By Grace Torgersen
Comsewogue High School
Having been involved in sports from a young age, Yaw Bonsu now dreams of becoming a sports journalist.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Baldwin, the 17-year-old rising senior at Baldwin Senior High School has long been a fan of the NBA and NFL. “My interest in journalism came from watching ESPN’s ‘First Take’ on an ordinary day,” he said. “Seeing Stephen A. Smith debate numerous sports topics every day at 10 a.m. made me recognize that this was something I wanted to do.”
Aside from his involvement on his school’s newspaper, The Golden Wave, Yaw writes articles for Per Sources and Fan Source Network. “I wanted to expand my horizons and express my opinion in a way that many people around me do not,” he said.
In the beginning of the school year, Yaw completed a sports writing internship at the New York Institute of Technology. “[The internship] had me sports-write and interview student athletes using original questions and research,” he said.
Yaw also took the initiative to establish his own brand, Yaw Bonsu Sports, to showcase his writing. He’s also beginning to branch out in other forms of media by starting a school podcast to highlight Baldwin’s sports teams with game recaps, summaries and interviews with both players and coaches.
The middle child of five in a Ghanaian household, he largely had to make his own way in working towards his career goal. “All of the skills, knowledge and talent that I have gained has been from outside resources and tools,” he said. “The way I carry myself on a daily basis is something I have learned to develop on my own.”
Yaw was excited to be accepted into the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists at Stony Brook University. He is looking forward to meeting people with a similar passion for journalism.
“Sports journalism has found its place in me,” Yaw said. “Expressing my opinions, another person’s story or recapping a recent event are all things that I know I want to do for the rest of my life.”