I'm always a bit surprised when people agree to come into the studio, sit in front of a mic, see that light come on telling them we're live on air and wait for me to start firing questions at them.
Some look relaxed, some look terrified, others seem genuinely thrilled to be there. Such was the case this week for Stefan Savoy and Emily Nguyen, two students at Moncton High, and district coordinator, Carole Murphy. When we hit the show theme, Emily's face in particular lit up brighter than the mic light.
Not that I had any doubt, but I knew at that moment it was going to be a good interview.
The topic helped. At a time when negative stories like bullying tend to get more coverage than the many positive things happening in schools, the guests and subject were a joy. Stefan and Emily are behind a food charter at their high school, to promote healthier eating, encourage schools and students/parents to choose local foods from the region whenever possible and foster a greater understanding of where the food we eat comes from. When I asked Stefan where kids think food comes from now, his deadpan reply was "Superstore". Clearly they have their work cut out for them. But if the six minutes I spent with them told me anything, it's that they are passionate about it, hopeful and very determined.
I wish them luck.
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