Age 14, Texas
Favorite Subject: history and journalism
Book: Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Music: Oldies (‘60s and ‘70s) and anything by the Beatles
Extracurricular Activities: CHS tennis team and school journalism program
Hobbies: tennis, reading, writing, saxophone, and Ping-Pong
Blake enjoys to write and would like to be a journalist one day. He also would like to write novels on the side.
As a kid reporter, Blake would like to become a better writer. He also wants to write about stories that occur outside of his school.
"By becoming a Scholastic reporter, I believe that I will gain the valuable experience that I need to be a successful writer. Not only will this position help me with my writing, it will also give me a taste of what it's like to be a member of the press and insight into how the press works," he said.
In his free time, Blake likes to play video games, read, write, and play Ping-Pong
Blake is in the ninth grade in Dallas, Texas. He has one younger brother and one older sister.
By Blake Seitz
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
With about 20,851,820 residents, the second-largest state in the U.S. certainly lives up to its slogan, “Everything’s bigger in Texas!” This holds true in Texas’s history, culture, and activities.
Every year immigrants from all over the world move to Texas. This makes Texas a very diverse place to live, with an amazing culture.
A great example is Dallas, my hometown. With more than 400 square miles, Dallas is a huge and bustling city, full of energy. Every October since 1952, a 52-foot cowboy statue named Big Tex welcomes people to the State Fair of Texas with a booming “Howdy folks!” There, you can see anything from livestock to race cars and eat a variety of bizarre foods, like fried Twinkies!
Another Dallas tradition is the Red River Shootout, where college gridiron giants Texas and Oklahoma battle it out for Southern football dominance. Since about 35 percent of the population in Texas is Hispanic, you can count on there being some exciting Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, celebrations. On this day, ballet folklórico dances are held to the beat of a mariachi band, and it’s a wonderful time to have a fiesta.
Outside of Dallas things are just as unique. In San Antonio, tourists visit one of the most historic sites in Texas—the Alamo. Here, approximately 200 brave Texas volunteers fought a Mexican army of 6,000 strong to defend the Alamo and help secure independence from Mexico.
In the summer, people gather in Austin at sundown to watch the largest population of Mexican free-tailed bats in North America (1.5 million bats!) cascading from their home under the Congress Bridge.
From history to rodeos to nature, Texas is a great state in many ways, but it’s especially important to me. It’s my home!