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TKN Reporter - Diyu

 Hi, I'm Diyu, and I'm a junior in high school. I first became involved with Teen Kids News in middle school, when the show did a story about my dance troop. From then on, I was hooked. I absolutely love the show! I love being able to inform others and share stories, so I'm on my school's newspaper as well. Today, young people often don't know much about the world around them, but Teen Kids News is changing that. Teen Kids News makes watching the news interesting and fun, and I'm so proud to be a part of that.

One of my favorite reports I did for the show was about a group of students who used extreme couponing coupled with grant money to donate to a charity. I love meeting such incredible teens who do so much to help the community. I, too, love to do community service. I've done a lot of volunteer work, from teaching children at the Botanical Garden to playing violin at nursing homes, because there is truly nothing like the feeling you get after helping someone.

Ever since I was little, I have always had a passion for the arts. My first acting experience was when I was eight. I was probably the first Asian orphan Annie in New York. Ironically, I was adopted, so the part fit me well. I loved portraying another person to an audience, especially when I was singing Maybe. I've never had a voice lesson, but I sing constantly. For me, singing is so enjoyable, and when you can portray emotion in a song, there's something magical that happens. The same experience can be said about violin, which I have played since I was five. If you know me well, you'll realize that I am such a Mozart junkie. His music is so lyrical and beautiful, something truly inimitable. In addition to music, I have performed traditional Asian folk dance since I was five. Learning a new dance is so much fun and wearing the costume brings the culture to life, but even more, the dance group is a supportive community for me full of many good friends.

Even though a lot of my time is dedicated to the arts, my dreams are different than those of most of the other reporters on the show. With college just around the corner, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life, and I have concluded that I want to go into medicine. I find biology—the human body especially—fascinating and I know that's the path I want my life to take. I also enjoy studying Latin, which has quite a vast representation in not only the English language but also in the language of biology.