Story by Jesse Wright/ The Clarksdale Press Register; Photo by Troy Catchings/ The Clarksdale Press Register
Once again, the Clarksdale Press Register is brining a summer intern onto its staff.
Christopher Elijah Wilson, a first-year student at Coahoma Community College, began working last week.
Wilson, who is a member of Phi Beta Kappa national honors society, is also the community college’s English Club president and an English major. Wilson said he would like to work as a broadcast journalist. Wilson said he has not yet decided where he wants to go for his four-year degree.
“It’s either Ole Miss or Southern Miss, and through Phi Beta Kappa I can go to any school I want with a scholarship,” he said.
Wilson said both schools have good broadcast programs.
“Southern has a program called Eagle TV, and through that I can get my hands on a lot of broadcast equipment,” he said.
Wilson graduated as valedictorian from Coahoma County High School, and he said he wanted to go to CCC to stick around Clarksdale for a little while longer.
“I wanted to go to Coahoma Community College in hopes of finding different things I could really develop myself in more, and explore the community for what it has to offer,” he said.
Since he graduated high school, Wilson has also volunteered in the community, including mentoring at George H. Oliver. Besides broadcast media and English, Wilson is also interested in business.
“One of my main areas of interest … is more and more on business, and different things that people do wrong,” he said.
Wilson also mentors teenagers about money management through the “Money Think” program.
“I started off in the classroom with a couple of the mentees with me and moved on to have a classroom of my own and I spoke to them about how to manage money and how to use credit cards and debit cards and I spoke to them on how to use their money,” he said.
“I found it more impactful for (the students) to hear it from someone close to them.”
And, Wilson said he enjoys sports.
“I have always been a fan of sports. It naturally draws interest to my attention,” he said.
Wilson will be with the Press Register through the end of the summer. His internship is paid for by the Mississippi Press Association.
*This article was originally printed in the May 19th edition of the Clarksdale Press Register.