HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: NEXT JEN

For many students, R-Jeneration is a chance of a lifetime.

R-Jeneration is a program offered to local high school students interested in the field of journalism by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Many of these talented teenagers write for, or even edit, their school newspapers. Others have a passion for photography or art.

For an hour and a half a week, the teens have a chance to learn about journalism and are taught in-depth by professionals from the Review-Journal about everything from how to find good sources for their articles to how to write interesting movie reviews. The students then use what they learn to produce the paper’s weekly teen-oriented page, R-Jeneration.

Professional writers, photographers, and artists work one on one with the students to produce the page’s content, articles written by teenage writers for teenage readers about issues that interest teens.

Here is the 2007-08 school year’s R-Jeneration team:

RACHEL ALGER

Writer, photographer

Foothill High School, senior

Interests: Writing, photography, lifeguarding

Favorite music: Indie rock, the band Rilo Kiley

Quote: "I have an adorable chubby pug named Gingerbread, and she has the most adorable curly tail in the world."

CHRISTINA BAZAN

Writer

Centennial High School, senior

Interests: Politics, current events, reading

Favorite music: Imogen Heap, Sufjan Stevens, Federico Aubele

Quote: "Everyone who looks at me makes the assumption that I’m full Caucasian, but I’m one-half Argentine."

MARC BECK

Writer

The Meadows School, senior

Interests: Aviation, computers, playing football and track

Favorite music: Rock/metal, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Quote: "I’ve built the last three computers I’ve had and also am half black and half Asian (Taiwanese)."

JOHN CALLAHAN

Photographer

Arbor View High School, junior

Interests: Photography, baseball, cross country

Favorite music: Everything but rap

Quote: "I am called the ‘photo guy’ at my school."

CRYSTAL CHASE

Writer

Clark High School, senior

Interests: Selling clothes to people at work, camping, reading

Favorite music: Gives everything a chance

Quote: "I love warm, home-cooked meals, it makes me feel like I’m in one of those Cambell’s soup commercials."

LAUREN CLARK

Writer

Eldorado High School, senior

Interests: Listening to music, hanging out in Boulder City, texting

Favorite music: Rock, Weezer

Quote: "Nearly anything that I say won’t likely be repeated and I talk really fast."

VALERIE DE ANGELO

Writer, photographer

Sierra Vista High School, senior

Interests: Student council, broadcast journalism, watching football

Favorite music: Country music, "High School Musical"

Quote: "Over the summer I am a lifeguard, and unlike most people, I LOVE my weird tan lines."

CASEY GOODWIN

Writer

Advanced Technologies Academy, junior

Interests: Reading, wasting time on the computer, and science and engineering

Favorite music: The Beatles

Quote: "All my friends think I’m crazy because I’m obsessed with purple elephants and Bob the Builder. Purple Elephants forever!"

ANTHONY GRAHAM

Writer

Liberty High School, junior

Interests: Books, movies, music

Favorite music: Alternative rock/folk-ish music, some powerpop

Quote: "I guess I’m always trying to be an interesting and intelligent person with a certain mystery about them, but I always end up being a typical suburban kid."

LAUREN HOENEMEYER

Writer

The Meadows School, senior

Interests: Journalism, art, piano, volunteering

Favorite music: Classic rock, rap

Quote: "I won the Most Elegant in the Miss Cinderella Nevada Beauty Pageant. I must say the pageant world is pretty crazy. I participated in that pageant for the first time this summer and met some psychotic beauty queens, one in which she told me she was going to break my kneecaps if I won! No joke!"

CHRISTINA HOUGE

Writer

Liberty High School, junior

Interests: Choir, dance, journalism

Favorite music: Country, hip-hop, pop

Quote: "I am a twin and my sister’s name is Amanda."

JESSICA KANTOR

Writer

Canyon Springs High School, senior

Interests: Journalism, politics, friends

Favorite music: Tri-hop, folk, afro-beat

Quote: "’All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening’ — Francis Woolcott."

ALEXA KELLY

Writer

Liberty High School, junior

Interests: Journalism, baseball, shopping/girlie stuff

Favorite music: Rap, R&B, particularly Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Timbaland

Quote: "I’m a huge Yankees fan. Seriously, HUGE."

KERSTIN KENT

Writer

Faith Lutheran High School, senior

Interests: Writing, cheer, traveling

Favorite music: Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack, Mae

Quote: "I speak Czech fluently."

 

RYAN KISSAM

Writer

Canyon Springs High School, senior

Interests: Straight Edge, film criticism, shows

Favorite music: Sleeping Giant, Brand New

Quote: "I am a vegetarian."

KATHLEEN MEHOCIC

Photographer

Bishop Gorman High School, senior

Interests: Rollerblading, hiking, debating

Favorite music: Everything except opera

Quote: "I love animals, and at one time had 27 pets (20 of those pets were fish, but I didn’t have an aquarium, just a whole bunch of fish bowls that took hours to clean each weekend)."

RIKKI MITCHELL

Writer

Faith Lutheran High School, senior

Interests: Dancing, taking photos, keeping memories

Favorite music: Anything she can dance to

Quote: "The world always looks brighter from behind a smile."

LAUREN NOORDA

Writer

Shadow Ridge High School, senior

Interests: Violin, reading, journalism

Favorite music: Rock, alternative rock

Quote: "When you say my name really fast, it sounds like ‘Law & Order.’"

LEAH PARR

Photographer

Las Vegas Academy, senior

Interests: Horses, taking pictures, school newspaper

Favorite music: Anything to jam to while driving, especially "Shock Value" and the "Across the Universe" soundtrack

Quote: "I have my whole life plan set around going into photojournalism and marrying Anderson Cooper and being the premier journalist power couple in the business. He’s beautiful, a dedicated journalist, graduated from Yale, and is a Vanderbilt. What’s not to love?"

ROSEMARY PETERS

Writer

Bishop Gorman High School, senior

Interests: Tutoring, partying with friends, making scrapbooks

Favorite music: Everything, especially alternative punk

Quote: "My greatest joy in life is making other people laugh."

CRISTINA RODRIQUEZ

Writer

Cheyenne High School, junior

Interests: Collecting records and CDs, sleeping, shopping

Favorite music: Everything, with a favorite band every week

Quote: "Most people don’t know that I don’t eat meat or dairy products, my own personal choice."

LEA RUDNER

Photographer

Palo Verde High School, senior

Interests: Shopping, hanging with friends, taking pictures

Favorite music: Everything

Quote: "I’m Native American."

SARA SALAYICH

Writer

Coronado High School, junior

Interests: Dancing, singing, learning sign language

Favorite music: All kinds except for country and opera

Quote: "I can pick anything up with my feet (toes)."

JILLIAN STENZEL

Writer, photographer

Faith Lutheran High School, senior

Interests: Dance, photography, natural health

Favorite music: Indie, pop, hip-hop

Quote: "My words to live by are from Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ "

RAQUEL TREICHEL

Artist

Liberty High School, junior

Interests: Playing guitar, tennis, concerts

Favorite music: Hard rock, Godsmack

Quote: "My dream college is Columbia University and I plan on majoring in chemical engineering."

ERIKA TURNER

Writer

Liberty High School, junior

Interests: Writing, running, music

Favorite music: Indie

Quote: "I have, since the third grade, loved Sailor Moon and always will. This is what led me to fall in love with the Japanese culture."

PASHTANA USUFZY

Writer

Arbor View High School, senior

Interests: Reading, travel, writing

Favorite music: Pop

Quote: "I’m the president of my school’s Key Club."

TARA VERDEROSA

Writer

Palo Verde High School, senior

Interests: Writing, reading, laser tag

Favorite music: Linkin Park and Flyleaf

Quote: "I have two jobs. One working as a safekey counselor and the other as a Laser Quest marshal. I absolutely love working with kids."

SHERESE WELSH

Writer

Coronado High School, junior

Interests: Hanging with friends, going to concerts, visiting California, going to theme parks

Favorite music: Fray

Quote: "I was born in Los Angeles, California."

CASSANDRA WILLEY

Writer

Sierra Vista High School, senior

Interests: Writing, finding new music, playing "Madden" for Playstation

Favorite music: Any music you can come up with

Quote: "I suppose the most interesting thing about me is that my older brother has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and is currently in the Army stationed in Germany, and my mom breeds chugs (Chihuahua/pugs)."

ROBERT WINN

Writer, photographer

Eldorado High School, senior

Interests: Socars, road trips, movies

Favorite music: Alternative, the Beatles and Brand New

Quote: "’The moving finger writes; and having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.'(– Omar Khayyam)."

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