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Cassandra Hsiao on the job at Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides World Premiere

Spotlight: Meet Cassandra Hsiao, ace reporter

Walnut student balances fledgling journalism career with school, extracurricular interests

June 8, 2011 by Caitlin Adams

Cassandra Hsiao is no cub in the world of journalism; although she is only 12 years old, she has already interviewed stars Justin Bieber and Ashley Tisdale, and recently covered the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland last month.

Hsiao was selected for induction into the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps for the 2010-11 school year, and has reported on local news and politics, current events and reviewed movies. She covered the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in L.A. last month (one entrant brought his invention with him, a complete portable drum set––in his pants) and besides the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere, she also reported on the premieres of Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure and Never Say Never.

Cassandra was selected for the program based on her writing skills; Scholastic News selects a team of Kid Reporters ages 10-14 to be members of the Press Corp each year, and to report on breaking news in their hometowns. Cassandra submitted an essay on what makes the Southern California area special and was selected for the program as a correspondent for her area.

Apart from her budding career in journalism, Cassandra also happens to be an outstanding student. Two years ago she enrolled at Capistrano Connections Academy,  a virtual public school program serving students throughout Southern California, because she wanted to learn at a more accelerated pace.  She’s finishing algebra now in the sixth grade, and will begin studying geometry as a seventh-grader. She’s also a member of the school’s English and broadcasting clubs, and enjoys fundraising for charitable causes and volunteering at a local senior citizens’ center. She also plays several sports and performs in local theater productions.

First Published @http://www.inlandempirefamily.com/t-Spotlight_walnut_student_cassandra_hsiao_budding_broadcasting_journalism_career_060811.aspx

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

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