SHS senior looking forward to semester internship

Miranda Martin, SHS Intern

My name is Miranda Martin. Many of you know me by my parents, Larry and Rita Martin. But I am hoping to make a name for myself in this world, without the help of my parents.

I was born and raised in Washington County. I live in Little York, out in Gibson township. I also enjoy trying to tell someone where Little York is located. Also, where everyone knows either my mom or my dad. Sometimes it comes in handy having people know my parents. People that know my mother usually know her as the past Washington County Clerk and people that know my dad are usually people that go to auctions all of the time. I feel like growing up in a small town pretty much everyone already knows you.   

This year, I am a senior at Salem High School, soon to be freshman studying journalism at Indiana University Southeast next fall. I hear that they have a very good journalism program there and it is also close enough to home that I can still visit my parents. I also plan to try to get on to write for the school’s newspaper when I go there to gain even more experience. 

I chose journalism because I enjoy taking photos and writing in my free time, although now due to being a senior and being very busy planning my future, I have had to hold back on that part of my life a little bit. 

My sister, Rachel, encouraged me to choose the field because she says I’m a good writer and it’s something I really enjoy. My sister is always trying her best to help me with planning my future. 

Someday, I plan to write a book telling my life story and about all of the things I have experienced in my life time. I hope to learn valuable lessons and techniques for writing while I spend my time interning at The Salem Leader.  

My last semester of high school is off to a good start. I am a member of the French Club and Booster Club. I have reached my final months of being a student at Salem High School. It is a bitter sweet feeling of it all coming to an end. I look forward to spring break, my last prom and, of course, graduation. I feel as though when it comes down to those last days I will be a complete mess with having to say good bye to all of my favorite teachers and friends and not knowing if I will ever see them again.     

With this being my last year, I’m hoping to find time to tryout for the track team this spring. I was in track my sophomore year and sat out last year due to a busy schedule. I participated in pole vault and was starting to get very good at it towards the end of the season and I hope to be able to jump in where I left off.   

While growing up, I was an active 4-H member for many years. I took part in crafts, scrap booking and photography, which I got grand champion in many times. I wish I would have kept going with 4-H, but I always felt rushed for time to have something done. Although I do still enjoy taking part in the activities on my own time, just not for 4-H.  

It is very hard to juggle time with it being my senior year, I have a lot of weight on my shoulders to succeed in life. I have many things I have to do and I don’t know where to start also I don’t have much time left to do them all. I’m pretty much just a teenage girl in a small town trying to figure everything out.

Editor’s note: Miranda will be spending the semester interning at Leader Publishing Company. We are excited to have her with us and hope you enjoy the writing and photography she will be contributing to our publications, as well as our website, over the next few months. You can follow her blog online at, under “Senioritis.”


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