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Review newsroom welcomes summer intern

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Anna Cinamon
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Anna Cinamon, an upcoming senior at Bainbridge High School, is thrilled to have joined the staff of the Bainbridge Review as a summer intern. Cinamon has always had a passion for literature and for writing, and it did not take long for her to shift her focus to journalism.

During her freshman year, Cinamon was introduced to the staff of Bainbridge High School’s newspaper, the Spartan Standard.

“My first article was about Coach Orness and the basketball team, and I remember really struggling with the format and structure of the article,” Cinamon said. “It was unlike any writing I had ever done before, but I was determined to learn more.”

During that first year on the Spartan Standard Cinamon acted as both a photographer and reporter. As freshman are not technically allowed to be on the staff of the Spartan Standard, Cinamon submitted all of her work as a guest writer.

“Although I was not listed as part of the staff, I felt like I was part of the group,” she said. “The atmosphere at the Standard is very welcoming and friendly, so I felt like I fit right in.”

During her sophomore and junior years, Cinamon worked on the staff of the Standard as a photographer and reporter. In the coming school year, she will be taking over the position as editor of the features section.

“I especially like features because of the broad range of articles it brings in,” Cinamon said. “It is a good opportunity to learn more about what is going on in the high school or on the island. One week I may be writing about the new Biomedical Engineering Club, the next I might be discussing the local student-run bands like Lost Reception or Evergreen.”

Cinamon is excited to be working at the Review this summer, she said.

As an intern, Cinamon will be writing articles and learning about the different kinds of journalism by shadowing reporters, taking assignments and participating in training sessions with journalists from throughout the region.

“I’m elated to have Anna join our newsroom. I’ve been extremely impressed already by her writing ability, and she’s really brought a new perspective to the team,” said  Review editor Brian Kelly.

When she is not exploring journalism, Cinamon enjoys reading and creative writing.

“My favorite author at the moment is Patrick Rothfuss, author of ‘The Name of the Wind,’ because of his amazing attention to detail and character development. And, of course, J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien will always hold a special place in my heart for their ability to create worlds that you can get lost in,” she said.

As an only child, Cinamon had plenty of time growing up to devote to reading. Cinamon’s family was very encouraging of this interest, and said it was rare to see her without her nose in a book.

From the time she was 4, Cinamon always carried a book with her no matter where she went — a habit that still exists today.

“I always try to keep a book in my car because you never know when you’ll need it,” Cinamon said.

Her other passions include photography, dance and drums.

Cinamon has been dancing for 13 years, since she was 4.

“It is a beautiful art form that commands self control and grace. I love dance because of the self-expression that it allows,” Cinamon said. “While it is very much about the individual, you need to learn how to work as a team with the dancers around you.”

The world of communications and journalism is constantly changing. Cinamon is excited to learn more about it through the Review and further explore it through college. She is currently pursuing a career in either photojournalism or music production and is happy to get as much experience as possible.

“I am so grateful for all of the opportunities that I have gotten,” Cinamon said. “Both the Spartan Standard and the Bainbridge Review are helping me to enhance my writing skills and my knowledge of journalism.”

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