Meet The Staff: Matt Camacho

Tyra Hughes, Copy Editor

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What inspired you to pursue journalism at West Orange High?

I liked writing in general. It’s more so I’ve been a writer. I’m not really good at science or math but I’ve always been good at English, so I can express my ideas well. Also I knew that [the Pioneer] covered sports and that’s a part of me, so I wanted to write about that.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a student journalist?

Being able to learn from a good teacher like Ms. Dahl. She teaches us how to do things and work with other students who don’t know their way around.

What advice would you give to younger students who want to take a journalism class here?

A lot of the times you see people be like ‘Participate in our club.’ and a lot of the times it’s bs but I think for this club, it does help with your writing. Maybe as much as you think it would, but it helps [your writing] significantly. I think if a younger student wants to pursue writing, I think journalism is a great aspect of that because it’s something other than storytelling and rhetorical essays, it’s something that’s real life.

How would you explain the social dynamic of the Newspaper staff this year?

In three words: funny, quiet, and extra. Look at this whole row here and tell me it’s not the definition of extra.

What previous roles did you take on at the Pioneer?

Starting off my sophomore year, I was a Sports writer. Junior year I was a copy editor and also in charge of sports. This year I’m a sports correspondent, in charge of everything sports.

Where do you see yourself in a year?

I see myself in college, studying either communications or business and just doing what I like.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like learning about music, and how to make it. I like listening to music and playing basketball and football with my friends. Hanging out with friends.

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