Abigail Hawker: Greene today, CNN some day

By Jayson Babcock
Westhampton Beach High School

The 16-year-old, 12th-grader at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, Abigail Hawker is determined to make a name for herself.

She has dreams of pursuing an exciting and informative career in journalism. “I want to be a reporter for CNN or ABC, any big news channel,” Abigail said. “I wanna make a name for myself.” 

To start toward that goal, she is participating in the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalism at Stony Brook University.

Abigail sees the Greene program as an exciting opportunity. She said,”One thing that I hope to learn from this program is how to be a good reporter, to use skills that I learn from this, and apply them in the future.”

In the Greene program, Abigail will meet virtually with journalists and work on reporting, writing and video projects to gain experience and learn about the news business. “I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m very thrilled about the opportunity,” she said.    

The people in Abigail’s life have witnessed her passion. “Abigail is very smart and open-minded,” said her friend Xavier Campbell. She’s fun to be around and has a great personality. Abigail always has a good mindset and thinks about her future constantly. You can tell her anything, and she’ll be very straightforward with you.” 

Abigail looks up to her mom, Vivine Smith. When aked about how Abigail is at home, her mom says, “Abigail is fun, loving and caring. She always knows how to make you laugh when you’re feeling despondent.”

When Abigail was young, she was “a little quiet and shy,” Vivine Smith says. Now, she’s “a very fun person, chill, and laid back.”

For a new journalist, the realities of asking straightforward questions in this time are daunting. When talking about this, Abigail stressed repeatedly that she is not scared of what people think of her. She has pride in her absolute honesty and integrity. She said, “I would say that I’m an honest person. I don’t like to lie because if it was the other way around, I would always want someone to be honest with me no matter what.”

When she isn’t writing Abigail enjoys dancing, cheerleading, and watching television. “I also binge The Flash in my free time,” she said.

Abigail is committed to staying on top of her school work in addition to her activities and social life. She said she understands hard work is needed to get to the place she wants to be.

“Twenty years from now,” she said, “I want to be successful. I want to have a family. I just want to live my best life.”

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