EUGENE Anna Bird, a 2010 graduate of Joseph High School, has been featured as one of 25 Ducks in the Daily Emerald student newspaper at the University of Oregon. She is the daughter of Wendy McDaniel of Joseph and Mark Bird of Enterprise.
25 Ducks is a group of outstanding students nominated by the U of O community as people who will change the world.
According to a May 8 introduction to the group, the Daily Emerald received over 100 nominations for students in all academic areas. Every student featured as one of the 25 Ducks ... were chosen because of their dedication to their work, diversity, achievements in their activities and their overall great attitudes about life and their work.
The story about Anna Bird, a senior journalism major, noted that she grew up on a farm in Joseph and graduated from Joseph High School with only nine classmates.
Coming from such a small community into a big pond, I really needed a place that I could fit in and had people that cared about me, Bird was quoted as saying by the student newspaper. That haven was the U of Os Womens Center where she began volunteering as a writer for the feminist magazine, The Siren, and last year became its editor-in-chief.
Bird was recently awarded an internship with the Oregon magazine 1859, her dream publication.
In addition to a career in magazine journalism, Bird wants to work with young girls and women after college, mostly through helping them feel empowered and encouraging them to choose a career before settling down, according to the Emerald story.