2018 Kelly-Shah Alumni Award: Penn Hansa!

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Each summer at our First Draft event, we celebrate the winner of the Kelly-Shah Alumni Award! We are excited to announce that Penn Hansa is the 2018 recipient. She is pictured above on the left with her team at SimplePart and VOX teen staff member Jasmine during Take A Teen To Work. Read on as Penn talks about her time at VOX and the impact it had on her.

When and why did you join VOX? I joined VOX in my junior year of high school because I was looking to get involved with a teen publication. My dream at the time was to be a magazine editor, and even though I was on yearbook staff at school, the once-a-year publication cycle wasn’t enough for me.

What’s your favorite VOX memory?
I will always remember that visit to Cox Enterprises and learning about Susan Berthelot’s job as senior director of internal communications. It was such an eye-opening experience, and then it snowed halfway through the day so we had to cut it short! I also think some of the best times I had at VOX were just sitting in the newsroom and all working together to produce the month’s issue. [Penn is pictured below on the right in one of the print editions she helped created.]

What are you up to now?
I’m a creative director to an awesome creative team at a tech company in downtown Atlanta. I’m also pursuing my MBA with the evening program at Georgia Tech. [Penn recently hosted VOX teen staff member Jasmine at her company for Take A Teen To Work! Read Jasmine’s article about her experience here.]

Why is VOX important for teens?
VOX not only gives teens an outlet to express their opinions, feelings, and thoughts, but it also gives them the opportunity and resources to learn more and pursue their dreams. It helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life, very early on, and then gave me the support and resources I needed to go through with it. It’s an invaluable resource for Atlanta teens.

What 3 words would you use to describe VOX?
Empowering, impactful, and important!

Join us on June 27th for First Draft at Eventide Brewing as we celebrate Penn and say cheers to all our VOX alumni! Get all the event info here.


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