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Eagle & Times Intern Graduates And Looks To The Future

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2019 12:10 pm

It was during her junior year at Mar Vista High School (MVHS) that she discovered she loved writing. Up to that point Alexis Bowly thought she was going to study marine biology, but thanks to Mr. Michael Crawford’s AP English class her outlook changed.

“He made me realize how much deeper writing can be,” she said. Then this past school year when Bowlby was a senior, her counselor, Lizzette Torres, introduced her to Eagle & Times outgoing intern Luis Godinez (now a student at UCLA.)

“I didn’t know he wrote for the newspaper until I was introduced to him. It was a stroke of luck. It felt like faith,” said Bowlby.

She then wrote a practice article for Godinez and he recommended her for his position as a student writer for the Eagle & Times.

“I was scared. I had never done anything like this before. I realized it was genuinely fun and I could do it,” she recalled. “My first article was a shot in the dark. I read how Luis wrote then [and in time] I found my own voice.”

Bowlby has been writing about four stories a month for the newspaper starting mostly with sports news, eventually expanding into other subjects.“Luis was a big sports writer and I was using him as an inspiration. I’m not an athlete and transitioned into stories about school activities,” she said. Bowlby recalls her first story was about a talent show at the school.

Bowlby moved to Imperial Beach when she was in eighth grade. She and her family came from Utah where her father was in the U.S. Air Force. She has a brother who is 16.

At times Bowlby was challenged while writing stories but she learned how to deal with that. For example when she had to write about a basketball game where her school lost, she got creative. “They lost, but I spun it in a positive light,” she said.

Bowlby graduated from MVHS this past May and will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She was at one time undecided between UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and Cal Poly. She was accepted into seven different colleges but chose Cal Poly because it is her dad’s hometown and her grandmother lives about 15 minutes away from the university. Bowlby will study journalism, a decision that was inspired by her work at the newspaper.

While juggling school, sports and writing for the newspaper was challenging at times, Bowlby worked hard and did well, graduating with a 4.42 GPA. Bowlby took six AP courses during her high school career and got straight As in both her junior and senior year. “It was hard but it was worth it,” she said.

During her junior year she was on the water polo and swimming teams and managed the water polo boys team. During her years at MVHS she has been the captain of the academic league team and the swim team.

Bowlby was also part of the Thespian Society and had a lead role in SD Junior Theater performing in the musical “Lyle the Crocodile.” Singing has been a hobby of hers over the years. She has taken voice lessons and performed in many plays. “It’s fun hobby. It’s a good stress reliever,” she said.

There were a few times when her school schedule did not allow her extra time to write stories. That was okay and she knew that. “[The copy editor] told me school comes first. I enjoyed the flexibility of the schedule,” she said.

Writing for the newspaper helped her in many ways. “It was good experience, it taught me a lot about pushing myself. It helped with my anxiety…going up to people [and talking to them] and accepted it was my job,” she explained.

Bowlby, who is 18, dreams of being an author but until that happens she would love to write for a newspaper or a blog or even work as a freelance writer for a non-profit. “I feel I’m waiting for a story in my life [to write about],” she said.

When she first started writing, Bowlby thought nobody was reading her stories, then in time sports teams and the people she wrote about thanked her for writing about them. Bowlby enjoyed being recognized for her work.

Just like former intern Luis Godinez who chose her to take his place, Bowlby has chosen her replacement. She has picked Jack Hinzo to write for the newspaper next year. “I knew him through my brother. He’s hard working. I did an article on him academically and he’s a reliable, good writer,” she said.

Bowlby will continue to write for the newspaper until she leaves for college. She will miss writing for her local newspaper.

“I’ll miss the local feel, it’s a tight knit community. I liked to talk to the community and promote the town and the school. I loved it,” she said.

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