‘I am ready to get to know Jenks a little bit deeper and learn in a professional world’
By Izzy Pankey, Jenks Tribune intern
If someone had told me during my freshman year I would be where I am today, I would have never believed them.
I went into high school planning on focusing on vocal music and show choir. My list of extracurriculars consisted of vocal music, and that was it.
While I loved vocal music, very passionately, I knew that I needed to gain something more out of my high school experience. I knew I didn’t like sports, and clubs were never really my thing. However, I had always excelled in English.
When a small group of seniors walked into my English class and told us to join the school newspaper, the Jenks Trojan Torch, I knew it was my opportunity to find something I would enjoy.
I joined the staff my sophomore year and immediately felt at home. Every year on staff, I took a leadership role and now as a senior, I am the editor in chief of the Jenks Trojan Torch.
As I grew in journalism, I also branched out into clubs and sports. I joined DECA, competed at the national level through the club, and I am now the Jenks High School DECA president. I also decided that maybe I could give sports a chance and I am now on the Lady Trojan lacrosse team.
With DECA and the Trojan Torch I developed a love of marketing and social media advertising. With these passions, I earned an internship for Heartland Lacrosse in marketing. When Kyle (Salomon) asked me on the sideline of a football game if I wanted to intern for the Jenks Tribune, I knew it was another opportunity that I had to take.
This year I am so excited to work with Kyle and develop my skills as a journalist. I am ready to get to know Jenks a little bit deeper and learn in a professional world.
Freshman Izzy Pankey would never believe the things I am involved in now as a senior, and she would be proud to see all the accomplishments I have made by simply stepping out of my bubble. I cannot wait to see where this year takes me and am so excited to take on this internship.