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New Found Purpose

Big Story on Sydney Scheerer
Madilyn Schadegg
Sydney Scheerer uploads photos during journalism class.


Sydney Scheerer, a senior at Rock Creek, could have missed out on finding a purpose for her hobbies in journalism if it weren’t for her moving from homeschool to public school. Being homeschooled for most of her life, Scheerer never really knew what journalism looked like at Rock Creek, until she began attending the school her junior year.

Scheerer has lots of friends who do journalism, which allowed her to gain small insights into what the class looked like, here at Rock Creek.

 “I didn’t really know what [journalism] was when I came to Rock Creek last year, because I had been homeschooled” Scheerer said. 

After learning about journalism, she knew she wanted to be involved in the class.

Sydney Scheerer shares that she is selling yearbook ads for other seniors and that yearbook sales are around 30% of their goal. 

To get extra help selling senior yearbook ads, Scheerer is “sending yearbook ad forms with [her] mom to all of her business friends.” If interested in keeping up with yearbook sales, she shares that you can find a measurement tracker in Mrs. Schmidt’s room. 

When not directly working on journalism, Scheerer can be found in other classes that relate to journalism such as photography. Like some other photographers throughout the school, Scheerer does have an Instagram account for her favorite photos. She can be found at username

Exploring her photography, Sydney Scheerer described one of her favorite photos she’s ever taken as when she “…was at an aquarium last summer close to DC, and took a picture of some jellyfish.” Scheerer expresses that she “really like[s] wildlife photography, specifically exotic animals!” 

After college, Scheerer would like to work around wildlife, exotic animals, and invasive species. Scheerer explains that she is interested in conservation efforts that relate back to journalism.

Later, Scheerer states that she has always been into conservation, so she would love to go into something “media related within conservation and conservation sciences.” 

The switch between homeschooling and public school can be hard, but for Sydney Scheerer, she quickly settled in and found a class to give purpose to her hobbies. She is a great example of exploring out of the normal comfort zone, and experiencing more of the world. 

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Segen Sutton, Writer and Photographer

Segen Sutton is in her first year of journalism, as a junior. She loves photography, writing, and lots of other art activities. While she enjoys the fine arts, Segen loves spending the rest of her time as a co-captain for the RC Cheer team, and lots of other school activities.

Madilyn Schadegg, Writer and Photographer
Madlyn Schadegg is a first year journalism student at Rock Creek High School. She is a photographer, writer, and a graphic designer for the school's slideshow. Madilyn is looking forward to attending different events and conferences throughout her highschool career. She also enjoys doing choir, cheer, and spending time with her friends here in journalism!
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