Essay Prompt: Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.

As high school graduation inches closer, I find myself contemplating the word legacy. When I joined Dos Pueblos High School’s journalism team, the class was fading. The stories did not matter to the writers, and therefore, did not matter to the readers, so I made it my goal to recapture our audience’s attention.

A year later, I accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief and formulated an ambitious plan to add a tangible, printed edition of The Charger Account to our previously online outlet. I’ve always appreciated tradition and authenticity, so when news started going digital, I accepted the inevitable shift from paper to screens, but I did not want to see all a newspaper embodies be lost.

I became committed to learning the ins and outs of designing a paper and leading a newsroom. I now attend national student journalism conferences, run story meetings, shape angles for articles, and teach journalistic integrity in the face of controversy. My primary focus is to foster the visions of my staff writers through team building and skill development, while maintaining a smooth and effective workflow.

The first distribution day was the most rewarding day of my high school career. As the staff and I went classroom to classroom passing...

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