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The older we grow, the less we remember our thoughts, feelings and actions from our childhood and teenage years.

Memories remain but details of past events blur with time.

This year, the Sedona Red Rock News formed a partnership with Sedona Red Rock High School establishing Scorpion Shout Out, a column written exclusively by Sedona teens.

The column gave us and our readers a glimpse inside the world of Sedona residents ages 14 to 18.

While we continue to publish the column this summer, thanks to the hard work and organization of teacher Maureen Barton, we decided to reach further into the world of teens.

SRRHS senior Whitney Cooper joined our staff June 6 as a reporting intern.

Right away she brought to the newsroom exactly what I was looking for.

Cooper came in with numerous story ideas, all of which possessed a youthful twist, an angle neither I nor my staff would think of when writing.

Her first story debuts today on Page 2B and takes readers back to the good old days of summer as a teen.

Our decision to bring in a high school intern wasn’t solely for our newsroom or our readers’ benefit.

Cooper is interested in pursuing journalism as a career, and an internship is the best way to learn the nitty-gritty of the business.

When I was the same age as Cooper I also interned at my hometown newspaper, The Lander Journal.

Much like the Sedona Red Rock News, we published the The Lander Journal twice a week. Unlike the Sedona Red Rock News, our editorial and production department consisted of four people — including me. The News’ editorial and production departments are separate and comprised of more than 10 employees, including Cooper.

During my internship I wrote stories, as Cooper will do, and helped edit, design and layout pages — not because I wanted to, but because I had to.

The Journal’s tight schedule and small staff didn’t allow for much instructional time for me from the editor, or anyone else in the newsroom. The editor and reporters kept busy, as did I trying to lessen the burden.

My goal for Cooper’s internship is to keep her busy, but be sure to offer her the learning experience an internship should provide. We don’t expect her to crank out story after story, hop on the copy editing desk or design pages. We just want her to learn how to report and become a better writer.

Over the next several months Cooper’s byline will appear in the pages of our newspaper where we and our readers will watch her learn how to be a journalist.

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