My name is Skye Bulman and I am a senior at ‘Iolani School. I joined Imua in 8th grade because it was the only available writing elective, and I stuck with it because I love the journalistic process, especially designing and editing. This is my fifth year in Imua, and I’m now Print Editor-in-Chief, after serving as Print Content Editor for two years. I have received Best in State awards from the Hawaii High School Journalism Association for my design layout and photo essays, I was voted “Most Valuable Staffer” from 2021-22, and I had the honor of representing Hawaii last year at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit conference, where I learnt about the importance of the press and free speech in a democracy.
While recognition is nice, for me journalism is all about activism— shedding light on important topics that otherwise wouldn’t be discussed. As an avid feminist and LGBTQIA+ activist, using my platform to share the stories of those whose voices have been suppressed is one of the most rewarding and meaningful parts of my journalism experience. I love to write (and encourage my staff to write) articles that push the envelope and force our readers to consider complex issues in a new light.
When I’m not in the newsroom I enjoy ceramics, kayaking, ice skating and swimming. I’m also Design Editor for my school’s literary magazine, Mane O Ke Ola, and I run a creative writing club called “Writing Your Truth,” where we study various types of writing, including flash fiction, poetry, and journalism. We also give back to the community, by reading books to nearby elementary school students, writing thank you notes for canned food drives, and holding book drives for veterans.