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Jan 3, 2016 11:05 AM

North Woodstock 11-year-old picked to be Scholastic News reporter

CONCORD - Kaitlin Clark is an 11-year-old who won a national contest to be a kid news correspondent for Scholastic - and while she's from a small New Hampshire town, her ambitions are big.

"News for kids, by kids," is the slogan for the Scholastic News kids press corps.

Kaitlin, who's from North Woodstock, is one of only 35 kids across the country picked from more than 200 applicants to join the elite news gathering group. Armed with a notebook, pen and a mind full of questions and days of research, she'll be reporting on a variety of issues for Scholastic News in the coming year.

"I think i's really interesting to know it before the other people know it," she said of her fascination with reporting.

"Every interview is kind of nerve wracking. It's like what will people think of me and am I going to do a good job? But it's mostly it's a lot of fun,"

Kaitlin's language arts teacher encouraged her to enter the contest to pursue her news passion. Her essay, article, and story ideas impressed the judges... and her winning entry impressed her parents.

"I started to do research and find out that it's kind of a big deal. They send kid reporters across the country for various events and activities," said Kaitlin's father, Ben Clark.

Her first assignment was writing about snow making. Next up, she plans to cover the first-in-the-nation primary.

She's reporter, clarinet player, choir member, skiier and softball teammate now. But Kaitlin says she plans to someday be a lawyer or politician.

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