DNC: Greeley teen perspective
Vail CO, Colorado
GREELEY, Colorado ” Maggie Thompson would love to tell you how psyched she is to cover the Democratic National Convention.
The only problem is, she’s going to be pretty busy.
The senior at Greeley Central High School expects to work up to 14 hours a day this week covering the convention for the Colorado Press Association and Children’s Pressline.
“I could not pass up an opportunity like this,” Maggie said. “I’ll be watching history in the making.”
She’s not yet 18, so she’s not a registered voter. If she was, she’d be a Democrat, she said. But that’s not why she was selected. She was one of four chosen by the CPA after submitting two articles she wrote for the school newspaper and a letter from her school adviser.
She won’t get into all the events but believes she’ll be able to get into the major ones, including the speeches. She doesn’t know what she’ll be covering there. She will miss school for an entire week, but CPA will provide lodging for her. She doesn’t even know if she’ll get to meet Obama.
“But I’ve let my imagination go with that one,” she said and laughed.
She said she does believe she’s ready for it.
“I just have to be focused and confident,” she said. “If I get too nervous about it, I’ll have writer’s block. I think if this happened last year I would not have been.”
But a year of working on the school newspaper and reading a lot of publications helped, she said.
Her feelings also probably aren’t much different than any other reporter down there covering the event.
“It will be intense,” she said.
Maggie Thompson’s articles should run in the Children’s Pressline publication. For more information about Children’s Pressline, go to http://www.cplmedia.org.
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