September Spotlight: The Knightly News!

September Spotlight: The Knightly News!
Posted on 09/29/2021
SpotlightThe Knight Times Club Presents: The Knightly News

The Knight Times is a non-credit club offered during the school day for students in grades 9-12. The club is student-led, and produces the school’s newspaper. Students on staff write, edit, and layout articles, conduct interviews, take photos, and collaborate with the student body, faculty, and staff to generate literature that focuses on students’ interests, as well as events at RFA and throughout the school district.

The club advisor is Kaila Hoskins and the video “Jedi” Carl Manganaro films and edits the videos.

Name and Grade:
Chelsea Gillett, Sophomore

What is your favorite part of the Knightly News?
The friendships I’ve made during collaboration/creative outlet.

What was your favorite story you ever covered?
I did a segment called “Women in HerStory”

How do you plan to use this club in the future?
I plan to continue writing and using the skills I’ve gained well into college.

What skills have you learned from participating in this club?
I’ve learned better collaboration skills, as well as what it means to put information out to the community.

What are your future plans after graduation?
I’m planning to finish high school with my diploma and move on to a 4 year college for my degree.

Name and Grade:
Kaiden McCaskill, Senior

Why did you join the Knightly News?
To tell viewers about sports and have a good time.

What is your favorite part of the Knightly News? Filming with everyone.

What was your favorite story you ever covered?
Interviewing Calvin Griggs!

How do you plan to use this club in the future?
Help with college and future work.

What skills have you learned from participating in this club?
To work with others and speak on camera.

What are your future plans after graduation?
Go to college for Sports Journalism and play basketball.

Name and Grade:
Alexandra Mecca, Senior

Why did you join the Knightly News? 
I joined the Knightly News to do something fun and different and to entertain out school and community.

What is your favorite part of the Knightly News?
My favorite part of the Knightly News is watching everyone film their segments and watching the final product be put together.

How do you plan to use this club in the future?
I plan to use this club on future resumes when applying to college.

What skills have you learned from participating in this club?
This club has brought me out of my comfort zone and has made me more confident in my public speaking.

What are your future plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to go to a 4 year college to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Name and Grade:
Alanna Fragapane, Senior

Why did you join the Knightly News?
To get closer with the RFA Community.

What is your favorite part of the Knightly News?
Co-hosting with my friends and having fun while doing it.

What was your favorite story you’ve covered?
My favorite story was 60 Seconds Painting with Alana.

How do you plan to use this club in the future?
I plan to use this club in the future by outing it on my resumes for college and jobs.

What skills have you learned from participating in this club?
Some skills I learned were better communication and patience.

What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation is to attend a 4 year school a receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.

Name and Grade:
Kody Smith, Senior

Why did you join the Knightly News?
My reason for joining the knightly news initially was just to earn a credit for my journalism class but I realized pretty quickly that it got more views than I thought and became a fun thing to do with Kaiden. I’ve really enjoyed the last year as part of the show.

What is your favorite part of the Knightly News?

My favorite part of the Knightly News is filming interviews, even when over zoom it’s a great experience to be able to talk to some of the people I’ve talked to such as Cianfrocco and Tom Myslinski Jr.

What was your favorite story you’ve covered?
My favorite episode ever was when I got to interview Archi Cianfracco. A former MLB player from Rome who got to play with some greats in San Diego, and other teams. One of the best athletes to come out of Rome he was great to talk to.

What skills have you learned from participating in this club?
This club has taught me communication skills and script writing among other things. Anybody who joins Knight times will get a lot out of it, experiencing being on camera and learning the skill of interviewing is something you’ll be able to use forever.

What are your plans after graduation?
After Graduation, I plan on attending college for Physical Education. I’m currently undecided on where I’ll go but last year having gym with Coach Medicis and Coach Howard and taking to then about how much they love their job definitely solidified what I want to do after High School.

Name and grade:
Alana Iacovissi, Senior

Why did you join the Knightly News?
I joined the Knightly News because I was looking for an elective to take at school and I chose Journalism. I have alway had a passion for writing and thought this would be a great way to strengthen my writing skills. Two of the journalism students got chosen to interview Superintendent Blake. I was lucky enough to be one of those students despite having no experience. That was my Knightly News debut before I even knew it. During the pandemic is when the Knightly News really took off. I received an email from Mrs. Hoskins to do a news team for our school to get information out during the time that school was closed. We reported for the rest of that school year and that summer, it was all done virtually.

What is your favorite part of the Knightly News?
My favorite part about the Knightly News is being able to interview so many amazing people in our community, like Mayor Izzo and Senator Griffo. It is a very unique experience and I’m so honored to be able to do it.

What was your favorite story you covered?
I have covered many wonderful stories throughout my Knightly News career but the two that stick out to me the most are; Coach Rowe's 400th win and Mr. Jenny, who was the Black Knight. Coach Rowe, the girl’s varsity lacrosse coach, sticks out to me because he has been my coach for years. It was an incredible experience to be able to highlight his accomplishment on the field that we won the 400th game on. Mr. Jenny being the Black Knight was another story that sticks out. I found his story so interesting and I couldn't believe that he kept his identity a secret from the whole town for so long. Both stories were very special to me.

How do you plan to use this club in the future?
I will use this club in the future by bringing the life skills I've learned to college. The Knightly News has taught me many worldly experiences, I've got to experience many opportunities I never would have got to experience without being a part of this club. As well as, if I decide to pursue a career in journalism, I will have these past years as on the job training.

What skills have you learned from participating in this club?
I have learned many skills from this club. The Knightly News has helped break me out of my shell. I have learned public speaking, confidence, work ethic, and public relations. These are life skills I will keep with me for the rest of my life. What are your future plans after graduation? I plan on attending college after graduation and majoring in journalism or education.
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