Scholastic Announces 39 Kid Reporters Chosen for 2016–17 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps™

Contact: Brittany Sullivan, 212-343-4848, bsullivan@scholastic.com

39 New and Returning Kid Reporters Across the United States and Abroad Cover “News for Kids, by Kids”


New York, NY – November 29, 2016 – The award-winning Scholastic News Kids Press Corps™ today welcomed 24 new and 15 returning Kid Reporters, ages 10 to 14, from across the United States and around the world. The U.S. journalists from 19 states and the District of Columbia will report on current events, breaking news, entertainment stories, and sporting events. The largest team of international Kid Reporters to date will also be reporting from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, Thailand, Nigeria, and other African countries from onboard Mercy Ships.

The full list of Kid Reporters, along with their bios, can be viewed here: http://www.scholastic.com/kidspress

“Our Kid Reporters play a pivotal role in bringing age-appropriate stories to their peers,” said Suzanne McCabe, Editor of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. “We’re looking forward to adding the voices of young journalists from across the globe to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps this year. Learning about issues that children in other countries face is a great way for readers of Scholastic News® Online and Scholastic News magazines to broaden their understanding of the world.”

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps editors selected this year’s Kid Reporters after reviewing more than 300 entries. Applicants were required 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 2015–16 program year, Kid Reporters closely covered the 2016 presidential election, attending rallies, debates, primaries, and national conventions where they talked to voters, political experts, and presidential candidates. Kid Reporters also interviewed authors, entertainers, and public figures, including First Lady Michelle Obama, composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, author and actress Sonia Manzano, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, country music star Tim McGraw, and Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

For more than 16 years, the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps has delivered “news for kids, by kids.” Stories by the Kid Reporters can be found in issues of Scholastic classroom magazines, which are read by more than 25 million students nationwide, and are available online at: www.scholastic.com/news.

The 2016–2017 members of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps are:
* indicates new reporter

California
Jeremy Hsiao – Walnut
Ben Jorgensen – Rancho Palos Verdes*
Manat Kaur – Menlo Park*
Anais Singh-Gee – Los Angeles*

Colorado
Jacob McNab – Westminster*

Florida
Benjamin Schiller – Boca Raton

Georgia
Victoria Feng – Watkinsville*

Illinois
Joseph Gorman – Chicago*

Iowa
Brandon Peterson – Britt*

Maine
Caroline Tracy – Falmouth*

Massachusetts
Stone Shen – Acton
Maxwell Surprenant – Needham

Michigan
Titus Smith III – Southfield*

Minnesota
Ryan Stoltz – Eden Prairie

Missouri
Esther Appelstein – Saint Louis

New Jersey
Ava Park-Matt – Hoboken*
Skylar Yarter – Maplewood
Joshua Yi – Milltown
Ethan Zucker – Summit*

Nevada
Alexander Wong – Las Vegas*

New York
Sunaya DasGupta Mueller – Palisades*
Charlotte Fay – New York
Adedayo Perkovich – New York

Ohio
Evelyn Smits – Olmsted Township

Tennessee
Sadie Kiel – Memphis*

Texas
Bridget Li – Austin

Virginia
Lillian Martosko – Burke*
Manu Onteeru – Sterling

Washington, D.C.
Courtney Pine

Wisconsin
Lilian Jochmann – Shorewood

China
Giona Pratelli – Guangzhou*
Michael Shen – Guangzhou*

New Zealand
Ella Evans – Invercargill*
Troy Nandu – Hamilton*

Nigeria
Kendra Adaeze Ichoku – Port Harcourt*

Thailand
Natcharee Chaiwongthitikul – Bangkok*

United Kingdom
Adam Davé-Bouhlel – Watford*
Martin Lloyd – Waterlooville*

Onboard Mercy Ships (Benin)
Caleb Biney – Cotonou*

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