I was walking out of Hood River Valley High School after winning two certificates at the Evening of Excellence, one of them from my journalism teacher, when Julie Raefield-Gobbo, who had been reporting on the event, approached me.
After a quick congratulatory hug, she asked me if I would be interested in an internship at the Hood River News. Already happy about my certificates, I became ecstatic. We traded phone numbers, and Raefield-Gobbo promised to contact me.
The thought of an internship at the Hood River News was something I couldn’t have been more excited about. It was a chance to take a step forward in my journey to becoming some sort of professional writer. My dream is to write novels, but writing of any kind has always been something I enjoyed. Most of my childhood was spent reading any fantasy novel I could get my hands on, and my love of writing grew from that.
I have lived in Parkdale all of my 18 years, helping my dad with our horses and orchards. My family, aunts and uncles included, has always been very supportive of my education and proud of any of my accomplishments.
Both of my parents, Antonio Galvez and Lilia Galvez, immigrated to Hood River from Mexico when they were younger. They met in Hood River and decided to settle down somewhere my dad could set up a ranch full of horses. My dad slowly made his way from training outside horses for money to becoming a horse breeder with his own beautiful stallions and mares.
A few years ago, my dad and four of my uncles pooled some money together to buy two orchards. My brother, Marcos Galvez, and I followed my dad through this, doing whatever he told us needed to be done, but I have always wanted to write.
Sophomore year, I took the journalism class offered at HRVHS. I learned a little about the world of journalism: writing articles, formatting, pages, interviewing people, and editing others’ work. I continued taking the class until my senior year when I became one of the co-editors of “The Talon.”
Junior year, I entered a few of my short stories into the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. I won a Silver Key for one and an Honorable Mention for another. Senior year, I entered seven stories, and all of them received Honorable Mentions. Raefield-Gobbo saw these accomplishments, and I think that was why she decided to ask me if I would like to intern at the Hood River News.
At the internship, I hope to gain writing experience more professional than just my high school journalism class. Next year, I will attend Linfield College in McMinnville. I have already registered to work on their English literary magazine.
I plan to major in English in order to become a high school English teacher, but my plans aren’t set in stone. All I know is whatever career I choose, I will write even if that writing has to be done after work.
Editor’s note: Julie Raefield-Gobbo left the Hood River News two weeks ago for the executive directorship of the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation.