LA CRESCENT, MN (WXOW)—iECHO is a monthly magazinefeaturing stories written by and about students in the Seven Rivers Region.
Each month, a different student isfeatured on the cover.
On Thursday, the first day back toschool after the holidays, Alexia Sonnek , La Crescent High School Junior,learned an assignment she wrote for class a year ago went further thanexpected.
"She has no idea," PamFisher, iECHO Publisher said. "Alexia, are you Alexia? We have a specialgift for you today."
"You are on the cover of the magazine,"Fisher said. "So $60,000 people aregoing to see your and read the article this month."
Alexia knew her article had beenchosen to be published; she even did a photo shoot, but she didn't know whenshe'd see her story or that she'd be on the cover.
"I was extremely surprised,"Alexia said. "I thought he cake was for someone else, someone's birthday orsomething. And then the big present Iwas really nervous. I'm sure my face got pretty red."
Alexia wrote about her love fordance, specifically hip hop, and working hard to reach her goal of being in thebest class at her studio.
But when she finally got into theclass it was canceled.
"I decided this was the perfectopportunity to do what God wanted me to do and try acting and do it for thechurch," Alexia said.
"She's an amazing girl and hergift comes from God," Jessica Johnson, Alexia's mother said. "I can take nocredit for that. I'm just proud of what God has done for her in her life."
Mom was even in on thesurprised. The iECHO team called heryesterday to invite her to the school.
"It was exciting because thearticle was very faith based so to know this article is going to be distributedto a lot of schools here in town," Johnson said. "That's really encouraging to know that shecan be an encouragement to other kids let their faith shine."
Letting her faith shine, shining onthe cover of magazine and shining on stage.
iECHO is always looking forsubmissions to the magazine; students can email their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org call 608-498-4147.
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