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 KHS Sophomore Ben Angel Writing for Magazine

June 25, 2008 - Wearing a gray Knightstown High School football T-shirt and white athletic shorts, Knightstown High School sophomore Ben Angel is the picture of an active young athlete. He plays football, wrestles and runs track.

In addition to his own athletic endeavors, Angel also writes about what other athletes in his school are doing. In fact, Angel's work appears in the Indianapolis chapter of a national magazine called RISE, a publication that prints in 25 different cities across the country. According to the RISE website, the publication is designed to celebrate the accomplishments, passions and lifestyles of teen athletes.

The idea to write for RISE came about while Angel was reading the magazine during a reading period at school. Having been involved in sports his whole life, Angel saw an advertisement for students to write for the publication. Curious, Angel went online and completed an application and wrote a paragraph explaining why he wanted to write for RISE.

"Knightstown is a small town and there is a lot of good talent that no one knows about," Angel said. "Not much gets out and people don't know what is going on."

A week later, Angel received an approval e-mail from RISE, along with publication dates and who to submit his materials to. According to Angel, the publication features different topics each month, depending on what sports season it is.

Today, Angel has written two articles for the school beat section of the publication. His first article appeared in the April addition and was an overview of what had and was currently occurring with sports such as basketball, track, tennis, softball and baseball.

When his first article came out, Angel recalled being congratulated by friends, and was proud to have his work featured in a publication that circulates throughout the greater Indianapolis area.

To get ideas for the pieces he submits, Angel attends various sporting events, takes notes and later types up the information for submission.

In his second article in the May and June publication, Angel wrote of some of the high school team's shaky starts, but optimistic attitude for the rest of the season. According to Angel, a lot has changed since his work was published.

"It's changed me a lot because people get to know me and how much I like sports and what is going on in Knightstown," Angel said.

As for his future plans, Angel knows he wants to get into sports journalism and write for ESPN's magazine. And although he hasn't looked into any specific colleges just yet, he does plan to look into writing for other sports publications as his high school career progresses.


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