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Summer interns start at Budgeteer

If you've been paying attention, you probably noticed that there are some new names in the Budgeteer bylines in the past few weeks. Two interns, Emma Spooner and Ellie French, have joined the paper's staff for the summer. The eager young reporter...

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Emma Spooner. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger.)

If you've been paying attention, you probably noticed that there are some new names in the Budgeteer bylines in the past few weeks.

Two interns, Emma Spooner and Ellie French, have joined the paper's staff for the summer. The eager young reporters are already getting to know community members, writing stories and shooting photos.

Emma Spooner has lived in Duluth her entire life. She is the daughter of Jean Larson, an employee of the Minnesota Department of Health, and Peter Spooner, an art teacher and appraiser.

Spooner will be a senior at Duluth East High School this fall. She served as co-editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Greyhound, last year and will again this fall. Spooner is very involved in soccer, playing both on the school team and in a club in the summer. She also helps coach a team at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. Her other hobbies include playing guitar and spending time with her cat, Cuddles.

Spooner says she applied for the internship to see if she likes journalism. So far, she's enjoyed meeting new people.

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"I went to a couple of events and really enjoyed meeting new people and taking photos of them," she said. "I feel like I'm becoming less afraid of talking to people."

Ellie French is also from Duluth. She is the daughter of Vickery French, who works in the office of the vice chancellor for academic affairs at University of Minnesota Duluth and Bryan French the executive director of the Healthy Duluth Coalition.

French will also be a senior at Duluth East this fall where she will also serve as co-editor-in-chief of The Greyhound. She is involved in many different sports teams including cross country, rowing and track. She has a "love for the great outdoors," and tries to spend a lot of time hiking Duluth's trails. Her other hobbies include attempting to play the ukulele and playing with her dog, Maya.

French says she applied for the internship because she thought it would be a "great opportunity to learn a lot." She has enjoyed "seeing Emma Spooner's smiling face every day," and "getting to try the rhubarb truffles last week." (She wrote our front page story about a new confectionary sold at CHUM's rhubarb festival - "Truffles are no trifle at the Rhubarb Fest.")

"There's no better way to spend the summer," French said. "I've gone to some events I wouldn't normally go to and met some really interesting people."

French and Spooner were able to join the Budgeteer thanks to financial support from the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Pohlad Internship Program, which provides an opportunity for high school students to get real-world journalism experience at newspapers throughout the state.

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Ellie French. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger.)

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