Casey Picard's story:
Ever since I started high school at St Mary's Diocesan School in Stratford, journalism/broadcasting has been my main career goal. I'm 15 years old.
My parents are Karl and Rachel Picard and I have an 11-year-old brother Matthew, who attends Matapu School.
I am a weekly boarder at St Mary's.
When I was nine I started speech and drama with Christine Cameron of Okaiawa. I also like to play netball and basketball and enjoy water skiing at Lake Rotorangi.
Literacy is one of my strengths in school, as my favourite subjects are English and drama.
After I finish high school I plan to study journalism at Victoria University in Wellington.
I thank the Stratford Press for giving me this opportunity and experience.
I hope you all enjoy reading my articles in the future, as much as I look forward to writing them for you.
Alyx Devlin's story
On September 10, 1997 a girl named Alyxandra Khalie Devlin was born. Today that girl attends St Mary's Diocesan and goes by the name Alyx.
That girl is me.
For the past 10 years I have been mystified by the world of literacy. I have always loved writing poetry but I felt I needed to expand my knowledge and skills. That is why I am writing an article in the Stratford Press. Facts and statements are what are needed, not my poetic brain.
My career goal is to become a doctor of psychology and to achieve this I plan to attend Massey University in Palmerston North. I have played netball since the age of seven and have thoroughly enjoyed the sport, captaining two years in a row. I love laughing and humour, with Miranda Hart, Michael McIntyre and my friend Monisha Leigh being my top three comedians.
If you are interested in journalism and joining the group of junior reporters, phone editor Erika Venter on (06) 969 4021.