By Sydnee Johnson
Preparatory Academy for Writers
Sarah Graziano got interested in broadcast journalism at age 13 when she was watching The TODAY show.
“Savannah Guthrie caught my attention,” said the senior at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip. “I knew then I wanted to be a broadcast journalist like her on the TODAY Show or something similar.”
For Sarah’s 14th birthday, she was able to spend some time at the NBC studio in Manhattan and was given a brief tour by Ben Aaron.
Sarah wants to be a journalist, but also wishes to connect it with her faith. She lives with her mom, dad and little sister, Krista. She loves to attend mission trips with her Protestant church, New Life Community Church. “I am proud of Sarah’s strong faith in God because her faith guides her in everything she does and even in the midst of tough times, her faith never wavers,” her mother said.
Sarah is also a great student. She has received the Triple C Award, a recognition for commitment, character and courage, at the end of elementary school and has earned top grades in her classes and Regents exams this year.
On top of completing schoolwork and attending mission trips, Sarah studied the art of dance for 11 years.
Traveling on church missions since middle school is a great start in journalism, Sarah believes, because journalism often involves traveling and getting information from different locations.
Sarah’s family and friends feel her experience this summer at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalism will strengthen her chances of getting into a great journalism program like the one at Stony Brook University or elsewhere, possibly in the New York City area.
Her father has no doubt that Sarah will do well with her chosen career. “She has a passion of pursuit whenever she is focused on something that she truly values,” he acknowledged.