My name is Whitney Godwin, and I’m a 21-year-old Broadcast Journalism Student at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University. I will graduate with a Broadcast Degree and an English minor in December of 2011. I graduated Salutatorian of my class in 2008 from Braxton County High School located in Sutton, West Virginia. In high school I discovered my love for journalism. My freshman year I took an introduction to journalism course. My school did not offer a broadcast program, so my high school years were spent in print, photography, and layout design. I was a staff member of The Eagle, our high school yearbook. My duties consisted of writing feature stories, taking photos at school events, sporting events, and community events, as well as writing captions. I designed layouts using PageMaker and Adobe InDesign software. In addition, I was the editor of my high school newspaper, The Banner. I’ve done everything from news writing and feature writing to in-depth and investigative reporting as well as sports writing and opinion/editorial writing. I also designed layouts via InDesign for the 14 page publication.
My hobbies include dancing, gymnastics, and baton twirling. I danced with the Charleston ballet for 11 years; I’ve been doing gymnastics since age 6 until present. I’ve been twirling since age two. I’ve been twirling competitively since the age of 5. I’ve twirled in the majority of the 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and South America. In 2007, I served as a Twirling Ambassador for the United States in Trujillo, Peru for the Festival de la Primivera. I am currently serving in my third year as West Virginia University Feature Twirler with the Pride of West Virginia, The Mountaineer Marching Band. I teach baton at the Northern West Virginia Performing Arts Academy, as well as private lessons throughout the United States. I am also very involved with my church in my hometown, and I attend church regularly when I’m at school. Other hobbies include running, working out, shopping, and reading.