Twas the night before deadline and there was lots of space.
Not enough stories or photographs to fill.
This was Brainerd High School senior Chelsea Doyscher's dilemma as editor-in-chief of the Fifth Street Journal.
It was the night before the newspaper's deadline and Doyscher knew more stories were needed to fill the pages. So Doyscher decided to write a Christmas poem to fill the Christmas spread. The poem was titled, "Twas the Night Before Deadline."
Fifth Street Journal adviser Wendy Vandeputte said, "Chelsea's work for the Fifth Street Journal is impressive on many levels. Her writing is professional and captivating. Her leadership ability is inspiring and she has a delightful personality. The staff truly appreciates having Chelsea as their editor-in-chief."
Brainerd High School senior Chelsea Doyscher recently worked on the story board in her Fifth Street Journal class. Students in the class shouted out story ideas for the newspaper's next issue while Doyscher wrote the ideas down on the board. Brainerd Dispatch/Jennifer Stockinger
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For Doyscher's work in Fifth Street, she was named Fine Arts Student of the Week.
Following is a question-and-answer session with Doyscher.
Did you get the last edition of the newspaper out of time?
"Yeah. I wrote the poem the night before and I came in early the next day to finish the paper. Two other people helped get it done during our first-hour Fifth Street Journal class and we stayed during second and third hour. We were excused from our two other classes. We got it done. We edited the pages and came up with new stories at the last minute. That night we had to get it to the Brainerd Dispatch to be printed."
How are you at making deadlines?
"We always make them. We always come close and are crunching for time."
How do you handle the deadline pressure?
"I stay very focused and I may seem uptight, but as soon as it all falls together we can all take a deep breath. I try to stay focused and calm and I try to keep a happy, positive, light attitude when everyone else is uptight."
When did you join Fifth Street Journal?
"The beginning of my senior year. I was thinking of going into journalism and I thought I'd take the class to see if it would be something I'd like to do.
Art focus: Fifth Street Journal.
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Being chosen as editor-in-chief for Fifth Street Journal.
Favorite subjects: Psychology and English.
Favorite TV program: "Grey's Anatomy."
Favorite movie: "Love Actually."
Favorite book: "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult.
Favorite food: Chocolate chip cookies.
Favorite thing to do: Dance.
Parents: Mark and Becky Doyscher of Baxter.
"I love writing and I thought it'd be fun to work for a magazine or a newspaper in a big city."
So is this something you'd like to do?
"I'm more interested in psychology, but I really like what I've done in this class."
Why did you want to be the paper's editor-in-chief?
"Because then I'd get a greater experience and a more in-depth look at what it'd be like to write for a newspaper. Being an editor brings more opportunities."
What are your responsibilities as editor-in-chief?
"I oversee what goes on. We have editors for each section and I look at it as a whole. I help people if they need help writing stories. I occasionally edit stories and go through their drafts. I also have to write two articles and I do distribution. I make sure all the teachers and classrooms have enough papers.
"I also update the black list to make sure the same person is not in the paper twice."
What type of stories do you write?
"I do a lot of hard news. A recent one I did was a referendum update. It was on all the cuts and how it'll affect students and teachers.
"I also write for our 'Tabloid Trio.' We do different reviews on things like coffee and cookies."
What do you like to write best? Least?
"I like interviewing students the best and what's going on in their lives. I least like interviewing people who have higher authority. I had to interview Superintendent Jerry Walseth and other administrators and it was a little stressful. You want to make sure you get everything right the first time. Students are more laid back and we're asking questions like what they like to do on the weekend."
What is your biggest strength in class?
"I like helping other people and designing pages."
Your biggest weakness?
"Procrastinating. I wait too close to the deadlines to get things done."
What's the best part of Fifth Street Journal?
"It's fun to be a leader. People look up to you and ask you for help. I like helping. It's fun. It's cool to be in a position as an adviser and at the same time I get involved with every aspect of writing the paper."
Danielle Thiesse, junior, art: Thiesse' art adviser said, "Danielle has made full use of the opportunity to work with clay. Her finished work exemplifies her creative use of the media and her attention to craftsmanship and the elements as well as principles of design."
Mackenzie Paradeis, senior, drama: The drama adviser said, "Mackenzie has been active in BHS drama since the fall of her sophomore year. She has put in countless hours working on the tech side of theater and on rehearsals. She has demonstrated fantastic senior leadership."
Jamie Gack, senior, orchestra: Jamie plays first chair violin in sinfonia orchestra, where she exhibits strong leadership and playing abilities, the orchestra director said.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5851.
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