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Nicholas Sewgobind: From football field to newsroom

By Claire Wos
Saint Anthony’s High School

Growing up, sports was always on Nicholas Sewgobind’s mind.  

“I have always been a sports fan since I was young because I was always surrounded by sports while I grew up with my older cousins,” said the 17-year-old, varsity football player at Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens.  “I’ve been playing football since I was seven.  The New England Patriots were always a favorite of mine, and I am the biggest Tom Brady fan,” he said.

Writing, especially when it comes to sports, is something that he particularly enjoys.

As for his introduction to journalism, “watching ESPN’s sports journalists, particularly Stephen A. Smith, inspired [him] when [he] had the opportunity to join the journalism program in high school.”

“I got into journalism by accident,” Nicholas continued.  “I initially wanted to be in the engineering program at my school, but it was filled, so I joined the journalism program, which I fell in love with. I was really good at writing so I stayed and I slowly became invested in it.”

Nicholas said that journalism has been a very positive experience for him, and said, “as a sophomore, my teacher sent me out to cover baseball games.  At one game, I interviewed a player who became my best friend. As a junior, I had bigger stories, and next year, I’m going to be one of the heads of the newspaper at my school, which is really exciting.”

Besides being interested in journalism and sports, Nicholas enjoys computer science, going to the gym, and spending time with friends.  

Nicholas’s mother, Sunita Sewgobind, described him as,“an honest and creative individual.” She said, “He is very determined and would do anything you ask him to do.  I enjoy his company because he is always able to lighten up the mood no matter what the circumstances may be.  He’s also really hardworking and takes his time in order to make things be the best as they can possibly be.”  

His high school journalism experience and the influence of his friends and favorite teachers, Aida Esmail and Michael Torem, who worked at ABC and Fox, inspired him to branch out and apply for the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists this summer.  Nicholas had discovered the Greene Team “through a couple friends and a teacher who really pushed [him] to do it.”

“During Greene week,” Nicholas said, “I want to learn how to really go in-depth with my writing and see if I really have what it takes to be a journalist.”

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