By Mikayla Fils-Aime
The Stony Brook School
Ever since she was young, Kerri Kolensky has had a personal relationship with the arts, whether it be theater, orchestra or writing.
Writing was the first love of the 17-year-old East Islip High School senior. Throughout high school Kerri has taken writing classes, including honors English, as a way to express herself.
Kerri has a part-time job at her local library where she finds time to read books and develop her English comprehension. Not only does she want to develop her own reading and writing but she also wants to share her stories and ideas with others.
She took journalism classes at school and also became copy editor of her school paper.
“Kerri has an extreme passion and true gift for journalism,” her friend Victoria Keenan said. “I have witnessed this with my own eyes while in class together. She cares deeply for our school newspaper and the kind of effect it has on the people in our community.”
Never afraid to share ideas, Kerri said she put a lot of time and effort into making a newspaper that shares not only breaking news but also stories of surrounding people.
She found inspiration from famous news personalities, including Robin Roberts and Barbara Walters.
Kerri said that she had always loved journalism because it was “to the point and descriptive” and that she would love to study it in college.
In the meantime, she hopes to develop her journalism skills this summer at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists at Stony Brook University.
Kerri’s friend Victoria, a previous member of the Greene Team, had recommended the program to her.
Although she has a small camera she doesn’t know much about professional photography and videography and hopes to learn more during her week on the campus.
Overall, she said, “I hope to discover whether journalism is the career for me and use my new skills to develop my school paper.”