and my Portfolio
I've always been fascinated with people's stories and the permanence of recording them. Eventually, I discovered my passion for writing and from there, I was hooked. While photography came to be a huge part of the form of story-telling I came to know and I love, it wasn't until my freshman year when I worked as a staff reporter on my school's newspaper--The Spoke--that I dusted off my dad's old Nikon. Armed with my notebook and camera, I never looked back.
Hello! Welcome to my SJOY portfolio. Thank you so much for considering me in this process. A quick introduction to me- My name is Ananya and I am a senior at Conestoga High School. While I am originally from India, I was born in Germany and lived there for 12 years. Because of my exposure to multiple different cultures, language has always been my passion and I speak 4 languages and am in the process of learning my 5th as I finish my up 6th year of Spanish. Additionally, I teach German at a local language school.
I have been a part of my highschool's journalism staff, The Spoke for 4 years now. I joined the staff as a freshman and I am currently serving in the position of Editor-in-Chief for the duration of my senior year.
In this section of my portfolio, you will find all the different elements of my time as a journalist both in and out of the classroom.
Additionally, this website is meant to serve as a holistic presentation of my time in high school as an artist, researcher, and civically engaged student. While the other sections are not specifically listed in this year's rubric- feel free to browse through the rest of the tabs to see my experience as a research fellow for UPenn on Youth Writing and Online Communication, the culmination of my 4 years as a studio art student and NAHS member as well as my various internships for the Rosenthal Family Foundation, UPenn's "Vote that Jawn" and New Voters- a completely student-run non-profit.
I wanted to take the time to thank JEA for choosing me to be the 2021 PA Jane Blystone Student Journalist of the Year.
Additionally, I wanted to provide an update after graduating from Conestoga High School in June 2021. I will be spending the next leg of education in Boston, Massachusetts. I am currently attending Northeastern University and am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Journalism. Additionally, I hope to pursue a minor in Spanish.
I will continue to update my site with my most current work through my blog. For the moment, I will be leaving my journalism portfolio as it stands.
- Ananya Kulkarni