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Stories from The Trail

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Stories from The Trail

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Stories from The Trail

Elena Donatelli

Elena Donatelli, Executive Producer

Lena Donatelli used to always spend her days alone.

 

That’s how she preferred it. A solitary soul, stuck in a surrounding silence. It was easy for her to be on her own. No responsibilities, no pressure to “fit in”, no one depending on her. It was true and utter independence. However, independence breads loneliness. 

 

After a while, old friends became distant strangers and new ones were few and far between. The once bright charming girl that had captivated people’s hearts began to fade. The spark in her eyes dulled and with it went her joy.

 

Time marched on as spring came, but Lena couldn’t seem to move. She smiled when talked to and waved in the halls, but nothing could truly give her back her spark. 

 

Sophomore year peered its head around the corner as Lena signed up for Digital Media for the first time. Being a new program at Cherokee Trail there wasn’t much to expect. Although, Lena did feel something in creating videos that she hadn't for many years.

 

Taking a step, and then another, Lena had entered the newsroom. Sophomore year was in full force and daunting as ever. She sat at a table of interesting strangers and just waited for whatever came next. Names were exchanged, jokes were made, and a smile snuck its way onto Lena’s face.

 

Soon after, many people began to notice the astounding journalist she had the potential to become. Even more so, she had finally found somewhere where she felt authentically free. Her accomplishments and new friends helped to push Lena out of her shell into a shimmering unknown. Liberated from her loneliness she only grew. Smiles and laughter echoed throughout the newsroom and a noise complaint or two were filled, but it was all worth it.

 

Today you would not even recognize Lena Donatelli. As Executive Producer of CTTV she has truly become an astonishing jack of all trades. From journalism, to filmmaking, to varsity speech, to being a dancer, and even freelance photography. She truly can do it all, and she does it with a spark in her eyes brighter than the sun. Armed with her amazing talents, people who love her deeply, and a home to call her own, it seems as though Lena Donatelli could take on the world.

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