May 29, 2009

Kamilla Benko is summer intern at The Criterion

Kamilla BenkoIn this week’s issue, Kamilla Benko contributes three articles as a new staff member of The Criterion.

The first two stories by our summer intern feature an interesting look at a fun and unusual “wax museum,” an event in which the fourth-grade students at St. Luke the Evangelist School in Indianapolis dress and act as noteworthy figures in Indiana history to raise money for local hunger relief efforts.

Feature writing is an area of emphasis for Benko, who recently finished her freshman year at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she is one of 18 Ernie Pyle Scholars in the honors journalism program.

A 2008 graduate of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Benko was the co-features editor and design editor for her high school newspaper, The Trojan Tribune. During high school, she also was a “Fresh Thoughts” columnist for The Indianapolis Star.

Discussing her goals for her internship, Benko says, “I hope to improve my writing technique, but I also hope to learn more about the archdiocese—the parishes, organizations and people who connect the community together.”

That focus shows in her third story in The Criterion this week—a story on page 13 about two women who have increased their faith and the faith of others by completing the Ecclesial Lay Ministry formation program.

She is the 19-year-old daughter of Marguerite and Zoltan Benko, and a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis. †

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