Editorial Board Spotlight July 2018
"It is important to promote the Sustainable Development Goals because our generation has the ability to create change and solve the world’s greatest problems"
"Actions in Spotlight teaches me the importance of learning about and being aware of problems in society, and it has given me a platform to begin sharing my voice with the world."
My name is Kelsey Cashman, and I am a junior in high school in Annapolis, Maryland. All my life, I have loved reading and writing–often spending my time writing poems, stories, articles, and more. I have previously been published in Creative Kids literary magazine and my local newspaper. Besides writing, I also love to swim, and I compete for a club team in Maryland. Recently, I finished the 4.4 mile Great Chesapeake Bay Bridge swim as the first woman finisher and 10th overall, an accomplishment for which I was recognized on the front page of The Capital, a local newspaper. It was such an exciting race! In addition to this, I also compete for the cross-country team at my high school and am a member of the student government.
What does Actions in Spotlight mean to you, and why is it important for you to promote the sustainable development goals?
Through Actions in Spotlight, I am able to combine my love for reading, writing, and helping others to make a difference in my community. We are doing our part in solving the world’s greatest problems through writing about them and bringing awareness. Actions in Spotlight enables me to learn and write about problems in our world, something most people our age are unable to do. I believe it is important to promote the Sustainable Development Goals because our generation has the ability to create change and solve the world’s greatest problems, and by making others aware of these goals we will be able to begin using our power for the betterment of our world.
What has been your favorite submission so far? What was it about and what was the story behind your work?
My favorite submission so far has been Equality is a GEM, an article that I wrote in response to the Gender Equality theme. It was about the Gender Equality club (GEM) at my school, a club that holds discussions and meetings to work towards gender equality in our school, community, and world. I had heard about GEM before writing this article, but I knew very little as to what it actually was. I like this submission because, in the process of writing it, I had the opportunity to interview the leaders of GEM and ended up connecting with many strong and accomplished women at my school.
What are your goals for the future? How do you think Actions in Spotlight plays into these goals?
In the future, I hope to be able to use my writing and abilities to help solve the world’s problems and make a difference in other people’s lives. I believe that Actions in Spotlight plays into this goal because it teaches me the importance of learning about and being aware of problems in society, and it has given me a platform to begin sharing my voice with the world.