Originally created 08/12/97

Teen board looking for Xtreme teens



Hey scoop! Do you pore over the pages of Xtreme and not see the stories you're looking for?

Well, here's your chance to be the next Lois Lane. If you're a good gossip and know lots of interesting stories and lots of interesting people, and if you think teens today deserve more, then we'd like you to apply for the new Xtreme teen board.

"It gives you a voice," says Ashley Dickson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Greenbrier High School who was on last year's teen board.

The teen board talks about stuff that matters to teens, says Kimberly Gardner, an 18-year-old freshman at Paine College who just graduated from Glenn Hills High School. They talked about finding prom dates, jobs and suffering through long lunch lines.

"We all talked about different problems that we were having, and they were the same," Kimberly says. "Xtreme helps teens with their problems. There's no one really you can talk to about the things teen-agers can go through."

Teens have it tough, and there are a lot of decisions and a lot of new experiences to deal with.

"Just growing up in today's society is a big problem," Michanda Myles says. "Every day is not going to be the same. Xtreme is for teens to know what's going on in their little society, the teen world, not just the adult world. Teens need to have something they can read and relate to."

And we need a teen board to help toss story ideas to the reporter and make sure she's doing her job.

"Most adults ask your opinion and then do the opposite," Michanda says. "With Xtreme the reporter listens to our ideas, and then we actually saw our ideas on paper."

It doesn't matter if you're a jock, a prep or a nerd. It doesn't matter if you play baseball or spend your afternoons rescuing kittens at the pound. We want a mix of teens with different interests, activities and backgrounds. Are you chock full of opinions and ideas? Our ears are open.

And, if you think you might be the next Lois Lane, it can show you around the newspaper biz. That's what Kenneth Stallings, a 16-year-old senior at A.R. Johnson, liked.

"You see how the paper works," he says. He wants to be a writer.

"You learn things behind the scenes that you would not know if you were just reading Xtreme," Michanda says. "It's fun."

And you get to go to baseball games, fashion shows and other events X-treme sponsors. Also, there's free pizza at the meetings.



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