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Nicole Zappone

When I was in high school, I found my passion for journalism. I started off by taking a class called The Bethel Bureau as an introduction to Journalism. In this class, I was introduced to the fabulous editor Alice Tessier, who ran the town newspaper, The Bethel Beacon. I started off writing about Bethel High School's NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp) program. I wrote about all of the drill meets and military balls that the unit had. I was the Public Affairs officer of the program during my senior year of high school at BHS, due to my excellent article contribution. When I graduated from BHS in 2008, I set off my path over to Norwalk Community College where I started off as a Criminal Justice major.

It was in 2011, that I decided to take a year off from college to decide what I wanted to do next in my life. In 2012, I decided that I wanted to pursue my degree in writing. With that, I transferred to Western Connecticut State University and went down the writer's path. During my time at WCSU, I took courses in journalism, technical writing, fiction writing and even poetry. I excelled in all of my courses. In 2015, was when I got my first steady gig at the Daily Voice as a freelance writer. While I was at the Daily Voice, I covered several towns throughout Fairfield County.

It was in 2016, that I succeeded in my dream. I had finally graduated from Western Connecticut State University. It was my dream, since I was a little girl, that I would graduate from this prestigious university. What was next in store for me? Just before graduation, I had moved into my first home with my fiance and we were also planning our wedding. In September of 2016, I married my best friend. It was then, that I need that I wanted to work harder to succeed. I was no longer just worrying about myself, I now had a family to take care of.

From then on, I took on any writing gigs that I could find. During the fall of 2016, I also became a substitute teacher in New Haven County. With my writing background, I was able to take on long-term substitute English teacher positions. I remember in early 2017, that I took over for a teacher who unexpectedly passed away. It was during those next few months, that I had to get my students caught up and they did. We got through not one, but two William Shakespear plays - Macbeth and Hamlet. Everyday, I used my writing skills to give the students daily writing prompts. I didn't want them to fear writing and being seniors, they needed to know how to write before graduating.

Fast forward to Fall 2017. I decided to go back to school. I decided that law was another passion of mine and that I wanted to get a degree in it. I went back to school at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where I learned all that I could about the Paralegal/Legal Assistant curriculum. In the Spring of 2020, I graduated with a certificate in Paralegal/Legal Assistant.

During this time of COVID-19 has been plenty of ups and downs. However, I do not let that get in the way of my writing career. I continue to take on assignments wherever I can seek them.

I have been in many publications including: CT Post, Wilton Bulletin, Ridgefield Press, Danbury News-Times, Shelton Herald, Stratford Star, New Haven Biz, Daily Voice, Patch, New Canaan Advertiser, and many more.

I have also been interviewed by the Republican American, Patch, and The New York Times.

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