Courtney Leopold, 16, of New Canaan, wants to be a TV reporter. Not only is she executive producer of her TV class, but she is also class anchor for her senior class. She describes herself as a “closet TV geek.”
She wants to be a TV reporter because she wants to see the world and believes being a reporter “is the best way.”
She has had experience directing, from her school’s morning announcements to her school plays. “I want to be just like Ryan Seacrest. That’s my dream,’’ Leopold said.
From seeing the “white flurries” of snow for the first time at age eight to wearing a coat in the dead of summer, Shamoya Hanson has had to adjust to live in Hartford after moving here from Jamaica. “I used to wear really long dresses when I first came here, and I’d wear jackets and people would like, “yeah, she’s not from here,’’ Shamoya, 15, said. Shamoya, a junior at the Hartford Journalism and Media Academy, dreams of being an actress on television. Her idol is Reese Witherspoon. She is an avid shopper whose favorite stores are XSRE and Forever 21.