Meet the authors
Natalie Chuck, 17, is a senior at Nation Ford High School, located in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She is involved in many of her school's extracurricular activities and spends the majority of her time working in journalism. Chuck has been a crew member on her school's weekly news cast, The NaFo News, since her sophomore year, and she has recently become the show’s co-producer. She was also elected the 2016 president of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and hopes to attend The University of Alabama for broadcast journalism.
Aiesha Desarme is an upcoming senior at Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama. Desarme carries a huge passion for music, dance, reading and journalism. She currently carries the position of News Editor for her school newspaper, The Crimson Crier. Desarme dreams one day of becoming a doctor. In her free time, Desarme can be found writing music, reading or enjoying bonfires with friends.
Ariana Evans-Young, 15, is a junior at The Capitol School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is on her school’s newspaper staff, which just started this year. She is interested in creative writing and photography and hopes to have her work published. This is her second time attending ASPA’s The Long Weekend, and she was excited to learn more about interviewing and broadcasting.
TaBria Ladd, 15, is a 10th-grader at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a cheerleader and plans to continue cheering until after college. She hopes to attend a college in Georgia and eventually become a judge or a social worker.
Oshae Unique Moore, 16, is a rising junior at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia. She was fascinated both by the film and production aspect of her experience at ABC 7 News WJLA and also with the news anchors she met that day, which led her to broadcast journalism. To improve upon her journalism skills, Moore became a guest writer for her school’s newspaper, The Lance, and continues to join additional journalism workshops. Her goals are to one day work for E! News as the head news anchor and to graduate from the University of Maryland College Park with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in business.
Tayla Sims, 14, is a student at Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Sims’ favorite activities include singing, dancing, playing basketball, playing volleyball and running track. Sims was inspired to pursue a career in journalism by her seventh-grade language arts teacher. Sims said she has aspirations to be an entertainment broadcaster or sports journalist.