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Lake Middle School Student Nolan Pastore Joins Scholastic News Kids Press Corps
Lake Middle School’s Nolan Pastore, 11, a sixth grade student who has written stories for friends as gifts and asked for “paper and staplers” for Christmas because he loves writing so much, has been selected to join the 2017 -2018 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.
He is the only ‘kid reporter’ from Ohio selected to join the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps (ages 10-14) during the 2017 - 2018 school year among 20 new kid reporter recruits. Other students selected hail from across the U.S. and other countries. The total number of students in the Corps, including returning Press Corp members, is only 44.
And since the announcement was made in mid September, Nolan has received writer’s guidelines from the Scholastic editorial team in New York City to help him with writing news stories, as well as an official Kids News Press Corps polo shirt, lanyard with identification, business card, and reporter’s notebook.
After learning about Nolan’s selection through a news release she received from Scholastic, WHBC radio personality Pam Cook interviewed Nolan live in their Canton studios Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, with parents Jeff and Mary Pastore nearby.
“I love that young man!,” said Ms. Cook after the interview.
Nolan went on a tour of the radio station, and was invited to come back to the studios again to share his experiences once he begins submitting stories to the magazine.
Nolan will provide age-appropriate, high-interest news stories for Scholastic to help his peers gain an appreciation for quality journalism. In addition, it's hoped his fellow students will better understand the world and current events so they can become well-informed community members and voters.
Nolan was chosen after completing a lengthy application and review process by Scholastic. His fourth grade Lake Elementary language arts teacher, Theresa Warnick, suggested Nolan apply after she learned about the Kids Press Corp via a school e-mail. She also recognized that Nolan enjoyed writing and encouraged him to do more of it.
Scholastic editors selected this year’s Kids Press Corps team after reviewing more than 400 Kid Reporter applications, a record-breaking number of entries.
"I am super honored to have this position. I can't wait to get started," said Nolan.

From left, Jeff Pastore, Nolan, Mary Pastore, and Pam Cook.