By: Manasvi Adusumilli
Anika Bhupatiraju, the founder and editor-in-chief states, “The fact that the older kids had a newspaper got me thinking. I thought the younger kids should be given the same opportunity.” And she did exactly that. Her drive and motivation got her here as her journey taught her the value of being a leader. Her team believes in hard work and perseverance and promises to be an inspiration to those around them. Hasini Jaishetty, a publisher, addresses the situation and says “the journey and newspaper ignited my creativity and I wanted to help instill this quality into others.”
The immense effort put into founding and releasing editions of this newspaper is admirable. They work on creating content that is engaging, informative, and organized. By organizing an agenda, attending meetings 3 times a week, and constantly engaging in productive conversations, these students work tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible experience. Keeping in mind their audience of students both old and young, they plan to address a series of topics, making sure “there is something for everybody.” As such persevering young minds, they have used this as an opportunity to be more creative and cooperative and work towards something bigger than themselves.
Behind all the positivity and optimism, like anyone else, they faced their share of adversity. Releasing the first edition was a challenge, to say the least. A group of 10 PYP students were required to build an entire website and write adequate pieces of content in order for the first edition to be published. Meeting the deadline and time-management was one of the most difficult obstacles they faced. As the students said, “There is only so much we can do as a group of kids and it was hard to pull it off at the beginning, but we made it work.” They worked through the pressure of a restricted timeline and uncooperative members, but came out stronger than ever.
After the release of the first edition, the founder began to have second thoughts about the newspaper. She justifies the statement by saying, “There was a small instant where I thought it wasn’t going to work out. However, I began to receive a ton of emails reminding me why I started the newspaper and why we need to keep going.” These words of encouragement astounded her and she was grateful to have such a supportive and inspiring team that “had my back through everything.”
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” These students live by this code and built their newspaper around the same motive. I strongly recommend checking out their website and their work! On that note, they are currently looking for more editors. All the PYP students out there that are interested, do sign up! It’ll be the experience of a lifetime.
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