Detroit Free Press (Michigan)
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Warren student gets a taste of Princeton: Elite journalism workshop
admits only 22 students
by Renee Lee, Detroit Free Press
Aug. 5–This past year, Princeton University accepted fewer than 10%
of its undergraduate applicants. The university runs a summer
journalism program that accepts even fewer.
The program takes just 2.6% of its applicants; Angelica Terhune, 16,
was one who was accepted.
Terhune is attending the 10-day, all-expenses-paid workshop for high
school students from low-income backgrounds. It started July 27.
In the fall, Terhune will be a senior at A.G.B.U. (Armenian General
Benevolent Union) Alex and Marie Manoogian School in Southfield. The
charter school teaches the Armenian language and history to students
from kindergarten through 12th grade.
"The school is really small," Terhune said. "In high school, there
are a little more than 100 students. It’s like a little family."
She lives in Warren and is the daughter of Gregory and Gail Terhune.
Angelica has a sister, Alexandra, 17.
Angelica Terhune has written for her school publication, The
Erepouni, and hoped to gain more journalism experience from the
"We’ll probably get a lot of experience putting together stories,"
she said before she left. "I’m hoping I can learn if I want to pursue
journalism in college."
QUESTION: More than 800 people applied to the program this year. How
do you feel being one of the 22 selected?
ANSWER: I was really excited. I thought that it was really
overwhelming that I got picked because of how few people they took.
Q: What interests you about journalism?
A: I love writing as a whole. Creative writing is my favorite because
I just use my imagination and use things that come to my mind. I like
putting words together.
Q: Do you think learning at your school is different from, say, a
A: It’s really different. At public schools, there’s not the family
aspect of everything. We’re really excited when we get new people.
Everyone knows everyone there because it’s so small. We all just
Q: Besides working on the paper, what else do you do?
A: I’m in volleyball, National Honor Society, fund-raising and prom
committees, and I’m secretary of the high school council. I’m
planning on applying for peer mediation, too.
Q: Where do you think you’ll go to college?
A: Probably Grand Valley State University. If I change my mind, I
might apply to Princeton or Harvard. I think I might be a broadcast
journalist if print doesn’t work out.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress