Sophie Stephens



Iowa City West High school, Class of 2019

4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Language, Spanish & French

Five years traditional Spanish in school; can read, write and speak with advanced proficiency. Four months of French self-taught through Duolingo and French-English dictionaries; novice proficiency.

Peer tutoring, English tutor

Honors and AP English tutor to students, organized by West High and recommended by current English teacher.

Honors and awards


6-time Best of SNO award winner for excellence in news, opinion, feature and sports writing.

IHSPA honorable mention for multimedia feature story. IHSPA 1st place winner for multimedia feature story.

Quill and Scroll honorable mention for sports writing.

Pacemaker winner for school newspaper print edition (2017-2018) and a Pacemaker finalist for the website (2018-2019).


Academic, National Honor Society 2018 & 2019

IHSPA Scholar 2019


Northwestern-Medill Journalism Institute 2018:

Highly selective five-week residency for U.S. and international high school rising seniors. Included writing, editing, photography, video, production, graphics and digital media.

West Side Story 2017-2019, Online Feature Editor and Online Managing Editor:

Write news, feature, profiles, opinions, editorials and sports-features for the website and print publications. Record podcasts. Learned Infogram, Piktochart and Adobe. Novice proficiency in HTML coding. Attended state conventions and national conventions. Attended Media Now camp at Drake University for social media and advertising. Created and currently run personal website. Implemented new deadline extension sheets, gradebook, Humans of New York chapter and progress checks for whole staff.

Volunteer 2013-2019:

Teen Advisory Board member of six years at the Coralville Public Library. Plan and run Summer Reading Program events and activities for elementary through high school students. Help plan and work at free community meals and Grow Johnson County community garden. Help shelve books weekly.

Retail sales associate 2017-2019:

Previously worked at Dry Goods and currently work at Francesca’s Boutique to sell high end clothing to a diverse range of customers. Expanded customer service skills by working one-on-one, using interviewing skills to improve my personal shopping and styling, and to connect with shoppers. Learned collaboration under low and high-stress situations.

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