By Laylah Ametewee
Centereach High School
Abigail Changoor is determined to become an extraordinary journalist.
The rising senior at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, had plenty of struggles growing up, so she took on reading and writing as a way to escape reality.
Abigail discovered journalism in her freshman year of high school when her teachers, who thought she had a talent for writing, encouraged her to contribute to her school newspaper, The Verdict. Abigail has written about “The Catcher in the Rye” and profiles of family members and students, as well as some anonymous advice columns. Her most recent story, “The Fight to Walk,” focused on the struggles of being a senior in the COVID-19 era.
Abigail is originally from the Caribbean island of Nevis, which she explains as “a very small island which not many people know about.”
When she was four, her family moved to New York, where she lives with her parents, sister and brother. Abigail adores the action and many experiences that New York offers.
Abigail’s 12-year-old sister, Alissa, described her “as funny, kind and honest.”
When she is not writing, Abigail likes to experiment with color. She changes her color depending on her mood. For example, a few months ago, Abigail’s vibe was red. She had just cut her hair, gotten new clothes, and was feeling very bold.
She’s lately been in a baby blue state of mind, expressing feelings of a mellow atmosphere. She also likes karate, dance, track and field, as well as swimming. Sadly, a shoulder injury in 2018 knocked her out of the competitive swimming world.
However, her fondness for journalism, particularly in photojournalism, remains undiminished. “Journalism is where you can tell a unique story,” she said.
Abigail said she applied to the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists to gain journalistic experience and to learn more about photography.
Abigail said, “I don’t if I’d want to be an anchor and show my face on TV, but I know I know I want to do with my life: to be a part of the journalism world.”