Wayzata student keeps teachers, classmates in the know
At Wayzata High School, students and staff members have a variety of ways to consume information.

They have a school news show called 'Wayzata News Break,' a newspaper called the Trojan Tribune and a student council YouTube channel featuring videos of dozens of activities.

Behind each platform, you'll find Drew Smith, a junior at the high school.

"I've always kind of loved working with technology," Smith said. "And I kind of started back in the fifth grade when I helped with producing our elementary news show."

In addition to news, Smith is also a yearbook editor, and a member of the student council.

"It just makes the high school experience so much better," Smith said, when asked about why he's so involved at the school.

Talk to staff members at Wayzata, and they'll describe a student who has evolved into a leader with a strong work ethic.

"Drew is a standout student because he's become so involved," said Tyler Shepard, Wayzata's associate principal. "He has made it a point to reach as many students here at Wayzata as possible, and to make sure that all student events are covered, whether it be co-curricular, extra curricular, in the classroom."

In the future, Smith hopes to become involved in journalism as a photographer or videographer, but that's years down the road.

He still has big plans in store for his senior year.

"Next year, I've decided to take the role as executive team reporter," Smith said. "So I'm going to work with our administration to make sure that we can promote more of the events and building a brand, so I'm taking my skills from yearbook, journalism, and TV pro, and putting them to use to benefit our school community."

Faculty members look forward to seeing what he can accomplish.

"He is reliable and he will get the job done," Shepard said.

Smith hasn't decided on a college yet, but he said he's hoping to attend a four-year university and study media or journalism.

Delane Cleveland

May 11, 2017


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