Reese Levin is a recent graduate of Meade High School. He credits his growth as a journalist to his participation in all four Povich Camps. Levin has two photos and a video published in the Washington Post. His work with The Left Bench JV earned him the Mobbie award for Best Newcomer. This fall, he plans to attend Anne Arundel Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland to major in Journalism.
Zoë Abramson is a rising sophomore at Montgomery Blair High School. She plays both soccer and basketball for her high school team. Some of her favorite sports teams include the Washington Nationals, Tottenham Hotspurs, Washington Mystics and Washington Spirit. One of Zoë’s favorite athletes is the former U.S. Women’s national soccer team goalkeeper, Hope Solo. Aside from playing sports Zoë likes to play musical instruments. She has played cello since third grade, and flute since fourth grade. She is interested in trying sports journalism because of how long she has been involved in athletics. Also, while in school, she has began to enjoy writing and thinks that sports journalism is something that she would really enjoy.
Tsion Cummings was born in Washington, D.C. and attends Friendship Collegiate Academy. After completing a class assignment on his favorite sports team, the Golden State Warriors, Tsion decided to working a possible career in sports journalism. He has a deep obsession with barbecue sauce and loves to watch Dance Moms.
Rina Torchinsky, a rising senior, serves as the editor–in–chief of The Lion’s Tale, an award-winning student newspaper at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Rina has a true appreciation for the momentum of the journalistic process; eagerly turning ideas into interviews, drafts and finished articles. Always determined to improve her journalism IQ, Rina has attended programs with the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Maryland/D.C. Scholastic Press Association, as well as multiple workshops with the Povich Center for Sports Journalism. When Rina’s not working late hours in the publications office at school, she can be found playing on the basketball court or singing on stage with the Shir Madness a cappella choir.
Adam Bressler is a rising junior at The Field School in Washington, DC. He lives in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. He has been on his school’s newspaper for two years, working as the Sports Editor during the 2015-2016 school year and the News Editor during the 2016-2017. In addition, Adam started Field News Radio, an online radio program that broadcasts for all of Field’s varsity sports home games. He is particularly interested in the business of journalism and media ethics.
Bennett Solomon, 15, currently attends Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. His favorite sport, baseball, allows his to travel all over the East Coast with his summer travel team. He loves Washington sports teams, mainly the city’s baseball team, the Nationals, where his favorite player, pitcher Max Scherzer, plays. Bennett decided to get into sports journalism because he loves sports and writing. Journalism, an interesting concept to Bennett, would allow him to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. His father, Arron, is the coordinating producer for ESPN’s Around the Horn. Bennett owns a Rhodesian Ridgeback, named Hudson, who weighs 120 pounds.
Tyler Fraser is a rising freshman at Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md. His favorite sport is basketball and his favorite team is Oklahoma City Thunder. Fraser came to the Shirley Povich Summer Camp to learn more about journalism. He loves to participate in sports including soccer and football. Fraser hopes to compete in college lacrosse in the future.
Kirstin Huggins resides in Forest Hill, Md. while attending the John Carroll School. Her interest in learning more about the field lead to the decision for Kirstin to work in sports journalism. Kirstin’s favorite sport to play is basketball while she prefers watching to football. She is a huge Steph Curry fan and admits to take the title of being a bandwagon Warriors fan. She is part of an award-winning yearbook staff at John Carroll and she loves leading the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Rodney Pennington, originally from Beltsville, Md., currently attends Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George’s County. He decided to work in sports journalism because he wanted to continue my passion of sports combine with his passion for writing and talking. His goal is to one day be a sports personality on television. His favorite sport is football and his favorite team is the Baltimore Ravens. While he currently plays the sport, Rodney has yet to score a touchdown in an organized football game. Rodney also participates in Roosevelt’s lacrosse team, who is in its second official year of competition.
Amber Primus was a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in her hometown of Washington D.C. She joined the school newspaper in 9th grade and together with her creative writing class expanded her love for writing. Sports Journalism is a different field than what Amber was used to but she wanted to learn more about the field to become the best journalist possible. She loves to watch track and field and is patiently waiting for the Olympics in 2020 to see her favorite runner Allyson Felix take the gold medal. Amber also played volleyball her first two years of high school and her favorite color is burgundy. She will attend North Carolina A&T State University in the fall as a freshman.
Alex Russ is a rising 10th grade student from Montgomery Blair High School. His hometown is Silver Spring MD. Alex likes journalism because he can be really creative, and it is one of the few school subjects he enjoys. Alex is also trying out for the school newspaper in 11th grade. Alex’s favorite sport is basketball, and he is currently starting point guard for Blair’s JV basketball team. He is a huge Chicago Bulls fan, and his favorite player is Jimmy Butler, even after the trade. Two fun facts about Alex are his father was in the Army so Alex and his family lived in Germany for two years. Alex also loves snowboarding.
Josh Wawrzyniak is a rising sophomore attending Rockbridge County High School in Lexington, Va. His life revolves around sports. Last year, he played JV football, JV basketball and ran varsity track as a freshman. Josh broke his arm in football and injured his hip flexor during track competition last year. These injuries have made it hard for him to play sports but it has sparked his interest in sports journalism. He has always enjoyed reading articles about his favorite sports teams which include the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Bucks and BMC Racing team. Some of Josh’s favorite athletes include Melvin Gordon, Russell Wilson, Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Richie Porte. Josh loves to snowboard in his free time and his favorite food is pasta. His passion for sports has lead him to this journalism camp where he hopes to discover if he has a future in the business.