Baldwin editor has eye for detail

Most people are more comfortable at home, and Arielle Martinez is no exception.  However, her home is not a ranch or a town house.  It’s an eight-and-a-half by eleven sheet of paper. Here, Arielle fills the halls with vocabulary such as “sojourning” and “supercilious.”  Here, Arielle is not self-conscious in any regard.  “Writing takes out that element of intimidation,” Arielle said.

Arielle Martinez

Arielle Martinez / Photo by Wasim Ahmad

Arielle was raised in Baldwin among two older siblings. She will be taking three advanced-placement classes this fall.  The reason she can handle classes that are held at such a high standard is due to her practiced eye for detail, which has often helped her in the past. “If a fight happened, I wouldn’t get involved,” Arielle said. “But I would see everyone’s side and put them together to solve the problem.”

Arielle has taken a keen interest throughout her life to watching the news, something she does in complete defiance to all elders. “I was always curious about the news because everyone told me it was too heavy for me,” Arielle said. “I really really want to write the news or at least research.”

She is destined to be a writer, family members said.  According to Mrs. Jocelyne Martinez, Arielle’s mother, as a young child Arielle would put together tiny books full of imagination. “I would take a piece of paper and fold it into a four page book,” Arielle said.  A smile then lights up her face as the memories flood through her brain. “If I had a bad day I would title it Arielle’s Day, and I would write Arielle had a bad day.

This contributed to her family’s certainty that their youngest child would one day use the power of words to persuade and inform individuals.  Likewise, Arielle is already excelling in the field of journalism; she finds herself among those in charge of Baldwin High school’s newspaper, the Golden Wave.  Arielle has written four articles for the school’s newspaper and each piece of work is filled with words that prevent a reader from simply skimming the article.

In one of these articles, Arielle was able to dive into history, which she loves, and discover the founding father of her school’s fifty year old mural.  This experience taught Arielle just how hard it is to research as a journalist, and Arielle, filled with natural determination, was able to collect all the facts. “It made me become determined to do better and get more research after my first article,” she said.

When Arielle saw an advertisement for a week at Stony Brook to further her journalistic knowledge and test the waters of the career she will one day dive into, this sixteen-year-old girl stepped up to the plate.    “I really really want to write for a newspaper,” she said.“There’s just something about newspapers that really appeal to me.”