Awesome student news!

April rained (and, ugh, snowed) down a ton of great news for our writers!

First, BIG congratulations to senior reporter Simeon Lancaster, winner of ThreeSixty Journalism’s full-tuition scholarship!

Simeon is currently enrolled in PSEO courses at Concordia University and will begin his freshman year at the University of St. Thomas this fall with 62 credits on his plate. He plans to double major in journalism and international studies.

In addition to being a standout scholar, Simeon has also juggled a job at Izzy’s Ice Cream and tennis practice during his time with ThreeSixty. He’s impressed all of our staff with his natural storytelling instincts and desire to take on tough assignments.

Check out his cover pieces on teen prostitution and the marijuana debate. In May, look for his reflective essay on managing job responsibilities with school.

Also, thank you to the University of St. Thomas for the incredibly generous support of our students. You’ll love having this kid on campus full-time.

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Second, senior reporter Maya Shelton-Davies will be sharpening her skills at the Asian American Journalist Association’s JCamp2013 from June 21 to 26 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Maya earned her way into the all-expenses-paid program by tackling big assignments for ThreeSixty, including her essay about a friend’s death in a car accident and a March interview with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. She also landed the cover story on school safety protocols for an extensive May package.

In all, the six-day journalism training camp brings together a culturally diverse group of students from across the nation to learn from veteran writers and leading media executives. Past JCamp speakers have included Madhulika Sikka, executive editor of NPR News; Brian Williams, “NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor; Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times and Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter.

Dang, can we attend? Way to go, Maya!

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Third, City Pages recapped a sweet Doomtree concert at Roosevelt High School that also happened to feature ThreeSixty writer Brianna Skildum on stage. Or as she’s described in the April 29 review, “in a red-brimmed cap tilted just so, Bri LeGarde a.k.a. Skildum was mesmerizing delivering the complex couplets of ‘Thank You,’ which played out as a list of the many hardships that are essential for artistic growth.”

Brianna is definitely going to have to write about her mad hip-hop skills for us. Awesome work!

— Thomas Rozwadowski, publications editor

Photo credit: Erik Hess, City Pages

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