Matthew Stefanski: the passionate journalist

By Samantha Weiler

Managing Editor

When Matthew Stefanski enrolled at Victory Christian Academy (VCA) his freshman year, he was determined to start a student newspaper. Four years later, the now Editor-in-Chief has more than founding The Victory Voice to add to his list of accomplishments.

“By being at small private school, I have had opportunities that I never would have had elsewhere,” said Stefanski.

In addition to founding a student newspaper, Stefanski has been an assistant to Athletic Director Derek Chirch and is the Class of 2012 Valedictorian. “More im-portantly, I have been guided by teachers that really care about me and have made relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Future reporter?

Stefanski has always appreciated the administration’s consideration for student-initiated ideas. “Because VCA is a small school, if there’s something you want to accomplish, they will embrace nearly any idea you have.” He firmly be-lieves that if God really wants you to accomplish a certain task, God will make sure that you do so.

Stefanski also believes you have to take initiative. If you have an idea, or want to accomplish a certain task, set your mind to it. “You have to be persistent to accomplish your goals and fulfill your dreams.”

And, when he moves off to the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University Bloomington this fall, Stefanski will be doing just that. “I feel extremely blessed,” he said, “because I have known what career I wanted to pursue since the young age of ten.”

A young Stefanski and the weekend morning news team at ABC 7 Chicago

And, though he’s waffled over the years, Stefanski has always come back to the conclusion that journalism is for him. He is still not exactly sure which specific area of journalism he wants to pursue a ca-reer in, but is keeping his options open. “One day, you might see me on the nightly news, read my articles in the Washington Post or see my blogs on the internet,” said Stefanski. “You’ll just have to wait and see.”

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