Elena Renken, a junior at Central High School in St. Paul, is a 2013 graduate of ThreeSixty’s Intro to Journalism Camp. She contributed her first piece on the digital divide in schools to ThreeSixty’s “Technology Issue.”
Hometown: St. Paul
Favorite author: Ray Bradbury
Favorite Musician(s): Adele, Diana Ross, Metric
Favorite Movie(s): The Fall
Favorite places/things to do in the Twin Cities: Central Library, the MIA, Taste of Thailand, Grand Avenue
If you could interview anyone (living) who would it be? The British street artist Banksy
What do you like about writing? I like trying to find just the right words to express something, and I like arranging my writing so it is flowing and effective.
What issues are important to you? I strongly support the gay rights movement, and I am most concerned about the high poverty levels, insufficient health care system and environmental issues in the United States.
What is your ideal future career? I might want to write feature pieces or reviews for a magazine or newspaper.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would go to see the impressionist paintings in the Musée D’Orsay in Paris.
What are your special talents? I can throw clay on the wheel and fold origami.
What do you do when you’re not at school or journalism camp? I hang out with friends, listen to music, watch television, bake, read, and write.
What else do you think people should know about you? I have been studying French for four years.