Sarah Shreiner, a junior at East Islip High School, has been accepted to the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, to be held in July at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
“It's a fairly competitive program, with only around sixteen students from Long Island accepted each year,” said East Islip journalism teacher Joan Dlouhy. Stony Brook has the only School of Journalism in the SUNY system, and this residential workshop has proven to be an effective way to introduce promising young journalists to basic skills in writing, editing, reporting and using video. Named for the late Robert W. Greene, an acclaimed reporter and mentor, the week-long program gives these honored students the opportunity to live at the university and learn from professional journalists while working in the school’s multimedia newsroom. “I’m particularly excited about the hands-on work and being able to sleep there,” said Shreiner, who had to submit two of her articles from the most recent issue of The Broadcaster to secure her selection for the Greene program. She also relishes the chance to take college-level classes at Stony Brook.
In addition to her demanding duties as centerfold editor of The Broadcaster, Shreiner finds time to play on the school’s tennis team and work towards her gold award in Girl Scouting. Looking ahead to college in 2013, she plans to major in journalism, with a probable emphasis in broadcasting.