Local student to attend national journalism conference

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A Kootenai High School junior will attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University this summer in Washington D.C.

Dayna Lamb said she is excited for the opportunity, which will give her a glimpse into the field of journalism.

Dayna Lamb, a junior at Kootenai High School,was selected to participate in a Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason Univeristy in Washington D.C. this summer.

Dayna Lamb, a junior at Kootenai High School,was selected to participate in a Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason Univeristy in Washington D.C. this summer.

“I really like writing,” she said. “I’ve been published by a few different essay contests I entered. I like all different kinds of writing, and I haven’t had much experience with journalism.”

Dayna said she was given the opportunity to attend the conference due to her 3.8 GPA and test scores on the PSAT.

“The organization board for the journalism conference is connected to collegeboard.org where you and they saw my GPA and writing score on the PSAT and the nominated me to go,” she said. “I had never heard of it before.”

Dayna will attend the conference from July 12 through July 17.

“The really cool thing is top journalists from around the country will be there as guest speakers,” she said.

Media professionals that will attend include Brian Lamb, C-SPAN founder; members of the New York Times staff; The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb; CNN’s Candy Crowley; and Carol Guzy, of The Washington Post.

Dayna will also be able to travel to several sites in the city including the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museum, National Holocaust Museum and national monuments.

To pay for the trip, Dayna used her college savings; money she earned from summer jobs and 4-H projects. The trip cost $1,950 plus air fare.

“I pretty much used up all of my college savings,” she said. “I did start a Go Fund Me account to try to raise it back.”

Those who want to support Dayna can make a donation at www.gofundme.com/oj1hnc.

Dayna said she has loved writing for as long as she can remember and “I’ve always had an imagination.”

“I was published by poeticpower.com and in the Who’s Who in Writing 2011,” she said.

Dayna does not know what college she will attend, but hopes to have a career in writing when she finishes.

“Even though I haven’t done a lot of it, I like the idea of traveling,” she said. “It’d be fun to be a journalist that goes to vacation destinations and then writes about it. I think this conference will be a good experience for me.”

Dayna is the daughter of Josh and Stacie Lamb.

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