Seniors act as school amabassadors

Four Faifield High School seniors are gaining real-world experience this school year while sharing news from their school district with the community.

Students Corey Bagford, Havovi Desai, Rebecca Hampton and Ian Huffer are part of Fairfield Senior Snapshot. Their responsibilities include taking photos at school events to writing press releases to blogging about the experiences of their senior year. They also redesigned the school’s website, which launched Friday.

“Our goal for this whole program is to bring the good news of Fairfield through this website, presentations, publication of videos,” Huffer said.

The seniors, who have been working on the project since school started, all applied to be selected for the program.

“It’s definitely a cool experience, getting ready for college and everything like that. You get to learn the proper way to write or you learn the proper way to address someone,” Hampton said.

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Not all of the students plan a future in media relations, but this program teaches them skills they will find helpful in the real world, they said.

“The way it’s structured, it’s a lot like a business. You create a project, you send it to a higher-up official and they edit it and publish it,” Huffer said.

Desai plans to study business and law. Bagford plans to study broadcasting and said the skills he is learning now will help in the future.

“It helps break though the barrier … I’m kind of backwards and shy, so it’s helping me to learn to kind of open up to other people,” Hampton said.

The students also are working on events outside of the district, such as the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming business expo, according to Huffer.

“Anything that’s going on connected to the school, we’ll be there,” Bagford said.

Fairfield Schools spokeswoman Gentry-Fletcher said of the interns, “Some have attended meetings with me, while others have stepped in for me when I had a conflict. They are handling this responsibility quite well. I believe this experience is a valuable lesson about the real world, expectations, and overcoming challenges for successful outcomes.”

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