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September 24, 2011

Wanted: Teenhood Today columnist

Daily Star

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Peer pressure.




Preparing for the future.




Balancing it all.



Rock 'n' roll.

OK, maybe not rock 'n' roll.

But teens do have a lot of issues to deal with every day, and there's no way adults can ever know what teens are really going through. Life today is not like it was when today's parents were teenagers.

At least that's what I hear.

It's been a very long time since I've been a teenager, and I have several years before I have to worry about my children's teenage years.

That's why I need you, teens, to tell me -- and The Daily Star readers -- what it's like to be a teen today.

We are looking for a teen to write our Teenhood Today column, focusing on issues that face our youths.

If you are attending a local high school, enjoy writing and would like to write a column every four weeks, I want to hear from you.

You can submit a sample column of 500 to 700 words, along with your name, age, hometown, grade, school and a phone number where we can reach you.

They can be sent by e-mail to, by fax to 432-5707, or by mail, attention to me, to The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820.

If you have any questions, give me a call at 432--1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 259.

If you are chosen to be our columnist, your sample column will run as your first column.

Best yet, if you are chosen to be a writer for us, you'll get paid.

It's not millions, but it'll be enough to put some gas into your tank or to buy you and a couple of friends lunch at a local pizza shop.

So, teens, get writing. I'll need your samples by Friday, Oct. 7.

Denielle Ziemba is associate managing editor of Lifestyle and Community at The Daily Star.