FIRTH — A student from Firth High School is joining the Community Pioneer as part of the news outlet’s desire to give local students journalism experience.
Meet Mia Wanstrom, an 18-year-old senior at Firth High School. While Mia finishes up her senior year, she will cover all things Firth High School for Community Pioneer.
“I like writing, so that’s part of it,” Mia said about why she enjoys journalism. “But I also really like talking to new people and learning about things happening in the community.”
Mia has been a part of the Firth High School journalism program since it began, but that’s not her only passion. She was captain of the Firth soccer team. She is an FFA officer and an officer in the FCCLA.
According to fcclainc.org, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a Career and Technical Student Organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system.
Through the program, Mia has competed at statewide competitions and won.
“One year. I competed in Illustrated Talk. So I gave a speech on resilience. And actually, won state with that. And then, I also competed in National Programs in Action. And during that project, I hosted a 4H day camp, wrote articles for the newspaper and then I presented that at state,” Mia said.
On top of all of that, Mia has been a member of 4H for ten years.
“I really like plants. I’ve been doing a lot of things with plants my entire life. And I’ve been working with animals, for most of my life,” she said.
The University of Idaho has already accepted Mia. She plans on studying there after graduating from Firth High School.
“As of now, my plan is to major in biology and get a minor either English or journalism,” Mia said.
Community Pioneer is excited to welcome Mia to the team.
The opportunity to report for Community Pioneer is open to any juniors or seniors at Firth and Shelley high schools.
“We want to give any of these students, who are willing to work hard and take direction, the chance to gain some real-world experience. Not to mention, being able to say you have been published by a professional news outlet looks pretty good on a college application form,” said Mike Price, Community Pioneer Editor-in-Chief.
Students who are interested in the opportunity may contact Price by email at email@example.com.