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Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Welcomes 27 New Kid Reporters

Posted Nov 23, 2015
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Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has welcomed 27 new Kid Reporters, ages 10 to 14, to the country’s oldest and largest student reporting program. The newly-appointed reporters will join eight returning young journalists to report “news for kids, by kids” with coverage of current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sports events from their hometowns and on the national stage. The new team of 35 Kid Reporters from 22 states and the District of Columbia will carry out a long-standing tradition of covering the presidential election, reporting on stories from the campaign trail to Election Day, and the inauguration of the next U.S. president.

The full list of Kid Reporters, along with their bios, can be viewed at

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps editors chose the reporters from more than 200 applications, which required students to submit a news report about their local community, ideas for future stories, and a personal essay explaining why they would like to be a Kid Reporter. In the 2014–15 program year, Kid Reporters interviewed Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush, as well as authors, entertainers, and newsmakers including Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants; Jack Black, actor and star of Goosebumps; and Buzz Aldrin, former Apollo astronaut.

For more than 15 years, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has delivered news to classrooms nationwide. Stories by the Kid Reporters appear in select issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which are read by more than 25 million students nationwide, and are available online at

The 2015–2016 members of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps are:

* indicates new reporter


Jeremy Hsiao – Walnut

Pratyush Sharma – Walnut Creek *

Ayah Tamimi – Harbor City *


Alaa Osman – Orange Park *

Benjamin Schiller – Boca Raton *

Bobby Sena – Orlando


Genesis Hector – Peachtree City *


Maya Nayak – Hoffman Estates *


Bridget Gustafson – Cedar Rapids *


Gabriel Ferris – Winslow


Stone Shen – Acton *

Maxwell Surprenant – Needham *


Benjamin Duckworth – Saline


Ryan Stoltz – Eden Prairie


Esther Appelstein – Saint Louis *


Chloe Nguyen – Las Vegas *

New Hampshire

Kaitlin Clark – North Woodstock *

New Jersey

Skylar Yarter – Maplewood *

Joshua Yi – Milltown

New York

Charlotte Fay – New York *

Adedayo Perkovich – Brooklyn

North Carolina

Abigael Shea – Mayodan *


Kyra O’Connor – Dublin

Evelyn Smits – Olmsted Township *


Erik Weibel – Benton *

South Carolina

Gracie Wood – Spartanburg *


Bridget Li – Austin *

Preston Phillips – Plano *


Charlotte Steuble – Great Falls *

Luke Tyson – Henrico *

Manu Onteeru – Sterling *


Amalia Richburg-Martinez – Burien *

Washington, D.C.

Courtney Pine *


Lilian Jochmann – Shorewood *

Connor Vijayapal – Altoona *

Source: Scholastic,

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