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South Mountain High School students interview the Phoenix Suns

Student reporters see how professional sports journalists work

By Makayla Lambert
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker is interviewed by South Mountain High School journalism students.

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On March 24th, South Mountain High School’s communication teachers and students took a field trip to meet the Phoenix Suns. The student reporters had the opportunity to take a tour of the Talking Stick Resort Arena, watch the players practicing, and interview some of the athletes.

Mia Robles, a reporter with the Southwinds, South’s student publication, was happy she was able to attend.

“I enjoyed having the chance to gain experience in the journalism field by interviewing people that weren’t on campus and people we didn’t already know personally,” she said. “By going on this trip we stepped out of our comfort zone.”

“The part of the trip that I enjoyed most was getting to meet the players and interviewing them,” Marissa De Santiago, a Southwinds reporter, said. “They were not as intimidating as I assumed and it was not an experience you get to have everyday.”

Students got to observe real reporters as they spoke to the players. Lindsey Smith, the Suns sideline reporter, wanted to share her message with the  students.

“I think one of the biggest things is to just constantly have the mindset that if this is something you want to do, then do it, and don’t let anyone tell you any differently. Regardless if you’re a man or woman,” she said. “If it’s something you’re passionate about, always keep fighting to achieve it.”

Suns shooting guard Troy Daniels gave advice to kids who wish to be in the NBA.

“Always believe in yourself, first and foremost. I’m in the NBA and I still have ups and downs,” he said. “There is no such thing as a perfect life or perfect career. You have to persevere through the downs and not get too high or low. There is no blueprint to be successful.”

As for the students, they can’t wait to visit again.

“I had a good time seeing the players practice,” Southwinds reporter Tabatha Ramirez said. “And seeing what kind of people they are outside the court.”

“If I wasn’t a senior, I would definitely come back,” Makayla Lambert, the Southwinds Editor, said. “It opened my eyes to another side of journalism that I didn’t consider.”

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