Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Appoints 32 New Kid Reporters


59 new and veteran Kid Reporters provide Election 2012 coverage for students nationwide


New York, NY — November 17, 2011 — Today Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, welcomed 32 new members to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps™, a group of student journalists, ages 10-14, who 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 newly-appointed Kid Reporters will join 27 returning young journalists who were part of the student reporting program this past year. As its new team of 59 Kid Reporters from 31 states hits the campaign trail, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps is well-positioned to provide another year of award-winning election coverage to classrooms nationwide.

"Teachers, parents and kids turn to the Scholastic News Kid Corps for kid-friendly news coverage, especially during an election year. The Kid Reporters help put the issues of the day in a context that is both relevant and age-appropriate for young readers," said Dante A. Ciampaglia, Editor of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. "This is the fourth presidential election to be covered by the Kid Reporters. It is an exciting time to learn about and practice journalism."

The new reporters were chosen by the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps editors from more than 200 student applications that 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. For the full list of reporters, see below.

For more than 11 years, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has delivered "news for kids, by kids". The Kid Reporter videos and reports are available on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps site, and their stories are often published in issues of Scholastic classroom magazines including Scholastic News® and Junior Scholastic® that go to tens of thousands of classrooms nationwide. Recently, the Kid Reporters made news with their exclusive sit-down interview at the White House with President Barack Obama. Other stories this fall included coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement, special reports on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and National Bullying Prevention Month, and interviews with authors including Brian Selznick and Jeff Kinney. The 2011-2012 members of The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps are: * indicates new reporter

Abigail Gerber – Mesa

Maev Dunning –Davis *
Diego Magaña – Oxnard *
Veronica Louise Mendoza – Los Altos Hills *
Damien Murphy – Burbank
Miranda Rector – Los Angeles
Aminah Tamimi – Bellflower *

Jenna Winocur – Denver

Claudia Pagnozzi-Schwam – Mystic *
Leila Sachner – Hamden

Shelby Fallin – Lakeland
Albert Ordonez – Miami
Topanga Sena – Orlando

Andrew Liang – Atlanta

Jessica Taylor – Honolulu *

Anum Shafqat – Chicago *
Natalie Wexler – Highland Park *

Grace Ybarra – Indianapolis

Alysa Goethe – Bettendorf
Elena Hildebrandt – Des Moines
Adam Metivier – Davenport *

Caleb Michel Wilson – Wichita *

Tori Feaster – Leesville
Christopher Pate – Alexandria*

Hannah Olympia Prensky – Middletown *

Coleman F. Hirschberg – Somerville *

Zarin Loosli – Canton *
Molly Pribble – Ann Arbor

Annie Secker – Joplin *

Cheyenne Ruiz – Sun Valley *

New Hampshire
Naomi Bamidele – Concord *
Chloe Conway – Manchester

New Jersey
Taylor Mae Galgano – Pennington *
Amiri Tulloch – Woodbridge *

New Mexico
Jacob Schroeder – Albuquerque

New York
Dani Bergman Chudnow – New York *
Cecilia Gault – New York
Fred Hechinger – New York
Grace McManus – New York
Jasmine Perry – New York *
William Russell – Sound Beach *
Ellie Sommers – Manlius 

North Carolina
Katharine Paige Richardson – Raleigh *

North Dakota
Aria Wanek – Bismarck *

Meggie Zahneis – West Chester

Naina Balepur – Lancaster *
Katelyn Marie Barr – Wayne *
Matthew Moore – New Castle *

South Carolina
Faith Dalzell – Charleston
Zach Dalzell – Charleston

Ben Frigon – Chattanooga *

Chloe McWilliams – Del Rio
Erin Sheena – Bellaire

Nick Berray – Great Falls
Abby Lauren Sacks – Burke *
Alexandra Zhang – McLean
Edward Zhou – Oakton *

Washington, D.C.
Nell Leibovich – Washington, DC *

Morgan Annice Tolley – Moses Lake *

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

For more information, please visit the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps at, or visit the media room.


Kristen Joerger