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The Gleaner Grew Me: 19-y-o Sharelle Smith of St Andrew

Published:Monday | July 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Sharelle Smith

Joerio Scott, Youthlink Writer

President of The Church of the Transfiguration Anglican Youth Fellowship, 19-year-old Sharelle Smith, not only devotes her time to her fellow youth but to The Gleaner's weekly Flair Magazine.

"I absolutely love the Flair Magazine and the Entertainment and Food sections of The Gleaner. The Food section is dear to my heart, as it fires my culinary creativity. If only all my kitchen experiments worked," she told The Gleaner.

"Normally, getting the newspaper I have come to love is quite easy. I sit on my veranda and wait on the man who rides his bicycle and sells The Gleaner," she said.

Smith added that she has been a faithful Gleaner reader, starting when she was quite young.

"Looking back, I remember getting the Children's Own frequently at Vaz Prep, and doing the various tasks with friends is what sweetened the deal. In high school, the Youthlink became that edgy teen magazine and gave The Gleaner relevance to persons of my age group."

STARTS DAY WITH THE GLEANER

Now a second-year student in the law faculty at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Smith still manages to find her newspaper time.

"Now that I am older and more pressed for time, I haven't been able to read as often as I used to. I have taken note of this and I try to read the newspaper online in the morning before even getting out of bed," she said.

Recently, the youth leader has given greater attention to her spiritual development in pursuing service within her church. This may be the spark that fuelled her appreciation of Curtis Campbell's recent article, 'Gospel artiste calls for more educated musicians'.

Proudly, Smith remarked: "It overwhelms me to see gospel artistes leading such a call in an industry where they are not considered to be the mainstay due to the nature of their lyrical offerings."

Smith said her family is faithful to The Gleaner and credits her mother for having taught her how to read the newspaper.