Parkside has December’s Class of KidsPost


Trinette Drake's journalism class from Parkside Middle School in Manassas poses on the Mall during a field trip to the Newseum. The class is December's Class of KidsPost. (Trinette Drake)
December 13, 2013

Trinette Drake’s seventh-grade journalism class at Parkside Middle School in Manassas is December’s Class of KidsPost. The 34 kids are working together to create the school’s first newspaper, the Parkside Panther Press. They took time out from reporting and editing to fill out KidsPost’s questionnaire.

If you would like to see your class featured as a Class of KidsPost, ask your teacher to go to kidspost.com to download our questionnaire (which has a few new questions), fill it out and send it, along with a class picture, to kidspost@washpost.com. If your class is chosen, we’ll send you a KidsPost Chesapeake Bay poster and KidsPost pencils.

Favorite author: Class favorites were Rick Riordan, J. K. Rowling, Jeff Kinney and Rachel Renée Russell of “Dork Diaries” fame. Other authors to receive at least one vote included Veronica Roth, Kate DiCamillo and John Flanagan. “A couple of students still enjoy a good Dr. Seuss book for a few giggles,” Drake said.

Favorite TV show: These middle schoolers watch a variety of television shows, old and new. They included the three-year-old reality show “Duck Dynasty” and the situation comedy “Roseanne,” which debuted 25 years ago.

Favorite game: Most of the kids thought of video games when asked about their favorite game. The most popular were “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” “Minecraft” and “Temple Run.” A few students mentioned a game that kids have been playing for generations: hide-and-seek.

How much time do you spend on the Internet? Nineteen students said they spend four or more hours on the Internet each week. (We’re sure that most of that time is homework-related.) Fourteen spend two to three hours, and one student didn’t use the Internet at all.

Favorite Web site: YouTube topped the group’s list of favorite Web sites. Runners-up were Instagram and Facebook, which allows kids who are 13 and older to create accounts.

Favorite pizza topping: Pepperoni and cheese was the preferred combination for these kids. A few would substitute sausage for the pepperoni. Two kids went against the meat trend and said they would choose vegetables, including olives.

Favorite ice cream flavor: The kids were traditionalists in this category, too. Chocolate and vanilla were the big winners. Some other favorites included rocky road, butter pecan and grasshopper pie, which is mint ice cream with fudge swirls and cookie pieces. Yum!

What’s the biggest problem in the world?

World hunger, global warming and violent crime topped the list of biggest problems. The students also are concerned about the economy (jobs, prices, trade with other countries) and about drug and cigarette use among kids.

What do you want to be when you grow up? There were many professions mentioned, including doctor, lawyer, professional athlete, dentist, veterinarian, police officer and cosmetologist (that’s someone who gives beauty treatments). Journalism class may be influencing a few students: At least two thought they might become a writer or photographer.

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