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We can all use a little help …
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

September 10. 2013 3:51PM
Oftentimes, readers of the Brandon Valley Challenger tell me, “You’re everywhere.”
Some weeks, I am. Other weeks, I get a little reprieve. Simply put: It all depends on what’s on the calendar that week.

So this week, I’m eager to announce that I am getting a little help, thanks in part to the senior intern program offered at Brandon Valley High School. That help is coming in the form of 2014 BVHS senior Evelyn Jorgenson. Because of the Labor Day holiday, Evelyn and I had only a few days to work together last week. In the condensed paper-producing week, I tasked her with writing a brief bio on herself to introduce her to you, our readers, and myself as well. She was also responsible for the story on page 1A of today’s paper about the new Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer.

I look forward to working with Evelyn and giving her a glimpse into the world of the weekly newspaper. It’s an opportunity I didn’t have in high school. I hope I can be a good mentor to her, and who knows, maybe some day, the byline will read, “Evelyn Jorgenson, Challenger editor.”

Meet Evelyn Jorgenson
Evelyn Jorgenson is a senior at Brandon Valley High School that, along with 19 other seniors, is taking a semester long class to introduce her to a possible field of study.
Jorgenson hopes to attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, next fall to major in journalism.

“What I like about Drake, besides the beautiful campus and the small school atmosphere, is that Drake offers five journalism majors ranging form print journalism to public relations,” Jorgenson said. “Being in Des Moines, Drake also offers journalism students many opportunities both during and after their education.”

“I have always liked messing around writing short stories,” she said.

Although Jorgenson has always enjoyed both writing and reading literature it wasn’t until last summer that she really started to think of it as a career option.

“During my English class junior year I started to realize how much I thoroughly enjoyed writing,” she said.

Despite her love of writing short stories, Jorgenson plans to go the non-fiction route.
“Since I was young, I have been curious. ‘Why?’ was my favorite question to ask,” Jorgenson said.

She would like to use this curiosity as a reporter, writing for a small town newspaper, possibly. Ideally Jorgenson would like to work for a Christian organization, traveling and working with missionaries to write about the work being done.

Along with interning for the Challenger, Jorgenson is part of the BVHS Echo staff and has a part-time job at the Brandon Health Mart Pharmacy. She is a part of the BVHS cross country team and has been running track since her freshman year.

“My favorite things to do are run, read and write. All three help me to clear my head,” Jorgenson admits.

Community organization needs
It’s time to restock the shelves of the Brandon Area Food Pantry with some popular back-to-school needs this month. Those needs include personal hygiene items (i.e. deodorant, bar soap, women’s feminine products, shampoo, crème rinse), bottled juices, peanut butter, jelly, hot chocolate mix, fruit snacks, saltine crackers and Kleenex.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods on hand. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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