Mountain View School District Student Journalists Learn Perseverance is Essential

  • MVSD’s Summer Journalism Program students went on a field trip to the StubHub Center to conduct research and interviews with staff members for the L.A. Galaxy.
  • Payne Highlights journalists take a seat in the Press Box at the StubHub Center.
  • A student journalist enjoys reading the articles in the program’s publication, The Mountain View Voices.

by Michele Earle

El Monte

With World Cup soccer fever in high gear, students in Mountain View School District’s 2014 Summer Journalism Program scored a hat-trick as they learned about the world of journalism, researched soccer and World Cup news, and realized the importance of perseverance.
The young journalists not only learned writing and interviewing skills, they also learned that great works on the soccer field and in life are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
This year’s Summer Journalism Program included news teams from Payne, Parkview, La Primaria and Voorhis Elementary Schools who worked diligently for 11 days researching, interviewing, writing and editing their articles.
A highlight of the program was the field trip to the StubHub Center Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer team, the L.A. Galaxy.  Students were treated to a tour of the stadium, including the Galaxy locker room, the press box, the press room, and the field.  The exceptional StubHub staff members made the experience truly unforgettable for the young journalists, many who are avid soccer fans.
“We greatly appreciate Kevin Chavarria and the staff at the StubHub Center for an amazing tour,” said Angelica Sifuentes-Donoso, MVSD’s Journalism Program Coordinator.  “Kevin’s charismatic way of guiding our students really made it a special experience.”
To gather information for their articles, in addition to Chavarria the students interviewed L.A. Galaxy staff members, Vicky Mercado, Communications Specialist; Adam Serrano, a reporter for the Galaxy Insider; and Jocelyn Papciak, Account Executive for Group Sales.  Providing great inspiration on the importance of perseverance, the journalists also interviewed members of the El Monte community including Jesus Rojas, El Monte Police Officer; Andrew Aguilar, recent Stanford University graduate; Adam Carranza, MVSD Board of Education Member and Researcher at USC; Elijah Donoso, soccer player for the Foothill Storm; Luis Aguilar, Business Owner; and Jessica Valles, a Tae Kwan Do champion.
“We are so grateful to our community members who allowed our young reporters to interview them,” said Sifuentes-Donoso.  “They are former students from our District and from the El Monte community and serve as exceptional role models for our students.  They truly showed that by persevering you can achieve your dreams.”
In its second year, MVSD’s Journalism Program supports the District’s English Learners, providing learning opportunities in specific speaking, reading, listening and writing skills.  By exploring journalism as a profession, the students learn and practice their oral academic language through the experience of being a reporter, becoming very skilled in interviewing and note taking. They explore informational text while drafting articles and learn to construct paragraphs full of great details and quotes, and also edit their work.
“The students were great this summer session and really grasped the journalism concepts,” said Yeisy Perez, instructor for the Payne Highlights news team.  “They related to the World Cup theme and their passion for soccer and the excitement of the World Cup really came through in their writing.”
Culminating their summer experience as journalists, the students were proud to create The Mountain View Voices a publication full of their articles and photos, and they participated in a celebration with their parents and families that provided a mini World Cup experience.
MVSD’s Journalism program is made possible through the partnership of the Weingart Foundation and Loyola Marymount University.

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