Written By: Amy Ternida
April 14, 2019
This year, Imagine had the opportunity to compete in NPR’s first student podcast competition. The English teachers chose groups that they thought would be able to compete best. The competition began on January 1, 2019, and ended on March 31, 2019.
Mrs. Maldonado, the sixth grade English teacher, chose her group based on its performance during a previous debate summative. This group, comprised of Gen Avant, Ria Gupta, Niya Ibssa, Gabe Jones, Janelle Zhou, and me, created our podcast over the recent government shutdown.
In order to make the podcast, we metmet two times a week every flex-time to gather and share information concerning the government shutdown. As the government shutdown progressed, we took the chance to form our own opinions of the topic based on our beliefs and research. To gain more perspective on the government shutdown, we interviewed three juniors, Prisha Jonnalagadda, London Murray-Schroer, and Mika Sood. Due to the gas leak, we were unable to record our podcast at school. However, we decided to meet up outside to finish and completed it in time. The results will be publicly announced April 23 and we eagerly await them.