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Newspaper a stepping stone for 2012 Sunnyside High grad

Megan Armstrong likes the close-knit community she's found in Sunnyside. "People are nice most of the time," she said. "And I like that no matter where you go, you're close to downtown." Armstrong has been working at the Daily Sun News on the insert crew for two and a half months. The job is to hold her over while she works toward a degree in bookkeeping and accounting. "I plan to go to YVCC to get my associates degree," she said. "Right now I'm taking online courses." Before working behind the scenes preparing newspapers for delivery, Armstrong delivered papers herself as a carrier. Now part of her job is bundling the papers carriers take out on their routes. Armstrong has lived in Sunnyside since she was nine years old. Her family moved to the area from Yakima, where she was born. While the family eventually moved back to Yakima, Armstrong stayed behind. She lived with the Hicks family and finished school locally, graduating from Sunnyside High School in 2012. Armstrong's family consists of her mother, a brother, a sister and her grandmother. She said she also grew up with a lot of animals. "We had dogs, cats, horses, cows, birds..." she laughed. "I know all about taking care of animals." Her favorite hobby is reading. Nora Roberts, a romance novelist, is her favorite author at the moment. As for working at the newspaper, she enjoys the experience. "It's fun," she said. "There are a lot of nice people. Bob and Buz are pretty funny."

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