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Kimesha Simeona: Longtime passion for writing inspires love for journalism

By Shannon Kavanagh

Bishop McGann-Mercy High School

Kimesha Simeona has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember.

“I always enjoyed reading long novels,” Kimesha, 17, said. “I used to be into writing stories and making up characters.” Kimesha recalls writing her first story when she was 13 about a teen girl facing the hardships of high school. Kimesha loved reading the chapter book series Cam Jansen and Amber Brown when she was in grade school.

Kimesha, an upcoming senior at Roosevelt High School, loves to use her writing talents to entertain others. During her junior year of high school, she wrote a play called “Why Forgive?” which is about a college girl learning the meaning of forgiveness and love that debuted at her school.

“Kimesha is an awesome playwright and her content was very easy to understand. The main idea of the play was beautiful,” says Samirah Clarke, the starring actress in “Why Forgive?” “I truly enjoyed working with her and the play was an absolute success.” Kimesha also shares her writing through her Instagram account, where she writes and uploads her quotes. “I wanted to get more serious with my writing and inspire others while doing so,” Kimesha said.

“In my freshman year, writing became an outlet when I was upset and it gave me a sense of relief.”

Kimesha lives with her mother, Doris, her father, Kim, and her 18-year-old brother, Dorkim in Roosevelt, which is located in Nassau County on Long Island. Although her mother would love for Kimesha to be a lawyer, she still supports her in her main passion of writing.

“As a child Kimesha’s daycare provider was her aunt Willie Mae. She had her to read and write every day before snack,” says Kimesha’s mother, Doris. I believe this really gave my daughter a strong start as well as the confidence and love she has for writing.” Her family’s overwhelming support allows Kimesha to excel in writing and journalism.

She is in the process of helping her aunt, Talitha Simeona-Stewart, from Glenburni, Maryland, write and publish a novel. “Kimesha’s love of literacy is strong and is evident from her assisting me with the draft of my novel,” Talitha said. “The forecast for Kimesha’s journalism career is bright and promising.”

Kimesha started writing for her school newspaper, The Rough Writer, in her sophomore year. Kimesha writes for the sports section where she interviews athletes to feature them in the paper. “I’ve always been comfortable speaking about sports, because I grew up in a family where I was surrounded by it. My family and I have always watched sports games and I learned to love it,” Kimesha said.

Along with writing for the newspaper, Kimesha is the host of The Morning Wake Up Club at Roosevelt High School for which she does the morning announcements for her school. Kimesha said she often receives compliments on her public speaking skills, which she believes can be an asset to a career in journalism.

Besides her interest in writing and pursuing a career in journalism, Kimesha is the manager of the Girls Varsity Basketball Team at her high school. She also enjoys acting and is a member of her church’s choir.

Kimesha is eager to study sports journalism or broadcasting at her dream college, Syracuse University. Along with sports journalism and broadcasting, Kimesha wants to learn and become fluent in American Sign Language and aims to write and publish her own novel.

Kimesha hopes the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists will help hone her writing and journalism skills. She is eager to learn more about photojournalism and looks forward to working in the newsroom. Kimesha cannot wait to gain insights and advice from professionals working in the field. And meet peers who share her interest in the journalism profession.

“Getting into the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists reassured me that I have what it takes to excel in the art of journalism,” Kimesha said.