Hirsch Academy Leading the Way for Arizona’s Growing ELL Population


In a typical Arizona elementary school, one out of every ten children speaks Spanish at home. Without parents speaking English it’s often difficult for a child to succeed, but ASU Cronkite student reporter Kassidy McDonald found one charter school is leading the way for Arizona’s growing Hispanic population…

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Documentary Short: #EndTheStigma

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The following is a 26 minute documentary that I produced and directed for ASU’s Walter Cronkite School:

“Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24”- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The #EndTheStigma documentary is a film produced by two students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU.
The purpose of the film is to inform our audience and start a conversation regarding how we think and talk about mental health and issues that surround it, such as suicide. Topics that involve mental health issues often get stigmatized because many people don’t know or don’t understand how to talk about mental health or talk to people who have mental health issues.
The film focuses on individuals who are currently dealing with mental health issues and have coped with thoughts of suicide. Our documentary also follows the journey of the Commit Campaign, a photo- based social media movement to end the stigma associated with mental health/ mental illness and suicide. Kelsey Oney and Christina Tetreault who are surviors of suicide loss lead the organization. The Commit Campaign’s mission is to reduce the nation’s suicide rate through interacting with the community to create a place to speak freely and openly. The Campaign educates through social media platforms, community networks, and community events to share educational materials/ personal stories of those who are survivors of suicide loss and mental illness.

The Suicide Hotline is available 24/7: 1-(800)-273-8255 or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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Biltmore Lifestyles

Biltmore Lifestyle Articles, Uncategorized

Below is a compilation of a few of the Biltmore Lifestyles articles that I wrote for clients at MMPR Marketing:



The Crown On 7th Welcomes Its First Tenant Okra Cookhouse & Cocktail, The Newest Restaurant From The Crudo Team

The Crown on 7th project has taken on a complete redevelopment of the 18,000 square-foot complex into a renovated hotspot for restaurants and retail stores. Even better, it is now in full swing with the opening of the highly anticipated Okra restaurant by Crudo’s Chef Cullen Campbell.

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Spend More Time With The Family And Less Time Slaving Away In The Kitchen With A Bobby-Q Thanksgiving Feast

Let’s be honest, no one really likes cooking on Thanksgiving and a hassle-free holiday feast is the only way to keep sane during a big family gathering. This Thanksgiving, Bobby-Q is offering AZ locals a way to spend more time with the family and less time slaving over a turkey.

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MAD Greens Celebrates New Locations With Month Long Fundraiser For Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Arizona is experiencing a MAD Greens take over and with their customizable menu, farm-fresh and locally sourced ingredients; it’s clear that AZ locals are responding well to the MAD Greens movement. Founded in 2004, MAD Greens has 14 locations in Colorado and 4 in Arizona. MAD Greens came to Arizona in late June, opening locations in both Scottsdale and Tempe and from there, the MAD Greens following began.

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Valley Favorite In Formalwear and Luxury Casualwear, The Clotherie Introduces Rejuvenated Look and New Owners

In the wise words of Oscar Wilde, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.” Everyone knows that the ladies love a man in a suit and looking your sharpest shows self-respect and confidence. Recognized as one of the finest men’s specialty stores in the United States, The Clotherie was established in 1969 with the goal of providing men with a well-dressed and sophisticated look.

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Say Goodbye to Unflattering Double Chins and Hello to a Picture Perfect Face with the Kybella Treatment and Van Dyke Laser & Skin

There are over one million selfies taken each day and it was found that the word “selfie” in the English language has increased in use by 17,000% since 2012. With everyone from celebrities to Pope Francis and even the First Lady Michelle Obama jumping on the selfie train, there has been an emphasis for people to focus even more on their image; specifically their selfie taking face. When people look back at their photos or catch an unexpected glimpse of themselves in the mirror the biggest complaint about their appearance is the dreaded double chin. Double chins effect even those who have no need to loose weight, it is typically just genetics and something that millions of people deal with. Luckily, Susan Van Dyke at Van Dyke Laser & Skin has the perfect FDA- approved fat-melting solution to get rid of that pesky double chin.

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Party On A Bike: Madison Improvement Club


A new way to exercise is quickly taking over the valley, incorporating exercise with dance music, flashing lights and cycling. Headed by the Madison Improvement Club, the party on a bike classes make guests feel like they are working out at the hippest party on the block. The classes feature energetic and interactive instructors who make your work out experience the party of the year. 

State Press


A compilation of my work from The State Press  at Arizona State University as an opinion columnist. 

 Opinions Columns at The State Press

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The ‘guns everywhere’ law

Georgia sparked national attention last week when their new gun law was put in place, essentially allowing Georgians with concealed weapon permits to take their guns almost everywhere.The new Georgia bill will go into effect on July 1. HB60 includes guns being allowed in places you would never expect.

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Why the media needs to stop shaming female artists

In a Rolling Stone Magazine interview on April 10, Lily Allen speaks out about being fed up with the media and how they are making women feel the need to compete with one another.In the interview by Andy Greene, Allen states, “I think in terms of humanity and evolution. It feels like the reason we play women against each other is because it’s the last bit of power that men have. They’re like, ‘Let’s make them feel s–t about each other.’”

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Marriage as an afterthought in the millennial mind

As a whole, it seems that Generation Y is extremely uninterested in any sort of commitment or relationship. This can be attributed to the hook-up culture in which we live, the divorce rate of our parents and technology and apps such as Tinder.

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Dual enrollment credits make it possible to kick-start college careers

With the rise of college tuition and the absurd amount of debt that many students acquire by the time they graduate from college, it seems that getting a head start on your credits while in high school is more than beneficial.

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Texting, driving don’t mix on San Francisco freeways

If you live in Arizona, you have probably seen the banners on the freeways reading, “Drive hammered, get nailed.”

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Turning back the clocks on today’s fashion

We are all familiar with the phrase “history always repeats itself.” In recent years, many once-popular fads and products have been making a comeback.

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State Press Magazine


A compilation of my work at The State Press Magazine as a blogger. 

Blog posts from the State Press Magazine

A Drop in the Bucket: Welcome

Most of us spend our pre-college lives dreaming about the day when we leave for college and start what is said to be, “the time of our lives”. We enter college with high expectations of what the future holds, with the prospect of redefining who we are and a yearning for much needed independence.

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A “tow” in the door

My best friend Olivia loves to remind me of the time I made her multi-flavored cookies with the leftover cookie dough that we had from our middle school fundraiser. Whenever I suggest that I can make dinner or ask if we can bake a late night snack she never fails to say, “Like the time you made me eat a burnt peanut butter, chocolate chip, sugar cookie creation and I felt like throwing up?”

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To the East Coast

When I was getting ready to apply for colleges, I vowed to myself that there was no way I would go to school in state. I went on a Northwest tour of colleges with my mom over fall break of my senior year in high school.

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Week 4: Am I “In or Out?”

One of the biggest threats to an ASU student living in Tempe comes in the form of late night hours and irresistible cravings. As a result, the undeniable freshmen (sophomore, junior, and senior) 15 starts to make an appearance.

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Life outside the screen

Last week I wrote a paper for my Spanish class on the cause and effects of social media among the Millennial generation. At first, I picked the topic because I knew I had enough Spanish vocabulary under my belt regarding technology and social media to express myself in a four-page paper.

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Life outside the screen, continued

Whether you love it or hate it, it’s apparent that social media is here to stay and it’s becoming increasingly essential to have contact with it and cultivate your online presence. Social media is becoming the best way that people access their news, ideas and communicate with their friends.

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Another pin on the map

After starting House of Cards on Netflix, I had an urge to rush off and visit DC. That, and my best friend, Alexa Pereda attends Georgetown and always tells me about her fabulous life she has created there with her friends.

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