Friday, June 28, 2013
I was walking out of Hood River Valley High School after winning two certificates at the Evening of Excellence, one of them from my journalism teacher, when Julie Raefield-Gobbo, who had been reporting on the event, approached me.
After a quick congratulatory hug, she asked me if I would be interested in an internship at the Hood River News. Already happy about my certificates, I became ecstatic. We traded phone numbers, and Raefield-Gobbo promised to contact me.
The thought of an internship at the Hood River News was something I couldn’t have been more excited about. It was a chance to take a step forward in my journey to becoming some sort of professional writer. My dream is to write novels, but writing of any kind has always been something I enjoyed. Most of my childhood was spent reading any fantasy novel I could get my hands on, and my love of writing grew from that.
I have lived in Parkdale all of my 18 years, helping my dad with our horses and orchards. My family, aunts and uncles included, has always been very supportive of my education and proud of any of my accomplishments.
Both of my parents, Antonio Galvez and Lilia Galvez, immigrated to Hood River from Mexico when they were younger. They met in Hood River and decided to settle down somewhere my dad could set up a ranch full of horses. My dad slowly made his way from training outside horses for money to becoming a horse breeder with his own beautiful stallions and mares.
A few years ago, my dad and four of my uncles pooled some money together to buy two orchards. My brother, Marcos Galvez, and I followed my dad through this, doing whatever he told us needed to be done, but I have always wanted to write.
Sophomore year, I took the journalism class offered at HRVHS. I learned a little about the world of journalism: writing articles, formatting, pages, interviewing people, and editing others’ work. I continued taking the class until my senior year when I became one of the co-editors of “The Talon.”
Junior year, I entered a few of my short stories into the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. I won a Silver Key for one and an Honorable Mention for another. Senior year, I entered seven stories, and all of them received Honorable Mentions. Raefield-Gobbo saw these accomplishments, and I think that was why she decided to ask me if I would like to intern at the Hood River News.
At the internship, I hope to gain writing experience more professional than just my high school journalism class. Next year, I will attend Linfield College in McMinnville. I have already registered to work on their English literary magazine.
I plan to major in English in order to become a high school English teacher, but my plans aren’t set in stone. All I know is whatever career I choose, I will write even if that writing has to be done after work.
Editor’s note: Julie Raefield-Gobbo left the Hood River News two weeks ago for the executive directorship of the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge