By Darius Smith
LEXINGTON – AmberLynn Anderson attends two high schools, when many high school students barely want to go to one.
Anderson, 17, is a rising high school senior at Christiansburg High School, but also attends Independence Secondary. She said she thinks that the teachers at Christiansburg really don’t care about their students, and that she likes Independence because the teachers there are passionate about their teaching.
One of her teachers at Independence has encouraged her interest in writing, she said.
“My teacher saw my interest in becoming a writer,” she said. “I want a better education.”
After waking up in the morning, she takes a bus to Christiansburg High School to take another bus to Independence Secondary, attending two classes there, and then going back to Christiansburg to attend a third class. After school, she takes a bus to Christiansburg Middle, where, after picking up middle school students, she goes home, she said.
One way that she’s expressing her interest in writing is by participating in the Minority Journalism Workshop, sponsored by the Roanoke Times. This annual event allows local high school students the opportunity to learn about the workings of the journalism industry, to participate in hands-on activities, and meet the people who make the news happen.
Anderson said that what made her interested in the workshop was her “passion for writing.” She also said that she is interested in getting an internship with the Roanoke Times.