Student intern joins staff at Reporter and Patriot

Deon Dibley, a sophomore at Central Kitsap High School, is interning at the Central Kitsap Reporter and Breemerton Patriot this year. - Kevan Moore
Deon Dibley, a sophomore at Central Kitsap High School, is interning at the Central Kitsap Reporter and Breemerton Patriot this year.
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Deon Dibley, sophomore at Central Kitsap High School who is studying journalism, has been selected to intern this school year with the Central Kitsap Reporter and the Bremerton Patriot.

Dibley writes for the school newspaper, the Cougar Chronicle, as well as taking two honors and one AP course.

Next year, as a junior, she plans to go to Olympic College part time and later hopes to attend either Pepperdine, or San Jose University in California.

Dibley and her family have lived in the Bremerton and Silverdale area for years.

Her father, uncle and grandfather attended Central Kitsap High School. After college, Dibley hopes to travel and see the world which she considers to be an education in itself.

She hopes to experience different cultures around the world throughout her life.

Dibley said she developed an interest in writing at a very young age. In the first and second grade she wrote multiple short stories and happily read them to the class.

Now that she is almost 16 years old, she enjoys writing poetry, song lyrics and essays for school. She lives with her mother and four-year-old sister.

Dibley said she’s never bored and has many interests including photography.

She said her mother is a huge part of her life and always pushes her to strive to do her best, along with giving her great advice. Her grandparents also contribute greatly to helping her succeed as a student as well as person.

Her grandfather, Bob Woodford, has worked in the CK school district for 40 years at CK Junior High, and her grandmother, Toni Woodford, teaches fourth grade at Silverdale Elementary. All of her family members have taught her valuable lessons about life and continue to guide her throughout her high-school career.

“I’m excited to be a part of the team at the Central Kitsap Reporter and help report on high school life and events,” she said.

Editor Leslie Kelly said Dibley is a great addition to the staff.

“We have been reaching out to the high schools in this area to help us find a journalism student who would keep us in touch with our younger readers,” she said. “Deon is full of energy and we are thrilled to have her with us this school year.”


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