By Ilona Kaydanov
Hauppauge High School
Maya Brown has always had a gift for writing and the ability to express herself.
“From a very early age, Maya developed neat handwriting and organizational skills and teachers used her as an example.” Maya’s dad, Ron Brown, said. “From the fourth grade it was evident that Maya loved writing and had a gift that was just reinforced by her natural drive.”
Maya’s father has always supported Maya in her journalism aspirations and encourages her writing.
“There are so many aspects of journalism and it’s important to find a particular part.” Ron Brown said. “It’s also important to find the truth and the facts in journalism, and present that truth to the people.”
In sixth grade, Maya became curious about the newspaper at Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School and wanted to find out who wrote it.
With her father’s encouragement, Maya joined the newspaper club, writing articles in which she gave her opinion about movies and food.
“And that’s what I like about journalism – that you’re giving your own take or opinion on something. And you can teach lessons in what you write, too.”
In seventh grade, Maya started writing more creatively on her own. She wrote a realistic fiction short novel about a slave girl. The story was written like a diary and was about her journey through the middle passage.
It was then that Maya says that she was able to see writing in her future. “My dad helped me see my potential and make writing more of a reality for me,” she said.
In eighth grade, Maya wasn’t on the newspaper staff, and didn’t have much time to do creative writing. But she returned to journalism at the school paper, Flashings, at Freeport High School, and again enjoyed offering advice and voicing her opinions.
It was in her freshman year that Maya found more free time for writing and was able to find her actual passion. Through writing for her school newspaper, Maya found an appeal for TV journalism from watching TV and the news anchors.
“The experience of TV journalism, and meeting new people, is something that I might even want to major in college,” she said.
Maya hopes to stay local for college, maybe even Stony Brook, and major in the arts. Some of the majors she’s looking at are theater, English, creative writing, or TV journalism. Education is another major Maya is considering; to be able teach what she loves to do.
Upon getting accepted into the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, Maya said she was thrilled.
“This program could help make my decision on what type of journalism, if any, that I want to major in,” she said. “It’s once-in-a lifetime you get to go to a program like this where not only do you make friends and experience the college life, but get a huge insight on different aspects of journalism.”
Maya is such an outgoing, creative, and energetic girl and being a TV anchor is her dream job.
“I just want to be doing what I love, not caring about the money that I earn, as long as I’m happy.”