Kirkwood 6th grader has report on presidential campaign recognized in New York Times

KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) - Esther Appelstein is a local 6th grader who decided to take on the task of reporting on this year’s Presidential campaign.  The Kirkwood 12-year-old is one of 35 kid reporters from across the country who are part of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

Her work was featured in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times.    The headline reads, “Meet the PG-13 Reporters covering an R-Rated Presidential Campaign.”

Esther admits it’s been a challenge covering this year’s political campaign.  Her articles include pieces about the Presidential Debate at Washington University and voters heading to the polls during Missouri’s Presidential Primary.

“I know some people have very strong views,” Esther said.  She was happy to learn most people were really excited to shares those views with her.

Esther applied for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps by filling out an application attached to one of the Scholastic newsletters she read at school.  She has a passion for reading and writing.  She also understands why some people have been turned off by this year’s Presidential campaign, but believes kids should get engaged in the political process.

“I think it’s important for kids to know about politics and what’s going on in the election,” said Esther.  She said many kids simply follow their parents’ beliefs.  She sees no harm in kids being educated on issues.  “I think it’s important to have your own views.”