On Saturday, March 25, 11 of Minot AFB’s youth gathered at Rough Rider Lanes for the first-ever Jr. Journalism bowling event. These kids came together to be recognized by the Northern Sentry staff for their writing skills and accomplishments in the Jr. Journalism Program.
Over the past year, since the program’s existence, these kids have taken time to write one or more stories about their interests, what military kid life means to them or ways to help other mil kids, and submitted it on the Northern Sentry website. The program was developed last spring in order to encourage writing, journalism and community in the youngsters of the base. Since that time, the program has received 19 entries from 12 different Jr. Journalists, ages ranging from 5-13. All of their stories have been published in the Northern Sentry paper and the online version. The program is open to any MAFB child dependent up to the age 17 and will remain an ongoing program for Minot mil kids to develop the love of writing.
The bowling party was a way for the kids to feel valued and have some fun too! It was also a way for the Northern Sentry owner, Ted Bolton, to meet and shake the hand of every contributor and say “thank-you.” Besides the fun of bowling, each of the Jr. Journalists were treated to tasty cake, a framed copy of their article, a mini notebook for future journalistic opportunities and two free passes to the Roosevelt Park Zoo!
The 12 Jr. Journalists that were recognized were Max Beene, Laurel-Elaine Smith, Luke Smith, Luke Anderson, David Maginness, Caroline Howse, Sienna Beene, Sara Lawyer, Lucas Reinhold, Jordyn Lawyer, Charlie Anderson, Evan Reinhold & Hailey Lawyer.
The Jr. Journalism program will remain a part of the Northern Sentry for as long as there are Minot AFB kids willing to work and develop their writing skills and share it with us! To find out more about the program, please go to https://northernsentry.com/jr-journalism/ . It is there that all our Jr. Journalists’ articles are published and saved for viewing and sharing.