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Creativity makes journalism work

By Delaney Sullivan

CaylaClements_04_webRising senior Cayla Clements jumped into her first journalism class as a sophomore at Reynolds High School and has since amassed an impressive résumé, notwithstanding her fair share of difficulties.

Since moving from her birthplace of Alexandria, Va., when she was 3, Clements has lived with her family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When she was 6, her father passed away from cancer, which left a single mother to raise two girls.

“I felt bitter,” Clements said, “but as I grew up and matured I realized that it was hard and now I respect my mother for giving me and my sister everything we needed.”

Clements is involved with many programs at her high school, including the Arts Service Club, which she is co-president of.

In grade five, Clements started playing the flute and is now teaching herself to play the ukulele. Clements, who works with children at her local YMCA, has a great appreciation for the arts and feels that the arts are not only beneficial, but imperative for the future of this country.

“Art can be a refuge,” Clements said. “It’s healthy to be creative.”

In 2011 Clements’ mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

“My mom having MS is terrible, but she doesn’t take it as a burden and I don’t treat it as a burden on her. She doesn’t self loathe and… I respect that so much,” Clements said.

After the required Intro to Journalism class her sophomore year at Reynolds, Clements was asked to be the Arts and Entertainment editor for her school paper, Pine Whispers, within the first month of being involved in the newspaper her junior year. Clements will be the managing editor her senior year. Although she has a strong print journalism background, Clements is “struggling” with what career path to choose.

She definitely sees a career in the journalism field in her future, but she doesn’t know yet in what specific area. Clements won’t necessarily stay in North Carolina.

“I do love North Carolina, but I, and my sister, are attracted to big cities,” Clements said. Her sister, 19, goes to college in New York City at New York University and is majoring in vocal performance. Clements frequently visits her sister, which fuels her love for big cities.

“I want to live in New York or California or another big city and I want to thrive.”