Sena – Orlando


Andrew Liang – Atlanta


Jessica Taylor – Honolulu *


Anum Shafqat – Chicago * 

Natalie Wexler – Highland Park *


Grace Ybarra – Indianapolis


Alysa Goethe – Bettendorf

Elena Hildebrandt – Des Moines

Adam Metivier – Davenport *


Caleb Michel Wilson – Wichita *


Tori Feaster – Leesville

Christopher Pate – Alexandria *


Hannah Olympia Prensky – Middletown *


Coleman F. Hirschberg – Somerville *


Zarin Loosli – Canton *

Molly Pribble – Ann Arbor


Annie Secker – Joplin *


Cheyenne Ruiz – Sun Valley *

New Hampshire

Naomi Bamidele – Concord *

Chloe Conway – Manchester

New Jersey

Taylor Mae Galgano – Pennington *

Amiri Tulloch – Woodbridge *

New Mexico

Jacob Schroeder – Albuquerque

New York

Dani Bergman Chudnow – New York *

Cecilia Gault – New York

Fred Hechinger – New York

Grace McManus – New York

Jasmine Perry – New York *

William Russell – Sound Beach *

Ellie Sommers – Manlius

North Carolina

Katharine Paige Richardson – Raleigh *

North Dakota

Aria Wanek – Bismarck *


Meggie Zahneis – West Chester


Naina Balepur – Lancaster *

Katelyn Marie Barr – Wayne *

Matthew Moore – New Castle *

South Carolina

Faith Dalzell – Charleston

Zach Dalzell – Charleston


Ben Frigon – Chattanooga *


Chloe McWilliams – Del Rio

Erin Sheena – Bellaire


Nick Berray – Great Falls

Abby Lauren Sacks – Burke *

Alexandra Zhang – McLean

Edward Zhou – Oakton *

Washington, D.C.

Nell Leibovich – Washington, DC *


Morgan Annice Tolley – Moses Lake *

The full list of Kid Reporters, along with their bios, can be viewed here.

For more information, please visit the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps at www.scholastic.com/kidspress, or visit the media room.

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