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Manuela Bushamani

MANUELA BUSHAMANI

Junior Faculty Advisor

Manuela Bushamani is a rising third year student at the University of Virginia who hopes to study Classics and English.  She attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in the summer of 2019. As she was figuring out what she wanted to do with her passion for writing, she had an amazing learning experience that introduced her to the world of journalism. The following year, she applied to become a WJMC mentor, but due to COVID, the conference had to be canceled. Now, she is back with the hope of helping other kids find their passion or get exposure to a new experience.

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Nithya Cheruvu

NITHYA CHERUVU

Nithya Cheruvu is a junior at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She is a varsity basketball player who enjoys traveling, cooking, gaining new experiences, and meeting new people. She volunteers through the Assistance League of Charlotte and is a member of her school’s DECA club. She aspires to be a sports reporter or a political journalist. Nithya attended WJMC in 2021 and is grateful to the program for helping her find her passion. She can’t wait to help others find what they love to do and is excited to be a part of the WJMC staff.

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Ruth Campos

RUTH CAMPOS

Ruth Campos is a Junior from Manassas Park High School in Virginia.  At 16 years old she currently sits as Treasurer of the Junior Class Council, a leader of the schools Media Club, and NHS member. Currently she is known as the schools all-around events photographer and is excited to continue her journey with the WJMC.

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Ciara Keen

CIARA KEEN

Ciara Keen is a junior at Chatham High School in Chatham, Virginia. She attended WJMC in the summer of 2021. Ciara is the drum Major of the school’s marching band and she is a member of the FCCLA. Her experience at WJMC was amazing and life changing. One of her favorite moments was when she was able to meet new people from all parts of the country.

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Stella Turner

STELLA TURNER

Stella Turner is a high school junior from Fairfax, Virginia, where she is a part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and National Honors Society at Meridian High School.  She has been writing for her school newspaper, The Lasso, for three years, and has been an editor for the last two. She has also been a member of her school’s GIVE Day Service Club for six years and is currently Co-President of Meridian’s Young Democrats Club, where she leads and participates in discussions about current events and politics. She enjoys photography and playing volleyball, and wishes to study government and politics in college before pursuing a career in public service. As a WJMC 2021 alumna, she hopes to utilize her experiences to further improve those of future National Youth Correspondents at George Mason.

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Elizabeth Stone

ELIZABETH STONE

Elizabeth Stone is a senior at Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Virginia.  She has been a part of many student publications and is currently an executive producer for her school’s broadcast journalism program. At WJMC, she loved connecting with other students over their shared interests. The program inspired her to pursue a career in media, and her next step will be studying journalism at James Madison University.

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Haley Richardson

HALEY RICHARDSON

Haley Richardson is a junior at the Union County Vocational Technical High School in the Academy of Law and Justice.  After her experience at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC), she found a new passion for journalism and a determination to be a part of the field. On the Youth Advisory Board, she would like to use her organization skills and discipline to help plan the 2022 conference, and hopefully help make such a beneficial program a positive life-long memory for next year’s correspondents.

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Alex Radt

ALEX RADT

Alex Radt is a proud alum of the 2021 Washington Journalism and Media Conference and is looking forward to serving on the 2022 Youth Advisory Board.  They got their start in journalism in fifth grade, in Belgium, and continued through moving to Maryland, Virginia, Japan, and back to Virginia. They are currently a junior at Alexandria City High School and the editor-in-chief of the school’s magazine.

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Cassie Dornan

CASSIE DORNAN

Cassie Dornan is a rising senior at Hampton Roads Academy.  She attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in 2021. She is editor of her yearbook and also an active member of Operation Smile and the Philanthropy Committee. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and volunteering with fellow students. Cassie is thrilled to see people have amazing journalistic opportunities as well as make many connections through this wonderful program.

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Jasmine Brockington

JASMINE BROCKINGTON

Jasmine Brockington is a senior in high school at Manchester High School in Midlothian, Virginia.  She is 17 years old and loves to read books, dance, listen to music and spend time with her family. Jasmine participated in WJMC this previous summer before starting her senior year and enjoyed every second of it. She wants to pursue Mass Communications as a career in life. Her life values include positivity and spending as much time making the world a better place through uplifting others. Her leadership skills in being Cocaptain of her dance team and to being elected as Historian for her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, Jasmine is excited to be a part of the next chapter of WJMC and teach the future journalists of the world how to make the most of this experience as she did.